Harvey Sykes comfortably won the season opening HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship race at Donington Park, granting him entry to the second race, which he will start from 25th.
Sykes led from pole in his Crossle, with fellow front-row man Robert Tusting losing positions in his Lola.
Tusting made his way back up to second place by the end of the first lap, but the failure of a throttle pin put paid to any chances of victory, and he retired at half-distance.
While Sykes wasn’t threatened for the rest of the race, a battle for second started to build up between Chris Stuart and Kevin Stanzl.
Stanzl had made his way from ninth to fourth in the opening five laps, and was second going into the final lap of the race.
He lost it at Turn 1 to Stuart, who held off Stanzl to the flag. They will start the second race of the day from 26th and 27th.
Lee Penson made up four position on the opening two laps to get up to third, but dropped down to his eventual finishing position of fourth in his Lotus in the second half of the race.
Andrew Mansell came up from 12th on the grid to finish an impressive fifth in his Merlyn.
Antony Ross joined the race from the pitlane instead of the second row of the grid, where he was due to start, but came through the order to take sixth position and qualify for the main race.
Merlyn driver John Roberts and Stephen King in the Macon MR8 took home seventh and eighth, and will make up the final row of the grid for the first main race of the 2018 season.
Dick Dixon in the Lotus 61 started third and made his way into second at the start of the race, but retired at the end of the first lap due to a fault with the throttle.
Photo courtesy of Dan Bichener
|1||Harvey Sykes||Crossle||15 laps|
|15||OF||John Evans||Lotus||+1 lap|
|16||Rachel Arnold||Merlyn||+1 lap|
|17||OF||Nick Arden||Merlyn||+1 lap|
|18||Roger Arnold||Merlyn||+2 laps|