Leading Kent Formula Ford driver, Brett Francis, has been invited to compete at the prestigious Goodwood Revival Meeting on the 17th-19th September. Francis, one of the most successful Australians competing in England this year, was asked to drive an Ausper Formula Junior racing car by enthusiast and car owner John Ferris. The young Brisbane charger will race at the exclusive event alongside names such as Stirling Moss, Damon Hill, Barry Sheene, John Surtees, Phil Hill and compatriot Sir Jack Brabham.
Hosted by Lord March at his Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, West Sussex, the Revival Meeting aims at recreating the atmosphere of 50s and 60s race events. With a wide variety of historic vehicles being hurled around the fast, flowing circuit, Francis’ Ausper will be one of the rarer cars competing in the Chichester Cup. Built in 1962 by an Australian living in England, the Ausper is a classic period racing car with thin tyres and outboard suspension. The spectacular slides and drifts achieved by these cars as the drivers throw them around the track make them a crowd favourite, and was formerly used as the training ground for future Grand Prix drivers.
John Ferris spoke about his enthusiasm for his young Aussie driver: "Brett’s performances in the Kent Formula Ford Championship this year has raised a lot of interest. I became aware of his ability last year, and have followed his progress closely since. The Goodwood Revival Meeting is a wonderful event to be a part of, and I thought the Ausper would be ideally suited to Brett, and vice versa. It’s no coincidence that Formula Junior was the category where future Grand Prix stars were spotted, as I believe Brett is on his way to bigger and better things in motorsport. Hopefully this will help him get noticed and give his career a much deserved boost."
Brett Francis is equally excited about driving at the world’s most prestigious historic event: "I was absolutely thrilled when John asked if I’d like to drive at the Revival. This is a once in a lifetime chance. I never even thought I’d be able to get along to watch the meeting, let alone drive at it. The atmosphere is going to be electric, with so many amazing pieces of motorsport history, not to mention some of the greatest racing drivers of all time. If I manage to meet Sir Jack Brabham or Barry Sheene I’ll be even more thrilled. And as for the car, I can’t wait to drive the Ausper around one of the fastest tracks in the country. It will be an eye-opener after being behind the wheel of a modern Formula Ford all year! This is a real piece of Australian sporting history, so I’m going to make sure I look after it."