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Classic Formula Ford HSCC

Jackson gets lucky in tricky Classic race

Cam Jackson needed all the good fortune he could get in the second Classic race at Brands Hatch, but he still managed to win.

Winkelmann driver Jackson benefited from countback on a restart and was quicker off the line than Henry Chart’s Van Diemen, who was nominally ahead. Chart was determined to keep with Jackson and attacked on several occasions, but conditions intervened and he spun on the final lap. Chart admitted after the race that he didn’t know why his brakes locked up, but the track was slippery and gave him no chance. He was fourth in the end.

The race could have been very different without a red flag. An F3 car went off at Paddock Hill Bend and changed everything. At this point, Chart was ahead, having got on the back of Jackson fairly quickly and passed him efficiently. Just after the F3 off, Jackson had a spin of his own and went sliding through the gravel at Paddock Hill. He rejoined in fifth and would have struggled to get back with Chart without a restart.

Ben Tinkler (Van Diemen RF80) was second, adding to his podium finish yesterday. He was troubled by Jordan Harrison’s Lola T540E and briefly passed but he had put a couple of seconds between himself and Harrison by the time the chequered flag came out.

Harrison confessed to having got his tyre pressures all wrong, but he was far quicker and more comfortable on a dry track.

Rick Morris was very close to Chart on the line, but the experienced Royale driver claimed that it was one of the most frightening races he had been in, due to oil on the track.

Joseph Ahrens was sixth in Richard Tarling’s Van Diemen RF80, having got ahead of Stuart Kestenbaum’s 1979 machine. Kestenbaum was safely ahead of new Classic driver Simon Toyne, who steered his Lola to eighth from the back of the grid, having failed to finish on Saturday. The similar car of Chris Porritt was ninth, but some way behind. Mark Harrison was tenth in his Royale RP21.

Also coming from the back of the grid was Simon Clews, in his distinctive frog-green Royale RP24. He made strong progress in the early part of the race. James Fettiplace, who had ploughed a Van Diemen RF80 into him the day before, was 17th, both drivers having repaired their cars overnight.

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Historic Formula Ford HSCC

Another win for Jackson as red flag denies McArthur

The first Historic Formula Ford race of the weekend was declared null and void due to an accident (more on that tomorrow), but Race 2 featured another robust stand-off between Cam Jackson and Tom McArthur.

Jackson nosed his Winkelmann over the line just over a tenth ahead of McArthur’s Titan on what should have been the start of the final lap, due to a red flag. Classic Team Merlyn driver Alan Schmidt had crashed quite hard at Surtees and triggered the stoppage.

An angry and frustrated McArthur did get ahead of Jackson for a lap or so and believed he could have taken him again with an extra lap. His fastest lap was marginally quicker than Jackson’s too. Action between the two was very close and got rather physical at times, with both scrapping over the same lines.

The chief rivalry was between Jackson and McArthur, but Classic Team Merlyn’s Horatio Fitz-Simon stayed with them for much of the race. He was closing on McArthur in the closing laps. The young Anglo-American driver is looking more confident and is adding some consistency to his skillset.

Samuel Harrison’s Elden had started off on the back of this group, but he lost ground and then had to visit the pits with a misfire caused by a loose plug lead. He rejoined but did not have enough time to get back to the business end of the race.

A fascinating tussle for fourth was won by Matt Wrigley, driving his usual Merlyn Mk11A/20. This was another race-within-a-race that could have been different with another lap. He had been part of a three-car drafting group with Will Nuthall (Jamun T2) and Danny Stanzl’s Elden Mk8 and the three swapped places almost every lap. Nuthall was only 0.019s behind by the end, with Stanzl a further 0.031s down the road.

Yet another three-car skirmish followed, which decided the result of the Over 50s class. Tim Brise was the victor in a Merlyn Mk20, having held off Brian Morris’s Lola T202 for long enough. Morris did overtake him briefly but he fought back. Kevin Stanzl brought up the rear of his group in his Crossle 16F.

