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All change in Classic as Harrison wins

Jordan Harrison has won an exciting Classic Formula Ford race by a tiny margin from Henry Chart in a dramatic all-change at the top.

Harrison had been trading places with Chart for most of the race and nosed his smart green Lola T504E ahead on the final straight. Chart’s Van Diemen RF81 dropped out of gear momentarily and it was a tribute to Chart’s speed that he was only 0.154s behind at the flag.

Cam Jackson had started from pole in his Winkelmann but suffered a rare car failure; the gear change bracket sheared on lap three and he drifted into retirement. This may have been a legacy of his Historic accident yesterday. He had been being pushed hard by Chart and Rick Morris’s Royale RP29. Chart even bumped into the rear of the Winkelmann as it was stuck in gear.

Morris was third, having lost some ground to the leaders at the end but kept up with them for most of the race. His decision to concede to Harrison pushed him further into contention as he was able to attack Chart, trying both outside and inside lines before succeeding.

Samuel Harrison’s Elden Mk8 was initially part of the leading group. He sparred a little with Morris and ran as high as third, but a broken gear lever ended his race shortly after Jackson’s. Broken gear levers were a theme in this race; Phil Attwood also had to retire his Crossle for that reason.

Stuart Kestenbaum kept his Van Diemen in touch with the leaders for the opening laps, but he dropped off the back of their group and had a solo race in fourth. Joseph Ahrens, driving Richard Tarling’s Van Diemen RF80, was a similarly lonely fifth, having cleared Paul Britten’s PRS early on. Britten was sixth and Mike Wrigley was seventh in a 1978 Van Diemen.

A lively battle for eighth place followed, with Mark Harrison (Royale RP21) winning it by a tenth. Alan Fincham’s RF80 was next, in a Royale sandwich between Harrison and Simon Clews’s RP24. Richard Yeomans’s Crossle was less than a second behind Harrison and eleventh overall. Ben Hadfield had been with them in his RF78 but slowed down and crossed the line 12 seconds later.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Jackson leads a furious five home

Cam Jackson has won another HSCC Classic Formula Ford round to add to his collection, but the rest of the field was determined to put on a show.

Jackson’s black Winkelmann was briefly challenged by a charging Henry Chart, who had put his Van Diemen RF81 in third place and pushed past Jordan Harrison’s Lola on the opening lap. Harrison retook the place fairly quickly, although Chart did not make it easy for him. Although he never really had Jackson in his sights, Harrison was a secure second within a few laps.

Chart’s next rival was Samuel Harrison, driving a Catnic-liveried Elden. Yorkshire teenager Harrison had had a hesitant start and was passed by Rick Morris (Royale RP29), but he was soon up to speed and back in front of Morris. He briefly challenged Jordan Harrison until the Lola driver got away, then settled in to a race-long battle with Chart for third. The pair were never more than a car length apart and Harrison made a few attempts to get inside of Chart, but Chart was that bit surer in his lines and held third. The final gap between them was just over a tenth.

Morris was fifth, having dropped off the back of the chasing group but kept a decent gap to Stuart Kestenbaum’s Van Diemen. Kestenbaum had a lonely race in sixth, having lost out in a quick scuffle with Paul Britten’s PRS 81F.

Britten spent most of the race scrapping over seventh place with newcomer Joseph Ahrens, driving a 1980 Van Diemen. Britten mostly had the upper hand but slipped down the order late in the race and did well to fight back to ninth.

Mark Harrison pulled clear of a group including himself, Alan Fincham (Van Diemen RF80) and returning driver Simon Clews (Royale RP24), finishing eighth. Fincham was 10th and Clews 11th. Richard Yeomans was 12th in a Crossle, having won his own battle with Ben Hadfield’s Van Diemen and the sister Crossle of Phil Attwood.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Qualifying roundup: all set for Donington drama

Qualifying for HSCC Formula Ford series has been a mix of familiarity and surprises, promising some dramatic races this afternoon and tomorrow.

The Trophy Trader/URS Classic Formula Ford championship was the first out and Cam Jackson wasted no time in putting his Winkelmann on pole. A shared session with Classic Formula 3 meant that opportunities for clear laps were limited, but most of the field managed to set a decent lap or two in the 1:16s.

