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Record-setting Martin storms to victory in Scottish season opener

Ross Martin swept his rivals aside during Scottish Formula Ford 1600’s season-opening race, setting a new FF1600 lap record around Knockhill on his way to a dominant victory.

Martin led cleanly away, establishing a 1.8 second lead over second place starter Jordan Gronkowski after only a single lap.

Any hope of a challenge to Martin’s dominance was quickly ended when Gronkowski pulled off with a gearbox problem early in proceedings. While downshifting for the hairpin, first and second gears failed on Gronkowski’s Van Diemen, stopping immediately afterwards.

After four successive record laps, Martin eventually plateaued at a 54.058s time, and went on to win by nearly 10 seconds from Melrose in second.

Neil Broome rounded out the podium positions in third, recovering from a poor start which dropped him behind Gary Sykes off the line.

Despite his initially quick getaway, Sykes plummeted downwards during the next 12 laps, passed by both Matthew Chisholm and then Steven Barlow at the hairpin mid-race. Thanks to Gronkowski’s stoppage this handed Chisholm fourth, with Barlow and Sykes fifth and sixth respectively.

James Clarke had a quiet race aboard the lone Mygale, finishing a little over seven seconds behind Sykes in seventh, while Fraser Gray was the final finisher, over 47 seconds behind in eighth. Ross Howe did not start the race.

Photo courtesy of Alasdair Lindsay

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Ross Martin Ray 12 laps
2 Sebastian Melrose Ray +9.388
3 Neil Broome Ray +14.747
4 Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen +16.785
5 Steven Barlow Ray +20.591
6 Gary Sykes Ray +20.690
7 James Clarke Mygale +28.041
8 Fraser Gray Ray +47.720
Ret Jordan Gronkowski Ray
DNS Ross Howe Van Diemen

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