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Jackson cruises to Cadwell victory as Chart misses out

Cam Jackson won his first race of the weekend in HSCC Classic Formula Ford. The Winkelmann driver, at his home circuit, was denied the challenge of Henry Chart but had a new rival in Samuel Harrison.

Chart was due to start from second but did not get on to the grid after blowing His Van Diemen RF81’s engine up in qualifying. This left Jordan Harrison (Lola T540E) and Samuel Harrison in an Elden Mk8 to try and catch Jackson.

Neither was able to get on his tail, but Samuel Harrison rapidly gained on Jordan Harrison, passing his more experienced rival on lap 5. He continued to gain ground while the Lola driver struggled with suspension troubles, sliding down the timesheet and into retirement.

This left Samuel Harrison to attempt an attack on Jackson, but he was now increasing in pace and pulling away. Harrison held a safe second place from Rick Morris’s Royale RP21, promoted to third place. Some way behind, Paul Unsworth was fourth in his Lola T200, having sneaked past Stuart Kestenbaum’s 1979 Van Diemen on the penultimate lap.

The lower reaches of the top ten were the site of a lot of position-shuffling; a disrupted qualifying meant that some of the slower entrants found themselves higher up the grid than usual and took their chances. Mark Harrison was sixth, having qualified eleventh in the Royale RP21 raced by son Jordan Harrison last year. He was followed by the PRS RH01 of Colin Williams and Ben Hadfield in a Van Diemen RF78. Both Hadfield and ninth-placed Alan Fincham (Van Diemen RF80) travelled up and down the places in this middle pack before settling into eighth and ninth.

Richard Yeomans was tenth in his Crossle 25F. Robin Haslam sorted out his Alexis Mk15 after his qualifying tangle with Hadfield to finish twelfth, behind Laurie Hughes’s Van Diemen RF78.

Full results at TSL Timing

By Rachel Harris-Gardiner

Rachel Harris-Gardiner is the editor of Vintage Formula Ford and former Historic editor for ff1600website.com. She is a regular contributor to Autosport and Motorsport News and writes her own blog about women in motorsport, Speedqueens.

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