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Martin fends off Cliff Dempsey duo for Kirkistown race two win

Ross Martin scored victory in the second Avon Tyres BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 race at Kirkistown, resisting race-long pressure from Cliff Dempsey Racing pair Jonathan Browne and James Clarke.

A fast-starting Clarke was up to third place by the end of the first lap, passing team-mate Browne, and shortly thereafter both dispatched race one winner Michael Eastwell’s Kevin Mills Racing-run Spectrum.

Eastwell had been put on the back foot by Martin, who slipstreamed by exiting the hairpin and had taken the lead before reaching the first sweeping left-hander.

At the halfway point the CDR Rays swapped places, a good exit off the hairpin allowing Browne to slip past Clarke heading down to the first turn, but both remained glued to Martin’s Team Dolan Van Diemen.

Persistent pressure from both culminated on the final lap, as Martin braked early on the inside of Colonial and caught out Clarke at the back of the queue.

Clarke moved left in an attempt to avoid hitting his team-mate but clipped Browne’s rear-left wheel, causing Clarke to spin off and out of the race.

Though Browne was able to continue on unhindered after the contact he was unable to make a last-lap move on Martin work, the final margin of victory a slim 0.103s.

Jamie Thorburn took his first podium of the season, and Border Reivers’s first National FF1600 podium finish, having also got past Eastwell in the same manner as Martin and the Cliff Dempsey cars had before him.

He came under pressure from a fast-starting Alan Davidson, whose Mondiale M89S was the only Pre-1993 car in the field.

Davidson had been forced to retire in race one with a broken battery and lined up P11 but had already picked his way up to sixth by the end of the first lap.

But a move on Thorburn in the latter stages of the race for what was at that point fourth place went awry, spinning out and dropping to ninth – which became eighth after Clarke’s retirement.

Ivor McCullough was another Kirkistown regular scything his way through the National field. He had started from 15th and last on the grid but finished with a top five, triumphing in a long battle with CDR’s title contender Spike Kohlbecker in the latter half of the race.

William Herron finished seventh, ahead of the recovering Davidson in eighth, with Team Dolan’s Morgan Quinn and KMR’s Michael Macpherson completing the top 10.

Jamie Sharp’s hopes of a top 10 finish were ended when he overshot the hairpin on the first lap, while Rory Smith was halted by a master cylinder issue early on.

Race results

 

Pos   Driver Car Time
1   Ross Martin Van Diemen 16 laps
2   Jonathan Browne Ray +0.103s
3   Jamie Thorburn Ray +0.828s
4   Michael Eastwell Spectrum +1.134s
5   Ivor McCullogh Van Diemen +2.938s
6   Spike Kohlbecker Ray +3.076s
7   William Herron Van Diemen +6.950s
8   Alan Davidson Mondiale +10.606s
9   Morgan Quinn Van Diemen +14.918s
10   Michael Macpherson Spectrum +17.059s
11   Jamie Sharp Van Diemen +23.000s
12   John Svensson Ray +23.009s
13   Allan McBurney Van Diemen +42.969s
14   James Clarke Ray +1 lap
15   Rory Smith Medina DNF

Fastest lap: Browne, 1m01.240s

Championship standings

Pro 1 Martin 436   2 Kohlbecker 382   3 Neil Maclennan 343   4 Clarke 297   5 Browne 272   6 Smith 245   7 Sharp 182   8 Quinn 150   9 Macpherson 144   10  Aaron Jeansonne 126

Clubman 1 Svensson 343   2 Adam Quartermaine 296   3 Max Marzorati 234   Pascal Monbaron 143   5 Jason Down 81   6 Nigel Dolan 61   7 Henry Chart 56   8 Sam Street 40   9 Klaus-Dieter Haeckel 40

Alasdair is Digital Manager for FF1600website and was previously Scottish FF1600 correspondent. When not busy with FF1600, his day job is with Mediatica, a motorsport PR firm.

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