Formula Ford Scholarship title winner Harrison Scott is to return with Falcon Motorsport for a full assault on the outright championship. The 17-year-old confirmed his 2014 plans and inked his deal with Falcon today at the Autosport International racing car show. Falcon also revealed today the identity of one of Scott’s running mates for the coming season of Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain action: 20-year-old Manxman Chris Mealin. Falcon principal Nick Streatfield is pleased to be welcoming Harrison back to the fold: “It’s a huge boost for Falcon to have Harrison back with us. He had a lot of options open to him and clearly we are delighted that he has decided to stay with us and with Formula Ford. He is going to be a championship contender and we are concentrating on putting together the very best package for him. “Chris will be an asset to the team also – he tested with us in Spain in December and settled into the team very quickly and went extremely well. We are looking forward to working with him.” The Oxfordshire team plans to run four EcoBoost Mygales in 2014. Added Streatfield: “At the moment we are in advanced negotiations with two or three drivers and hope to announce the remaining seats very soon.” Essex-based Scott enjoyed a great maiden season of car racing in 2013: he stepped out of karting and into Formula Ford and was immediately competitive. There were 13 class wins en route to the Scholarship title, 16 appearances on the overall podium as he sped to championship second, and he scored his debut outright race victory at Silverstone towards the end of the year. Harrison was selected from championship nominees by a panel of UK and US racing experts as the Mazda Road To Indy Formula Ford Driver of the Year; his prize was a two-day Stateside test. He says his first season taught him a lot and that he plans to use the experience gained to try to emulate the multiple race-winning exploits of 2013 Formula Ford Champion Dan Cammish. “What I gained last year was an understanding of how to drive the EcoBoost Formula Ford at high speed, and the confidence to do so, and that will be a big help – hopefully it will give me an edge over the new boys coming into the championship. “We had a big sit-down over the winter to examine our options. I’m still only 17 and I want to learn my trade properly and get some good results, so we decided not to try to move up the ladder too quickly and that another season of Formula Ford was the best option. We are so happy with how the championship is run, and with being on the touring car package, and with all the TV time. “My aim will be to try to go better than last year and to win the championship using everything that I have so far learned. I came on strong in the second half of the year, was challenging Dan, and if I can carry that on and win races then hopefully the championship title will follow…” Harrison’s father, John Scott, says they were attracted to return to Formula Ford for many reasons: “It was the whole package – the car, the championship, the BTCC support status, the media, the TV – Formula Ford offers everything, whereas other championships really don’t… they have bits of it but can’t offer it all. Harrison did well last year but has lots more to learn, and Formula Ford has all the elements to help him to do that and to progress.” Chris Mealin comes to Formula Ford having racked up considerable experience in karting, in which he started competing on the Isle of Man at the age of 13. He passed his circuit-racing ARDS test in 2012 and has since contested rounds of the 750MC’s Saxo series and has also taken part in V8 Supercup Dutch oval racing. “Really single-seaters have always been in my heart but I didn’t have a way into it before,” said Chris. “Things got rolling last year and I first tried the Formula Ford at the Sampler Day in November and then I went down to Spain with Falcon for an extended test, and that went really well. I love the car and can’t wait to get back in it – the speed when the turbo kicks in is just unbelievable. I have a lot to learn about racing, and I’m very happy to be in a team with a second-year driver like Harrison, from whom I can learn.” Formula Ford Championship manager Sam Roach said: “Falcon Motorsport and Harrison Scott made a big impression on the championship in their maiden season of EcoBoost racing, and I am sure that they will be among the combinations to beat… Chris Mealin will be an asset to the championship as well, and the news that Falcon is planning a four-car team is a welcome boost this early in the pre-season. All the signs are that grid numbers will be improved for the coming season and the competition no less intense.”
Falcon Motorsport today completed a successful five-day driver evaluation test at the Guadix circuit in southern Spain. Six young prospects for the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain tested the squad’s three EcoBoost chassis, and team boss Nick Streatfield professed himself delighted by the results. “It has been the perfect test session,” said Nick. “We have had exclusive use of the circuit every day, and the weather has been absolutely fabulous all week, like an English summer’s day – perfect for testing. We have covered hundreds of laps, and the drivers have got what they needed: time in the car.” Multiple karting champion Ricky Collard, 17, drove one of Falcon’s Mygales every day at Guadix, and he was joined during the week by fellow karters Chris Mealin, Harrison Wignall and Max Cornelius. Australian Formula Ford racer Greg Holloway was another regular at the test, with 2013 Formula Ford Scholarship Champion Harrison Scott enjoying two days at Guadix ahead of his Stateside Mazda Road To Indy USF2000 and Pro Mazda tests. “We had Ollie Hancock with us to assist with driver coaching,” added Streatfield, “and in all it proved to be a very good week – they all set some good times and impressed us with their approach to the test, and we are going home with some very happy drivers who are keen to step up to Formula Ford next year, which is what we set out to achieve.” Ricky Collard was delighted by his progress: “Harrison Scott set a benchmark time before he left for the USA, and I have been chipping away at it all week. Obviously track conditions have got a bit better, and I have progressed as a driver, learning a lot about the car and the team, and I ended up a second faster. Really it has been one of the best tests I’ve ever had, and I’m so grateful to Falcon for the opportunity. Fantastic track, fantastic weather, fantastic team… fantastic everything.” Max Cornelius was delighted by his outing also: “I loved it; it was really nice to get out to a different country and test. I loved the Formula Ford, the track was brilliant and the team really good. We got a nice little session in and got up to the speed we wanted, bang on the money. I’d very much like to be doing Formula Ford next year, but of course everything depends on finding the sponsorship.”
