Competing in my first Formula Ford Festival was a humbling experience.
It was an absolute coup for organisers to return the Festival to its Kent-engined roots (giving the 1950s-developed engine top billing for the first time since 1992) and many said it was the most competitive edition in years.
The entry didn't top 50 cars, but the quality was outstanding.
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Ben Anderson is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor and one of our track testers. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism studies from the University of Sheffield and joined the title in March of 2008, after eight months working in local newspaper journalism for award-winning weekly the Surrey Mirror. He has raced karts and cars since the age of 11, and occasionally continues to do so around his reporting commitments for Autosport.@BenAndersonAuto More features by Ben Anderson