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Come fly with me: Donington qualifying roundup

The rain fell but racing carried on, just as aircraft kept taking off from the airport next door.

Historic Formula Ford opened proceedings, with Classic Team Merlyn driver Samuel Harrison setting a huge 1:27.433s pole lap on his final turn around the circuit. Callum Grant, in another Merlyn, also saved his best for last and will start second, just ahead of Tom McArthur’s Titan, which had been holding second spot. Jamie Vinall Meyer was the only other driver to go under the 1:30 mark and will start from fourth in his Jamun T3.

Cormac Flanagan also picked up the pace towards the end of qualifying and will start from fifth in his Alexis. Ross Drybrough (March 703) leads the Over 50 group in sixth, ahead of Ted Pearson (Merlyn Mk11/17), the Mk20s of Rob Smith and Chris Porritt and Chris Stuart’s Mk11. Newcomer Damian Samuel-Camps was a strong 11th in another Mk20.

Scott Rawlinson (Merlyn) was one of three drivers disqualified for failing ride height tests and will start from the back.

Classic Formula Ford had some surprises. Richard Tarling, back in Steve Deeks’s Crossle 25F after his own car’s gearbox mounting broke in practice, was the fastest, three-quarters of a second quicker than a returning Henry Chart in his Van Diemen RF81. McArthur will start third, despite a number of spins in a new car, a Hawke DL2 previously raced by James Hadfield.

Peter Barrable held on to fourth in his Royale RP26, despite a late charge by several drivers. He will line up ahead of champion Jordan Harrison, whose Lola T540E does not always go well in the wet. He will be hoping to attack early on and make up ground.

Don Hardman’s two drivers, Rick Morris (Royale RP29) and Stuart Kestenbaum (Van Diemen RF81) are enxt to each other in sixth and seventh, with Mike Gardner’s Crossle extremely close behind Kestenbaum. Joe Ahrens will start ninth in his RF80, with Andy Gosling tenth, despite not looking forward to racing on a wet track.

There were fewer surprises at the front of the Formula Ford 2000 grid, with Benn Simms’s Reynard SF77 setting the benchmark time this weekend. Graham Fennymore had to settle for second, albeit only a few tenths behind in his SF81.

They will both have to look over their shoulders as Andrew Park’s SF81 is not far behind. Park does not always get the best start, but is reliably quick. An in-form Lee Bankhurst will also want to capitalise on any mistakes at the start, having been fourth-quickest in his Royale RP30.

Drew Cameron’s RP27 will line up fifth after Cameron missed the Cadwell meeting, with Adrian Langridge’s SF78 a few seconds slower in sixth. Andrew Storer’s 1979 Reynard came within a hair’s breadth of catching him, but had to settle for seventh.

Adrian Reynard will start from eighth in his Reynard 79SF, with the SF79 of Greg Robertson ninth. Tom Smith leads Class B in his Nomad Mk4 and will start from tenth spot.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Hot or not? Donington preview

The weather may be an uncertainty for the weekend: will it be hot or will it be as wet as Cadwell? We are certain, however, that there will be some Formula Ford action.

Historic Formula Ford starts the weekend, with Cadwell winners and title contenders Samuel Harrison and Tom McArthur both back in action. Both the Merlyn Mk20 of Harrison and McArthur’s Titan Mk4 are fast enough to win and McArthur will be wanting to put his Cadwell crash behind him.

Joining them at the front will be an old and a new face. Callum Grant had to sit out Cadwell as his Merlyn Mk20 had developed a crack in its chassis, but it will be ready to go by Saturday morning. Jamie Vinall-Meyer, who suprised some with his pace at Silverstone, will be out in the Jamun Mk3.

Damian Samuel-Camps will be making his debut as a team-mate to Grant in another Mk20. The nephew of Max Samuel-Camps has not raced before but has a good car underneath him.

Also under the Grant awning will be championship co-ordinator Ted Pearson in his Mk11/17. The continued absence of Brian Morris and his Lola will mean that the Over 50 contest will be between Pearson, Rob Smith’s Merlyn and Ross Drybrough’s March. It will probably be carried out well within the top ten. Cormac Flanagan’s Alexis will likely be among them.

Neil Fowler has a smaller stable of cars to look after this weekend, so we may see Jack Butterworth out again in his Lola, although he is not an official entry.

McArthur is bound to star again in Classic Formula Ford, driving Mandie Hadfield’s Merlyn Mk20, but with Jordan Harrison finally getting to grips with a wet setup on his Lola T540E, the weather will play less into his hands than it would have done at the start of the season.

