Kruger Doubles Up on Oulton Sunday


Kruger led the entire race, surviving a safety car restart in the process (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

JTR are celebrating a double victory for the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain points leader, Jayde Kruger. After claiming victory in the second race of the weekend on Saturday, the #2 JTR Mygale carried Kruger to the top of the podium in the sole Sunday race of the meeting at Oulton Park. Kruger’s now familiar tail continued to be the Falcon Motorsport run Harrison Scott, though for the first time all weekend the South African was able to build a margin and keep it for the race distance.

The only time the gap closed was during a mid-race intervention by the Ford Fiesta ST safety car and as if to compensate he broke the lap record for the Oulton Park International layout. That record he set quietly yesterday while we were all riveted to the battle between the JTR and Falcon machines. The result for the weekend puts Kruger nine points clear at the head of the table before Croft.

“Two wins and a second – we’ll take it!” said Kruger of his Oulton weekend. “That was a faultless race, really: the car was fantastic from the start of the weekend to the finish. It was really easy to drive, and that’s what made the difference. When you go into every corner knowing what the car is going to do, it makes it really easy.”

Harrison Scott also drove a perfect race but didn’t have the pace to match JTR machine ahead while Juan Rosso for Radical Motorsport took a third place. The Argentinian didn’t have it all his own way for third either, being forced to defend against a determined Ashley Sutton for Jaman Racing. That was after he put a daring move on JTR’s Max Marshall out of Lodge and through Deer Leap.

When the safety car returned to pit lane Sutton was preparing to set up a copybook move on Rosso but couldn’t pull it off. A gear linkage problem for the Jaman machine put paid to that and Rosso took the final podium spot, his second visit to the podium this weekend. James Abbott in the second Radical run car took fourth.

The gear problem for Sutton didn’t just rob him of the chance for a podium finish, but the Scholarship class win that was his to lose. Meridian Motorsport took the gain from Sutton’s misfortune, with Connor Mills claiming the class victory. Ricky Collard and Chris Mealin, both for Falcon Motorsport took second and third in class, seventh and eighth overall.

Richardson Racing’s Andy Richardson took ninth place ahead of Sutton who managed to get back out of the pits to complete the list of cars running at the finish of the race.

Connor Jupp’s Meridian run machine retired with a return of the electrical gremlins which put him out of the first race while SWB Motorsport’s Greg Holloway spun out of the race prompting the safety car. JTR Motorsport’s Sam Brabham didn’t start after the accident which put him out of race two.

The next action from the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britian comes from Croft in three weeks time. You can follow all the action here on thecheckeredflag.co.uk.