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Fennymore cruises to victory in chaotic first race

Graham Fennymore scored an easy victory in the first Formula Ford 2000 race of the weekend as his rivals fell by the wayside.

The race was a battle for survival, with Fennymore’s nearest challenger Benn Simms parking his Reynard SF77 on the first lap with a broken gear linkage. Third-placed starter Lee Bankhurst’s Royale RP30 also expired on the first lap as a front wheel rim had completely sheared off.

Drew Cameron ended up being the closest to Fennymore’s Reynard SF81 in his Royale RP27, almost 28 seconds behind despite having a steady but quick run from sixth on the grid. He had overtaken previous champion Andrew Park’s SF81, which was down on power with suspected timing issues. Park carried on until the end and held third, reporting that he had less and less .

There was a considerable scrap for fifth place just down the road, initially involving Ian Foley (Reynard SF78), Colin Wright’s 1979 Reynard and Class B leader Fraser Collins in his Lola T580. Collins harried Wright for several laps but could not get past, but an approaching Molly Dodd had less of a problem in her Royale RP27, sweeping through the grid to fifth after missing a gear at the start and dropping to the back. Wright was sixth and Collins seventh.

Behind them, the field thinned out. Davy Walton was eighth in his SF79, ahead of the Delta of Roger Price and Jennifer Ridgway’s Parmalat-liveried SF78. Her father Graham Ridgway only had three functioning cylinders on his own SF78 and retired on the first lap.

The race both ended and began with a red flag; the race was ended early to retrieve a pair of crashed cars, and the first start was aborted on the first lap. It looked as if a collision between Simms and Fennymore was the cause; the two had contact at Cascades and Simms spun off. However, just out of sight, there had been a four-car pile-up just past the start, with seventh-placed Doug Crosbie (Reynard SF78) being collected by Brian Morris’s 1979 car, with at least two following cars being caught up in the melee. These included Jeremy Main’s similar SF79 and Dave Margetts’s Dulon. None of these made the restart.

Full results at TSL Timing

Image by Richard Towler

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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