Historic Formula Ford racer Ted Pearson earned a hatful of trophies after a remarkable cross-country dash this weekend.
Having picked up two Radio Caroline Over 50 class wins in the HSCC Historic Formula Ford races at Brands Hatch, Pearson packed up his Merlyn MK11A/19 and made the five-hour trip north to Croft to participate in the Luna Logistics Classic Formula Ford Championship.
He said: “I got here at 10.30pm on Saturday night. I don’t normally sleep too well after races because of all the adrenaline but I tell you what, after a five-hour drive I ended up sleeping pretty well!
“It helped that it was a late start at Croft, the first race was at 12.35pm which meant there was enough time to get the car through scrutineering without having to rush.”
Starting from the back of the grid, Pearson used his Merlyn’s superior handling in the wet to power his way up to fourth – exceeding his mid-pack pre-race target – finishing just six-tenths of a second behind third-placed Mark Armstrong.
Despite an opening-lap spin, he broke through onto the podium in race two having got past Armstrong’s stubborn defence and finished second.
“I’d call that a pretty successful weekend,” he said.
“The spin was frustrating but the safety car [to recover Timothy Bennett’s Alexis] really helped me recover. I think only me and Kevin [Mansell] realised the track had dried out, everyone else seemed to still be going really gingerly round the corners which helped me pick up quite a few places.
“I’m happy with a podium here and the two wins in the Over 50 class at Brands Hatch, it doesn’t get much better than that really.”
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