Callum Grant claimed a hard-fought win for the first HSCC Historic Formula Ford race of the day at Oulton Park, defeating a combative Pierre Livingston.
The two Merlyn Mk20 drivers traded the lead early on but Grant got himself in front and held off Livingston until the end. The two were extremely close for much of the race and Grant was only able to eke out a safe lead in the last couple of laps.
Both Grant and Livingston got excellent starts, as did fourth-placed Clive Richards, also in a Merlyn. Benjamin Tusting was third, having made up a couple of places on the first lap from his sixth place on the grid. He and Richards had been neck and neck for most of the race’s distance and were less than a tenth apart on the finish line.
Danny Stanzl (Elden Mk8) and Ted Pearson (Merlyn Mk11/17) followed. They were part of a six-car chasing group in the mid-part of the race, although Stanzl got clear of Pearson late on. Stanzl did not get away strongly and was dropped to fifth, although he did run as high as fourth at some points and was almost on the back of Richards’s car at the flag.
Brian Morris was the last of the six chasing cars in his Lola T202, although he lost touch with Pearson towards the end, finishing four seconds behind in seventh.
Richards and Pearson were the leading Radio Caroline Over 50 drivers, with usual leader Rob Smith having to settle for third, eighth overall, after an indifferent qualifying session.
Ross Drybrough was ninth in his Merlyn Mk20, ahead of Tim Brise’s Mk20 which trailed some way behind in tenth place.
Maathew Wrigley, who had qualified in fifth, had to settle for 13th in his Lotus 59, having received a 30s penalty for a jump start in what was a caution- and controversy-free race.
|1||Callum Grant||Merlyn Mk20||11 laps|
|2||Pierre Livingston||Merlyn Mk20||1.451|
|3||Benjamin Tusting||Merlyn Mk20||5.533|
|4||50||Clive Richards||Merlyn Mk20||5.617|
|5||Daniel Stanzl||Elden Mk8||6.310|
|6||50||Ted Pearson||Merlyn Mk11/17||9.119|
|7||50||Brian Morris||Lola T202||13.815|
|8||50||Rob Smith||Merlyn Mk20||23.114|
|9||Ross Drybrough||Merlyn Mk20||23.474|
|10||50||Tim Brise||Merlyn Mk20||35.082|
|11||50||Kevin stanzl||Crossle 16F||35.393|
|12||James Buckton||Elden Mk8/10||36.511|
|13||Matthew Wrigley||Lotus 59||44.484|
|14||Peter Hamilton||Lotus 51||66.133|
|15||50||Nigel Adams||Lotus 61||82.552|
|16||50||Geoff Underwood||Merlyn Mk20||83.410|
|17||Tony Cove||March 709||89.683|
|18||Lee Penson||Lotus 51A||92.867|
|19||Freddie Lillingston-Price||Merlyn Mk11||94.990|
|20||50||Dick Dixon||Lotus 61||+1 lap|
|21||50||Paul Unsworth||Lola T200||+6 laps|
|22||50||Andy Langridge||Lotus 61||+ 8 laps|
Fastest lap: Grant, 1m51.383s