Strong contingent represents Australian Formula Ford at 2019 Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes
In the last fortnight, a contingent of Australian Formula Ford competitors flew over to the UK to compete in the famed "Formula Ford Festival" at Brands Hatch and hugely popular "Walter Hayes Trophy" at Silverstone. While the Australian Historic Formula Ford field was celebrating the 50th-anniversary of the category at Sandown Raceway, Historic Formula Ford regular Richard Davison joined UK-based Aussie Peter Lucas for the 2019 Formula Ford Festival. This was a bucket list event for Davison, who had previously visited Brands Hatch with sons Alex and Will in the early 2000s. Lucas has recently purchased the Yellow Reynard FF88 that was raced by Craig Lowndes during the beginning of his motor racing career and is planning on racing it in Australia in 2020. Lucas has also competed in a series of Heritage Formula Ford events this year in a Van Diemen RF88. The Australian flag was also carried by UK-born Rory Smith, who still holds a strong connection with his Australian heritage, an Aussie flag is painted on his helmet. Another noteworthy performance was by an Australian manufacturer, four Spectrum chassis were competitively driven at the FF Festival by Michael MacPherson, Jordan Dempsey, Michael Eastwell and Kiwi talent Callum Crawley. Unfortunately, Lucas crashed during Semi-Final 2 and the RF88 that he was steering couldn't be repaired in time for the Historic Final. Richard Davison, though, finished a comfortable 4th in the Historic Final. Smith and the Spectrum contingent didn't enjoy much more luck, with only Eastwell, Smith and MacPherson finishing the Grand Final in 4th, 17th and 21st position respectively.
The Walter Hayes Trophy, held last weekend around the 2.6km-long Silverstone National Circuit, saw the Aussie contingent expand to four drivers in the Pre-'93 class.
There were six Australian-built Spectrums, with Michael Moyers, Roger Orgee, Jordan Dempsey, Peter Gillespie, Michael Eastwell and Michael MacPherso