Jordan Harrison has sorted out the suspension problems that scuppered his Cadwell chances and will line up second in his Lola T540E. Henry Chart’s Van Diemen RF81 has had a new engine after its Cadwell blow-up and he will start third, ahead of Samuel Harrison (Elden Mk8), who came very close to passing Jackson last time out. Rick Morris’s Royale RP29 was just a tenth slower in fifth and his Don Hardman Racing team-mate Stuart Kestenbaum was sixth, driving a Van Diemen RF79.

Historic qualifying was interrupted by a red flag; Cormac Flanagan crashed his newly rebuilt Alexis Mk14 into the wall after Roberts. Flanagan himself was uninjured by the car was not.

Jackson once again claimed pole but it was relatively tight at the top end of the grid, with late entry Tom McArthur less than half a second behind in Simon Hadfield’s Titan Mk8. Another late entry, the Merlyn Mk20 of Callum Grant, is about the same interval behind in third, ahead of the similar car of Horatio Fitz-Simon. Samuel Harrison pipped Matt Wrigley’s Merlyn to fifth place on the line, despite gearbox trouble. Wrigley was followed by Over 50 class leader Brian Morris’s Lola, with the Merlyn of Morris’s chief Over 50 rival Ross Drybrough snapping at his heels.

Graham Fennymore was the quickest out of two Formula Ford 2000 qualifying sessions. Group B was the faster of the two and Fennymore’s Reynard SF81 was the only car to get into the 1:12s. Ian Pearson’s Royale RP30 was second, followed by 2019 champion Andrew Park in his Reynard SF81 Newcomer Benn Tilley was fourth in Simon Ayliff’s Delta T80.

The big surprise in FF2000 was championship leader Benn Simms only managing sixth in Group A. Simms’s Reynard SF77 has had extensive work done to its engine and was down on power. Greg Robertson (Reynard RF79) was quickest in the group.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Harrison to have another go at Jackson

Samuel Harrison will have four chances to overhaul Cam Jackson at Donington this weekend, as both drivers are set to contest both the Historic and Classic Formula Ford championships.

Jackson, driving his Winkelmann, was increasingly challenged by Harrison’s Elden at Cadwell and victory was only assured when Harrison had an off in the last race of the weekend.

Harrison’s cause in Historic will be helped by the continuing absence of Linton Stutely, whose Royale RP3 is still undergoing repairs after an accident at Silverstone. Tom McArthur, another frontrunner, is also sitting out the Donington races, as is 2018 championship challenger Ben Mitchell.

Slightly further down the grid, Scott Rawlinson’s Merlyn is still being rebuilt after a dramatic testing crash on a wet track at Cadwell.

On the Classic side, Jordan Harrison (Lola T540E) will be looking to make up for a recurring suspension problem at Cadwell. Henry Chart’s Van Diemen RF81 blew an engine last time out, but he is back on the entry list and will be in the mix with Jackson.

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Harrison pushes Jackson all the way at Cadwell

Cam Jackson has won the second Classic Formula Ford race of the weekend at Cadwell Park, but only after surviving a late charge from Samuel Harrison.

Elden Mk8 driver Harrison was just 0.242s behind the reigning champion’s Winkelmann on the line, having fought back from a wobbly first lap and actually gone faster than Jackson towards the end. This follows a serious challenge to Jackson by Harrison in yesterday’s Historic race and sets up an intriguing new rivalry.

Jackson got an efficient start and had begun to pull away from Harrison, but he was challenged by backmarkers and not quite able to lose sight of him. Harrison was overtaken by Rick Morris in his Royale RP21 on the first lap, but retook his position to chase Jackson once more.

Class A winner Morris was a rather lonely third, over 40 seconds behind Harrison and considerably ahead of fourth-placed Stuart Kesternbaum, driving a Van Diemen RF79. Kestenbaum had pulled ahead of Paul Unsworth’s Lola T200 early on and withstood a challenge from Mark Harrison in another Royale, who had been scrapping with Unsworth and finished just ahead of him in fifth.

Harrison Junior, Jordan, made the start of the race after an emergency wishbone repair to his Lola T540E. From the back of the grid, he made his way into the top ten on his first lap, but it wasn’t to be and the car expired again before he had a chance to put in another one.

The grid was shared with a small number of Heritage FF1600 cars; the best of these was Simon Jackson’s Lanan 1604, which gave him a seventh place and a double Jackson family class win. His fellow Heritage competitor Tom Roark was eighth in a Van Diemen RF92.

