Double champion Callum Grant took pole position for this afternoon’s Historic Formula Ford race, leading a lean-for-the-series 18-car grid at the Oulton Park Gold Cup.
The FF1600s only have one race this weekend, so their usual 40-car grid has been cut. The most notable absentee is current championship runner-up Cameron Jackson, who is due to become a father for the second time.
Championship leader Ben Mitchell will start third, but he will be unable to take much advantage of Jackson’s non-presence. Each driver has to drop four scores, so Jackson is still right behind Mitchell in the championship race.
Jamun T2 driver Will Nuthall splits the two. His time was only 0.372 seconds behind Grant and 0.387s ahead of Mitchell. Nuthall has missed several rounds and is not challenging for overall honours.
Benjamin Tusting put his Merlyn Mk20A in fourth place, a few hundredths behind Mitchell.
Stamford teenager Ed Thurston qualified fifth, having put in some very fast laps, but his car’s engine blew up late in the session. This will probably be the end of his season.
Rob Smith is promoted to fifth in his Merlyn Mk20, and is the leading Over 50 starter.
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