Martin wins Scottish race two as team-mate Melrose recovers

Ross Martin secured another Scottish Formula Ford race victory to tie-up his championship-winning weekend, while Graham Brunton Racing team-mate Sebastian Melrose recovered to second place having started sixth.

Starting from first after his title-clinching race one win, Martin again started strongly, unchallenged by those behind to secure a comfortable win by 6.765 seconds. Unlike race one, the track was now mostly dry, bar some wet patches off-line.

Melrose was busy by comparison, jumping both Jordan Gronkowski and Neil Broome at the start. One tour of Knockhill’s reverse circuit later, Melrose capitalised on a failed move by Gary Sykes against Ciaran Haggerty, getting a better run out of the hairpin and slipping down the inside into Clark’s.

Before lap two had even finished, Melrose had also made his way past Haggerty. At first the returning 2014 Scottish champion remained glued to Melrose’s gearbox, though his pace faded towards the end.

Haggerty capped a successful return to FFord after nearly three years away from single-seaters with third place, his second podium this weekend after scoring second in a wet race one.

A photo-finish drag race settled fourth place, as Gronkowski pipped Sykes by 0.002s. Defending the inside throughout, Gronkowski settled down and bided his time, and as Sykes oversteered slightly exiting McIntyre’s on the final lap, got a run alongside him to the finish line.

Broome was a distant sixth, almost seven seconds behind Gronkowski and Sykes, while also 20.847s off Martin’s pace. Steven Barlow repeated his race one feat of keeping Matthew Chisholm behind him from start to finish, separated by only 0.292s at the finish.

It was a frustrating weekend for Chisholm, who had qualified last due to a clutch problem and was unable to overtake during either race, suffering a lack of drive in first and second gears.

Ross Howe retired on the final lap, swapping ends and becoming beached on the kerbing at the chicane. He had dropped to last on the opening lap, having started in seventh.

Alasdair is Digital Manager for FF1600website and was previously Scottish FF1600 correspondent. When not busy with FF1600, his day job is with Mediatica, a motorsport PR firm.

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