Meridian Motorsport and driver Connor Mills will make their debuts in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain when the championship resumes at Snetterton next month.
Mills has been running with the team in the Ginetta Junior Championship so far this season, the 16 year old taking a best finish of seventh in his first season of car-racing since stepping up from karting.
Mills, who is part of the Arden GP2/GP3 team’s young driver development programme, is relishing the opportunity to move into single-seaters.
“I have been following Formula Ford all this season and it’s really good,” added the Essex-based racer. “I like the whole concept, especially the speed… It’s not too expensive, either. We have looked at other championships which are supposed to be affordable, but prices keep on going up and up. This season my target is to progress, to learn as much as I can so that I can go for the championship in 2014.”
Meridian will make their first foray into single-seater racing after previously racing in the Renault UK Clio Cup and Ginetta GT Supercup. The team hope to be running two Mygale’s by the end of the season in preparation for a full campaign in 2014.
“We have long had good links with karting,” said team principal Paul Abercrombie, “but in the past we have lost some good drivers because we did not have a single-seater progression to offer them. We have strong links with the BTCC package so it made sense for us to go for Formula Ford, and we hope to end the season with two cars in the team, and continue into next season.
“The plan is to bring more juniors on from karting and into single-seaters as a development step and Connor will be the first driver to benefit. It’s his first experience of a single-seater so we are not putting too much pressure on him.”