Last lap overtake helps Clarke claim “brilliant” maiden FF1600 podium

James Clarke says he had to be “committed” in his last lap overtake on Gary Sykes after securing his maiden Scottish Formula Ford podium in the second race at Knockhill.

The Mygale driver profited from contact between Graham Brunton Racing team-mates Sebastian Melrose and Josh Smith on the penultimate lap to claim his best result in FF1600 to date.

Having spent the majority of the race embroiled in a frantic battle with GBR’s Sykes, the former Clubmans driver Clarke made an opportunistic last lap overtake.

“I think Gary was trying to guess where Seb was going, whereas I just went for the committed move and got it,” Clarke said.

“It was great fun. Around Knockhill, you can overtake at every corner pretty much but the main one is at the Hairpin. So I was trying to defend by making them take the long way round but it didn’t quite work out.

“But then luckily there was all the shenangins on the start-finish straight and I had plenty of time to see what was going on.

“I actually didn’t see the last lap board because I was too busy watching the other cars. It was only when I moved across that I realised I was in third.”

Clarke has made significant progress throughout his first year in single seaters, having previously competed in Classic Touring Cars and Clubmans Cup. Clarke believes his first piece of silverware is down to the hard work from his team.

“It’s been hard work all season and everyone has put in the effort. We’ve got a result and it’s great to re-pay the team for all their work this year. It’s brilliant.”

1 comment on “Last lap overtake helps Clarke claim “brilliant” maiden FF1600 podium

  1. Brilliant driver. Very proud of this young driver. Looking forward to future podium positions. He has had some fantastic races wins in the past.


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