Dan Cammish has matched 2011 champion Scott Malvern’s modern-era record of thirteen consecutive Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain victories with a lights to flag win in the opening race of the weekend at Croft.
It proved to be lucky number thirteen for the championship leader, after a stall for pole-sitter Harrison Scott helped him on his way to victory, helping him continue his 100% winning streak this season.
Scott took his first pole position of the season in qualifying earlier in the day, however it was to all go wrong for the Falcon Motorsport ace at the start of the green flag lap.
Stalling his Mygale off the line, Scott got away dead last. Rules stipulate in that situation drivers are not permitted to overtake to regain their starting position, however Scott did just that, leading to a drive through penalty being handed to him.
An excellent getaway for Cammish saw him beat Scott into Clervaux for the first time, however on lap two at the Complex, an uncharacteristic error for the championship leader saw him throw away his advantage, a mistimed gearchange sending him off onto the grass.
Cammish managed to recover to second and after leading for a lap, Scott relinquished his advantage to serve his penalty. This gave Cammish the lead once again and this time the JTR ace didn’t give it up, with a fierce battle for second place allowing him to build a commanding 7.2s lead at the flag.
Scott’s penalty had promoted Andrew Richardson up to second, the Grantham-based racer having passed Nico Maranzana on the opening lap. The Argentinian fought back on lap five though, with a great move at Tower Bend giving him second, a position he held for the remainder of the race to take his seasons-best finish and the Scholarship class win.
Juan Rosso took third from Richardson at the hairpin on lap nine to make it a double podium finish for the Jamun Racing outfit, with Richardson slipping to seventh at the finish after a last lap effort to re-take second at the hairpin ended with him running wide and losing ground.
Benefitting to take fourth on his return to the series with Lassi Halminen, the Falcon Motorsport driver having missed the last rounds at Oulton Park, while completing the top six were JTR team-mates Camren Kaminsky and Sam Brabham.
Behind Richardson, Scott set the fastest lap of the race on his recovery drive to eighth, while Sam MacLeod ended up as the first of the three guest drivers competing this weekend in ninth, with fellow newbies Wei Fung Thong and Rob Shield eleventh and twelfth respectively.
The full race result can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/132503foz.pdf