Ivor McCullough upstaged the Avon Tyres BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 championship regulars in the final race at Kirkistown, with closest rival Ross Martin slowed by contact with Rory Smith on the last lap.
McCullough was initially passed by Michael Eastwell so stayed in third, though took second when Eastwell’s Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum slowed with a suspected carburettor issue.
A few laps later McCullough pounced for the lead, passing Spike Kohlbecker at the hairpin.
Race two winner Ross Martin was on a charge from his seventh-placed grid slot and before the halfway mark of the 16-lap race had already climbed to third, right behind McCullough and Kohlbecker.
Martin then took Kohlbecker for second place at Colonial at the halfway mark, which also allowed Kohlbecker’s Cliff Dempsey Racing team-mate Jonathan Browne through to take third place.
Reigning Scottish FF1600 champion Martin was unable to find a way past McCullough, who was able to cover off Martin’s moves all around the circuit.
In the closing laps Martin came under pressure from Rory Smith, who had marched up the order after starting 15th and last on the grid.
Smith had passed CDR pair Kohlbecker and Browne on consecutive laps and got into Martin’s tow on the pit straight as the last lap began.
The two came into contact, the front nose of Smith’s B-M Racing Medina partially caved in and Martin’s Team Dolan Van Diemen picking up gearbox damage.
Their coming together allowed Kohlbecker to move back into second at the finish ahead of Browne, with Smith finishing fourth and Martin coasting to the finish in seventh, unable to find a gear.
Jamie Thorburn completed the top five for Border Reivers racing, capping his best weekend of the season since returning part-way through the year.
Despite a poor start, he was still able to pass polesitter Will Herron, whose own poor start dropped him all way the way to eighth by lap one.
Thorburn also went wheel-to-wheel with James Clarke early on, whose quick start had moved him from 14th to seventh.
Clarke’s side-by-side attempt at Colonial failed to pay off, giving Herron a run on the inside into Fishermans, but the two made contact and Clarke’s Ray sustained a broken right-rear wishbone in the clash.
Herron went on to finish sixth, half a second behind Thorburn, and ahead of the handicapped Martin in seventh.
Team Dolan pairing Jamie Sharp and Morgan Quinn in eighth and 10th sandwiched KMR’s Michael Macpherson in ninth, while John Svensson added more points to his National Clubman title challenge against an absent Adam Quartermaine.
Alan Davidson had made another great start to pick up fourth place from eighth on the grid, but dropped out early with more mechanical issues.
|1||Ivor McCullogh||Van Diemen||16 laps|
|6||William Herron||Van Diemen||+2.612s|
|7||Ross Martin||Van Diemen||+3.464s|
|8||Jamie Sharp||Van Diemen||+9.882s|
|10||Morgan Quinn||Van Diemen||+15.774s|
|12||Allan McBurney||Van Diemen||+1 lap|
Fastest lap: Martin, 1m01.293s
Pro 1 Martin 458 2 Kohlbecker 416 3 Neil Maclennan 343 4 Browne 299 5 Clarke 299 6 Smith 269 7 Sharp 210 8 Quinn 170 9 Macpherson 166 10 Thorburn 155
Clubman 1 Svensson 389 2 Adam Quartermaine 296 3 Max Marzorati 234 4 Pascal Monbaron 143 5 Jason Down 81 6 Nigel Dolan 61 7 Henry Chart 56 8 Sam Street 40 9 Klaus-Dieter Haeckel 40