Chris Lillingston-Price completed the top ten, driving a Merlyn Mk11, ahead of another hotly-contested spot; 11th was taken by James Russell’s Merlyn, ahead of Paul Unsworth’s Lola. Unsworth recorded his first finish of the year.

Tom Pearson, reported in the programme as being his father Ted, had a solid race in the family Merlyn Mk11/17. He was 17th from the back of the grid, just behind Harrison.

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FF2000 HSCC

Fennymore puts Pearson in his place

Graham Fennymore has won another Formula Ford 2000 final at Brands Hatch, defeating polesitter Ian Pearson.

Fennymore started second in his Reynard SF81 and was right on the tail of Pearson’s Royale RP30 from the start. He sneaked past Pearson at Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap and kept his lead, despite Pearson’s best efforts. For most of the race, he shadowed Fennymore in his matching white car and it was only right at the end that the eventual winner was able to put any clean air between himself and his rival. It looked as if Fennymore was getting away at mid-distance, but Pearson re-attached himself, only to be shaken off at the end.

Andrew Storer, driving the “Pukka Pies” Reynard SF79, was third, some way behind the leading pair and never really challenged by the rest of the field, which was led by Molly Dodd. The Spalding teenager was looking to make up for her hefty penalty in her heat, which denied her a win in her Royale RP27. She was not able to catch Storer but she did a great job of seeing off Nick Haryett’s 1979 Reynard, which did threaten her early on. Haryett held fifth for a long time but was passed by a charging Jon Finch, whose SF79 needed major work between qualifying and today’s race after a crash. Finch did well to progress steadily from 11th, making his final push past Haryett and the SF79 of Stephen Glasswell, who was seventh.

The Royale RP27 of Nathaniel Cooper was eighth, some way ahead of Adrian Reynard. Reynard was another driver who made up many spots from a lowly qualifying position, taking his SF79 from 24th all the way to the top ten. Ian Foley was next in an SF78.

A lively midfield battle just behind the top ten was won by Jennifer Ridgway in another SF78, who got ahead of Roger Price’s Delta and Antony Raine’s Merlyn. Raine was the Class B winner.

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Classic Formula Ford HSCC

Jackson defeats the rain

Cam Jackson has capitalised on a late entry in to the Classic championship with a win in the first race at Brands Hatch.

Jackson had qualified his Winkelmann in second place but got a good start and was never seriously challenged for the win. Henry Chart also got a great start in his Van Diemen RF81 and held second for the entire race, which was cut to twelve minutes after a full restart.

Jordan Harrison was hoping for a better restart after slipping to fifth in his Lola T540E, but wet tracks are not his favourite and he was left behind again, passed by Jackson and Chart on the line and then reeled in by first Ben Tinkler (Van Diemen RF80) and Rick Morris in his familiar black Royale. He ended the race in fifth.

Tinkler was a lonely but safe third in his first Classic race for a long while. The erstwhile champion took third within a lap of the restart and stayed there. Morris had more work to do, having slipped down the order as low as seventh before using his considerable experience to master the wet track.

Experience was really needed on the wet-but-not-really-wet surface, coupled with backmarkers from the Historic Formula 3 championship. Stuart Kestenbaum followed Harrison home for sixth in his Van Diemen RF79, in front of a disappointed Joe Ahrens (Van Diemen RF80) who made up a few places to finish seventh.

Chris Porritt, who is taking part in three different series this weekend, was eighth in his Lola, a good 11 seconds ahead of Ross Drybrough, making an appearance in the March 709 used so effectively by Jackson last year.

Ian Jeary’s first outing of the year in his Elden gave him a tenth place. Mark Harrison won the first big midfield scrap in 11th, driving a Royale RP21. Phil Attwood was the winner of the battle at the back, finishing 14th in a Crossle 32F.

