Rosso Grabs Maiden Win In Brands Opener


Juan Rosso made it four different winners in the last four Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain races with a dominant maiden win in the opening race on finale weekend at Brands Hatch GP.

The unpredictable nature of the post-Cammish era of the single-seater championship had continued earlier in the day, with James Abbott putting his Radical-prepared car on pole position.

Abbott’s lead was short-lived however, with a great start from fellow front-row starter Rosso allowing him to storm around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend into the lead.

The Argentinian was able to forge an early gap to Abbott behind, however a run of fastest laps saw Abbott close onto his tail. Before he was able to challenge for the place though, he found himself under challenge from Harrison Scott, the new Scholarship champion having passed team-mate Simon Rudd for third early on.

The battle between Abbott and Scott became a race-long duel, their fighting allowing Rosso some breathing room in front. The Jamun Racing driver drew away from the two behind in the closing stages, crossing the line for his maiden win 3.3 seconds ahead of his closest rival.

That turned out to be Scott, the Falcon Motorsport ace snatching second on the final lap, with third still being enough to give Abbott his first podium finish of the campaign.

Behind the podium places, Rudd slipped back through the field as his debut race progressed, with Jayde Kruger and Sam Brabham emerging in a close fight for fourth. The South African fended him off to take the place, with Brabham securing fifth ahead of JTR team-mate Max Marshall.

Andrew Richardson took seventh, while last lap drama for Camren Kaminsky and Rudd saw them slip to eighth and ninth respectively. Luke Reade completed the finishers in tenth, with Connor Mills failing to finish after clutch problems.

Full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/134103foz.pdf