Ross Martin took his fifth Scottish Formula Ford win of the season at Knockhill, as polesitter Jordan Gronkowski collided with Sebastian Melrose.
A better getaway off the line from Martin brought him alongside Gronkowski heading into Duffus Dip, and they ran side-by-side towards McIntyre where an inside line advantage helped Martin snatch first place.
That lead lasted only a single lap, as Gronkowski pulled a similar move at McIntyre to retake first place.
A brief safety car period for Gary Sykes’ stranded Ray ensured a pack of front-runners including Sebastian Melrose and Neil Broome remained close behind, as Melrose swapped between attacking his Graham Brunton Racing team-mate Martin and defending from Broome across several laps.
Two decisive moments would come following that safety car. Race leader Gronkowski slowed while travelling down the pit straight, allowing Martin, Melrose and Broome past. Gronkowski’s sudden loss in speed was only momentary, as by McIntyre on the same lap he had retaken third from Broome.
Martin’s victory would be secured by Gronkowski’s recovery efforts going awry, colliding with Melrose as he attempted a passing manoeuvre at McIntyre.
Both drivers went off into the gravel, Gronkowski picking up front left suspension damage in the process, causing another safety car under which the race would finish.
Behind Broome in second, Matthew Chisholm and James Clarke traded places in their battle for what would eventually become third position.
Clarke, starting eighth, quickly passed Sykes aboard his Mygale and picked off Chisholm a lap later, but dropped behind Chisholm shortly after the first safety car period ended, settling for fourth.
Along with Sykes, fellow Ray racer Steve Barlow also retired late on, handing Fraser Gray a top five finish.
Photo courtesy of Stephen Brunsdon
|1||Ross Martin||Ray||13 laps|
|3||Matthew Chisholm||Van Diemen||+3.392|
|DNF||Jordan Gronkowski||Van Diemen|
|Fastest Lap: Martin, 54.264|
|1 Martin 129 2 Melrose 81 3 Broome 67 4 Clarke 56 5 Chisholm 56 6 Gronkowski 48 7 Barlow 38 8 Sykes 34 9 Gray 28 10 Ross Howe 21|