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Kruger Heads Home on a High after Knockhill

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Jayde Kruger has taken his second victory of the day in the Sunday races at Knockhill for the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. The difference between the two wins was like night and day as the South African from JTR Motorsport romped away at the head of the field, in stark contrast to the 17 lap slog which earned him victory in the morning.

The first break to go Kruger’s way came when MBM Motorsport decided that Ashely Sutton’s Mygale-Mountune was too badly damaged in his race 2 crash to fix out of local resources. The team switched the race 1 victor into a spare chassis and he was forced to relinquish the pole and start from the back of the grid as a result. The second came after his rocket ship getaway, while his JTR team mate Max Marshall kept championship leader Harrison Scott behind, allowing Kruger to close the points gap to just six points headed to Rockingham.

“I can’t complain about two wins in a day, especially after what happened yesterday,” said Jayde. “Also, Max finished ahead of Harrison, so that’s even better for me. Happy days, and good to have got my championship back on track, it’s a lot of pressure off me and we are headed for circuits now which I think will suit us.”

A smooth run to victory at the front could not have come at a better time as all attention was locked on the struggle through the field being mounted by Sutton. Having started stone dead last, he was in fifth by the end of lap five and locked in a race long battle with Falcon Motorsport’s Ricky Collard for fourth and the Scholarship class win. Heart in mouth racing saw the pair duel for ten solid laps before a mistaken lunge at the hairpin allowed Sutton to be re-passed by Radical Motorsport’s Juan Rosso.

The Argentine then went on to nab fourth place from Collard which brought the MBM and Falcon protagonists together again. Another four laps passed with the two cars lapping almost as one before Sutton laid up a daring overtake round the outside of Scotsman Corner for the position.

Max Marshall also impressed after he was handed a three place grid penalty for obstructing Sutton in race 2. He flew past the Richardson Racing entry of Louise Richardson then blitzed Ricky Collard. His pass on a struggling championship leader put Harrison Scott into third. Scott was willing to settle for third saying, “I just didn’t have the pace compared to the other two. Jayde went off into the distance and I couldn’t defend against Marshall.”

Juan Rosso held on to fourth place aided by the struggle behind for fifth. Sutton bested Collard with Louise Richardson in seventh. Rosso’s team mate James Abbott put a second Radical into the top ten with Greg Holloway rounding out the finishers in ninth for SWB Motorsport.

Falcon Motorsport provided the retirement in the form of Chris Mealin who ran off the track and was forced to retire in the pits. That came after the team struggled to fit a new Mountune power plant to his Mygale following a race 2 incident.

With nine races left in the championship Harrison Scott still holds a slight lead over Kruger with Marshall a distant third. Statistically both Radical drivers have a shot at the title on 421 and 391 for Rosso and Abbott respectively. The Scholarship is dominated by Ashley Sutton who holds an 87 point advantage over Ricky Collard with Chris Mealin a further 81 points behind his team mate.

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