Kevin Mills Racing’s Jordan Dempsey believes a collision between himself and three-time winner Joey Foster during the Walter Hayes Trophy final cost him victory.
Foster had rocketed up from 11th on the grid to run at the front in his Don Hardman Racing-run Firman, harassing Dempsey’s Spectrum for position soon after the halfway mark.
Shortly after passing Dempsey, Foster took the lead after Michael Moyers ran wide at Brooklands. Moyers retook the position a lap later and went on to win.
Dempsey felt Foster’s move and subsequent contact had stopped him from capitalising on KMR team-mate Moyers’ mistake, meaning he finished the race in third.
“I’m still very disappointed because the lap that Michael went off, Foster biffed me off on the same lap,” said Dempsey.
“I would’ve been in the lead and the car had really good pace and would’ve pulled away. And then the last laps, there were just yellow flags everywhere, so, couldn’t make a move.”
Dempsey’s clash with Foster wasn’t the only contact he suffered during the final, also having a run-in with Matt Cowley while fighting for position down the pit straight against the Team Dolan driver. A similar incident occurred with Cowley’s team-mate Chris Middlehurst in the first semi-final.
“I don’t know why it is but they keep trying to put me in the wall. I must be too quick for them,” he said when asked about the incident in the final.
Dempsey’s primary focus this year has been Chinese Formula 4, in which he won the title, and he also took two podiums after racing in the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Championship at Kirkistown and Croft.
Having come only two places from WHT victory on his debut, Dempsey is keen to return, with the top step of the podium the aim.
“We’ve had a really good year this year, so [we’ll be] back next year with a vengeance trying to win it.”