Sutton Takes First Formula Ford Win at Croft

Jamun Racing are celebrating the first win for their sole driver in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, Ashley Sutton. The 20 year old was denied the chance of victory in the first race by a safety car but refused to lie down, blasting away from the third row of the grid to grab the win in the second race of three at Croft.

James Abbott led the field away from pole, keeping the newly appointed series leader Harrison Scott at bay in the process. Sutton rose to the podium positions rapidly then spent six laps closing down the Falcon Motorsport machine in second. He eventually made the pass in a dive to the inside at the hairpin, leaving Scott no option but to let him go. Sutton then went on to work on the one second advantage Abbott held, halving it in the first lap of clear air.

The Radical Motorsport driver did his best to keep in front but was unable to hold off a determined attack into Tower which would see the Jamun Racing machine take the lead on the ninth lap. The two were neck and neck through Tower and all the way down the straight to the Jim Clark Esses but by the time they had to brake, Sutton had done just about enough.

Sutton, who went on to build a 2.3 second advantage was quick to give his team credit for his win. “The car was absolutely fantastic,” he commented, “The guys at Jamun put such a great car underneath me. Without that edge I couldn’t have done it.”

Abbott held on to second place in the Radical Motorsport machine with Harrison Scott a distant third. Almost five seconds covered the podium positions at the end of the race. Juan Rosso put a Radical into fourth place ahead of Jayde Kruger for JTR Motorsport and his team mate Max Marshall.

In the Scholarship class the top spot went to our race winner, Ashely Sutton. Chris Mealin led home the main body of Scholarship runners with Louise Richardson taking third for the second time at Croft. Ricky Collard failed to make much progress from the back of the field after his race 1 clash and placed fourth in scholarship and only one place ahead of the SWB Motorsport machine of Greg Holloway.

Connor Mills was the only DNF, his Meridian Motorsport machine retired after two laps while his team mate Connor Jupp didn’t even make the start.