Fennymore sneaks past Simms

A win for Graham Fennymore doesn’t seem too surprising this year, but today he managed to surprise Benn Simms.

On the hunt for second in the championship, Simms got a phenomenal start in his Reynard SF77, attacking Fennymore’s SF81 almost off the line and quickly pushing ahead. He held his lead even after a restart, and although Fennymore did try to attack, Simms clearly had the upper hand.

This continued until the last half of the final lap, when Fennymore drew level with the yellow car and finally passed it on the pit straight, just 0.083s ahead.

Simms was happy with second, as this meant a championship second ahead of Ian Pearson, who was third and first Royale finisher. Pearson had been conducting his own race-within-a-race with Marc Mercer’s SF79, finally taking back the place where he started and also seeing off Andrew Storer, who had got in front. Storer was on a mission in his SF79, dispatching Molly Dodd (Royale RP27) early on in a bid to draw level with the leaders.

In the end, Storer was a good way behind Mercer and sixth-placed Dan Eagling, in yet another SF79, was a little further back. He had kept clear of the race-long tussle between Adrian Reynard (Reynard SF78), Dodd and Stephen Glasswell’s SF79. Reynard managed to break free in the closing laps, although Dodd was completely unbothered by his reputation and gave him a run for his money. Reynard was seventh, Dodd eighth and Glasswell ninth.

Tom Smith was tenth, driving Graham Ridgway’s SF78. He had been due to start the race third, but was having trouble with gear selection and pulled off into the pits on the formation lap. He had to weather two pitlane starts, but still made his way into the top ten.

The red flag came out after a collision at Brooklands between Jen Ridgway’s Parmalat-liveried SF78 and Nick Haryett’s 1979 Reynard. Haryett got off the driest line on the track, clashed wheels with Ridgway and went up on two wheels before clattering towards the barriers. Ridgway’s car suffered broken uprights but was able to be towed away. Neither was able to restart.

Class B leader Fraser Collins also had to start at the back in his Lola due to not finishing Race 1. He made his way up to 18th, but was pipped by a place to class victory by Dave Margetts, who was 17th in his Dulon.

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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