Falcon Motorsport driver Harrison Scott has taken victory in the first of three Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Oulton Park. The Essex racer fought off the advances of JTR Motorsport’s South African hotshot Jayde Kruger for the entire race in treacherous conditions.
The battle started in qualifying with the Falcon man besting Kruger for the top spot on the grid. The battle was rejoined when the race went green. Kruger took the early advantage after Harrison Scott bogged down on the start. That put the JTR machine alongside Scott heading into the first corner, where Kruger was hung out to dry.
Kruger branded the move ‘a bit naughty’ but Scott responded that ‘there was nothing malicious in it,’ adding he wasn’t sure why Kruger was disgruntled. The stewards agreed, the move was branded fair, if a little strong.
Scott then built a lead of 1.1 seconds at the end of the first lap, which appeared to be the fullest extent of the rope tying the two cars together. Fastest laps came from Kruger to bring the gap back down until it was time for the do or die move on the final lap. An error from the JTR driver then sealed his fate as the second placed man on the podium.
Radical Motorsport’s Juan Rosso took third, eighteen seconds behind the leading battle after fighting race long with the second JTR racer and double winner from Thruxton Sam Brabham. After locking up at Knickerbrook on the final lap and missing the corner to secure third, Brabham was penalised a single second which dropped him to fourth place in the standings.
Fifth went to championship returnee Andy Richardson in the family owned Mygale. He battled briefly with James Abbott in the second of the Radical machines, though the Richardson Racing car was long gone by the time Abbott began his tumble to eleventh at the line.
A result of contact with the third of the JTR cars in the hands of Max Marshall in the final laps during a move for sixth. The penultimate lap move at Lodge corner also secured Marshall pole for race 2.
The Scholarship class was taken by a returned to form Ricky Collard. The son of West Surrey Racing’s Rob Collard battled Ashley Sutton from Jaman Racing. Pressure produced a scrappy race from the Falcon Motorsport driver who admitted to dropping a wheel into the gravel at Lodge corner, though he did manage to keep the car under control and take the class win.
Chris Mealin for Falcon and Connor Mills for Meridian Motorsport rounded out the top ten. Greg Holloway for SWB Motorsport rounded out the finishers in twelfth place behind the unfortunate Abbot with series debutant Connor Jupp in the second Meridian run car out of the action on the third lap following a spin.