Kruger Fights Back in Second Oulton Thriller


Jayde Kruger (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

After battling hard for the first of three races in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Oulton Park in Cheshire, Jayde Kruger and Harrison Scott returned to the fray for round 11 of the championship. Torrential rain and accidents shortened the clash, prompting a red flag after six laps. The race started in bright and sunny conditions but soon deteriorated leaving the 13 strong field very high but not particularly dry on slick tyres.

Pole sitting JTR Motorsport driver Max Marshall was the first to suffer, followed soon after by his team mate Sam Brabham. Juan Rosso from Radical Motorsport also came a-cropper when the rains came. None of the incidents were related and all the drivers were unharmed.

The rains were not a factor in Kruger’s leap up the order though. The JTR car had already passed his team mates when the heavens opened and was in the lead of the race. A fifth place start for the South African didn’t appear to hinder his pace at all when he passed Brabham for second on lap three and then Marshall in a brave move at the Cascades on lap six. Scott made similar progress behind to take second place.

“I got past Max at Cascades,” said Jayde. “There was heavier rain out at that point of the circuit, and I think Max just ran wide and off, as did Sam. I am pleased to have taken the win of course but it’s not nice when your two team-mates have crashed out.”

In the final classification it was Chris Mealin’s Falcon Motorsport entered Mygale which came third overall. That also meant that Mealin claimed the victory in the Scholarship class. Mealin nabbed the lead of the class from Ashley Sutton on just the second lap of the race and held on till the end despite going off at the chicane in the rain. He did manage to get back on the track after his off.

Other finishers include Connor Mills who took fifth overall and third in the Scholarship for Meridian Motorsport and James Abbott’s Radical Motorsport machine in sixth. Andy Richardson continued an impressive return to the championship in seventh overall for Richardson Racing, ahead of Ricky Collard’s Falcon Mygale and Conor Jupp’s second Meridian machine. Greg Holloway took tenth for SWB Motorsport as the last of the classified runners.