Simms wins as back-of-the-grid chargers impress

Benn Simms won the second Formula Ford 2000 race at Snetterton comfortably, but the most dramatic action was further down the grid.

Simms, driving his Reynard SF77, won by almost 11 seconds from Graham Fennymore’s SF81 and was the only driver to dip under the two-minute lap mark. Fennymore just about kept him in sight until the end and had a sizeable gap between his car and Greg Robertson’s SF79. For a while at around lap 8, it looked as if Andrew Storer’s SF79 was going to catch Robertson, but Robertson put a safe distance between himself and Storer’s famous Pukka Pies-liveried car and finished just over a second up.

The rest of the field was quite a long way back and it was more than half a minute before fifth-placed Stephen Glasswell (Reynard SF79) appeared. The rest of the top ten arrived in intervals, starting with Steve Collier (Royale RP27) in sixth, then the SF79s of Brian Morris, Jon Finch and Jeremy Main, and the SF78 of Graham Ridgway.

This was where things got interesting; due to non-finishes in the previous race, Finch and Ridgway had started 24th and 27th respectively and had fought through the busiest part of the field in just ten laps. Eleventh placed Fraser Collins won Class B from 23rd, having broken a gear linkage on his Lola T580 in the last race. He had a terrific battle with Bernie Braden (Reynard SF79) for a couple of laps towards the end, before coming out ahead.

Adrian Reynard once again retired his SF79 on the opening lap. Molly Dodd was unlucky to drop out on the final lap in her new Royale RP27, having come through strongly from the back and set some good times for someone in her first FF2000 race.

Full results on TSL Timing

Image copyright Chris Dicken/Benn Simms

By Rachel Harris-Gardiner

Rachel Harris-Gardiner is the editor of Vintage Formula Ford and former Historic editor for She is a regular contributor to Autosport and Motorsport News and writes her own blog about women in motorsport, Speedqueens.

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