Graham Fennymore won the first Historic Formula Ford 2000 encounter at Donington, having withstood a brutal race of attrition.
This was far from a last-man-standing situation; Fennymore’s Reynard SF81 was by far the fastest in qualifying and was the only car in both race and qualification to go under the 1:13s mark. He led from start to finish and was unperturbed by a restart following a four-car pile-up at Redgate. The Reynard SF79s of Jeremy Main and Colin Wright were unable to continue, although Geoff O’nion (Reynard SF77) and Robert Pearson’s Royale RP30 were able to rejoin. Both finished the race.
Fennymore came close to being challenged by second-placed Ian Pearson, driving a Royale RP30. Pearson took advantage of Greg Robertson’s Reynard SF79 being slow at the restart and maintained a strong second place. Robertson eventually finished in sixth.
2019 champion Andrew Park was third and perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the race’s sizeable casualty list. A slip by Graham Ridgway (Reynard SF78) gifted him third and a challenge from Adrian Reynard’s 1979 Reynard came to an abrupt end with Reynard’s retirement. Benn Tilley, driving Simon Ayliff’s Delta T80, was too far behind in fourth to catch him, although Tilley was pleased with this result from his first time out in the car.
Qualification race winner Ben Glasswell (Reynard SF77) was fifth, from 13th on the grid. His fellow qualification race leaders fared less well. Polesitter Fraser Collins was hit from behind and had to retire his Lola T580 and second-placed Ian Foley (SF78) dropped out on lap 12. Molly Dodd had impressed in the heat but her Royale lost a rear wing early on.
A trio of Royales followed Glasswell and Robertson in the race itself, driven by Drew Cameron, Lee Bankhurst and Steve Collier. Championship leader Benn Simms was in among them in the early stages, but he had to retire his SF77 due to serious engine troubles.
The top ten was rounded out by Stephen Glasswell’s SF79, just under a second behind Collier.