Falcon Motorsport’s Harrison Scott last stood on the top step of the podium at Croft in June but now leads the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain with two rounds remaining in the 2014 season. The eight point advantage came after Falcon secured a 1-2 finish, with Ricky Collard also returning to the top step in the Scholarship class, backing up his title chasing team mate. Scott inherited the lead of the race on Brands Hatch’s Grand Prix layout when confirmed Scholarship champion Ashley Sutton crashed out in his MBM Motorsport Mygale.
Sutton initially had good control over the race, building a 5.2 second margin over Scott by the third lap. Disaster struck on the fourth tour when he misjudged the tricky conditions and carried straight on at Paddock Hill Bend. Sutton wasn’t harmed in the incident which handed the lead to the new championship leader.
Kruger’s rocket ship start from sixth on the grid seemed to assure the South African of another win and the lead of the title fight. After taking second place a mistake of his own at Graham Hill Bend left him vulnerable. , surrendering the lead at Surtees to Harrison Scott.
“I got a good start but then Harrison got a run on me and got through,” said Jayde. “Then I made a mistake and slipped further back. Then came the safety car and there wasn’t much excitement after that.”
Four laps under safety car, for Sutton’s off, offered a brief respite to the drivers in a race which would see many incidents and be shortened for safety reasons late in the race.
After the restart the Falcon man didn’t look back, building a 1.3 second margin over Collard by the close of the race. The restart gave Scott the chance to build a gap over his team mate and the chasing Radical Motorsport entry of Argentinian race Juan Rosso. The race then came to an early conclusion as Ovie Iroro for Richardson Racing followed Sutton’s example and beached in the gravel at Paddock on lap eight. There wasn’t enough time left on the clock for a safety car deployment so the chequered flag was waived and Scott took his eight point advantage over Kruger.
Collard, who had his drama before the race started when he lost control on the green flag lap, and Rosso completed the podium with Kruger in fourth. A race which started so well and rapidly became damage limitation for the JTR man could have gone so much worse.
“It was such a confusing race,” Scott explained, “but obviously I’m really happy to be back on the top step of the podium after so long. It’s great for my championship hopes – but it’s not over by a long way yet. Both Ashley and I had a lot of wheelspin off the start and Jayde got a flyer, then I managed to get past Jayde and from then on I was trying to keep up with Ash. He was so far ahead of me I didn’t see him go off.”
James Abbott in the second Radical lost ground initially, recovering his grid position by the end of the race. He lost out at first to the Richardson machine of Louise Richardson but pulled a move on the final lap to relegate the lady racer to sixth place. Abbott would be dropped back after a two second penalty for a flag infringement. Michael O’Brien for MBM, who was similarly penalised, and Chris Mealin in the third Falcon car took seventh and eighth place ahead of Greg Holloway’s SWB Motorsport run Sinter-Scholar which rounded out the classified finishers. O’Brien’s penalty dropped him to eighth.
Both JTR’s Max Marshall and the series returnee Jack Barlow for MBM both were set to finish and place ahead of the SWB car. However contact on the final lap with Mealin forced both cars to the pits with damage and the early flag meant that they didn’t finish.
Despite his early off, Ashely Sutton set by far the fastest lap of the race, half a second faster than the best that Scott could turn out.