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Ross Martin beats hapless Gronkowski in wet Knockhill opener

Ross Martin moved one step closer to completing a 100% winning record in Scottish Formula Ford with another lights-to-flag victory in the opening race at Knockhill.

The Graham Brunton Racing driver made a lightning getaway from pole position in wet conditions to lead fellow front row starter Jordan Gronkowski into Duffus.

From then, it was another routine drive for the champion as he led every lap of a race red flagged after Neil Broome crashed on the final tour.

Gronkowski kept in touch with Martin throughout the 11-lap encounter and looked primed to launch an attack on the lead when his Van Diemen suddenly slowed on the exit of the Hairpin.

That allowed Martin’s GBR team-mate Sebastian Melrose to inherit second place, while Gary Sykes completed the podium in the third GBR Ray.

Sykes was rewarded with his second podium of the season after Broome spun exiting the Chicane on the final lap, eventually coming to a rest on the grass approaching Clark’s. The race was flagged at the end of the lap, with Broome missing out on a podium on countback due to not being a recorded as a finisher when the race was stopped.

Broome and Sykes had been embroiled in a frenetic battle with series returnee Michael Macpherson throughout the race. The trio could not be separated and embraced three-wide action into Duffus all race.

Behind Macpherson in fourth came Ross Howe in the Howe Motorsport Van Diemen and Fraser Gray.

GBR’s Logan Hannah completed her first FF1600 race as the last finisher in eighth place after a hard battle with Gray.

Matt Chisholm was the only other non-finisher, the Van Diemen driver losing speed on the Hislop’s stretch towards the Hairpin at half-distance and pulling into the pits.

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Ross Martin Ray 10m25.347s
2 Sebastian Melrose Ray +13.607
3 Gary Sykes Ray +19.216
4 Michael Macpherson Ray +26.511
5 Ross Howe Van Diemen +32.085
6 Fraser Gray Ray +40.760
7 Logan Hannah Ray +42.535
DNF Neil Broome Ray
DNF Jordan Gronkowski Van Diemen
DNF Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen

 

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