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Martin resists O’Hara, Cooper charges in heat two

Scottish FF1600 champion Ross Martin took a comfortable lights-to-flag victory in the second heat of the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, beating Kevin O’Hara to the line by just under a second.

Martin’s clean getaway from the outside of the front row allowed the Graham Brunton Racing driver to claim the advantage into Copse for the first time, as front row partner Cameron Jackson fell back through the field with a tardy start.

O’Hara made his move on Jackson into Brooklands at the end of the opening tour and chased Martin hard for the remainder of the eight-lap encounter.

But Martin held firm and opened up a healthy margin over the Irish driver, with the teenager never looking under threat.

Having failed to set a representative time in qualifying following contact in the assembly area, Luke Cooper made swift progress through the field from eighth on the grid.

He benefited from a late-race excursion to the Luffield gravel trap from second -placed Felix Fisher to claim the final step on the podium in third.

David MacArthur brought his B-M Racing Van Diemen home fourth after prevailing in a race-long battle with Callum Grant’s Merlyn.

Martin’s GBR team-mate Sebastian Melrose endured a lonely race and finished behind the leading quintet in sixth, ahead of Matt Rivett.

Having been usurped by O’Hara, Fisher had been running strongly in third. But the TM Racing Van Diemen driver pushed too hard approaching mid-distance chasing the leading duo and ran wide at Luffield. He finished ninth, one place behind Jackson.

Greasy conditions at the start caught out Dutchman Jaap Blijleven and Graham Woodin on the opening lap. Blijleven recovered to finish 10th while Woodin, after a further spin in the closing laps, was the penultimate runner in 14th.

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