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Ross Martin: first National win “a long time coming”

BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 championship leader Ross Martin said his first win was “a long time coming” on his 22nd start in the championship.

The two-time Scottish FF1600 champion has raced intermittently in the National championship since 2017, and moved into the lead of this year’s standings after finishing second to Jonathan Browne in the first Oulton Park race.

In race two he took the lead from Cliff Dempsey Racing driver Browne on the opening lap, and came home with 2.287 seconds in hand for his first victory.

“It’s important to get into the lead on this circuit. Browne made a mistake into Island Bend, and I managed to get it up his inside through the next corner,” Martin said of his race-winning move.

“It was nice to get into the lead. I never had the pace to pull away unfortunately, but it is easy to defend round here. I didn’t make a mistake and I managed to hold that lead.

“With things happening behind you, like the incident at the chicane, I just kept my head down and kept it consistent.

“There was still four laps of the race to go, and you can lose a lot of time in those four laps, so getting it home was important.

Martin replaced reigning champion Niall Murray at Team Dolan this year, and is aiming to take the team’s third National FF1600 title.

“Another consistent weekend. Being consistent means more points for the championship, and no damage to the car.

“[The win’s] been a long time coming. I’ve been in and out of the National championship for three years now, so to finally grasp that is a nice emotion.”

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