Henry Chart is racing again and tends to enjoy a wet track in his Van Diemen RF81. Last year, he had a terrific scrap with Cam Jackson and he cannot be ruled out for a win. If Richard Tarling has worked out a strong setup for his overhauled Royale RP26, he will also be a danger to Harrison and McArthur.

Tarling’s Enigma team-mate Joe Ahrens will be looking to put his misfortune at Cadwell behind him, when a stub axle on his Van Diemen RF80 broke and sent him into a wall. Another driver hoping to bounce back from a Cadwell crash is Philip Senior, whose Royale RP24 appears to have been sorted following a practice accident.

Andy Gosling, on the other hand, ran well at Cadwell in his Van Diemen RF79 and will be confident coming into Donington.

Returning drivers include championship chairman Stuart Kestenbaum in his Van Diemen RF81 and Rudolf Ernst, who is driving a Titan alongside McArthur in Simon Hadfield’s team.

There is no prize for guessing that Benn Simms and Graham Fennymore will be at the front in Historic Formula Ford 2000. The two Reynard drivers have been in a class of their own all season and keep pushing each other to faster and faster times.

They will be joined by Andrew Park this time, in a 1981 Reynard. The multiple champion can never be disregarded as long as his car is not suffering from problems, which have been mysterious ones at times. Lee Bankhurst will be hot on his tail in his Royale RP30, having kept his hand in with a class win at least week’s Jochen Rindt Trophy.

Another Royale is likely to be near the front as Drew Cameron is back on track. He has had time to fix the problems that curtailed both of his races at Silverstone, where his RP27 was the quickest car in a straight line.

The absence of Jen and Graham Ridgway frees their usual mechanic Tom Smith up to race imself this weekend. He will be out in his unique Nomad Mk4, which has only been raced once in the past 42 years.

Ollie Roberts will be praying for rain, as he counts a wet Donington as his favourite track. The Reynard SF79 driver has been more reliably quick in recent weeks.

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Bankhurst and Pearson uphold FF2000 honours at the Jochen Rindt Trophy

HSCC regulars Lee Bankhurst and Ian Pearson took a win apiece at Thruxton in the Formula Ford 2000 class of the Jochen Rindt Trophy.

The Trophy has classes for Formula 2, Formula Atlantic and Formula 3 as well as FF2000, which made up just over a third of the 28-car grid. The FF2000 drivers were cometing for the Adrian Reynard Trophy.

Bankhurst, in his Royale RP30, ran valiantly in the top ten for a good chunk of the first race but eventually settled for 13th, between the Ralt RT3s of Fraser Gray and Steve Barlow. Jon Finch’s Reynard SF79 was the next FF2000 car home in 16th place, with Antony Raine’s Merlyn Mk28 and Iain Rowley’s Delta making it into the top 20 in 19th and 20th place.

Pearson was suffering from car trouble on the first day. He managed to qualify his RP30 in 13th despite only managing six laps, but he had to pull out of the race itself on the opening lap. Problems behind him, he ended Race 2 in 11th, ahead of the F3 cars of Barlow and Gray.

Bankhurst did not fare as well, finishing 16th and third in class, just behind Finch on the timesheets. Roger Price put his Delta T78 in 17th and Rowley was 19th.

Erstwhile FF2000 racer Matt Wrigley was second and third in a Formula Atlantic March 79B, while John Hayes-Harlow was out in his Ehrlich RP3/5, also running in the Atlantic class. He was seventh and sixth overall.

Among the other FF2000 cars was Bob Pearson’s RP30 and a Classic-era Van Diemen RF82 driven by Wil Arif.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Jubilee party: Cadwell Park Wolds Trophy preview

The Wolds Trophy is all set to get under way tomorrow at Cadwell Park, with some smaller grids than usual, but plenty of action is assured. The tight and twisty nature of the Lincolnshire circuit means that bigger fields can sometimes slow things down, which we do not want.

Historic Formula Ford 2000 starts things off with the first qualifying session on Saturday. Despite a much more compact grid than usual, championship leaders Benn Simms and Graham Fennymore are both present and will be leading the charge in their 1977 and 1981 Reynards respectively. Both are capable of pulling away rapidly, but the narrow nature of Cadwell means that grid position and a good start are more important than ever.

