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Edwards beats strong Hodgen challenge to win Snetterton Heritage opener

Formula 1 commentator Ben Edwards won the first Heritage Formula Ford race at Snetterton sponsored by Two Whitecross Accountancy, resisting a tough challenge from Chris Hodgen.

Edwards, driving a Van Diemen RF92, was 3.1s quicker than second-fastest qualifier Hodgen in his Van Diemen RF89. Hodgen was much closer in the race, finishing within a second of the victorious Edwards.

Hodgen beat poleman Edwards off the start to lead, though Edwards reclaimed first place at the start of lap three, lining up on the outside of Hodgen at turn one and smartly cutting back to the inside to take the place on the exit.

But while Edwards was expected to ease clear on the basis of his qualifying advantage Hodgen stayed within a second of him for the remainder of the 15 minute race, finishing 0.9s behind in second.

“He drove really well and defended quite well. I was right with him and he over-committed on the tight line so I could cut back,” said Edwards on his pass to retake the lead.

“I thought I’d get away [from Hodgen] and I didn’t. So I had to work quite hard”

Third-placed Simon Davey in the Van Diemen RF80 finished over 40s shy of the leading pair, heading home a tight train of cars down to the seventh place.

Simon Jackson taking part in an ex-Nigel Mansell Javelin JLS was fourth followed by Mark de Rozarieux in fifth in a Van Diemen RF88.

David Porter recovered from suspension problems during qualifying to finish sixth in his Van Diemen RF92 and Alan Fincham, making his Heritage debut in an RF80, finished seventh.

Neil Hunt in his Mondiale M92S had a lonely race to eighth, while Paul Barnes in a Swift SC92F pipped Robin Haslam in the Royale RP24 to place ninth of the ten runners.

Race one results

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Ben Edwards Van Diemen 14m58.175
2 Chris Hodgen Van Diemen +0.977
3 Simon Davey Van Diemen +42.628
4 Simon Jackson Javelin +42.902
5 Mark de Rozarieux Van Diemen +44.248
6 David Porter Van Diemen +45.119
7 Alan Fincham Van Diemen +45.436
8 Neil Hunt Mondiale +53.662
9 Paul Barnes Swift +1m10.662
10 Robin Haslam Royale +1m11.238

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