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Martin completes perfect Scottish Formula Ford weekend with second win

Ross Martin capped a perfect Scottish Formula Ford 1600 weekend with a second straight victory and an improvement on his race one lap record.

Sebastian Melrose mirrored his run to second place from the first race, unable to keep up with Martin’s searing pace, as reigning champion Martin broke Knockhill’s FF1600 track record yet again with a 53.396s lap time.

Though Melrose finished comfortably in second, 4.696 seconds behind Martin,  it was third placed Jordan Gronkowski who was closest to matching Martin’s unassailable speed, coming within a tenth of his record lap time.

Starting on the back row courtesy of a gearbox failure in race one, Gronkowski picked his way through the midfield with ease, culminating with a pass around the outside of Duffus Dip on Neil Broome to take third at the half-way mark.

Broome would hang on to fourth place, resisting late pressure from Matthew Chisholm in the closing stages. Likewise, Gary Sykes spent much of the race’s second half with Steven Barlow only inches behind in seventh, but Sykes held on to finish sixth, 0.119s ahead at the chequered flag.

Fraser Gray had a much improved second race, finishing ahead of James Clarke in eighth, their positions reversed from race one where Gray was far off the pace.

After missing race one altogether, Ross Howe did start race two, but his Van Diemen ground to a standstill exiting the hairpin at halfway.

Although Martin and Melrose sit atop the Scottish standings, neither are planning to contest the full season, and will be prioritising the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Championship this year.

Photo courtesy of Alasdair Lindsay

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Ross Martin Ray 12 laps
2 Sebastian Melrose Ray +4.696
3 Jordan Gronkowski Ray +12.566
4 Neil Broome Ray +18.327
5 Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen +18.775
6 Gary Sykes Ray +24.031
7 Steven Barlow Ray +24.150
8 Fraser Gray Ray +47.720
9 James Clarke Mygale +28.367
Ret Ross Howe Van Diemen

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