Neil Maclennan of Cliff Dempsey Racing secured pole position for the Formula Ford festival final by winning the second semi-final sponsored by NCPI Solutions in his Ray.
Last year’s Scottish champion and 2017 National title contender Maclennan shadowed poleman and early leader Chris Middlehurst of Middlehurst Motorsport from the second lap, and then took a lead he was never to lose with a fine outbraking manoeuvre on the inside of Middlehurst’s Van Diemen at Graham Hill Bend.
Middlehurst finished second while Matt Round-Garrido finished third in his Medina Sport.
Darren Burke was fourth, Rory Smith fifth and Henry Chart sixth, all in Van Diemens.
Noel Robinson as seventh on the road, but a five second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him to seventh.
David McCullough therefore inherits seventh, Michael McPherson eighth, Julian Van der Watt ninth and Ben Hurst 10th.
Scottish champion Ross Martin missed out on one of the top 12 slots that qualifies automatically for the final, having run wide at Paddock Hill in an early dice for the podium spots and dropped outside the top 20.
He climbed back up through the field but was not able to dislodge John Ferguson’s Spectrum from 12th place after several laps of frenzied battle.
Mark Armstrong, who won the second Classic race earlier in the day in his 37-year-old Van Diemen, took the Pre82 class win and finished 18th overall.