Both Andrew Park and the increasingly quick, if unlucky, Drew Cameron have opted to miss this round, leaving the way open for others to hop onto the podium. Ollie Roberts seems to have got to grips with his Reynard SF79 and was strong at Silverstone, but he will have to contend with the experienced Graham Ridgway in his SF77 first.

Lee Bankhurst’s Royale RP30 is likely to be with them and he is joined for the first time this year by partner Abbey Harris in her RP30. Ben Glasswell and father Stephen have also reappeared in their Reynards and Ben Glasswell is another podium possibility.

Next up is Historic Formula Ford, which looks as if it will be another contest between Tom McArthur in a Titan and Callum Grant’s Merlyn Mk20, like the one we enjoyed at Snetterton. As at Snetterton, Samuel Harrison of Classic Team Merlyn is likely to be at the front. This is a circuit where he has previously run very well, despite only having driven it a couple of times.

Cam Jackson’s Winkelmann is going to be out of action for a while and Neil Fowler has a smaller stable of cars than usual present this weekend. Current Over 50 champion Brian Morris is absent but so is Ross Drybrough, which means that senior class honours will probably be between Rob Smith’s Merlyn, as long as its axles behave, and Chris Porritt’s similar car.

Another car to watch out for is Danny Stanzl’s Elden Mk8. Stanzl is another driver who has previously been quick around Cadwell. Without his usual sparring partners, Morris and Matt Wrigley, he will want to get on the back of the main group.

McArthur is continuing his double attack on the Historic and Classic championships, driving a Class B Merlyn Mk20 for Classic. His likely rival will be reigning champion Jordan Harrison in his Lola, although rain is forecast and Harrison often struggles on wet tracks.

Engima Motorsport is down to a single-car entry this time, partly due to team boss Linton Stutely having become a father to a baby girl in the early hours of Friday morning. Richard Tarling has stood down for this race, leaving Joe Ahrens to defend team honours in Tarling’s own Van Diemen RF80.

One visitor who may put the cat among the pigeons is local driver Mike Gardner, in his familiar Crossle 32F. Gardner is always fast and sometimes spectacular, although he did seem to push things a bit far last time he was here, colliding with Samuel Harrison. He is likely to be at the front.

Rick Morris has the experience to play Gardner’s game and his Royale RP29 will be close to the sharp end of the grid if it is running well.

Full entry list here.

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Historic visitors prevail at Pau

A sizeable contingent of Historic Formula Ford competitors were in action at the Pau Historic Grand Prix this weekend, with Callum Grant securing a win and second place in his familiar Merlyn Mk20.

He was joined on the podium over the weekend by Matt Wrigley, on his way back from Moanco, and National championship star Rory Smith.

Grant qualified second behind circuit specialist Alain Girardet, who was also driving a more recent car, then started his charge with a win in Race 1. Smith was second in another Merlyn and Girardet was third. Wrigley was the next British challenger, finishing seventh in his Merlyn but third in the class for older cars, behind both Grant and Smith.

Other HSCC drivers in action included Ian Parkington who was eleventh and Brian Morris, who brought his Lola home in 14th despite a broken clutch pedal in qualifying. George Ditchfield finished 28th in his Elden.

The second race was a scrappier affair with three safety car periods, interrupted by a red flag. Smith was the winner this time, followed by Grant and Girardet. Wrigley was third in class, completing an all-British class podium.

Morris was tenth and Parkington 16th this time. Ditchfield was 22nd.

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Close contests promised at Silverstone: qualifying roundup

Three close competitions are on the cards for HSCC Formula Ford this weekend.

Classic Formula Ford 1600 was the first series to go out and the chase for the top starting spot quickly crystallised between Cam Jackson’s Class B Winkelmann and defending champion Jordan Harrison in his Lola. It was close until the later laps, when Jackson pulled out a huge one-second advantage which Harrison was unable to top. Henry Chart will start third on his season debut, his Van Diemen RF81 tucked in behind the leaders and only two-tenths slower than Harrison. Late entry Ben Tinkler’s RF80 is just another couple of tenths further back, with Rick Morris (Royale RP29) running strongly in fifth, despite having an engine with a lot of miles on it.

Richard Tarling weathered huge drama to qualify sixth, having to substitute his Royale for Steve Deeks’s sister car overnight, hastily fitted with Linton Stutely’s engine. Another RP26 driven by Robert Barrable follows, then Joe Ahrens’s RF80 and Simon Toyne in his orange Lola. Tom McArthur could only manage eleventh spot in Mandie Hadfield’s Merlyn Mk20, as he had trouble with a loose exhaust.

