Two New Drivers Boost Formula Ford Grid For Donington


The 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain grid is set to grow for the second meeting of the season at Donington Park as two new drivers join the field.

Sam Brabham, the third generation of the Brabham motorsport dynasty, will be making his car-racing debut at the wheel of one of JTR’s Mygale EcoBoost chassis, while Fred Martin-Dye will make his return to the series in SWB Motorsport’s Sinter. Both drivers sampled their new cars for the first time this week at Thruxton.

“It was great to shake down my new JTR Mygale at Thruxton,” said 18 year old Brabham. “Although the focus is naturally on learning the car and the circuits I’m settling in well. With two more tests planned before Donington, I’ll be much more confident heading into my single-seater debut. My aim is to quickly learn the circuit and build my experience with some respectable results. I’m really looking forward to it.”

“It was a good start,” added Martin-Dye. “We did 25-30 laps at Donington the day before, where there were some teething issues, so Thruxton was only my second time in the Sinter and my first on the circuit. We know exactly what we need to do to iron out the issues we have with the new car, and I think everyone is quite pleased with how the two days went. Having missed the opening rounds and three opportunities to score, my aim now has to be to make sure I finish every remaining race as well as I can.”

Brabham and Martin-Dye are expected to be joined on the grid by Juan Rosso. The Argentinian was forced to miss the opening rounds at Brands Hatch after breaking his hand in a pre-season testing crash at the Kent circuit.

The 19 year old was replaced by Autosport journalist Ben Anderson for the opening weekend, and is now awaiting doctors clearance to make his debut with Jamun Racing at Donington.