Tarling collects the 2015 Classic Formula Ford Trophy


It was the dominant Richard Tarling who took the 2015 Classic Formula Ford Trophy after an intense battle with Gislain Genecand for the majority of the race that saw the two swap positions regularly for the damp evening race.

Qualifying for the Classic Formula Ford Trophy saw Tarling dominate to easily take pole ahead of the 16 car field. He managed to pull a 0.8 second gap over his rivals early on before pitting. Second placed Mike Gardner caught him slightly as the session continued, but Tarling came out of the pits to secure his position.

Despite this, the two at the front continued to to build their lead over the rest of the pack, as a four car battle ensued for third on the grid.

Good start for the front few rows as Tarling maintained his lead. But it wasn’t going to be a straight fight between him and Gardner after the chaser fell back from the lead battle as Genecand moved into second.

Having started in fifth, Genecand was up to second after only three laps and was forced to take the outside line as Tarling used his knowledge of the circuit to defend from #10.

Genecand forced the issue into Surtees, but neither could get away as the two tussled wheel to wheel for the majority of the race. As the fastest two on the track, neither were pressured with both of them slipstreaming into the first corner.

With three laps to go, Tarling made the most of the drying track and extended his lead going into the dusk to take the chequered flag and the Trophy.

Having made a poor start, Gardner fell back later on as he ran wide and crossed the line 18 seconds down on the leader, with Stuart Kestenbaum in fourth.

Alain Giradet would cross the line in a lonely fifth place, while the best action at the end of the race was the battle for sixth. An excellent defensive drive from John Village allowed him to claim the honours despite pressure from Andrew Smith and Scott Guthrie.