Cameron Jackson came closer to the lead of the Historic Formula Ford championship with a fearsome display of wet-weather driving skills at Brands Hatch.
Title rival Ben Mitchell was second, almost half a second behind, and narrowly retains his number-one position
Polesitter Callum Grant had a bad start, struggling for grip on a wet track that was also liberally covered with oil. Jackson, on the other hand, got a flying start from fifth and took Mitchell, in sixth, with him. He admitted before the race that he enjoys the challenge of a wet track and the additional skills it requires.
Jackson built up a significant lead but Mitchell pushed harder and managed to keep his Merlyn within sight of the Lola. A safety car period triggered by an off for Danish teenager Mads Gravsen on the fifth lap helped Mitchell, as did a string of backmarkers. He put in the fastest lap on the tenth lap but could not quite catch Jackson.
Grant was involved in a tense battle with Linton Stuteley for third. Grant had slipped behind Stuteley from the start but never gave up. He repeatedly tried a wider line through Surtees, which he couldn’t make stick, but when he altered his line after the safety car period, he managed to get past the Jamun driver. He was very close to Mitchell when the chequered flag dropped and might have caught him on a drier day. Stuteley remained safe in fourth, with Clive Richards’s Merlyn eight seconds behind and Benjamin Tusting’s Merlyn a further four seconds away.
Over 50s class winner Ted Pearson drove a Merlyn Mk11/17 run by Nigel Grant to eighth place, making up several places. Poleman Rob Smith had to settle for 13th, behind Stuart Kestenbaum’s Crossle and Dick Dixon’s Lotus.
|1||Cameron Jackson||Lola||14 laps|
|18||OF||Chris Stuart||Crossle||+1 lap|
|19||OF||Andy Wiggins||Titan||+1 lap|
|20||OF||Rudolf Ernst||Titan||+1 lap|
|Fastest lap: Mitchell, 1:02.873|