Cameron Jackson won the opening HSCC Historic Formula Ford race at Donington Park, ahead of a Classic Team Merlyn 2-3, but his anticipated duel with Linton Stutely failed to materialise.
Jackson was as rapid as ever in his new Winkelmann and was only really troubled at the start, when Classic Team Merlyn driver Pierre Livingston had a ferocious getaway from second on the grid. Jackson headed him off, but he had to think quickly.
Livingston was sitting in second place, as second-placed qualifier Stutely had already gone missing, his Jamun T2’s engine having self-destructed earlier and needing to be rebuilt between qualifying and the race itself.
Though there were question marks the Jamun’s engine would be repaired in time, Stutely made the start from the pits, two laps after everyone else. He was unable to get into the points, but he did set a fastest lap to show what he could do.
Livingston started well but his pace dropped off slightly and he was not helped by a safety car period early on, which was deployed to allow Chris Stuart’s Crossle to be retrieved from the gravel.
Livingston’s restart was not as good as his initial takeoff and he ended up in a chasing pack for third, which numbered up to eight cars at times.
His Classic Team Merlyn team-mate Benjamin Tusting moved into second place and made sure that Jackson did not build up a massive lead. Tusting kept the runner-up spot until the flag, ahead of Livingston.
Daniel Stanzl, driving an Elden, came out on top of the heated battle for fourth, ahead of Will Nuthall and Tom Smith, who had followed Stanzl through from the lower reaches of the top 10. Stanzl had to race hard to get back to the front of the upper midfield pack as the lead shifted constantly.
Cormac Flanagan’s Alexis, the oldest car on the grid, was part of that upper midfield group for most of the race but he had to retire two laps from the finish.
Ross Drybrough’s Merlyn was the chief beneficiary of Flanagan’s demise to take seventh, ahead of Over 50 class winner Ted Pearson. Michael Grant Peterkin (Brabham BT21) and Rob Smith (Merlyn Mk20) completed the top 10.
|1||Cameron Jackson||Winkelmann WDF2||20:05.648|
|2||Benjamin Tusting||Merlyn Mk20A||+3.775|
|3||Pierre Livingston||Merlyn Mk20A||+12.352|
|4||Daniel Stanzl||Elden Mk8||+13.025|
|5||Will Nuthall||Jamum T2||+13.229|
|6||Tom Smith||Hawke DL2||+13.321|
|7||Ross Drybrough||Merlyn Mk20 AS||+13.471|
|8||>50||Ted Pearson||Merlyn Mk11/17||+13.896|
|9||Michael Grant Peterkin||Brabham BT21||+14.049|
|10||>50||Rob Smith||Merlyn Mk20||+22.221|
|11||>50||Brian Morris||Lola T202||+22.379|
|12||>50||Kevin Stanzl||Merlyn Mk20||+28.829|
|13||>50||Antony Ross||Lola T204||+34.078|
|14||>50||Stuart Dix||Cooper Chinook||+35.654|
|15||>50||Dick Dixon||Lotus 61||+41.236|
|16||>50||Chris Sharples||Palliser WDF1||+42.256|
|17||>50||Paul Unsworth||Palliser WDF3||+46.752|
|18||>50||John Roberts||Merlyn Mk11A||+51.156|
|19||>50||Nigel Adams||Lotus 61||+51.675|
|20||>50||Louis Hanjoul||Elden Mk8/10||+52.092|
|21||Andy Langridge||Lotus 61||+59.645|
|22||Steve Mansell||Macon MR8||+1:00.49|
|23||Kit Lawson||Lotus 31||+1:07.298|
|24||>50||Bill Cowing||Ginetta G18B||1 lap|
|25||>50||Nick Arden||Merlyn Mk11A||1 lap|
|26||Cormac Flanagan||Alexis Mk14||2 laps|
|27||>50||Rudolf Ernst||Titan Mk6||2 laps|
|28||Linton Stuteley||Jamun T2||3 laps|
|DNF||>50||Chris Stuart||Crossle 16F|