Monday, 11 April 2016


Gurston Down has announced that it will host the inaugural ‘Hillclimb Formula Ford Fest’ at its July 23rd/24th Midland/Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship event. The Hillclimb FF Fest, will be for ‘Kent’-engined 1600cc cars and, subject to the requisite entry numbers, there will be three classes: pre-1982 ‘Classic’ FF; pre-’94 FF; and ’94 onwards FF. The first two classes fall within Gurston Down’s existing pre-‘94 FF class, so drivers in those classes will be eligible for Gurston Championship points as long as they register for the championship before the due date, May 15th.

The idea of a hillclimb ‘FF Fest’ came from Van Diemen RF91 driver Charlie Reilly in 2015 and, as Gurston already has an FF class, supported by Veloce Publishing Ltd, the ‘fit’ seemed perfect! With the cars being matched on power and weight, the competition is bound to be extremely close on Gurston’s 1057 yard (967 metre) course! Andrew Henson’s three year old class record may also come under threat …

The technical regulations have been posted on the Drivers Information page of the Gurston Down Hillclimb web site and can be found by clicking on the link to ‘Supplementary Regs’. In essence the regulations for Gurston’s FF classes are identical to circuit racing Kent FF 1600 regs with the sole exception that a timing strut to S.10.9 must be fitted to actuate the timing equipment.

Entries for the July 23/24 event are open now and close on June 24th. Numbers may have to be limited, so get those entries in early! As always the acceptance of entries is entirely at the discretion of the competition secretary!

Veloce author, Simon McBeath won the FF class championship at Gurston Down last season in what was his comeback season after a 12 year layoff from competition.

For more information visit the Gurston Down website.


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