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Foster claims lights-to-flag victory in heat three

Joey Foster controlled the third  heat at the Walter Hayes Trophy, leading all eights laps of Silverstone’s National circuit to win ahead of Jordan Dempsey and Jamie Chadwick.

Foster, who triumphed at the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival two weeks ago, got his Ray off the line well and led into Copse, but the treacherous conditions caught out a gaggle of cars further down the order. Adam Fathers, Laurent Poncin, Ross Howe and James Harvey all came to grief through the left-hander and the race was red flagged as a result.

At the restart, second-place starter Dempsey challenged Foster into Copse, but couldn’t find a way through and from thereon Foster was able to pull away, the gap only coming back down again in the last two laps.

While the top two were in a class of their own, the battle for the final podium spot was fierce. Michael Mallock starred in his historic Mallock, passing BRDC British F3 driver Chadwick (Ray) around the outside of Luffield on the second lap.

Chadwick was able to get back through a lap later as Mallock began to struggle, losing more positions towards the end with John Ferguson (Spectrum) and then Jack Wolfenden’s Firman – up from eighth – finding a way past.

Ferguson dropped to seventh at the end courtesy of an off-track excursion on the penultimate lap. That allowed Mike Gardner – second in the Historic class behind Mallock – to claim a top-five finish in his Crossle.

Jamie Jardine and Peter Daly were eighth and ninth, with the top nine all get an automatic entry into the semi-finals. Late entry Alex Fores rounded out the top 10 in his Van Diemen.

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