Benn Simms was the runaway winner of the first round of HSCC Formula Ford 2000, beating his nearest rival by over 18s.
Simms, driving his Reynard SF77, was almost five seconds up after a single lap and was never challenged after the first corner. He had qualified two seconds quicker than his nearest rival, Graham Fennymore in a Reynard RF81, and it was Fennymore and the rest of the pack who were left to provide the action while Simms screeched away into the distance.
Greg Robertson’s 1979 Reynard held second place for much of the race and Robertson even managed to keep Simms in sight for a couple of laps. However, he was picked off in the closing laps by Fennymore, who made up for a slightly slow start.
Andrew Storer was fourth in another SF79, having fought off his car’s creator Adrian Reynard, himself driving an SF79. The SF79 chain continued with Stephen Glasswell in sixth. Glasswell had held firm after a mistake by Brian Morris (Reynard SF79) at Murrays dropped him down the order and Jon Finch (SF79) retired on the penultimate lap.
Morris recovered to finish tenth, behind Adrian Langridge in a Crossle 41F, Steve Collier’s Royale RP27 and Jennifer Ridgway in her Brabham-inspired Reynard SF78.
It was a race with several casualties and some of the most robust on-track scraps were at the back of the main pack. Seven cars failed to take the chequered flag, including the Royale RP27 of debutante Molly Dodd.
Full results available at TSL Timing.
Image courtesy of Andrew Ellis