Formula Ford 2000 followed in quick succession and it was Graham Fennymore who was on pole this time, putting his Reyanrd SF81 ahead of Benn Simms’s SF77 by the tiniest of margins. Fennymore has managed to sort the clutch issues that have affected his starts and he admits that allowing Simms past him in qualifying meant he could follow his lines and gain a sneaky advantage.

Royale honours are upheld by Drew Cameron, who put his RP27 in third spot, about half a second behind Simms. Graham Ridgway’s Reynard SF78 will be hin hot pursuit as the two were setting very similar times.

A season’s-best fifth place start for Ollie Roberts has put the SF79 driver in a confident mood. Sixth-placed Andrew Park is normally further up the grid, but the power on his SF81 kept cutting out. He was only six-thousandths ahead of Andrew Storer’s Pukka Pies SF79.

Lee Bankhurst’s RP30 was the second Royale in eighth, ahead of Adrian Reynard’s SF79 and Peter Drennan, whose Royale RP27 is a late entry.

Jackson scored another dominant pole for the first Historic race, in the same Winkelmann, after only four laps. Ben Mitchell, who had a fierce rivalry for the 2018 championship with Jackson, will line up next to him in his Merlyn Mk20. McArthur, whose Titan Mk4 was running better than the Merlyn, will be with them and looking to continue his own ferocious rivalry with Jackson. He also settled on a time early, leaving the track after four laps.

Classic Team Merlyn driver Samule Harrison will start from fourth and will almost certainly stay with the leading trio, hopefully setting up a good slipstreaming contest. Simon Toyne (Lola T200) and newcomer Jamie Vinall-Meyer in a Jamun T3 were similarly close.

Dominik Jackson (Crossle 20F) lines up seventh, with Rob Smith (Merlyn Mk20) as the leading Over 50 driver in eighth. An extremely close string of cars are almost tied for the remainder of the top ten, with defending Over 50 champion Brian Morris’s Lola next, then 18-year-old Tom Pearson snatching the last top ten spot in his Merlyn. Just missing out are Chris Porritt’s Merlyn and Ross Drybrough, who has happy with 12th in his March.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Suprises at Silverstone

Qualifying for the Silverstone Finals has thrown up a few new combinations and set us up for some exciting and close races.

Horatio Fitz-Simon will start from pole in Historic Formula Ford, having set the pace with a highly impressive time of 1.02.997s. The Classic Team Merlyn driver was late getting onto the grid, having not heard his final call, and came straight from earning another pole position in Historic Formula Junior. This was his first real run in a Junior and he is full of confidence.

Cam Jackson’s Winkelmann was only a third of a second behind, with the Titan of Tom McArthur only 0.2s further back. The nature of the National circuit means that competition will be very close and pole position will be difficult to hold.

Another surprise came in the shape of late entry Linton Stutely, driving his Royale RP3 to fifth place, just over a second away from pole. In between him and McArthur was Samuel Harrison’s Elden.

Tim Brise led the Over 50s qualifying charge and will start from seventh in his Merlyn, behind Simon Toyne’s Lola.

Ross Drybrough, still undergoing extensive physio on his injured hand, put his Merlyn in tenth place. Another welcome returnee is Cormac Flanagan, having repaired his Alexis after its first-round shunt.

Champion-elect Jordan Harrison’s Lola on pole was no surprise for Classic Formula Ford, but a late entry from Ben Tinkler split up the expected favourites. Tinkler, in a Van Diemen RF80, was only 0.166s slower than Harrison, despite a spin mid-session. Henry Chart’s RF81 was almost collected, but both carried on and set incredibly similar times. The front three will be extremely close and it will all come down to who breaks the tow first, as long as the start is good and clean.

Class B driver Toyne is making another guest appearance and will start fourth in his Lola, only a couple of hundredths ahead of Rick Morris, who was struggling with understeer. Together with Paul Britten’s PRS, the front six cars are covered by about three-quarters of a second.

Joe Ahrens will start seventh in Richard Tarling’s Van Diemen RF80, still less than a second away from second place. Philip Senior’s Royale RP24 is next, followed by series regulars Richard Yeomans (Crossle) and Ben Hadfield (Van Diemen) in ninth and tenth, having qualified well.

Stuart Kestenbaum will be absent after crashing his Van Diemen in practice on Friday.

