Joey Foster won the first Formula Ford Festival heat, sponsored by Cam-Tech Security, as National champion Luke Williams had to stop mid-race with a throttle cable issue.
Foster led the entire distance from pole and won comfortably, his only challenge coming when second placed-man Neil Maclennan battled with him for few corners after a mid-race safety car, brought about by James Gowens’ Jamun getting beached in the gravel at Druids.
Williams was in third place from the off then dropped to fourth on the second lap after making a mistake at Paddock. Then, just after half distance, his Firman stopped on the exit of Graham Hill bend. His Festival chances therefore appear to be over, unless he can scrape into a semi-final tomorrow as a reserve.
Maclennan took his Ray to second after holding off a late challenge from Josh Smith’s Van Diemen, in spite of a late off at Clearways. Smith rose from a fifth place start, after ending qualifying in the gravel.
Ross Martin’s Ray and Jordan Dempsey’s Van Diemen completed the top five.
Mark Armstrong won the Pre-1982 class in his Van Diemen, finishing tenth overall, while Felix Fisher was denied victory in the Pre-1990 class after parking on the exit of Graham Hill Bend after an off there earlier. German driver Olaf Schulte instead took that class win in his Van Diemen.