A twelfth victory in the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain has brought JTR Motorsport’s Jayde Kruger back to level pegging with championship leader Harrison Scott heading into the final meeting of the season at Brands Hatch. The South African led the race from pole to the chequered flag despite being pushed by his title rival all the way.
With Sutton originally on Kruger’s heals, searching for his sixteenth win and a celebration to his Scholarship title from race 2, the JTR racer set his teeth into building a gap. Soon Scott came onto terms with the MBM Motorsport machine making a pass at Copse Corner on the second lap of the race who promptly brought the margin down to less than a second, holding the gap for a further nine laps.
Despite newer tyres on the Falcon machine, come half distance Scott began to fall further back allowing Kruger to eke out a further half a second. At the line they were split by 1.6 seconds bringing Kruger to the head of the title table. Harrison Scott took the point for fastest lap but Kruger would take the title on count back should the points remain even in three races time.
Sutton held out for third place despite braking issues which caused his front left to lock through much of the race. That put him back into the clutches of Max Marshall who recovered from an DNF in race 2 to hustle for the podium, unsuccessfully, in the final encounter. That result ties the Scholarship champion and Marshall for third in the overall title standings.
James Abbott for Radical Motorsport took fifth place ahead of Richardson Racing’s Louise Richardson. Richardson’s result netted her a Scholarship class second place ahead of Clay Mitchell in the third JTR machine who took Scholarship third. Michael O’Brien for MBM and Chris Mealin’s Falcon machine took eighth and ninth with Jessica Hawkins the last of the top ten, and lead lap, runners for MBM.
Ovie Iroro for Richardson Racing and Greg Holloway for SWB Motorsport both lost the lead lap and placed eleventh and twelfth respectively. Juan Rosso retired after suspension damage stranded his Radical Motorsport machine on lap five.
Ricky Collard was the only driver not to start the race. He opted to sit it out after his father, the BTCC racer Rob Collard, was hospitalised in a horrific shunt during the second BTCC race of the weekend. Rob Collard was later announced to have avoided serious injury in the accident which red flagged the touring car race.