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Harrison sails through the backmarkers to win

Jordan Harrison has secured another Classic Formula Ford win at Silverstone, fending off both his rivals and backmarkers.

Harrison, in his green Lola T540E, was clearly the quickest on the Silverstone National circuit, but it was only in the latter stages of the race that he put any distance between himself and his chief challengers, Henry Chart (Van Diemen RF81) and Ben Tinkler in a 1980 Van Diemen.

Tinkler was combative from the start and climbed to second off the line, but Chart was not giving up easily and kept second place for a good chunk of the 15-minute event. As Harrison managed to get a jump on the rest of the field, Tinkler also reeled in Chart and quickly built up a small lead.

Chart was no slouch and even led very briefly early on, passing Harrison at Brooklands, but Harrison took back his place shortly afterwards. Chart repeatedly harried first Harrison, then Tinkler, but was unable to get a purchase.

Fourth place went to Rick Morris in his Royale RP29, who had been scrapping with Class B driver Simon Toyne for most of the race. Toyne started with the upper hand and did maintain it for a while, but the wily Morris was able to pass him and keep him at bay. Paul Britten followed the pair home in a PRS 81F, having closed the gap to Toyne gradually in the closing laps.

Britten was safely clear of seventh-placed Joe Ahrens, who was struggling with his Van Diemen RF80 and had trouble keeping his revs in the right region. He in turn was considerably ahead of Mark Harrison (Royale RP21). Harrison had been enjoying a robust spat with Lola driver Chris Porritt, but came off best in eighth place. Peter Hannam’s Nike was behind them in tenth.

The yellow flags were out at Brooklands in the opening laps as Richard Yeomans’s Crossle had stopped on-track, having had a collision with the Royale of Philip Senior and come off worse. The Crossle was moved fairly quickly and the race continued with no more interruptions.

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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