BLANCHARD TO MAKE FORMULA FORD RETURN

BLANCHARD TO MAKE FORMULA FORD RETURN

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BLANCHARD TO MAKE FORMULA FORD RETURN

By Josh Nevett

Experienced Supercar racer Tim Blanchard will return to his Formula Ford roots at Winton Raceway next weekend, taking on a round of the national series with Sonic Motor Racing Services.

In a one-off appearance, the 34-year-old will pay homage to his 2007 Formula Ford title by steering a Sonic Mygale chassis with the same Jaylec livery that he campaigned 15 years ago.

The Australian Formula Ford Series will serve as a support category to the Supercars Championship from May 21-22, giving Blanchard the opportunity to immerse himself in both categories that he has spent so much of his career in.

After competing in Formula Ford locally and overseas, Blanchard drove for the likes of Dick Johnson Racing, LD Motorsport and Brad Jones Racing over the stretch of his full-time career and has taken to Mount Panorama for the last two Bathurst 1000 enduro’s with his own Blanchard Racing Team.

Blanchard has an eye to the future with this Formula Ford comeback – the event will aid his preparation for the Bathurst 1000 and act as a step towards an appearance in the prestigious Walter Hayes Festival for Formula Ford at Silverstone in the future.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Formula Ford at Winton. It’s a category that I’ve always loved and I have a real soft spot for,” Blanchard said.

“I’ve been doing historic Formula Ford racing for the last few years and I really enjoy driving the cars, so I was keen to try a new challenge and pit myself against all of the young stars coming through.

“The hidden agenda is that I’d really like to do Walter Hayes Festival at Silverstone at some point, so I wanted to see how I go against the current level of drivers and see if I’m wasting my time or not!

“I also want to keep race miles up ahead of the Bathurst 1000, and with this Winton Formula Ford round on the Supercars bill, it’s a good chance to do it. I’m already going to be there, so I thought this was a handy opportunity.

“I feel like I should be up the front. I’m pretty experienced in racing, so I should be competitive, but on the flip side I haven’t raced a Duratec-powered Formula Ford in 15 years.”

Blanchard also explained the significance of returning to the Formula Ford field with Sonic.

“There’s a real nostalgic element with Mick and Maria from Sonic too,” Blanchard said.

“Tim Slade prepared my Formula Ford back in 2007 with Sonic, so on the Friday, he’s going to come over and give the team a hand – it’s a full reunion.”

Sonic Motor Racing Services Team Owner, Michael Ritter expressed that he was thrilled to have Blanchard back in the fold.

“It’s great to have Tim back with us in Formula Ford, rekindling some of the past glory that we had together,” Ritter said.

“Tim tested last week and he was quickly near the pace, and I’m sure he will only get faster as the Winton race weekend goes on.”

Ahead of Blanchard’s return to national-level competition, the retro-liveried Jaylec Mygale will compete at Phillip Island in the hands of his younger brother Harry, who will steer the car in the Victorian Formula Ford Championship this weekend.

Blanchard will be part of a three-car Sonic Motor Racing Services entry list at the Winton SuperSprint alongside Valentino Astuti and Winston Smith.

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