Series regulars Colin Williams (PRS RH01) and Alan Fincham (Van Diemen RF80) rounded out the top ten.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Jackson cruises to Cadwell victory as Chart misses out

Cam Jackson won his first race of the weekend in HSCC Classic Formula Ford. The Winkelmann driver, at his home circuit, was denied the challenge of Henry Chart but had a new rival in Samuel Harrison.

Chart was due to start from second but did not get on to the grid after blowing His Van Diemen RF81’s engine up in qualifying. This left Jordan Harrison (Lola T540E) and Samuel Harrison in an Elden Mk8 to try and catch Jackson.

Neither was able to get on his tail, but Samuel Harrison rapidly gained on Jordan Harrison, passing his more experienced rival on lap 5. He continued to gain ground while the Lola driver struggled with suspension troubles, sliding down the timesheet and into retirement.

This left Samuel Harrison to attempt an attack on Jackson, but he was now increasing in pace and pulling away. Harrison held a safe second place from Rick Morris’s Royale RP21, promoted to third place. Some way behind, Paul Unsworth was fourth in his Lola T200, having sneaked past Stuart Kestenbaum’s 1979 Van Diemen on the penultimate lap.

The lower reaches of the top ten were the site of a lot of position-shuffling; a disrupted qualifying meant that some of the slower entrants found themselves higher up the grid than usual and took their chances. Mark Harrison was sixth, having qualified eleventh in the Royale RP21 raced by son Jordan Harrison last year. He was followed by the PRS RH01 of Colin Williams and Ben Hadfield in a Van Diemen RF78. Both Hadfield and ninth-placed Alan Fincham (Van Diemen RF80) travelled up and down the places in this middle pack before settling into eighth and ninth.

Richard Yeomans was tenth in his Crossle 25F. Robin Haslam sorted out his Alexis Mk15 after his qualifying tangle with Hadfield to finish twelfth, behind Laurie Hughes’s Van Diemen RF78.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Cadwell Park Wolds Trophy: qualifying round-up

Qualifying for all HSCC Formula Ford categories is now done at Cadwell, with some familiar faces on top and some surprises.

Cam Jackson is out again in his Winkelmann for both Historic and Classic Formula Ford and qualified on pole both times, but was not quite on his usual dominant form. Henry Chart will line up second in Classic less than half a second slower, although he had engine trouble with his Van Diemen RF81 towards the end of the session. Jordan Harrison (Lola T504E) is another couple of tenths behind in third, setting up an interesting opening lap.

Samuel Harrison will start fourth in his Class B Elden Mk8, ahead of 2019 champion Rick Morris’s Royale RP21.

The session was interrupted by a red flag after a collision at the Hairpin between the Alexis of Robin Haslam and the Van Diemen RF78 of Ben Hadfield. This has left several drivers with only a few laps under their belts.

Historic Formula Ford 2000 has a massive entry and two heats will be held later today. Benn Simms was the quickest from two qualifying sessions in his Reynard SF77, ahead of Andrew Park, who topped the second qualifying session in a Reynard SF81. His fellow SF81 driver Graham Fennymore was third quickest and these three were the only ones to go under the 1:31 mark. Murray Shepherd, the sole Classic FF2000 entry in Tony Hancock’s Van Diemen RF82, was fifth in the first session.

Jackson was predictably the quickest of the Historic FF1600 drivers, but again, he was kept relatively honest by his rivals this time and only did three laps. In the absence of Linton Stutely, whose Royale RP3 is still being repaired after its Silverstone shunt, Samuel Harrison qualified second. Harrison, who ran well at this circuit last year, will be looking to make up for the disappointment of losing out due to a crash with Mike Gardner.

Horatio Fitz-Simon, driving for Classic Team Merlyn, was another driver who only got three laps in, but they were good for third on the grid. Brian Morris (Lola T202) and Danny Stanzl’s Elden are up next, with Matt Wrigley’s Merlyn just a thousandth of a second slower than Stanzl.

Full qualifying results at TSL Timing

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Round-up: Classic regulars star at Mallory and Shepherd wins again

With no Classic race at this weekend’s HSCC Silverstone International Trophy, a few regulars decided to try their luck in the BRSCC Northern series.

