Simms back on top of the Mountain

Benn Simms was back to winning form at Cadwell Park for this afternoon’s HSCC Wolds Trophy Formula Ford 2000 race.

Simms’s yellow Reynard SF77 was once again in its familiar position right out in front of the field, with its driver buoyed by success in both Historic Formula 3 races. Race 1 winner and polesitter Andrew Park was disposed of very quickly on the first lap and it was his turn to run the gauntlet of backmarkers this time. Simms was hampered by slower cars on his final lap yesterday and Park had some obstacles with which to contend today.

Park, driving a Reynard SF81, was in a safe second by the end of the race but he was challenged at a couple of points by Graham Fennymore, who was third in his SF81. Fennymore in turn was pushed by the race’s sole Classic entrant, Murray Shepherd, who even got past him for a short time in the closing laps. Shepherd, driving a Van Diemen RF82, benefited from the early retirement of Paul Allen’s Delta T78 but he was more than capable of podium pace.

Ian Pearson (Royale RP30) held fifth place, but was only a couple of tenths ahead of Ben Glasswell’s Reynard SF77. He had been squabbling with Graham Ridgway’s SF78 and must have been relieved when it disappeared on the final lap. This promoted Adrian Reynard to seventh, having won the qualification heat in his SF79. Brian Morris had been runner-up in the heat but could not get past Stephen Glasswell in the final itself. Reynard, Glasswell and Morris were part of a five-car SF79 queue, along with tenth-placed Andrew Storer and Jennifer Ridgway in 11th. Adrian Langridge (Crossle 41F) had been part of this group but also retired late on.

Fraser Collins was the winner of Class B, finishing 17th in his Lola T580. It was a considerable struggle to even get on the grid, as his car decided to stop working in the first heat and he had to work his way from the back to even qualify for the main race.

Full results at TSL Timing

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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