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Martin dominates second National race at Anglesey

Ross Martin scored a commanding victory in the second Avon Tyres BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 race at Anglesey, pulling away from sparring Cliff Dempsey Racing team-mates James Clarke and Spike Kohlbecker.

Setting a fastest lap half a second faster than anyone else’s best, Martin was unchallenged from the start, a stark contrast from the damp Saturday race where Kohlbecker had put the Team Dolan driver under immense pressure.

Any hope Kohlbecker had of battling for victory from the front row was quashed in the second half of the race by his own team-mate, having to defend from Clarke.

Clarke had a poor start, being passed by Rory Smith for third on the run up the hill towards Rocket.

But when Smith’s car  came to a halt at The Banking a couple of laps later, he was able to close in on Kohlbecker, and with two laps to go, swept past the American driver through Rocket for second.

Neil Maclennan had started 11th on the grid after being delayed by an altercation with Smith in race one on Saturday, but was swift in his progress, scything through the field and moving up to fifth before the halfway mark.

Fifth place then became fourth when Smith retired but, with the CDR Rays now several seconds up the road, the Kevin Mills Racing driver had a quiet run to the finish.

Dave McArthur completed the top five ahead of his younger brother Tom, who picked his way up from 16th on the grid to sixth by the finish

The latter McArthur was also drawn for pole position for race three, mirroring the Northern races on Saturday where both McArthurs locked out the front row throughout Saturday.

Brendon Leigh was another driver on the move from a back row grid slot after his coming together with Tom McArthur and Jamie Sharp on Saturday.

He rose to seventh by the finish, with those coming from the back aided by Jamie Thorburn struggling to keep his midfield rivals behind.

The Border Reivers driver had initially jumped David McArthur for fifth but had to go defensive thereafter, slowly dropping down the order to finish ninth.

Michael Macpherson finished eighth but was initially ahead of his KMR team-mate Leigh, with Sharp seizing an opportunity at turn one when Macpherson took the outside line when battling Leigh for position.

Sharp was set for a top eight finish but lost power exiting The Banking on the last lap and was not classified after pulling into the pitlane.

Aaron Jeansonne, who had his best finish of the season in eighth place in race one, had targeted holding position to put him in contention for reverse grid pole.

But such was the pace of the Maclennan, Tom McArthur and Leigh behind him, he fell to 10th by the finish, unable to find a way past Thorburn in the latter laps of the race.

John Svensson took Clubman class victory in 11th overall, moving past Adam Quartermaine on the opening lap.

Quartermaine’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when he spun off and stalled at the last corner, though was able to return to the pits and then continue running, albeit two laps down.

Pos Class Driver Car Time
1 P Ross Martin Van Diemen 15m45.009s
2 P James Clarke Ray +5.879
3 P Spike Kohlbecker Ray +6.100
4 P Neil Maclennan Spectrum +11.472
5 P David McArthur Medina +17.001
6 P Tom McArthur Medina +22.494
7 P Brendon Leigh Spectrum +23.044
8 P Michael Macpherson Spectrum +25.674
9 P Jamie Thorburn Ray +26.136
10 P Aaron Jeansonne Van Diemen +26.549
11 C John Svensson Van Diemen +27.464
12 P Morgan Quinn Van Diemen +34.580
13 C Pascal Monbaron Van Diemen +35.734
14 P Scott Huntley Van Diemen +50.723
15 P Nicole Woods Van Diemen +1:01.341
16 C Adam Quartermaine Van Diemen +2 laps
DNF P Jamie Sharp Van Diemen
DNF P Rory Smith Medina
Fastest lap: Martin, 1m33.589s

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