Falcon Motorsport driver Harrison Scott rounded off a stellar season, with the 17-year-old Essex racer confirmed as the Mazda Road To Indy Formula Ford Driver of the Year. The news was revealed to a stunned Harrison live on ITV4 by Louise Goodman, immediately after the 30th round of the championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon. He was selected from the championship nominees by a panel of UK and US racing experts as not only the driver with the most promise but also the one who would gain the most from the scholarship award, which will see him travel to Alabama in December to take a free full-day test in a USF2000 single-seater, as well as a further full day’s testing in a Pro Mazda car. “It’s brilliant news,” said the Althorne-based Falcon Motorsport driver. “I can’t wait. It will be a great experience to take a two-day test in the States; I hope that I can do the championship proud. There will be teams out there looking for drivers, and I’m hoping to make a good impression.” Championship manager Sam Roach said of Harrison’s selection for the Road To Indy prize: “To go from karts to cars is a big step, and Harrison has impressed everybody with his very positive approach to the transition. We think he’s going to go far with that attitude.” Scott, whose debut season in car racing this was, has enjoyed a remarkably successful year. He won the Scholarship Class for rookie racers and with it free entry to the 2014 championship; he was also second overall in the championship behind the unstoppable Dan Cammish, and will join Dan for an end-of-season test session in one of the Airwaves Racing team’s Ford Focus BTCC cars. Harrison was one of only two drivers this season to out-qualify Cammish, and he claimed his maiden car-racing victory at Silverstone late last month. “The USA test and the touring car test will be two great experiences for me,” added Harrison. “I’m really pleased for the whole team because we have all worked hard this year. To win the Scholarship and second overall in the championship makes me really happy.” Another award to go Scott’s way today was the Joe Tandy Memorial Trophy, awarded to the best rookie of the season by the JTR team and Joe’s parents.
Championship debutant Simon Rudd springs a surprise for Falcon Motorsport at Brands Hatch this morning by taking pole and two further front row slots for rounds 28, 29 and 30 of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. It was oil on the already damp circuit which was the biggest deciding factor: a coating went down after a few minutes of the session and all the quickest times were set ahead of this. James Abbott went straight out for a ‘banker’ lap and his move paid off: “I’ve always tended to go out and set a quick lap early,” said James, “and it really worked for me this time. I was perhaps a bit lucky that the oil went down when it did, but then again I have gone well in the wet all year.” Abbott’s best lap was 1.6s quicker than his closest challenger, Rudd. Abbott’s car was powered by a Mountune-prepared EcoBoost engine for the first time this season. Rudd’s second-best time was good enough to earn him pole for round 29, and the Chatham youngster, making his Formula Ford debut with the Falcon Motorsport team, was delighted: “We only did 15 laps in it yesterday. so I’m very happy with that.” Simon fell victim of the treacherous track conditions late-session, slithering into the gravel trap at the Druids hairpin. Rosso will share the front row with Rudd in round 29, and the Argentinian Jamun driver has the pole for round 30, with Rudd P2. Newly crowned Scholarship Champion Harrison Scott and Friday testing pacesetter Sam Brabham both missed their opportunity to grab a pole. “I was busy bedding-in brakes at the start of the session and then the oil went down,” said JTR driver Sam. “It’s a shame because we showed yesterday that we had the pace for pole.” Brabham ended the session ninth. Scott, meanwhile, made an early pit call for adjustments and also missed his chance; Harrison’s Falcon Motorsport Mygale recovered to fifth overall by the end.
Juan Rosso this afternoon became the fifth different race winner of the 2013 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship season, the 20-year-old Argentinian leading the 28th round from start to finish for Jamun Racing. Harrison Scott was a close second and won the Scholarship Class, with James Abbott third for his maiden podium finish. Scott’s Falcon Motorsport machine started from fifth on the grid after the Essex 17-year-old missed the opening laps of qualifying, when the track was at its quickest. He dislodged Jayde Kruger from fourth place on the opening lap and moved into third past championship newcomer Simon Rudd on lap three. Then Harrison set about reeling in Abbott, finally achieving his goal of second place after James erred at Druids on the final lap. “He ran a bit wide and I was able to get close,” said Harrison, “and then I was able to get a good tow from him on to the back straight and get past. It was a really good race for me.” It was Scott’s 15th podium finish of the season and his 12th Scholarship class win.