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Martin storms to National hat-trick in Croft race three

Ross Martin completed a dominant hat-trick in the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600, storming to reverse grid victory at Croft.

Starting from sixth, the Team Dolan driver made up a pair of places on the run into the first corner, before passing Neil Maclennan on the entry into the Complex and grab third before the first lap was over.

The Van Diemen driver then dispatched championship rival Spike Kohlbecker for second shortly before the race was neutralised James Clarke’s stricken Ray, which was beached in the gravel at Tower.

At the restart, Martin went round the outside of team-mate and pole-sitter Jamie Sharp going into Clervaux, taking a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Sharp dropped to fifth just after being passed for the lead, running too deep into Tower.

His error promoted Maclennan into second, with the Kevin Mills Racing driver taking a comfortable first podium of the weekend.

Maclennan was also helped by a last lap pass for third by B-M Racing’s Rory Smith.

Smith passed Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Spike Kohlbecker on the entry to the Complex, as the latter outbraked himself into the left-hander.

Sharp was fifth at the flag, despite coming under pressure by double F1 eSports champion Brendon Leigh in the closing stages.

Leigh, himself fending off the advances of CDR’s Jonathan Browne, tried to make a move on Sharp going into Sunny In but was too far behind to make it stick, settling for sixth.

Browne finished seventh with Jamie Thorburn, who started from the back of the grid after a spark plug lead issue in race two, securing eighth.

Morgan Quinn took ninth in his Van Diemen, with John Svensson taking a clean sweep of Clubman class wins in 10th.

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Pro Ross Martin Van Diemen 13 laps
2 Pro Neil Maclennan Spectrum +3.024
3 Pro Rory Smith Medina +3.793
4 Pro Spike Kohlbecker Ray +4.303
5 Pro Jamie Sharp Van Diemen +7.612
6 Pro Brendon Leigh Spectrum +7.935
7 Pro Jonathan Browne Ray +8.405
8 Pro Jamie Thorburn Ray +14.251
9 Pro Morgan Quinn Van Diemen +14.562
10 CM John Svensson Van Diemen +15.482
11 Pro Carter Williams Van Diemen +16.862
12 Pro Adrien Laissac Van Diemen +17.581
13 Pro Michael Macpherson Spectrum +18.075
14 Pro Aaron Jeansonne Van Diemen +20.251
15 Pro Nicole Woods Van Diemen +30.714
16 CM Adam Quartermaine Van Diemen +38.750
DNF Pro James Clarke Ray

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