Porsche ace Owen Evans is aiming for a “stunning level of presentation” with a new two-car Formula Ford team – Evans Wooding Racing – due to contest the MTA New Zealand Formula Ford Championship this season.
Evans, whose son Simon will race alongside fellow karter Matt Wooding, believes that his team helped raise the standard of preparation in kart racing during the eight years his sons were involved. And he hopes the same will happen in Formula Ford.
The two Stealth cars, one the ex-Michael Burdett racer, will be painted in near-identical black, chrome and red livery.
Both drivers are 16 years old.
A team of experienced personnel has been put together to run the cars in the national championship, and Australian engineer Phil Barrett will join the team at each meeting.
After talking with the Australian teams involved, Owen Evans believes that an apprenticeship in Formula Ford is an ideal way for young drivers wishing to graduate into V8 Supercars.
He reasons that someone with a background in wings and slicks would find it harder to make the transition to V8 Supercars than a driver straight out of Formula Ford.
His younger son Mitchell (13) will also make his car-racing debut, in Formula First, and will also represent New Zealand in the world junior kart champs in November.
Richard Oxton, son of former Gold Star Champion David Oxton, is also expected to make his debut in Formula Ford from a kart racing background this summer.