Rick Morris, who has been vocal in his disappointment over the Silverstone decision, put his Royale RP29 in second position on the grid, out-qualifying a series of newer cars, but it was his Don Hardman Racing team-mate Stuart Kestenbaum (Van Diemen RF79) who took the lead from fourth. A lengthy yellow flag period followed while Chris Hodgen’s 1994 Swift and Edwin Hannah’s Reynard FF84 were cleared up, and combined with Mallory’s compact layout, this meant that there was no room for hesitation at the restart. Kestenbaum also had a gearbox problem to contend with and dropped down the order, finishing seventh. Morris was ultimately unable to keep on the tail of Nigel Dolan’s Van Diemen JL012K, but he held on to second ahead of Paul Mason’s Swift.

Morris was fifth in the second race, ahead of Dolan this time but a fair way back from the podium finishers, led by winner George McDonald in a Swift SC92F. Kestenbaum did not complete a lap due to continuing problems.

HSCC Classic regular Alan Fincham (Van Diemen RF80) also came along and was tenth in the first race. Ian Fernihough’s Titan Mk6 was the other Vintage-age car present.

Back at Silverstone, Murray Shepherd showed his class once more in Classic FF2000, winning both races in a Van Diemen RF82 and running among the Formula 3 machinery that shares the grid. He was seventh overall in the first race, ahead of Greg Robertson (Reynard SF79) in tenth and Jon Finch in a similar car, who was 12th.

Shepherd was fourth in the second race, with only three F3 cars in front of him, giving himself an early birthday present of another FF2000 win. eighth-placed Stephen Barlow, driving a similar car, was second, with Andrew Smith’s Royale RP27 just behind in third, ninth overall.

Full results available at TSL Timing

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And the rest: Bank Holiday weekend roundup

Vintage Formula Ford cars have starred against more modern machinery this weekend.

HSCC Classic Formula Ford frontrunner Jordan Harrison earned two fourth places in the Avon Tyres Northern and Superclassic Formula Ford series at Mallory Park. He was driving his usual Lola T504E and was easily the fastest of a large historic contingent out this weekend. Behind him in both races was Simon Hadfield, driving the number 0 Hawke DL2B. Hadfield had a terrific run to the line in Race 1, beating Chris Hodgen (Swift SC94F) but just 0.002s.

Mark Bates nudged into the top ten in both races, driving an Alexis Mk15. He was tenth and eighth. Eight of the 18 cars were historic or classic Class C or D machines. Although he was in a modern Ray, Classic champion Ben Tinkler was third in both races.

PRS driver and Classic regular Oliver Chapman was down to contest the Castle Combe championship round on Monday but did not appear. Fifteenth-placed Bob Higgins was the leading Class D entry, driving an early Macon MR7, a car which has had success in recent years in the hands of Paul Sleeman.

Another rare early car, the Nike Mk4 of Alan Slater, was 18th.

2018 HSCC Historic championship contender Ben Mitchell was fourth, driving a Van Diemen RF99.

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Champion’s chat

Cam Jackson talks tyres, speed and his Formula Ford plans for 2021

2021 Classic Formula Ford champion Cam Jackson showed at Snetterton that he was still the driver to beat. He may have lost his HSCC Historic FF1600 crown to Pierre Livingston in 2020, but he was back on top straight away with four Formula Ford wins, plus another his his Brabham Formula Junior.

His phenomenal qualifying pace at Snetterton – a second and a half quicker than his nearest rival, Tom McArthur – raised a few eyebrows. With the new, more durable Avon compound being introduced this year, was he taking a chance on last year’s fast, but quick-to-degrade rubber?

“No, we’re running the new tyre which is supposed to be harder, but the car felt great straight away on that tyre,” he explained.

“I mean, I got a massive tow, but the car in clear air will do a very low 4, maybe even a 3. I’ve always said, this car, the chassis is incredible, and it suits me so much.”

Jackson suggested at the end of last year that he was probably not going to commit to a full championship, but has his early success changed this plan? Although a relative newcomer to the Classic series, the last time he ran a part-season in Historic was 2017.

“I don’t know if I’m going to,” says Jackson. “I just thought I’d do the first round because I’ve got the time to do it. It might change later in the year.

“I might not do Classic all the way through, because it’s quite hectic and it’s a lot of running on the car.” (He is racing the same Winkelmann in both championships.)

The reason for this reduction in schedule is that Lincoln native Jackson is relocating to London this year with his family.

“Bit of a work thing, family thing, school thing,” he explains.

“This summer is going to be frantic.”

Anyone hoping to capitalise on his absence will have to wait for at least a while. He is going to enter the Silverstone rounds in May as he is racing in the Guards Trophy with father Simon, driving a Lenham GT.

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