FFord leaders eye switch

Nexa, which leads the points with Valle Makela, is set to expand to run in two series next year and is considering a Formula Renault campaign. Reigning champion Team JLR, which already runs in FRenault, is looking at switching to Formula BMW. JLR boss Richard Dean said that he couldn't commit to FFord without information about plans for the series next season

FFord leaders eye switch

He said: "At the moment there are a lot of details that have yet to be confirmed. If it isn't possible for our team to operate in it then we will look elsewhere. We're interested in FBMW, and we will look at it very seriously if Ford isn't what we want it to be in terms of professionalism. We are set up to run at a certain budget, and with the staffing we have we are not able to run below that. We remain committed to FFord, because it's the best formula for this level and there's a place for it. "Our priority for 2005 is to get everything in place for FRenault. BMW is a good possibility if we don't do Ford."

Nexa co-owner Andy Kidby said that the team was evaluating running in four series. He said: "We've made no firm decisions for next year. Ideally we'd like to know a bit more about what is likely to happen with Ford before we make any commitments. "There are four options on the table, and we're evaluating what to do. We're looking at Formula 3, FRenault, FFord and FBMW. F3 isn't likely to happen, but we should have decided by the end of August."

Formula Ford UK Championship boss Sam Roach said: "It's quite right that there's uneasiness with the teams - there's still doubt it will happen. Our plans are creeping forward for 2005. What we all need is confirmation of Ford's plans for '05. "We're going to sit and watch for a bit longer to see how things settle down. Until then it's difficult to say what it's going to look like next year. "There's lots of positive things we're working towards like sponsors and Ford's involvement. I'm conscious that the season is going on, but it's still only August and a lot of things are on the horizon that could make a night-and-day difference."

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