Richard Tarling won his debut Heritage Formula Ford race in appalling conditions at Brands Hatch after an exciting battle with Oliver White.
Tarling, driving a Jamun M92, started from pole and initially eked out a sizeable lead, but White, who has dominated the series so far, was not going to let him get away easily. He caught back up and even passed Tarling briefly at Clearways, only to be repassed before Clark Curve.
White tried to slipstream Tarling on the next lap, who had failed to break the tow. He had a small off at Graham Hill Bend and Tarling pulled away again. By the end, White was right on his rival’s gearbox again, but Tarling prevailed. As a former race instructor at Brands, he is more familiar with the track than most and has plenty of wet track experience.
Josh Barnett qualified in third in his Van Diemen and managed to take the last step on the podium, but he had to fight with Conor Murphy’s Mondiale first. Murphy took Barnett at about one-third distance after Barnett appeared to struggle for grip. However, Murphy’s car seemed to lose a little power towards the end, and he was nearly two seconds behind Barnett.
Van Diemen driver Luke Stark was a distant fifth, half a minute back.
Stuart Kestenbaum was the best of the pre-’72 drivers in his Crossle, holding his qualifying position of seventh. He was 46 seconds ahead of Andrew Hibberd’s Lotus 69F.
Despite the slippery track and dim light, only one driver failed to finish. Ross Drybrough’s Merlyn Mk20 had an excursion onto the grass. He met the chequered flag but was not classified as he was four laps down.
|1||Richard Tarling||Jamun||19 laps|
|2||Oliver White||Van Diemen||+0.320|
|3||Josh Barnett||Van Diemen||+9.535|
|5||Luke Stark||Van Diemen||+30.265|
|8||Andrew Hibberd||Lotus||+1 lap|
|9||Mark de Rozarieux||Van Diemen||+1 lap|
|10||Robin Haslam||Alexis||+3 laps|
|11||Don Boyack||Reynard||+3 laps|
|Fastest lap: White, 1:03.149|