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National FF1600 champion Luke Williams withdraws from Walter Hayes

Britcover National Formula Ford 1600 with Avon Tyres champion Luke Williams has withdrawn from the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone following persistent engine troubles.

After an engine failure with just three laps on the board during Friday testing –which took the team seven hours to remedy – issues surfaced with the new engine running down on power.

The team tried to diagnose the problem, but Williams admitted on Saturday evening that if the problem couldn’t be solved quickly they would leave as he was ‘pretty much out of it’.

Late on Saturday it looked as though a £200 replacement Kent engine could be sourced, but come Sunday morning he had left the event.

It compounded a ‘nightmare’ weekend for Williams. After displaying strong pace during Thursday testing he only qualified ninth in heat five.

Williams said: “It’s been a nightmare, I was quick on Thursday and then the engine blew up after three laps on Friday plus there was a gear linkage problem we had to fix as well. The set-up for qualifying wasn’t right in the wet.”

Despite being down on power, he did have a place in the semi-final thanks to an eighth-place finish in the heat but ultimately Williams struggled to make up much ground from his qualifying position.

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