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Ollie White explains decision behind last-to-first Heritage win at Silverstone

Ollie White continued his Heritage Formula Ford domination by taking both wins from the Silverstone meeting – despite starting the second race from the back to give himself a challenge.

White won the opening Silverstone race from pole with ease in his Van Diemen RF92, and decided to started race two from the back of the grid. By lap six of 15 he had climbed back to first place, which he kept until the end.

As well as this ensuring that he has won three out of the four races so far in the inaugural Heritage FFord season, it was the second time that White has come from the back to win.

In the second race of the Donington Park season-opener this was due to retiring from the first race with a misfire, at Silverstone the story was more intriguing.

“In the second race I decided to start last just really because I enjoy overtaking so much, and I like the challenge,” White admitted. “It was a really enjoyable day out.”

The initial word from the Silverstone race organisers was that White was starting from the back due to a clutch problem. That was not the case.

“Yeah that was what [series boss] James Beckett told the clerk of the course, I believe. It was an excuse really. It wasn’t the case, I just decided to [start from the back] to make it a bit harder for myself.

“There was no clutch failure, that was just the excuse we used. You need an excuse really.”

It was White’s experience of winning from the back at Donington that gave him the idea to do it again at Silverstone.

“I enjoyed it so much that I just fancied doing it again!,” he said.

It has been a successful year for White across all series with only the Donington misfire denying him a clean sweep of wins in the races he’s taken part in.

“I won two out of two Champion of Brands races so far, it’s eight out of nine wins so far this year. So it’s gone really well.

“It could have been nine wins – doesn’t matter!”

White also outlined his plans for the rest of the year.

“Hopefully I’m going to complete in the Oulton Park round [the next Heritage round] in July. I won’t have driven the track in nine years, so that will be harder than the last few rounds. Also I’ll turn up in qualifying probably, not do any testing.

“I love the track anyway – that’s why I race, for enjoyment.

“The plan for the rest of the year is to do the next Champion of Brands round in my Medina Sport car, and then the next Heritage round as well at Oulton and then we’ll probably stop until the Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes at the end of the year.

“Hopefully I can keep the winning going! They will be tougher at the end of the year though, they’re very competitive meetings.”

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