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Maclennan scores reverse grid Anglesey win in safety car-affected race

Neil Maclennan bounced back from a disappointing first day of Avon Tyres BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 action with a win in the third reverse grid race at Anglesey, with title rival Ross Martin retiring after a collision.

Maclennan made light work of the McArthur brothers, who started first and second, firstly taking David McArthur at Rocket on the first lap.

He then passed Tom a lap later at the same corner, faking to the outside and then slipping down the inside of the B-M Racing driver.

The race was then neutralised for a lengthy safety car period when Michael Macpherson went off through the grass on the inside of Rocket.

Macpherson collected Ross Martin at the apex, with both drivers forced to retire with a broken front right corner and damaged left rear suspension respectively.

His off occurred while battling KMR team-mate Brendon Leigh for position, with Macpherson given two points on his license by officials for the incident.

Racing resumed with under five minutes remaining, with Maclennan able to resist Tom McArthur for the final laps in their lead battle.

Behind the younger McArthur, Cliff Dempsey Racing pair James Clarke and Spike Kohlbecker resumed their duel from race two, with Clarke passing Kohlbecker for third place at The Hairpin on the final lap after several laps of applying pressure.

Rory Smith surged from the back of the grid to fifth place by the finish, making up most of those positions in the opening two laps.

Smith then made his way down the inside of Leigh at Rocket for sixth shortly after the restart and went on to take fifth from fellow back row starter Jamie Sharp on the last lap, diving to the inside at The Hairpin.

Though he was demoted to sixth on the last lap, Sharp still had a strong race, to the point that he had “no idea” how he’d managed to pass 11 cars in the first two laps when going from 16th to 5th.

Leigh finished seventh, while polesitter David McArthur would only finish eighth, blaming his fall through the field on his rivals having “some really strong engines” after being passed on the long run from Church to Rocket several times.

Aaron Jeansonne and Clubman class winner John Svensson completed the top 10.

Jamie Thorburn was set to start from ninth position but failed to make the grid.

The gearbox on his Border Reivers machine malfunctioned and shifted from fourth to third, causing an over-rev that damaged a valve.

While a replacement head was fitted in time for race three, a subsequent misfire from the repair forced the team to skip the final race.

Pos Class Driver Car Time
1 P Neil Maclennan Spectrum 21m03.842s
2 P Tom McArthur Medina +0.405
3 P James Clarke Ray +1.064
4 P Spike Kohlbecker Ray +1.283
5 P Rory Smith Medina +2.031
6 P Jamie Sharp Van Diemen +2.242
7 P Brendon Leigh Spectrum +3.866
8 P David McArthur Medina +4.698
9 P Aaron Jeansonne Van Diemen +5.677
10 C John Svensson Van Diemen +7.920
11 P Morgan Quinn Van Diemen +8.332
12 C Adam Quartermaine Van Diemen +12.499
13 C Pascal Monbaron Van Diemen +13.537
14 P Scott Huntley Van Diemen +16.005
15 P Nicole Woods Van Diemen +24.462
DNF P Ross Martin Van Diemen
DNF P Michael Macpherson Spectrum
Fastest lap: Smith, 1m35.139s

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