History will be made at the 2009 Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch this weekend. 

The 38th running of the Formula Ford Festival sees history being made by the de Zille family.


It was in 1983 when the Team owned by Brian de Zille, Pegasus Motorsport was setting the standard in Formula Ford. Not only had they won the RAC British Formula Ford Championship with Andrew Gilbert-Scott and that years First Edition Formula Ford Festival, but Brian’s son Graham also took the BP Superfind Junior Formula Ford Championship.


The Team ran two Lola-Ministers and a Reynard-Minister during that year. A Lola T642 E was kept by the family, and in 2004 it was completely restored by Minister International. Since then it has been seen at a number of Motor sport shows.


That is until now!


Fast forward to 2009. Graham’s son 22 year old Dan, after completing his University degree course at the end of 2008, and having never competed in any form of motorsport before, decided to go in at the deep end!


During 2009 he has competed in the Scholarship class of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. In what has been acknowledged as one of the most competitive seasons in recent years Dan has progressed all year and in the latter part of the season has scored several podiums and his first class win at the recent DTM meeting, on the Brands Indy circuit.


Dan, from Jersey, will compete at the Festival in the Duratec Class with his Mygale SJ08-run by Minister International.


His team mate for the Festival will be his cousin Ben de Zille Butler (32).Ben started his racing career in 2005 driving a Minister International prepared Caterham Superlight and went on to win the 2006 Caterham European Championship and Runner-up in the British Championship. Ben still holds the Caterham C400 Brands GP lap record. In recent years Ben has competed successfully in the British GT championship driving Aston Martin and Lamborghini GT3 and GT 4 machinery.


The Festival sees his single seater debut driving the families’ 1983 Lola in the Kent events. Ben explains, “This is a chance to take part in this Blue Riband meeting, we are under no illusion of the competitive nature of the Kent Festival with drivers in later generation cars, but want to be part of the History of this great event and with Dan driving in the Duratec event what better time?”


Ben will be driving the white Lola, complete with the original Harvest Moon livery with support from Reflex Nutrition. Dan’s white Mygale will be in the usual which also includes support from,,  






For further information contact Graham Fuller at Minister International on 01634 682577 or    


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