Following the cancellation of June's Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford Jim Walsh Trophy at Silverstone, due to a resurfacing of the Northamptonshire track prior to the British F1 Grand Prix, MotorSport Vision Racing and James Beckett Motorsport are pleased to announce that Heritage Formula Ford competitors will now have a further opportunity to race at Donington Park.
Rescheduled Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford Championship races will now take place on Sunday September 22nd around the full Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit.
With the 2019 Heritage Formula Ford finale taking place at Donington Park just one week later, around the track's National Circuit layout on September 29th, the Heritage Formula Ford races are being referred to as the 'Donington Double'.
James Beckett explains, "It was obviously very disappointing for Heritage Formula Ford to lose our Silverstone date due to track works prior to the Grand Prix."
Adding, "The Jim Walsh Trophy is always a feature race on the Formula Ford calendar and traditionally is a 'jewel in the crown' race that recognises the achievements of one of Formula Ford's greatest ever drivers."
Continuing, "With no further options to race at Silverstone open to us, the thought of Heritage Formula Ford racing again at Donington Park was appealing and ticked many boxes."
Adding, "Donington Park is very popular with competitors, and the Grand Prix Circuit offers racers the chance to follow in the wheel tracks of some very famous names. Ayrton Senna's success in Formula Ford is well documented and he established himself as a legend of Formula Ford before becoming a Grand Prix winner. Drivers on September 22nd will be able to race around the same circuit where he won the 1993 European Grand Prix in such style."
With back-to-back Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford Championship meetings taking place at MSV's Leicestershire track, Formula Ford racers will have the chance to participate in the events now known as the 'Donington Double'.
David Scott, Race Operations Manager of MSVR, said: “We very much look forward to welcoming the Heritage Formula Ford drivers to Donington for the “Donington Double”, with the spectacle of enjoying both the GP and National layouts producing some excellent Formula Ford racing.”
Special trophies will be presented to the highest ranked racers across both events.
Donington Park hosted the very first Heritage FF1600 race in 2018, and also the 2019 Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford season openers. Oliver White won both races in April, at the wheel of a Souley Motorsport Van Diemen RF89, to establish himself as the early championship leader.