Cameron Jackson won the first HSCC Historic Formula Ford 1600 race on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit by the biggest margin of the season so far.
Lola driver Jackson finished almost two seconds ahead of closest rival Ben Mitchell, in Marcus Pye’s Merlyn Mk20.
Crucial to victory was a strong start that enabled him to pull clear of the usual jostling pack at the first corner. From there, he pulled away quickly and was only troubled by backmarkers towards the end, which he managed. He set a new lap record in the process.
Towards the middle of the race, some fast times from Mitchell brought him closer to Jackson, but he was not near enough to pass.
Prior to that, it looked as if Mitchell and Callum Grant would renew their season-long rivalry; Grant briefly got ahead on the second lap, but was soon caught. Grant retired two laps later with a broken radiator hose, which was solely down to a slipped jubilee clip.
This gifted third place to Maxim Bartell in the second Nigel Grant Engineering Merlyn. He had rather a lonely race in third, but was happy with his podium position.
Will Nuthall and Ed Thurston would have been more able to challenge Bartell had they not been so focused on racing against each other. This battle was one of the closest of the race and was only resolved in the last few corners. Thurston got inside Nuthall at Luffield and “put his foot in and prayed” until the chequered flag a few seconds later. They crossed the line separated by 0.034 seconds.
Gislain Genecand was the best of the Radio Caroline Over 50 drivers. He was sixth overall from twelfth on the grid, displacing Stuart Kestenbaum’s Crossle and Brian Morris’s Lola for the class win.
Kestenbaum and Morris were another pair who pushed each other very hard. Morris prevailed, taking second in class by less than a tenth of a second.
|1||Cameron Jackson||Lola||9 laps|
|12||Michael Grant Peterkin||Brabham||+42.975|
|31||OF||John Evans||Lotus||+1 lap|
|32||OF||Michael Richings||Alexis||+1 lap|
|33||OF||John Emery||Lola||+1 lap|
|Fastest lap: Jackson, 2:18.876|