Niall Murray took his eighth win of the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship season in the second Castle Combe race, extending his championship lead to 100 points.
Murray led from the start and never looked challenged on the way to victory in his Van Diemen RF99.
Team Dolan team-mate Matt Round-Garrido finished second in controversial fashion after a late collision with Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell.
Eastwell attempted a move around the outside of Round-Garrido through Quarry and misjudged how much space Round-Garrido would give him as the two cars converged at the exit of the corner, by which time Eastwell had got in front.
The right hand side of Eastwell’s Spectrum 011C tagged the front left of Round-Garrido’s Medina Sport JL17 on the last lap, spinning Eastwell and damaging Round-Garrido’s car.
Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Jamie Thorburn initially ran in second, but only held the position for one lap as Round-Garrido took to the grass to take the position down the pit straight at the start of the second lap.
Thorburn then had an off-track excursion and retired, promoting Eastwell to third. When Eastwell had his own incident, it handed the final podium spot to Luke Cooper, who had started his Swift SC16 eighth on the grid.
A fierce battle between KMR’s Hugo Bentley-Ellis and Don Hardman Racing’s Joey Foster went Bentley-Ellis’s way, and he also took the fastest lap of the race on the way to fourth place.
Eastwell finished a disappointed sixth, but with a comfortable gap over the group of cars fighting for seventh place.
DHA’s Carter Williams just won that battle, with CDR’s Nico Gruber, Clubman Post-’89 Class winner Felix Fisher and Gruber’s team-mate Jonathan Browne just behind.
Fisher had led the battle, and took to the grass in an attempt to reclaim seventh midway through the race. His class victory puts him seventh in the Post’-89 standings.
Richard Morris and Vincent Jay were the only other two Post-’89 competitors, and finished 16th and 17th overall.
B-M Racing had a poor race, with Rory Smith spinning down the order on the second lap and Sebastian Job crashing into the barriers at the exit of the Esses.
|1||Pro||Niall Murray||Van Diemen||13 laps|
|2||Pro||Matt Round-Garrido||Medina Sport||+3.809|
|12||Pro||David McArthur||Van Diemen||+19.371|
|18||Pro||Davide Meloni||Swift||+2 laps|
|DNF||Pro||Sebastian Job||Van Diemen|
|Fastest lap: Bentley-Ellis, 1:09.581|
|1 Murray 374 2 Eastwell 274 3 Round-Garrido 253 4 Cooper 232 5 Foster 218 6 Thorburn 209 7 Neil Maclennan 195 8 R Smith 152 9 Bentley-Ellis 136 10 Gruber 132|
|1 Jay 358 2 Richard Morris 280 3 Daniel O’Beirne 106 4 John Svensson 97 5 John Ferguson 94 6 Sam Street 74 7 Fisher 70 8 Henry Chart 53 9 George McDonald 28|