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Callum Grant dominates Janet Cesar Trophy

Callum Grant took a dominant victory in the Janet Cesar Trophy race for 1982-’98 Formula Fords at Silverstone’s Walter Hayes Trophy.

On a wet track following a heavy rain shower, Grant made a good start from pole in his Van Diemen to lead closest challenger Richard Tarling into Copse.

However, contact with another car resulted in a spin for Tarling, dropping to the back of the field and intimating a charge back through the field for the Jamun driver.

He was already back into the top five by lap seven, and then passed Chris Hodgen’s Van Diemen RF89 to secure that position.

Next up were the battling Nicolas Beloou (Van Diemen FR91) and Oulton Park regular Jaap Blijleven in his Reynard 88FF, up from seventh on the grid.

It didn’t take Tarling long to demote that pair, doing so by lap eight, and then he set about getting past Doug Crosbie’s Van Diemen RF89.

He did so by lap eight, but it was too late to try and catch the flying Grant with only three laps remaining, consigning Tarling to second.

Grant had over 12 seconds in hand after the 12 laps of Silverstone’s National circuit, which began to dry as the race went on.

Crosbie held on to third, but by just 0.4s ahead of Blijleven, who in turn had pulled away slightly from Beloou in their battle.

Stephane Lemeret bounced back from trouble in the second semi final to finish sixth in his Van Diemen RF92, having started down in 18th. He was just half a second ahead of Hodgen at the flag, followed by Sam Street, Tom Brown and Andrew Higginbottom.

Race results

Pos Driver Car Time
1 Callum Grant Van Diemen 12 laps
2 Richard Tarling Jamun +12.429
3 Doug Crosbie Van Diemen +17.390
4 Jaap Blijleven Reynard +17.792
5 Nicolas Beloou Van Diemen +19.263
6 Stephane Lemeret Van Diemen +23.441
7 Chris Hodgen Van Diemen +24.016
8 Samuel Street Swift +31.164
9 Tom Brown Van Diemen +31.407
10 Andrew Higginbottom Van Diemen +32.829
11 Joe Porter Van Diemen +34.872
12 Mark de Rozarieux Van Diemen +1:00.249
13 Arnaud Tsamere Van Diemen +1:03.023
14 Peter Daly Van Diemen +1:04.321
15 Neil Hunt Mondiale +1 lap
16 Paul Barnes Swift +1 lap
17 Georges Tomsen Reynard +1 lap
18 Chris Davison Van Diemen +1 lap
19 Maxime Lebreton Van Diemen +1 lap
20 Patrick Sauzedde Van Diemen +1 lap
21 Eric Moulinet Van Diemen +1 lap
22 Lorna Vickers Van Diemen +1 lap
23 Claire Greig Van Diemen +1 lap
24 David Billington Van Diemen +1 lap
DNF Graham Woodin Van Diemen
DNF Conor Murphy Mondiale
Fastest lap: Grant, 1:09.934

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