There were fewer surprises in Formula Ford 2000 qualifying, but a close contest is still assured, with 32 starters and the front seven cars within a second of one another. Graham Fennymore will lead the pack away once more in his Reynard SF81, ahead of Tom Smith, who is not in his rare Nomad FF2000 car but a more standard Reynard SF78.

Benn Simms will line up third and will be hoping to get a decent slipstream off the leaders. Leading Royale driver Ian Pearson was only a whisker off Simms’s time in fourth; Simms will be looking in his mirrors as well as ahead of him.

The SF79s of Greg Robertson and Marc Mercer are in fifth and sixth, then Adrian Reynard’s SF78 and two more SF79s, driven by Andrew Storer and Dan Eagling. Paul Allen is back out in his Delta and will start tenth, ahead of Molly Dodd’s Royale.

Ben Glasswell has had to pull out due to illness. Dad Stephen will start 12th in a Reynard SF79.

Full results at TSL Timing

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Silverstone showdown…

The HSCC Finals are just about to begin at Silverstone. All three Ford-based championships come to a close over the weekend. There are still wins and titles on offer, plus chances to make a reputation at the HSCC’s home circuit.

In Formula Ford 2000, Graham Fennymore has already wrapped up the championship, but he will be wanting to add some more wins to his tally.

Although no-one can catch Fennymore for the title, the field is still highly competitive, with 34 cars registered. Benn Simms will be Fennymore’s chief rival. Having suffered a blown engine and other problems with his yellow Reynard SF77, he will aim to end the season showing what he and the car can do.

Previous champion Andrew Park has only been a part-time presence this year and misses this round, but Royale driver Ian Pearson is there and is sure to be in the mix, alongside Molly Dodd in another Royale.

Jordan Harrison is already Classic Formula Ford Class A champion and as Cam Jackson has not entered the Classic race, he is the favourite for the overall title. His closest rival on the leaderboard is Rick Morris, who does not have the advantage of DNFs to drop from his score but who can be relied upon to be fiercely competitive.

Throughout the season, Henry Chart has been at the front of the pack, battling with both Jackson and Harrison. He has missed the last three races after incurring serious car problems at Oulton Park, losing ground to Morris, but he will be a serious challenger on-track. All three front-runners have combative driving styles and there is a chance of fireworks.

Classic FF1600 stalwart Stuart Kestenbaum is out in his Van Diemen RF79 and could overhaul Chart for third in the championship if the chance arises.

This leaves Historic Formula Ford, where the championship door is still open, with three drivers in with a chance of stepping through it.

The three contenders are, predictably, Jackson, Tom McArthur and Horatio Fitz-Simon. There are also three races over the weekend, making up for the abandoned one at Brands Hatch, meaning that consistency will be important.

Jackson is driving the Winkelmann that took him to the 2019 championship and he usually goes well on the tow-heavy Silverstone National circuit. McArthur, in Simon Hadfield’s Titan, is 27 points behind with 75 available and comes into the Finals with four back-to-back wins. He is also the only driver to defeat Jackson in a fair fight, at Donington this year.

Fitz-Simon is only six points behind Jackson in the standings and had got quicker as the season progressed, but he has not yet managed a win. He burst onto the Historic scene at Silverstone National in 2019, finishing third in the Historic final, and is comfortable around the National layout. He was also in the Classic Team Merlyn Mk20, the same car he will use tomorrow. His strong battling streak should serve him well.

The Over 50 class championship will probably go to Brian Morris, but Kevin Stanzl caught up with two good scores at Mallory. We will also see the return of Ross Drybrough in his March 709. Drybrough has an outside chance of an Over 50 win, but whichever way it goes, his appearance will be a triumphant return after his nasty hand injury at Brands Hatch.

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Gold Cup is go…

Racing action is set to get under way at Oulton Park tomorrow afternoon, as Historic and Classic Formula Ford and Formula Ford 2000 take to the track.

Qualifying for Historic Formula Ford and the Paul Simms Trophy has already taken place, with Tom McArthur on pole in Simon Hadfield’s Titan Mk4. McArthur at the front is not unusual, but the top places on the grid have a rather different look. Multiple champion Cam Jackson is sitting out this round, meaning that another new winner for this season is possible.

Horatio Fitz-Simon, driving for Classic Team Merlyn, put in a late burst of speed on a crowded track to set second-fastest time, ahead of the Merlyn of Callum Grant. Grant, returning to the championship after a break, led the session early on.

