Cameron Jackson was made to work hard for his ninth HSCC Historic Formula Ford win on the bounce, fending off two Classic Team Merlyn drivers crossing the finish line.
Jackson had only retaken the lead on the final lap from Pierre Livingston, who finished second, and third-placed Ed Thurston.
The two leading Classic Team Merlyn drivers surrounded Jackson and tried to out-drag him on the line, but Jackson prevailed by a tiny 0.086s margin.
Those three drivers had fought doggedly among themselves for the lead for most of the race, with the relatively inexperienced Livingston repeatedly inching ahead from the third lap onwards.
Thurston made an ambitious move for the race lead around the outside at Brooklands, taking Jackson by surprise and turning the race into a three-way battle.
Though Thurston would briefly take the lead himself during the sixth tour of the circuit, he was overthrown by Jackson on the penultimate lap, with Livingston cleverly latching on to Jackson’s tow to pass his team-mate at the same time.
Ben Tusting was at the back end of the Classic Team Merlyn pack in fourth, although he did capitalise on Thurston and Jackson’s scrapping to hit the front for a while near the end.
Silverstone race one polesitter Callum Grant had been a victory contender the day before but suffered a poor start, only to retire early on with throttle cable problems.
Danny Stanzl was a fairly lonely but comfortable fifth in his Elden Mk8 after a consistent race.
Ross Drybrough was much more at home on a dry track; he had spun more than once during the wet Saturday race but a clean run in race two meant he was able to move from 13th to seventh.
Radio Caroline Over 50 leader Rob Smith was close behind in his Merlyn Mk20, ahead of William Nuthall, Ted Pearson and Matthew Wrigley.
Photo courtesy of Paul Lawrence.
|1||Cameron Jackson||Winkelmann WDF2||9 laps|
|2||Pierre Livingston||Merlyn Mk20A||+0.086|
|3||Ed Thurston||Merlyn Mk20A||+0.219|
|4||Benjamin Tusting||Merlyn Mk20A||+0.407|
|5||Daniel Stanzl||Elden Mk8||+16.089|
|6||Ross Dryborough||Merlyn Mk20 AS||+16.870|
|7||50||Rob Smith||Merlyn Mk20||+17.166|
|8||William Nuthall||Jamun T2||+18.674|
|9||50||Ted Pearson||Merlyn Mk11/17||+18.690|
|10||Matthew Wrigley||Merlyn Mk11A/20||+19.040|
|11||Michael Grant Peterkin||Brabham BT21||+29.316|
|12||50||Brian Morris||Lola T202||+30.817|
|13||Antony Ross||Lola T204||+39.305|
|14||50||Timothy Brise||Merlyn Mk20||+39.441|
|15||Stuart Kestenbaum||Crossle 16F||+40.130|
|16||50||Greg Thornton||Titan Mk3/4||+1:04.437|
|17||50||Dick Dixon||Lotus 61||+1:05.263|
|18||50||John Roberts||Merlyn Mk11A||+1:10.828|
|19||50||Christopher Sharples||Palliser WDF1||+1:11.369|
|20||50||John Slack||Lola T200||+1:12.026|
|21||50||Alex Meek||Merlyn Mk20A||+1:13.038|
|22||50||Louis Hanjoul||Elden Mk8/10||+1:14.142|
|23||50||Andrew Mansell||Merlyn Mk11A||+1:18.304|
|24||50||Stephen King||Macon MR8||+1:19.214|
|25||50||Michael Wales||Merlyn Mk20A||+1:20.697|
|26||Lee Penson||Lotus 51A||+1:25.096|
|27||50||Rudolf Ernst||Titan Mk6||+1:26.867|
|28||50||Paul Unsworth||Palliser WDF3||+1:40.551|
|29||50||Stephen Mansell||Macon MR8||+1:42.056|
|30||Kit Lawson||Lotus 31||+1:45.639|
|31||50||Nick Arden||Merlyn Mk11A||+2:32.186|
|DNF||50||Stuart Dix||Cooper Chinook|
|DNF||Callum Grant||Merlyn Mk20A|
|DNS||50||Michael Richings||Alexis Mk15|
|DNS||Cormac Flanagan||Alexis Mk14|