Vauxhall-Lotus Challenge

General Motors' own formula has become a popular alternative to Formula Ford 2000 in only its first year. The new 2-litre 16-valve engines, as found in the latest version of the Vauxhall Astra GTE, are installed in identical chassis built by Reynard, so parity between the runners is guaranteed.

Top runners so far this season have been Dragon Motorsport's Mika Hakkinen and Allan McNish, but Gary Ayles, Philippe Adams and Dougie Spencer will be battling hard. Two names to watch out for are Justin Bell, son of Derek, and David Brabham, son of Sir Jack; Racing for Britain colours are carried by Peter Hardman.