Samuel Harrison was another late surger, saving his fastest lap for last and putting his Elden Mk8 in fourth. Brian Morris (Lola T202) will line up next, having been impressive for the whole session. Matt Wrigley’s Merlyn will start from sixth, pushed out of the top five by Harrison.

Danny Stanzl was a steady top-ten presence and will start seventh in his Elden, ahead of Paul Unsworth’s Lola, Tim Brise in a Merlyn and Kevin Stanzl in a Crossle, who bumped James Russell (Merlyn Mk20) out of the top ten as Russell sat in the pits. Championship chairman Ted Pearson is making his return to the series in his Merlyn and will start from twelfth.

Jackson is also missing from the Classic grid. The two races are likely to become a battle between Henry Chart in his ex-Tim Harvey Van Diemen and Jordan Harrison, driving a Lola T540E. Both drivers have recorded wins during the season and as long as the weather is dry, both will be very quick. 2019 champion Rick Morris cannot be counted out either, although he has been struggling with tyres and set-up on his Royale RP29 this season. His Don Hardman Racing team-mate Stuart Kestenbaum will not be on-track.

Joseph Ahrens will be looking to improve on his previous performances. Newcomer Ahrens has shown top-five pace in Richard Tarling’s Van Diemen and will be in with a chance.

The first Classic race will share a grid with Heritage Formula Ford. McArthur will be racing in a 2017 Medina.

Formula Ford 2000 will also feature a wide-open top end. Benn Simms is back in action in his Reynard SF77 after taking a break to move house and sort out a blown engine. Championship leader Graham Fennymore will not be letting him get away and Andrew Park will also be keen to challenge; two 1981 Reynards will be in the mix with Simms’s yellow car. Races this year have mostly been dominated by Simms or Fennymore, but a three-way lead scrap is a clear possibility.

Molly Dodd (Royale RP27) will be out to make up for losing her win at Brands Hatch due to a transponder problem. The Spalding teenager might not be quite on the pace of Simms and Fennymore yet, but a top-five finish is a distinct possibility.

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Brands Hatch Superprix: qualifying round-up

Qualifying is now complete for the weekend’s Grand Prix circuit action, although changeable weather conditions mean that setups might need a little tweaking if paces are to be matched.

Jordan Harrison has put his Lola T540E on pole for Classic Formula Ford, beating late entry Cam Jackson fair and square, if only by 0.024s. Harrison admits to not liking wet races, but he also struggled with backmarkers during the session and is capable of going quite a lot faster. Jackson’s Winkelmann was similarly impeded, as was the Van Diemen RF81 of Henry Chart. Chart enjoys a wet track and will be keen to progress from third. Horatio Fitz-Simon was a little further back in his Merlyn Mk20, but it is unclear whether he is going to start the race, possibly promoting Ben Tinkler (Van Diemen RF80) to fifth. Rick Morris’s Royale RP21 was next, then another Lola driven by Simon Toyne. Stuart Kestenbaum (Van Diemen RF79), Jospeh Ahrens in Richard Tarling’s Van Diemen and Ross Drybrough’s March 709 complete the top ten.

Jackson managed pole position for the Historic race, closely followed by Fitz-Simon and Tom McArthur, who defeated him at Donington in the same Titan Mk3. Samuel Harrison is only contesting the Historic rounds this week in his Elden and will start fourth. Toyne and Drybrough secured a second top-ten start each, in fifth and eighth respectively. They were separated by the Elden of Danny Stanzl, on his home circuit, and Will Nuthall’s Jamun T2. Matt Wrigley (Merlyn Mk11A/20) is next, then Brian Morris’s Lola T202.

Ian Pearson and Graham Fennymore line up first and second in Formula Ford 2000, hoping to renew their rivalry from yesterday. Pearson (Royale RP30) will be hoping to avenge his defeat at the hands of Fennymore (Reynard SF81). Fennymore in turn will be hoping that the fuel float issue which scuppered his heat yesterday will not recur.

Andrew Storer is next up in his Reynard SF79, followed by Molly Dodd’s Royale RP27. Dodd will be looking to make up for losing her heat win yesterday. Graham Ridgway’s SF78 is just ahead of Nick Haryett’s SF79 in fifth, with the sister SF79 of Stephen Glasswell just under a second behind Haryett. Nathaniel Cooper’s Royale RP27 breaks up the Reynard train in eighth, followed by two drivers in Reynards, Ian Foley in an SF78 and Colin Wright in an SF79.

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