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McArthur and Fitz-Simon put pressure on Jackson as McArthur wins again

Tom McArthur picked up two more wins at Mallory Park this weekend, with Horatio Fitz-Simon as runner-up both times.

Both were capitalising on the absence of Cam Jackson, in action at Goodwood. Fitz-Simon still has a chance of winning the championship following his points haul and McArthur’s relative dominance showed that he is still unwilling to let Jackson have the championship his own way.

McArthur, driving Simon Hadfield’s Titan Mk4, had the advantage of being at his team’s home circuit and was impressive from the start, although he was chased all the way through qualifying and Race 1 by Classic Team Merlyn’s Fitz-Simon, who had never raced on the track before.

The Anglo-Californian Merlyn driver was in hot pursuit of McArthur throughout and was always within touching distance, but McArthur was able to hold him off, if only by a tenth or two. He had an easier ride in Race 2 as Fitz-Simon was hampered by lapped cars and giving away half a second on lap times. He trailed McArthur by almost ten seconds, although still picking up a valuable haul of points.

Race 1 looked like it was going to be another podium for Samuel Harrison in his Elden Mk8, doing both Formula Ford series this weekend, but he was pipped on the final lap by Matt Wrigley’s Merlyn Mk11A/20 by about a tenth. The pair were locked in battle with Mark Bates, driving Robin Haslam’s Alexis Mk15 for Shaws Motorsport. Bates was fifth in Race 1, just 0.199s behind third-placed Wrigley.

Harrison held on for third in Race 2, despite an oil cooler fracturing towards the end. This time he has a clear lead over Bates, who was fourth, and fifth-placed Wrigley, another 4.9s down the road.

Danny Stanzl (Elden Mk8) was not quite able to keep with his normal sparring partner, Wrigley, and had to settle for a pair of sixth places. His other usual close rival, Brian Morris, was not racing and this handed the first Over 50s win to Danny’s father, Kevin Stanzl, in a Crossle 16F. He was followed quite closely by fellow Over 50 driver Paul Unsworth’s Lola and their finishing positions were reversed in Race 2.

Classic Team Merlyn’s Mark Carter scored his first top ten in Race 1, followed by George Ditchfield’s yellow Elden. The pair repeated this feat in Race 2.

Newcomers Nikki Cottrill (Lotus 61M) and Palliser driver Zoe Newall were on track once more, with Newall the quicker of the two.

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 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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