Champion Interview by email: 1800 - Paul Britten
Our thanks to Paul for answering the questions with candour:
When did you start racing?
For financial reasons I never did a full season or a championship, only
individual races. During 2000 and 2001 I managed to do 9 races, 5 in the
2000 BRDC Formula Ford championship and 4 in the 2001 BARC Formula Renault
Championship. Of those races the ones that stood out were:
Simple reason really, 750MC F4 was dying and Monoposto became the only option for single-seater club racing on a low budget. Looking at the costs it became apparent that the entry fees for Monoposto were lower than F4 and the calendar was far more impressive. Then I found out that I didn’t need to modify my car much to be competitive so I was sold.
What mods did you make to the car?
I’d watched a few races and the only thing I noticed was that a few people had wings, other than that everyone’s car looked fairly standard (how naïve!). So with that in mind I decided to buy some front and rear wings off the same person I bought the car from. They were relatively cheap as they weren’t carbon fibre so it didn’t make much of a dent in my budget. And that’s it! Two things stopped me doing anything else to the car, the first was the cost and the second was that I wanted to keep the car standard in case I wanted to do the Formula Ford Festival again. With that in mind the engine, the gearbox, the suspension and the wheels / tyres are standard Zetec specification. Even the exhaust manifold and the dash unit are standard.
Are there any others you would have liked to make?
Not really! If I started throwing money at the car by fitting things like a limited-slip diff or a bespoke manifold it would take some of the enjoyment out of it. The only thing I would consider is fitting wider wheels so that I could run old F3 rubber, which would save a fair bit of money as well as giving a bit more grip. But that might require changing my hubs which I’m not keen on.
Which was your most enjoyable race?
Is there anybody you especially enjoy racing / beating?
Would you have done anything different?
Which is you favourite circuit and why?
How big is your team on the day?
Do you work on the car yourself or get somebody else to do it?
Are you glad you did Mono?
Would you like to race anything else? (Within Mono, or any other
series whatsoever, budget no limits.)
What do you do as a day job?
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Paul with the car
Castle Combe before.....
....it tipped down with rain
The asst ed has no idea whether a Jordan 191 would fit the bill for historic GP racing, but will take any excuse to show a picture of Gary Anderson's masterpiece. Seen here at Spa 2011 (pic: Sports Car Digest)