Oliver White secured a dominant victory in the first race of the Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford championship at Donington Park following late-race drama for Richard Tarling.
White slipped from his pole position to third heading into Redgate following a bad start, Conor Murphy the chief beneficiary as he snatched the early lead ahead of Tarling.
White soon got into his stride however, swiftly moving back to the front by the end of the second lap. White and second-placed Tarling soon began edging away from Murphy, leaving the Sussex-based racer to hold off Callum Grant for the final podium position.
Heartbreak was soon to follow for Tarling as his Jamun M92 suffered another mechanical issue following his qualifying woes, and he soon had to enter the pits to retire from the race.
This left White with a four-second lead which he never looked likely to lose, crossing the line well clear of the battle for second behind.
Murphy would ultimately come out on top by just 0.131s over Grant’s Van Diemen RF91, the pair swapping positions several times during the closing laps before Murphy pulled the final crucial move into the Craner’s on the final lap.
Jaap Blijeven came home fourth and over 16 seconds behind race victor White, while Ted Pearson closed out the top five in his Merlyn MK11/17.
Sixth was Mark de Rozarieux’s Van Diemen RF88 ahead of Matthew Wrigley’s own Merlyn MK11A/20 in seventh, while Craig Currie, George McDonald and Graham Woodin’s RF90 Van Diemen rounded out the top ten.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Pearson
|1||Oliver White||Van Diemen||15:11.386|
|3||Callum Grant||Van Diemen||+4.202|
|6||Joe Porter||Van Diemen||+27.633|
|7||Mark De Rozarieux||Van Diemen||+31.437|
|9||Craig Currie||Van Diemen||+33.507|
|11||Graham Woodin||Van Diemen||+51.598|
|12||Neil Hunt||Van Diemen||+52.662|
|13||Christopher Stones||Van Diemen||+53.052|
|15||David Porter||Van Diemen||+1:07.177|
|16||Andrew Higginbottom||Van Diemen||+1:09.792|
|17||Don Boyack||Van Diemen||+1:13.182|
|18||George Ditchfield||Van Diemen||+1:13.986|
|20||Simon Pruce||Reynard||+1 Lap|
|21||Alan Slater||Nike||+1 Lap|
|22||David Roark||Van Diemen||+1 Lap|
|24||Nigel Tye||Van Diemen||+DNF|