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Middlehurst wins hectic second heat from pole

Chris Middlehurst claimed victory in the second Formula Ford Festival heat ahead of Keith Donegan and Darren Burke.

On pole for the first dry race of the day, Middlehurst initially had the Ray of Jamie Thorburn in his mirrors. Thorburn managed to take the lead briefly before running wide and dropping back to second.

The pair came to traffic, bringing the battling Donegan, Burke, and Michael Eastwell into the mix. Another wide moment for Thorburn dropped him back to fourth.

Middlehurst and Donegan were able to escape in their Van Diemens as Burke, Thorburn, and Eastwell (in Van Diemen, Spectrum and Ray respectively) battled for the final step on the podium. Donegan began to put the leader under pressure late in the race but ran wide on the final lap, finishing nearly two seconds behind Middlehurst, who himself had a late scare with a backmarker.

Noel Robinson had joined the battle for third late in the race in his Van Diemen. As the group came up to traffic, he collided with Eastwell. Eastwell was sent into a spin, dropping to 13th as Robinson took fifth.

Having started fifth, Burke finished third, just half a second ahead of Thorburn, on his first appearance in a contemporary FF1600 in more than a decade.

After a strong start, James Roe Jr (Van Diemen) fell back, finishing sixth ahead of Henry Chart (Van Diemen) and Team USA Scholarship representative Jonathan Kotyk (Ray).

John Ferguson brought his Spectrum home in ninth, with the Van Diemen of Thomas Johansson finishing tenth.  Oli Playle and Henry Campbell took the classes.

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