A Dramatic Final Race saw Wayne Boyd win the 2015 Formula Ford Festival, after the race was temporarily red flagged because of a large oil slick that occurred when Niall Murray‘s car failed after ten laps.
Having dominated their races earlier in the day, it was Boyd and Stephen Daly who started on the front row, with the battle between the two dominant drivers, the talking point before the race had even started.
Both of the front runners made a good get away as they headed towards the first corner. However; Daly was forced to the outside and as they ran up the to Druids, making contact with Boyd and losing his nose plate. Despite this set back, he continued.
Meanwhile, behind the top two, the challenger of Joey Foster attacked Semi-Final 3 winner, Niall Murray. As the pair battled for third they lost increasingly more time, thus struggling to keep up with the leaders.
Foster eventually overtook Murray at Druids after a lap, but wasn’t able to break away, with the #156 actually holding up Murray behind. Meanwhile Luke Williams and Jake Byrne caught up as a result.
Eventually though, Daly lost his advantage. A damaged car was tough to control and he fell three seconds behind Boyd and into the grips of Foster. After a failed move the lap before, the #156 attacked and eventually took second place on the fifth lap.
With reduced aerodynamics, Daly kept dropping, eventually falling to fourth, before hitting back at Murray and re-passing the Irishman to take third. It didn’t end there though, as Foster ran wide at Paddock Hill allowing Daly and co back past before Murray blew.
Running in third, the 2013 Champion’s engine exploded, releasing fluid over the track. The drama continued behind with Foster sliding off as a result, seeing two of the contenders for the win end their race early.
The oil meant that the race was red flagged, having initially been put under safety car, with the cars lining up on the grid in the order the race had been running. As the race was restarted, Boyd would once again start on pole ahead of Daly, Williams and Byrne.
It was Byrne who made the best start as he immediately took third with the top four braking away from the pack behind. The race took a turn after only a few laps as second to fourth went 3 wide into Druids. They all made contact and spun with two out and Daly damaged car, down to sixth.
Meanwhile, Melroy Heemskerk had been making progress and had already made his way up to fourth, past the Americans, after the leaders crashed off. This was an impressive achievement, considering that he started down in twelfth.
What this meant was that Boyd now stretched his advantage at the front and would remained unchallenged for the remaining of the race.
The attention soon switched to the battle for the podium. Having kept out of trouble, Robert Barrable was now in second ahead of Stuart Gough. With Heemskerk and the American Scholarship drivers in hot pursuit.
A four car train for second soon emerged as behind, Michai Stephens lost sixth the the recovering Daly who had dropped further after his incident. Daly would pressure Dakota Dickerson in front, but couldn’t find a way past as the young Scholarship driver held on in his first Formula Ford Event.
Despite the pressure, Barrable held on to his position as the race saw a second engine failure with Geoff Richardson blowing up at the top of Druids. While the oil spills saw the drivers take different lines, few would drop down the order as a result.
Boyd would eventually cross the line to celebrate his birthday in style with a purely dominant victory after 20 laps of racing. While Barrable and Gough rounded out the podium.
Behind them, Heemskerk made an excellent drive through the field ahead of the young American; Dickerson, who beat Daly, Stephens and completing the top eight was Adam MacKay, who’d started from twenty-second on the grid.