Cunningham Cup set to return for second season

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THE Cunningham Cup will be presented for the second time in 2013 it has been announced, with the SuperSeries for Formula Ford 1600 set to return to the tracks for another season.

The SuperSeries made its debut in 2012 and, although two planned races in France and Italy did not happen due to the economic climate, the series still gained strong support for events at Brands Hatch and Mallory Park.

The SuperSeries will concentrate on races in the UK this year, with European trips put on hold for the foreseeable future and will attempt to offer Formula Fordsters a much needed national series.

The Cunningham Cup will be presented to the ‘Driver of the Year’ and organisers hope that the high-profile nature of the SuperSeries and trophy will attract racers to compete.

The Cunningham Cup carries the name of popular Advertiser & Review region racer, Neil Cunningham, who is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.

Cunningham has been a career-long supporter of Formula Ford 1600 and said this week: “I am really happy that I can again lend my support to the SuperSeries and to Formula Ford 1600. The SuperSeries is a great championship and I am sure the racing will be very good.”

Joey Foster, a three-time winner of the season-ending Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, won The Cunningham Cup last year for victories at Brands Hatch and Mallory Park.

He said: “Formula Ford it the best starting point for young racing drivers in my opinion.

“The cars are great to drive and teach you so much. The SuperSeries looks like it has a great calendar for 2013 and I hope I can support the races from time-to-time, I would like to try and retain The Cunningham Cup.”

The full SuperSeries calendar is set to be formally launched at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham next week, although it has already been confirmed that SuperSeries will start at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland on April 6.

Feature races for competitors will include the Martin Donnelly Trophy – also at Kirkistown – the Castle Combe Carnival, the Mallory Park Speedbowl and the Bert Ray Trophy at Brands Hatch. JB