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Rick Morris wins Classic season opener at Silverstone

Rick Morris won the opening race of the BARC Luna Logistics Classic Formula Ford season on Silverstone’s International layout, although his rivals did not make it easy for him.

Morris had a healthy lead by the time the chequered flag fell, but had to battle hard prior.

Jordan Harrison got an excellent start from second and inched ahead of Morris, his lead surviving a short safety car period that ensued from spins by Simon Clews and Michael Saunders.

Royale driver Morris and sole Lola pilot Harrison traded the lead for several laps, despite Harrison suffering from blatant gear selection problems. He was eventually caught by Mark Armstrong in his Van Diemen RF80, but did not give up until he had to pull off at the side of The Loop.

Armstrong inherited a relatively safe second place and was only really bothered by backmarkers, but the battle behind him for third was fierce.

John Village prevailed after a series of muscular scraps with first Armstrong, then Stuart Kestenbaum and finally Tim Harvey. BTCC commentator Harvey got within two-tenths of a second of former single-seater team boss Village, but could not quite pip him at the line.

Harvey hadn’t made a great start but methodically picked his way back to fourth in his Van Diemen. He survived repeated attacks from behind by Kevin Mansell who was fifth, who finished just ahead of Tom Brown.

Brown’s Van Diemen, hastily built from a spare chassis and parts from the wrecked ‘Jesus Saves’ car, was only finished late on Saturday evening.

Adrian Reynard had won the B class for older cars in a machine of his own design by finishing seventh, but was later disqualified for a technical infringement.

Reynard’s exclusion moved Kestenbaum, who spun his Van Diemen while attacking Village for fourth, up a place after the flag, while the PRS cars of Paul Britten, Colin Williams and Oliver Chapman rounded out the top ten.

Harrison’s father, Mark, is due to drive their Lola in the second race but it is unclear whether the car will be ready in time for the start.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Time
1 A Rick Morris Royale 15 laps
2 A Mark Armstrong Van Deimen +4.422
3 A John Village Crossle +9.071
4 A Tim Harvey Van Diemen +9.243
5 A Kevin Mansell Crossle +9.898
6 A Tom Brown Van Diemen +10.011
8 A Stuart Kestenbaum Van Diemen +19.273
9 A Paul Britten PRS +28.944
10 A Colin Williams PRS +35.52
11 A Oliver Chapman PRS +37.335
12 A David Malpas Van Diemen +51.753
13 A Paul Crosbie Van Diemen +53.992
14 A Richard Yeomans Crossle +1:14.137
15 A Martin Whitlock PRS +1 lap
16 A Ben Hadfield Van Diemen +1 lap
DNF A Steve Pearce Van Diemen
DNF A Jordan Harrison Lola
DNF A Simon Clews Royale
DNF A Terry Durdin Crossle
DNF B Michael Saunders Hawke
DSQ B Adrian Reynard Reynard
Fastest lap: Morris, 1:14.275

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