Harrison Scott has claimed the points lead of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain by winning the first of three races at Croft. The Falcon Motorsport driver entered the first race of the weekend trailing JTR Motorsport’s Jayde Kruger by nine points but turned the tables after a storming getaway from pole position.
The latter stages of the race developed into a fight for the top spot with Ashley Sutton closing on the #6 Falcon Mygale until the safety car was deployed in the closing laps, depriving us of a battle for the win.
Sutton’s Jamun Racing car started in sixth place, slotting into position behind the two Radical Racing machines and the JTR entered car of Max Marshall at the start. That was one place gained. He then went on to take fourth from James Abbott at the hairpin by the end of lap 1. Juan Rosso in the second Radical car took second on lap four, diving up the inside of Marshall at Tower and highlighting the best course for Sutton. The move was repeated by the Jaman machine a lap later, on lap six Abbott dropped Marshall down to fifth place.
Light rain on the track complicated the situation but didn’t really impact on the pace of the race, or more importantly the pace Sutton. He passed Juan Rosso in a drag race to the Jim Clark Esses to claim second place and shoot of in hope of claiming his first Formula Ford race win.
A three car prang at Tower in the worsening conditions not only decimated the Scholarship field but denied Sutton the chance of his first race. The safety car was deployed and the race ended behind the Ford Fiesta ST.
Scott led the field home with Sutton an artificially close second, though with the pace of the #16 it is impossible to tell how close the race would have been if not for Connor Mills, Connor Jupp and Ricky Collard colliding. Juan Rosso rounded out the podium for Radical with team mate James Abbott behind. Marshall halted his slide down the order at fifth ahead of team mate and now erstwhile championship leader Jayde Kruger in sixth.
Chris Mealin took second in the Scholarhsip class, behind the runaway class leader Sutton, with his seventh overall for Falcon ahead of series returnee Louise Richardson, who kept her nose clean for Richardson Racing to take third in the scholarship and eighth on the road ahead of the Sinter-Scholar of SWB Motorsport’s Greg Holloway.
The collision five laps from the end of the race put Mills and Jupp for Meridian Motorsport and Falcon’s Ricky Collard out of the classified finishers.