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Richard Tarling takes Heritage pole at Brands Hatch

Richard Tarling took pole for the Brands Hatch Heritage Formula Ford race, displacing regular race-winner Oliver White by just over a second.

Reigning HSCC FF1600 champion Tarling, driving a Jamun M92, looked unfazed by the wet track and murky conditions, taking aggressive lines through Surtees.

White’s Van Diemen RF89 looked much less sure of itself at the same corner, and his best lap was 1.026 seconds slower than Tarling’s.

Josh Barnett was third in a Van Diemen RF80, less than a tenth behind White.

The Heritage race will be a real ‘heritage’ affair this time out, with appearances from four cars more at home in the HSCC series, including Stuart Kestenbaum’s Crossle 16F and the Merlyn Mk20 of Ross Drybrough. Kestenbaum was the best of the earlier cars, qualifying in seventh place.

The series has managed to attract a grid of twelve cars. Formula Ford legend Rick Morris had entered in his Royale, but a suspension damper part failed to arrive in time for him to complete some necessary repairs. Cormac Flanagan and Neil Hunt practised on Friday, but the engine in Flanagan’s March 709 blew, and Hunt suffered an accident in his Mondiale M92S.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Richard Tarling Jamun 1:02.785
2 Oliver White Van Diemen +1.026
3 Josh Barnett Van Diemen +1.107
4 Conor Murphy Mondiale +1.235
5 Luke Stark Van Diemen +1.775
6 Flashman Finneran Ray +2.317
7 Stuart Kestenbaum Crossle +3.074
8 Andrew Hibberd Lotus +3.621
9 Ross Drybrough Merlyn +3.880
10 Mark de Rozarieux Van Diemen +4.292
11 Robin Haslam Alexis +15.424
12 Don Boyack Reynard +16.426

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