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Farnham's Josh Hill eyes Formula Ford Festival victory

Josh Hill
Hill started competing in Ginetta Juniors in 2008

Farnham driver Josh Hill is targeting victory in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, son of 1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon, finished 11th in last season's final race.

Hill told BBC Surrey: "I think I'm definitely in with a shot of winning the festival. It's highly prestigious so I'll be going all guns blazing.

"Last time I was very competitive so it's looking good. The key is to qualify at the front of the grid."

The festival has been on the motor racing calendar since 1972, attracting young drivers from all over the world including Australia and the USA.

The format for the weekend includes heats, semi-finals and a final.

Joshn Hill
Hill wears the memorable Hill family helmet design when racing

Many drivers in the festival have gone on to race in Formula 1.

McLaren driver Jenson Button and Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber were victorious in 1998 and 1996 respectively, while Michael Schumacher crashed out of the 1988 event.

"Formula Ford is a brilliant proving ground for aspiring F1 drivers," Hill said.

"It just gives you the race-craft and engineering knowledge that you need to take with you further through your career.

Hill finished fifth in this year's British Formula Ford Championship with five wins.

And he is looking to take the chequered flag to make up for the fact his father Damon never won the Festival.

"He got on the podium but never quite won it," he said.

"It would be great to bring the trophy home for the Hill family as well.

"It's a very close racing circuit so a lot of people in the Formula Ford paddock have got a shot at winning it."

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