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Classic Formula Ford FF2000 Historic Formula Ford HSCC round up

Silverstone showdown…

The HSCC Finals are just about to begin at Silverstone. All three Ford-based championships come to a close over the weekend. There are still wins and titles on offer, plus chances to make a reputation at the HSCC’s home circuit.

In Formula Ford 2000, Graham Fennymore has already wrapped up the championship, but he will be wanting to add some more wins to his tally.

Although no-one can catch Fennymore for the title, the field is still highly competitive, with 34 cars registered. Benn Simms will be Fennymore’s chief rival. Having suffered a blown engine and other problems with his yellow Reynard SF77, he will aim to end the season showing what he and the car can do.

Previous champion Andrew Park has only been a part-time presence this year and misses this round, but Royale driver Ian Pearson is there and is sure to be in the mix, alongside Molly Dodd in another Royale.

Jordan Harrison is already Classic Formula Ford Class A champion and as Cam Jackson has not entered the Classic race, he is the favourite for the overall title. His closest rival on the leaderboard is Rick Morris, who does not have the advantage of DNFs to drop from his score but who can be relied upon to be fiercely competitive.

Throughout the season, Henry Chart has been at the front of the pack, battling with both Jackson and Harrison. He has missed the last three races after incurring serious car problems at Oulton Park, losing ground to Morris, but he will be a serious challenger on-track. All three front-runners have combative driving styles and there is a chance of fireworks.

Classic FF1600 stalwart Stuart Kestenbaum is out in his Van Diemen RF79 and could overhaul Chart for third in the championship if the chance arises.

This leaves Historic Formula Ford, where the championship door is still open, with three drivers in with a chance of stepping through it.

The three contenders are, predictably, Jackson, Tom McArthur and Horatio Fitz-Simon. There are also three races over the weekend, making up for the abandoned one at Brands Hatch, meaning that consistency will be important.

Jackson is driving the Winkelmann that took him to the 2019 championship and he usually goes well on the tow-heavy Silverstone National circuit. McArthur, in Simon Hadfield’s Titan, is 27 points behind with 75 available and comes into the Finals with four back-to-back wins. He is also the only driver to defeat Jackson in a fair fight, at Donington this year.

Fitz-Simon is only six points behind Jackson in the standings and had got quicker as the season progressed, but he has not yet managed a win. He burst onto the Historic scene at Silverstone National in 2019, finishing third in the Historic final, and is comfortable around the National layout. He was also in the Classic Team Merlyn Mk20, the same car he will use tomorrow. His strong battling streak should serve him well.

The Over 50 class championship will probably go to Brian Morris, but Kevin Stanzl caught up with two good scores at Mallory. We will also see the return of Ross Drybrough in his March 709. Drybrough has an outside chance of an Over 50 win, but whichever way it goes, his appearance will be a triumphant return after his nasty hand injury at Brands Hatch.

Image courtesy of Dan Bichener

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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