Cameron Jackson has all but claimed the HSCC Formula Ford 1600 title with a seventh win of the season, with chief rival Ben Mitchell finishing fifth after an off at Brooklands.
Jackson started from pole but never managed to eke out a lead in one of the most dynamic and exciting races of the year. Any of the leading four drivers could have won and at least two others were in with a chance at any one time.
Appearing to be a straight fight between Jackson’s Lola and Mitchell’s Merlyn at first, outgoing champion Richard Tarling and double former title-holder Callum Grant inserted themselves into the lead battle.
Grant led briefly at the start and battled with Jackson for second mid-way through, eventually finishing third. Jamun driver Tarling followed Mitchell through at the Hairpin early on from his fifth-place start, leading for several laps throughout the race.
At one point, the leading trio of Jackson, Tarling and Mitchell were side by side through Brooklands, with Jackson able to capitalise and get to the front. All three leaders attacked and defended in turn, with Grant also in tow.
Benjamin Tusting finished fourth, having got a slow start but caught up to the leading group again fairly quickly, continuing his good run of form in the latter part of the championship.
Mitchell had briefly led and was pushing very hard when he lost time on the grass. He was the fastest driver on the track by 0.31s but, after his off at Brooklands, Mitchell would finish only fifth.
Clive Richards won the Over 50s class to emulate Tusting’s strong form in the latter rounds, having only joined the championship at Brands Hatch in September.
This was Richards’ third-ever Formula Ford race and he finished sixth, having kept up with the leading group in his Merlyn.
Pierre Livingston and Gislain Genecand were part of the top six for most of the race, Livingston in a Merlyn and Genecand in a Crossle. Teenager Livingston had a small off and lost time, finishing ninth, and tenth-placed Genecand was lucky to get out at all, having accrued some crash damage in qualifying.
|1||Cameron Jackson||Lola T200||15:11.872s|
|2||Richard Tarling||Jamun T2||+0.382|
|3||Callum Grant||Merlyn Mk20A||+0.541|
|4||Benjamin Tusting||Merlyn Mk20A||+0.656|
|5||Ben Mitchell||Merlyn Mk20||+0.839|
|6||Clive Richards||Merlyn Mk20||+1.291|
|7||Ross Drybrough||Merlyn Mk20AS||+13.933|
|8||Ted Pearson||Merlyn Mk11/17||+14.046|
|9||Pierre Livingston||Merlyn Mk20A||+16.355|
|10||Gislain Genecand||Crossle 16F||+20.313|
FL: Mitchell – 1m04.107s