Fennymore wins as Simms fights from the back

Graham Fennymore has secured his second Historic Formula Ford 2000 win of the weekend, leading comfortably from pole position.

Fennymore’s Reynard SF81 was consistently fast and he made the most of his leading position to pick up another easy-looking win, in a race that was far less eventful than the first.

Andrew Park was second in his SF81, having dealt with some timing gremlins over the lunch break. He was not able to keep on the back of Fennymore but was easily quicker than the group that followed him for most of the race, consisting of the Royales of Drew Cameron and Molly Dodd and Ian Foley in a Reynard SF78. Cameron prevailed out of the three, holding on for third, and Dodd repeatedly attacked, braking very late. By the end, their party was broken up by the arrival of Benn Simms’s yellow SF77.

Simms, a non-finisher in Race 1, came through from the back to finish third. Initially it was relatively simple and he made up 12 places on his opening lap. His biggest obstacle was Dodd, who refused to concede at Old Hall Bend and continued to defend effectively for several corners. Simms’s experience showed and he passed Cameron fairly quickly after dispatching Dodd. Cameron was fourth and Dodd fifth.

Simms brought Lee Bankhurst with him from the back. The Royale RP30 driver had also dropped out of the first race. He followed Simms through until the final lap, when he was unable to get past Dodd or Cameron to continue his mission.

Foley held on for seventh, ahead of Class B winner Fraser Collins in his Lola T580. Davy Walton (Reynard SF79) was ninth and the Delta T78 of Roger Price completed the top ten.

Despite eight cars failing to finish, there were no stoppages and most of the casualties pulled into the pits under their own steam.

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 She is a regular contributor to Autosport and Motorsport News and writes her own blog about women in motorsport, Speedqueens.

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