Speedsport win Historic Formula Ford Championship

Oct 26th, 2021

Pierre LIvingston is the Champ !


In tricky wet conditions, Pierre Livingston did exactly what was needed to clinch the 2020 Historic Formula Ford Championship from previous champion Cameron Jackson at The Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival event on October 24/25.

Another stunning lap in qualifying gave Pierre his sixth consecutive pole position, the only driver to get into the 51 secs bracket.

The weather played a big part in the races however. Race 1 took place on a damp track and set up was critical. Pierre was beaten off the line by Jackson and the pair quickly pulled away from the pack. Pierre knew he only had to finish second, but towards the end of the race he piled the pressure on Jackson, taking fastest lap and crossing the line only 0.1 sec behind the winner.

Race 2 took place on an even wetter track and Pierre was relegated to third at the start – needing only to finish in that position to clinch the championship he rather frustratingly stayed in formation until the chequered flag knowing he could have gone much quicker but wisely resisting the temptation to get involved in a wheel to wheel battle in treacherous conditions.

It has been an impressive season for Livingston, clearly the class of the field in his Merlyn from the Speedsport/Classic Team Merlyn stable.

Team boss Mike O’Brien commented : “Pierre has really come of age this season, and deservedly won the Championship ahead of very stern opposition. Although Pierre will now undoubtedly move onwards and upwards in motor sport, we will stay closely involved with him, and expect him to pilot some of our other historic singles seaters next year, before making the move to GT racing”.

CTM has a busy time however, as they will be running 3 cars at the famous Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone starting on October 31st. New drivers Jamie Vinall-Meyer and Mark Carter join us for the first time in our blue CTM machines. We will also be looking after Chris Porritt’s Merlyn MK20, a car which we have restored over the past three months or so.

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