Formula Ford Stars To Fight For 2013 BTCC Prize

The top two drivers in the 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain will share a full day’s testing with the Motorbase Performance team, sampling one of the squad’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Focus ‘Next Generation’ touring cars.
It will follow the newly-winged single sweater championship’s first year back on the TOCA support package.
The initiative is a result of the efforts of shared tyre supplier Dunlop, and Motorbase boss Dave Bartrum, who ran youngsters Jake Hill and Tom Grainger in one of the team’s S2000 Focus’ last month.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity,” said Bartrum. “You have only to look at the list of champions from Formula Ford who have gone on to stellar successes in other forms of motorsport to understand what a superb training ground it is.
“I’m sure that the test will be a popular incentive for competitors.”

Ford Racing Motorsport manager Mike Norton added: “Generations of young drivers have learned their craft in Formula Ford and have gone on to racing success not only in Formula 1 but also in IndyCars, sports cars and, of course, touring cars.
“This prize drive is a great opportunity for next year’s champion and vice-champion to learn some vital track skills and to make their mark in a BTCC car.”

Formula Ford will support the British Touring Car Championship, for the next three seasons.
The one-day Motorbase test will take place following the final rounds of Formula Ford and the BTCC, which are scheduled for Brands Hatch in mid-October.