Reigning HSCC Historic Formula Ford 1600 champion Richard Tarling won the second point-scoring race of the season in a five-driver battle for victory.
Tarling fought hard in the leading pack with Ben Mitchell, Nelson Rowe, Callum Grant and Cameron Jackson. The order between first and fifth changed frequently, with the cars regularly going down the pit straight and into the first two turns up to three-wide.
Rowe and Tarling were the regular leaders going over the line, and it wasn’t until the final lap that Tarling looked assured of victory in his Jamun T2.
Jackson started the race in fifth, but finished the final lap in second place in his Lola T200, ahead of race two winner Ben Mitchell.
Less than two tenths separated second from fourth going over the line at the end of the race, with Merlyn driver Grant finishing fourth for the second time this weekend.
Rowe dropped down to fifth during the final two laps.
Ed Thurston and Gislain Genecand were in a battle for sixth, which also included Will Nuthall before he had a trip through the gravel on lap 14. Although not in the leading pack, they were only 1.2 seconds away from Tarling at the end. Thurston also set the fastest lap of the race on lap 13.
Genecand finished seventh and was the Over-50 class winner for the second time of the weekend. Stuart Kestenbaum finished in eighth and was the Over-50 runner-up for the second time. Third to fifth in the class consisted of David Wild, Rob Smith and Tim Brise in 16th, 17th and 18th respectively.
Michael Grant Peterkin ended his race in ninth in his Brabham BT21, while Nuthall rounded off the top 10.
Benjamin Tusting, who won the qualifying race to start 25th on the grid, was able to make his way up to 11th, but was nine seconds behind Nuthall.
Photo courtesy of Dan Bichener
|1||Richard Tarling||Jamun||16 laps|
|9||Michael Grant Peterkin||Brabham||+4.406|
|29||OF||Andrew Wiggins||Titan||+1 lap|
|30||OF||Gregory Thornton||Titan||+1 lap|