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Ross Martin wins Knockhill finale to complete unbeaten season

Ross Martin became the first driver to win every round of the Scottish Formula Ford championship since Kenneth Thirlwall in 2011, with his 13th victory of the season at the final race of the season at Knockhill.

The Graham Brunton Racing driver led from start-to-finish to beat team-mate Gary Sykes and Jordan Gronkowski to the line.

Gronkowski completed a charging drive from the back of the grid to complete the podium in third, having tried in vein to find a way past the impressive Sykes.

Michael Macpherson finished his first weekend back in a FF1600 car for 12 months with a strong drive to fourth in another GBR Ray.

Martin once again got the best start from pole position and comfortably led into Duffus for the first time.

His team-mate Sebastian Melrose also had a strong start from fourth on the grid and looked to have taken Sykes for second at Duffus before spinning on exit. He dropped to the back of the field and could only manage eighth at the flag.

Newcomer Logan Hannah endured a troublesome race, despite holding off Matt Chisholm’s Van Diemen and Fraser Gray’s Ray in the early stages.

The teenager brought out the safety car after she slid off track at the Hairpin, and then went off on the final lap at McIntyres.

The safety car intervention was good news for the recovering Melrose and Gronkowksi as they were able to catch the rest of the pack. Martin though was unhappy as his mammoth 16 seconds lead – built within 10 racing laps – was negated.

His straight-forward victory capped off a perfect season though with the GBR driver remaining unbeaten in a 16 race streak which dates back to September last year.

Melrose consolidated second place in the standings for the second year in a row thanks to Gronkowski’s misfortune in the opening race.

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