Fennymore puts Pearson in his place

Graham Fennymore has won another Formula Ford 2000 final at Brands Hatch, defeating polesitter Ian Pearson.

Fennymore started second in his Reynard SF81 and was right on the tail of Pearson’s Royale RP30 from the start. He sneaked past Pearson at Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap and kept his lead, despite Pearson’s best efforts. For most of the race, he shadowed Fennymore in his matching white car and it was only right at the end that the eventual winner was able to put any clean air between himself and his rival. It looked as if Fennymore was getting away at mid-distance, but Pearson re-attached himself, only to be shaken off at the end.

Andrew Storer, driving the “Pukka Pies” Reynard SF79, was third, some way behind the leading pair and never really challenged by the rest of the field, which was led by Molly Dodd. The Spalding teenager was looking to make up for her hefty penalty in her heat, which denied her a win in her Royale RP27. She was not able to catch Storer but she did a great job of seeing off Nick Haryett’s 1979 Reynard, which did threaten her early on. Haryett held fifth for a long time but was passed by a charging Jon Finch, whose SF79 needed major work between qualifying and today’s race after a crash. Finch did well to progress steadily from 11th, making his final push past Haryett and the SF79 of Stephen Glasswell, who was seventh.

The Royale RP27 of Nathaniel Cooper was eighth, some way ahead of Adrian Reynard. Reynard was another driver who made up many spots from a lowly qualifying position, taking his SF79 from 24th all the way to the top ten. Ian Foley was next in an SF78.

A lively midfield battle just behind the top ten was won by Jennifer Ridgway in another SF78, who got ahead of Roger Price’s Delta and Antony Raine’s Merlyn. Raine was the Class B winner.

Full results at TSL Timing

Image courtesy of Richard Towler

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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