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FF2000 HSCC

Fennymore fights back

Graham Fennymore has won the Formula Ford 2000 final on the Indy circuit, despite some scares on the way.

Fennymore, driving his Reynard SF81, took advantage of a safety car period early on to get on the back of Ian Pearson’s Royale RP30, then charge past soon after green flag fell again. Pearson, who qualified on pole, had been leading comfortably until Geoff O’nion went off in his Reynard SF77, triggering the yellow flags.

This is not to take anything away from either Fennymore or Pearson.

Fennymore looked set for a win in his heat, leading comfortably until the final lap. On the final lap, he suddenly slowed, taking over a minute to get back to the line and dropping to fourth. This meant that he started eighth for the final.

Pearson had put his car on pole via a win in the first heat, having won his own battle with the SF77 of Adrian Reynard mid-way through. He actually started quite slowly and dropped to third; despite setting a fastest lap and being the first driver to duck under the 49s bar he took a while to challenge for the lead.

Reynard himself was third in the final, having just about kept within sight of Fennymore and Pearson. Andrew Storer was fourth in an SF79, ahead of Jon Finch in a similar car, who had passed him for the heat win late in that race.

Royale driver Molly Dodd was sixth. She was another competitor who had a few obstacles to overcome. After Fennymore’s Heat 2 issue, she looked to have bagged a safe win, but she was penalised 30s for a faulty transponder and was classified fifth. In the final itself, she worked her way up from tenth and was considerably ahead of seventh-placed Ian Foley in an SF78.

Another SF78 was next, driven by Graham Ridgway. He too had problems in the closing laps and did well to recover to eighth from tenth. Ninth place went to Nick Haryett (Reynard SF79), another driver who had a bit of a nightmare in his heat. He qualified third but had problems early on and spent most of the race playing catch-up. Nathaniel Cooper (Royale RP27) followed him home in his heat and did the same in the race itself.

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FF2000 HSCC

Fennymore wins again under pressure

Graham Fennymore has won the second Historic Formula Ford 2000 race at Donington, despite strong challenges from Ian Pearson and Andrew Park.

Reynard SF81 driver Fennymore, who has only recently returned to the track after a seven-year layoff, led from lights to flag, but it was far from an easy ride.

Pearson’s Royale RP30 was second and got very close to Fennymore mid-race, but he benefited from Park’s off-track excursion at the Old Hairpin. Park’s Reynard SF81 ran as high as second, but his small off let Pearson go and also allowed Benn Tilley through in Simon Ayliff’s Delta T80. Tilley was third and Park almost two seconds behind in fourth.

Ben Glasswell (Reynard SF77) held his qualifying position in fifth, ahead of Adrian Reynard’s SF79. Reynard had won the qualification race earlier in the day and worked his way up from thirteenth. He was helped by the retirement of close rival Drew Cameron, whose Royale RP27 shed a wheel at the Old Hairpin.

Graham Ridgway was seventh, driving daughter Jen’s SF78. He was relatively fast at the beginning, quickly progressing from 14th to sixth. There was an eleven-second gap to eighth, held by the SF70 of Greg Robertson. Robertson had qualified well on Saturday but admitted to over-driving his car. Lee Bankhurst’s Royale RP30 was a few seconds behind in ninth. Steve Collier’s Royale RP27 completed the top ten.

Fraser Collins won Class B in his Lola T580, finishing 16th overall after having to qualify again this morning. He had enjoyed a big scrap with Jeremy Main’s Class A SF79. Main was 17th.

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Historic Formula Ford HSCC

McArthur records first Historic win after epic comeback

Tom McArthur has won his first HSCC Historic Formula Ford race from Cam Jackson, fighting back from an off in superb style.

