HISTORIC FF2000 NEWS & INFORMATION
SIMMS TAKES 2022 TITLE WITH WET WEATHER WIN
Benn Simms was crowned 2022 Champion with a win in the wet at Croft, from GB3's Alex Fores. Graham Fennymore took the win on Sunday in a dry race. Report here by Rachel Harris-Gardiner
WINS FOR SIMMS AND MERCER AT THE SUPER PRIX
Benn Simms took victory and set a new lap record in race one at the Legends of Brands Hatch Super Prix. Race Two was won by Marc Mercer on his return to FF2000. Report here by Rachel Harris-Gardiner
MORGAN VOTED ONTO FULL HSCC BOARD
Alan Morgan, Historic FF2000 Chairman, has been voted onto the full HSCC board. This announcement acknowledges the importance of Historic FF2000 within the HSCC, backed by the impressive entry figures achieved in recent years. The club's paddock parties and large competitive grids have become an integral part of the HSCC event weekends.
HISTORIC FF2000 NOMINATED FOR RAC CLUB HISTORIC AWARD
Historic FF2000 has been nominated for the Competitive Event (supported by A, Lange & Sohne) at the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards for 2021.
The Awards, held at the Club's Pall Mall Club House on 25th November are held to celebrate organisations that aim to preserve and converse our automotive history. The Competitive Event Award winner is chosen by the panel of judges from a selection of both large and small events.
The Competitive event award was collected by the VSCC, but the nomination was significant recognition for the continued efforts of Alan Morgan and Iain Rowley in developing our highly successful Championship.
2021 SEASON CLOSES AT SILVERSTONE
As the 2021 season draws to a close, the Historic FF2000 community can look back on a very successful season. No less than 65 drivers have started races with us this year and it has been very gratifying to welcome a number of new faces to the formula.
Having started the year with similar Covid restrictions to the ones we had in 2020, we were able to move closer to something approaching normality by the time we got to Oulton Park where we were able to resume our famous paddock parties.
The 2021 championship has already been decided. Graham Fennymore has taken the title with a combination of untouchable pace and great consistency but Benn Simms and Ian Pearson are neck and neck in the battle for second and third. All will be decided at Silverstone on the 16th and 17th October…
COMPETITOR LIAISON SUPPORT
The Association is pleased to announce that Iain Rowley and Peter Richards have agreed to act as Competitor Liaison Support Officers. Their role is to support any competitor or competitors who have any issues on or off the track, this before any problems have to be taken further to the Clerk’s office or to MSUK.
Iain is co-founder of HFF2000, its Vice-Chairman and attends or competes in most of our races.
Peter took part in our first race at Cadwell and is a former competitor in HFF2000, as well as in the Derek Bell and URS series. He has also competed successfully in Europe with the Dutch and German Historic Clubs. Peter has recently stopped racing but wishes to stay involved with the Association. He was our resident doctor before retiring from work two years ago having spent decades as a paediatric brain surgeon at the John Ratcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
FF2000's inaugural race was held here in 1975, in pouring rain. In contrast Saturday was dry and bright but, in common with most other series, our first race enjoyed more than a few set backs. Heavy overnight rain meant a delayed start to racing on Sunday, but we again enjoyed a dry and bright race on what was by then a dry track. All in all a mixture of some excitement and excellent close racing! And of course great food for our paddock party. A race report is here. Results are Race 1 and Race 2.
Our Gold Cup entry saw 34 cars on the grid and, despite some early mishaps and a restart, the weekend again showed why HFF2000 is such a successful and popular series. With the relaxation of Covid restrictions we are now able to bring back our paddock parties and Oulton was our first this year. A race report is here. Results are Race 1 and Race 2.
With races on both the Club and Grand Prix circuits, our usual large number of entries and a host of late cancellations and late entries, Alan's admin skills and patience were certainly put to the test in working out the heats for the championship races. The event was spread out over four days with typical British summer weather of sunshine and showers. Race reports are here, here and here. Result are Heat 1, Heat 2, Final and GP.
HISTORIC FORMULA ATLANTIC
Congratulations to our sister club, Historic Formula Atlantic, on obtaining Motorsport UK recognition.
The club is the brainchild of our founders Iain Rowley and Alan Morgan, although Alan's commitment to HFF2000 means that he will not be actively involved in Formula Atlantic. The club's patron is John Webb, who was the man behind Formula Atlantic back in the day. John was also the moving force behind the creation of FF2000.
Historic Formula Atlantic promotes safe, enjoyable and competitive racing for Formula Atlantic and Formula B cars built from 1971 to 1983 and for Formula Pacific cars built from 1977 to 1982.
THE SEASON CONTINUES AT CADWELL
Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire saw the third and fourth rounds of the 2021 championship on June 5th and 6th. With almost 40 cars entered it meant that, for the second year running, we ran a series of heats for the two championship races. Over two days we saw some great racing with close and fair battles throughout the field in the heats as well as the championship. Rachel Harris-Gardener's reports on the races are here and the results for the championship races are here Race 1 Race 2. Pictures are here
HFF2000 IS FIRST IN GRID SIZE AND POPULARITY
Autosport magazine carried out its own survey of the health of club motorsport in the UK. Historic Formula Ford 2000 has come out on top. Here is its summary of HSCC championships.
WANTED - PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS
Our new website celebrates pictures and videos of HFF2000 racing and social events from the 1970s to today. If you have relevant pictures that you'd like to see on the site please get in touch.
As you'll see from the track links on the Gallery page we have no HFF2000 pictures from Castle Combe or Mallory.