Cameron Jackson took a dominant fifth Historic Formula Ford win in a row at Snetterton, ahead of a fierce battle over second between Callum Grant and Benjamin Tusting.
Neil Fowler Motorsport driver Jackson made a superb start from pole, then pulled away into the distance as Grant and Tusting fought over second place.
“I just tried to get a tidy first lap in,” said Jackson.
“I managed to make a small break and they were obviously slipstreaming each other and getting in each other’s way, and that just allowed me to get a little gap.”
After several laps where Grant and Tusting crossed the line less than a tenth of a second apart, Grant finally broke free in second place on lap 10 of 15, and went on to set fastest lap once in fresh air.
His newfound gap was helped by a backmarker spinning at the hairpin, forcing both him and Tusting to take avoiding action onto the grass.
Grant’s chase of Jackson was assisted by the leader encountering lapped traffic, but his tow-assisted lap proved to be an outlier and Jackson finished 6.013s clear.
Classic Team Merlyn driver Tusting dropped a few seconds in the final laps, but still held onto the last podium position.
After initially leading the three-way fight for second, Tusting’s team-mate Pierre Livingston dropped back significantly in the second half of the race and finished a distant fourth.
Radio Caroline Over 50 class winner Rob Smith triumphed in a late tussle for fifth, leading Neil Fowler Motorsport duo Simon Toyne and the debuting Dominik Jackson, in sixth and seventh, with Daniel Stanzl in eighth.
Stanzl qualified in 14th, but made up four places in the first two laps and kept a close eye on the battle in front throughout.
Ted Pearson, second in the Over 50 class, was the biggest loser of that fight for position, falling from fifth to ninth in the final few laps.
Linton Stutley, who had qualified third in his Royale RP3, dropped out of the race after four laps due to a rotor arm failure.
“I missed a gear coming onto straight and thought I’d killed the engine,” said Stutley.
“It turned out [the engine] was alright, but then the rotor arm failed at the hairpin two laps later.”
|1||Cameron Jackson||Winkelmann WDF2||15 laps|
|2||Callum Grant||Merlyn Mk20A||+6.305|
|3||Benjamin Tusting||Merlyn Mk20A||+8.929|
|4||Pierre Livingston||Merlyn Mk20A||+17.433|
|5||50||Rob Smith||Merlyn Mk20||+20.773|
|6||Simon Toyne||Lola T200||+20.900|
|7||Dominik Jackson||Crossle 20F||+21.075|
|8||Daniel Stanzl||Elden Mk8||+21.450|
|9||50||Ted Pearson||Merlyn Mk11/17||+22.755|
|10||Ross Dryborough||Merlyn Mk20 AS||+39.053|
|11||50||Chris Stuart||Crossle 16F||+44.816|
|12||50||Kevin Stanzl||Crossle 16F||+45.194|
|13||50||Stuart Kestenbaum||Crossle 16F||+45.651|
|14||50||Gislain Genecand||Crossle 16F||+56.249|
|15||50||Brian Morris||Lola T202||1:02.241|
|16||50||Dick Dixon||Lotus 61||1:05.639|
|17||50||Louis Hanjoul||Elden Mk8/10||1 lap|
|18||50||Nigel Adams||Lotus 61||1 lap|
|19||Alison Langridge||Lotus 61||1 lap|
|20||50||Nick Arden||Merlyn Mk11A||1 lap|
|DNF||Linton Stutley||Royale RP3|
|1 Jackson 100 2 Livingston 64 3 Tusting 62 4 D Stanzl 44 5 Grant 40 6 Smith 36 7 Ed Thurston 32 8 Pearson 29 9 Will Nuttall 28 10 Drybrough 28|