McArthur, driving a Titan Mk4, quickly took the lead after starting from fifth, but his route to victory was far from straightforward. Jackson’s Winkelmann was a constant threat but he also had to contend with Classic Team Merlyn driver Horatio Fitz-Simon snapping at his heels. He was holding off his rivals well when backmarkers came into play; he chose the wrong side to pass a slower car at the Old Hairpin and ended up skittering across the grass.

Not to be deterred, McArthur was back on it as soon as he could, biding his time before dispatching Fitz-Simon and then slipping past Jackson at the final chicane.

Jackson was second and was sanguine about the situation, freely admitting that he couldn’t keep on winning for ever. Fitz-Simon had made a couple of tentative challenges to his lead but could not make any of them stick, settling for third.

Callum Grant’s orange Merlyn was in the mix in the opening laps, having started rapidly from second. He was firmly in the leading group when an off at Craner Curves sent him through the gravel and plummeting down the field. He recovered well to finish fifth, behind Samuel Harrison’s Elden. Harrison took the opposite trajectory, starting at the back after a first-race non-finish and working his way methodically up the field.

Matt Wrigley (Merlyn Mk11/20A) had held fourth for much of the race before being picked off by Harrison and Grant. He was sixth. Brian Morris (Lola T202) won another Over 50 award in seventh place, having challenged Wrigley mid-race.

Ross Drybrough was second in the Over 50 class again and was eighth. A Stanzl family battle ensued behind, with senior Stanzl Kevin finishing in front of his son Danny.

Chris Porritt won his own private battle with Matthew Sturmer, who came through from behind. Porritt was driving another Lola and Sturmer had come through from the back, having crashed out of Race 1.

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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.

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FF2000 HSCC

Fennymore wins as rivals fall

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.

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Historic race decided by last-lap mishap

Cam Jackson narrowly beat Tom McArthur to the first Historic Formula Ford race victory at Donington after a final-lap coming-together between the two.

Jackson, in the Winkelmann, and McArthur, who is driving Simon Hadfield’s Titan Mk4 this season, had been locked in a classic Formula Ford game of chase from the very start. Jackson went slightly wide on his first pass through Redgate and McArthur capitalised, which began a series of passes and counter-passes on all parts of the circuit. Jackson had the upper hand, albeit not by much, when a safety car period put their battle on hold. The last-lap dash that ensued should have ended in a thrilling photo finish, but Jackson hit a kerb between Mcleans and Coppice, knocking his car out of gear and slowing momentarily. The chasing car of McArthur mounted the Winkelmann and flew over it before landing on its wheels. McArthur was able to finish the race in fifth, despite damage to the Titan. Jackson’s carburettor was also squashed flat during the incident, which meant a lengthy debate with the Clerk before results were issued.

Callum Grant was second in his Merlyn Mk20, having held third for much of the race and made a couple of attempts for the lead from McArthur and Jackson. His principal rival was Classic Team Merlyn driver Horatio Fitz-Simon, who passed him on several occasions but was unable to make it stick for more than a few corners. He was third.

Samuel Harrison’s Elden had been part of their chasing group and had made some promising attacks on Fitz-Simon and once on Grant, but a broken upright on lap nine put him out of the race just before Hollywood. Harrison’s departure was quickly followed by the safety car period; Matthew Sturmer (Macon MR8) and Mark Carter (Merlyn Mk20) collided at Redgate and had to be lifted free of the gravel.

Matt Wrigley just got past the ailing McArthur in his Merlyn for fourth place.

The Over 50 class was won by Brian Morris in his Lola T202 and he was sixth overall, finishing on top of a scrapping three-car pack with Danny Stanzl’s Elden and Ross Drybrough’s Merlyn. Drybrough was passed by Kevin Stanzl’s Crossle 16F in the closing stages, finishing ninth. Stanzl junior was seventh and his father eighth. Chris Porritt was not far behind Drybrough in his Merlyn and was tenth.

The new Newcomer class was won by Zoe Newall, who was 18th in a Palliser WDF2, ahead of Nikki Cottrill’s Lotus 61M.

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