Cameron Jackson made up for missing out on pole for the first HSCC Historic Formula Ford race at Croft, narrowly beating polesitter Callum Grant.
The race was cut in half by a red flag after Pierre Livingston and Ted Pearson, both driving Merlyns, collided between Sunny Out and the Complex while battling for third.
Pearson, whose car was badly damaged and needed lifting off the track, will miss race two, and described the clash as a “racing incident”.
Livingston made a quick getaway and led briefly at the beginning of the race, passing Grant and pushing Jackson’s Winkelmann down to third.
The two more experienced racers fought back quickly and a finely poised slipstreaming struggle began between them.
It was Grant’s Merlyn that was ahead when the red flag fell.
The restart triggered a shotened and frenetic eight-minute scramble for position, in which Jackson had the upper hand.
Jackson defended vigorously with Grant stuck to his tail and won by a small margin of just 0.261s, with the three Classic Team Merlyn cars behind them.
Ed Thurston overcame a slight lack of pace to muscle past Danny Stanzl’s Elden and his team-mate Benjamin Tusting, establishing third place before the restart.
Recovering from his collision with Pearson earlier, Livingston managed to pass Tusting for fourth, having slipped back to ninth after his incident.
Rob Smith was the leading Radio Caroline Over 50 driver in his Merlyn Mk20, finishing sixth. He was not seriously challenged for the veterans’ crown after Pearson’s retirement.
Stanzl had been part of the leading group for most of the race and ran as high as fifth, but he stopped on the circuit near to the end and posted a DNF.
|1||Cameron Jackson||Winkelmann||6 laps|
|Fastest lap: Grant, 1:29.517|
|1 Jackson 245 2 Grant 161 3 Livingston 146 4 Tusting 121 5 Stanzl 113 6 Smith 108 7 Thurston 80 8 Ted Pearson 80 9 Ross Drybrough 72 10 Gislain Genecand 53|