Simms triumphs as Fennymore struggles

Benn Simms has increased his lead at the top of the Historic Formula Ford 2000 table as his nearest rival faltered.

Simms, driving his distinctive yellow Reynard SF77, showed more of the pace he displayed in qualifying, dipping well under the two-minute mark to keep Graham Fennymore’s SF81 at bay. Fennymore had been gaining slowly on Simms and had actually set the fastest lap of the race, but a broken wishbone slowed him right down and dropped him all the way to ninth place.

This opened the door for Cam Jackson, on his first time out in a Delta T80. He had a slightly hesitant start and was passed by Graham Ridgway’s Royale RP27 off the line, but he soon retook his spot and maintained a solid, if a little distant, third place. The retirement of Drew Cameron’s Royale with a loose wheel took some of the pressure off him, then he was able to pass Fennymore’s ailing car and settle into second.

Third-paced Ben Glasswell was another driver who got an excellent start, working his way up from 11th to sixth fairly quickly. He quickly pushed his SF77 past his father Stephen’s SF79 and then overhauled Ridgway for third, where he stayed. Ridgway was fourth and Glasswell Sr fifth, with the sister SF79 of Greg Robertson very close behind in sixth.

Lee Bankhurst (Royale RP30) was seventh, although quite a way back, with Andrew Storer’s SF79 in tow. Adrian Langridge completed the top ten in his Reynard SF78, behind Fennymore.

It was a race of considerable attrition. Jen Ridgway’s SF78 had radiator issues and she did not even complete a lap. Ollie Roberts’s SF79 was hit by flying debris on the first lap and didn’t go much further, swiftly followed by the SF79 of Brian Morris, who found himself with a broken throttle cable. Neil Bowman, whose Van Diemen RF78 is the only Class B car on the gird, also did not finish.

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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