Neil Maclennan bounced back from earlier weekend disappointment to win the third and final Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship race at Brands Hatch.
Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray driver Maclennan suffered mechanical woes in race one, retiring from second position, but made amends for that with his eighth place finish in race two giving him pole for the reverse-grid third encounter.
Maclennan made a good start and despite immense pressure from the impressive Hugo Bentley-Ellis in the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum, managed to hold on to win by 0.4 seconds at the flag.
Weekend dominator and championship leader Niall Murray (Team Dolan Van Diemen) stormed from eighth to third, capitalising on a mid-race collision between Joey Foster and Michael Moyers.
Foster (Ray) and Moyers (Spectrum) were battling over third into Paddock Hill Bend on the fourth tour, but slight contact at the exit of the corner sent Moyers briefly airborne and spinning into the gravel, triggering the only safety car of the race.
Jamie Thorburn was fourth in his Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray ahead of Rory Smith’s Medina.
Michael Eastwell (Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum) finished exactly where he started in sixth, despite dropping to tenth just before the safety car. Nico Gruber survived a lap-eight collision with Foster to finish seventh in his Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray, but was then disqualified
Unlike his contact with Moyers, Foster came off worse this time round, ending his race in the Druids gravel trap.
Also in strife was Matt Round-Garrido, who pulled his Medina Sport JL17 off at Paddock a lap later and the subsequent yellow flags took away a key overtaking opportunity.
Roger Orgee took eighth in his Ray ahead of Oldfield Motorsport’s Josh Smith and Chris Middlehurst’s Van Diemen, which retired in this morning’s second race.
John Svensson and Henry Chart found themselves together again in Clubman Post ‘89, but this time they avoided the Paddock gravel and finished first and second in class in their Van Diemens. Vincent Jay survived a moment at Paddock near the end to finish third in his Ray.
|1||Pro||Neil Maclennan||Ray||15 laps|
|3||Pro||Niall Murray||Van Diemen||+0.786|
|8||Pro||Joshua Smith||Van Diemen||+5.559|
|9||Pro||Chris Middlehurst||Van Diemen||+6.149|
|15||CM89||John Svensson||Van Diemen||+11.440|
|16||CM89||Henry Chart||Van Diemen||+11.605|
|18||Pro||Pascal Monbaron||Van Diemen||+14.827|
|20||Pro||Sebastian Job||Van Diemen||+16.854|
|23||Pro||Davide Meloni||Van Diemen||+23.973|
|DNF||Pro||Matt Round-Garrido||Medina Sport|
|Fastest lap: Eastwell, 51.260|
|1 Murray 238 2 Thorburn 161 3 Round-Garrido 157 4 Eastwell 157 5 Foster 142 6 Cooper 136 7 Maclennan 129 8 R Smith 103 9 Moyers 95 10 Gruber 93|
|1 Morris 226 2 Jay 206 3 O’Beirne 106 4 Svensson 97 5 John Ferguson 94 6 Street 74 7 Chart 53 8 George McDonald 28|