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Porter secures maiden Heritage win in final race at Donington

Joe Porter secured his maiden Zig Zag Lighting Heritage Formula Ford championship victory in the last race of the season at Donington Park in dominant fashion.

Porter took the lead from race one winner Tom Brown after Brown went off towards the end of the first lap, losing around 15 seconds and dropping down to eighth.

This allowed Porter to focus on building a gap to second-place Jaap Blijleven, which he was able to do with relative ease.

The gap as Porter crossed the line at the end of the race was over 11 seconds, with Blijleven hanging onto second with an 8.741s gap to the recovering Brown.

Brown was flying as he attempted to recover his lost positions, setting the eventual fastest lap of the race with a 1m34.412s on the final lap to salvage the final step on the podium.

Fourth was taken with another strong drive by Heritage FF1600 rookie Matt Bedford in his Mondiale, with Nick Barnes rounding out the top five in his Swift machine.

Tom Roark was the last of the drivers to finish within one minute of Porter after coming home in sixth, while Oliver Chapman managed to secure seventh in his PRS car.

Simon Davey, Colin Williams and Ian Fernihough closed out the top 10 in eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.

Matt de Rozarieux retired early on after running wide and getting stuck in the gravel at Old Hairpin, while Scott Guthrie’s first race troubles were compounded after he spun at Old Hairpin and lost significant ground to finish a lap down in 13th.

Race Results

Pos Class Driver Car Time
1 Joe Porter Van Diemen 15m17.583
2 Jaap Blijleven Reynard +11.129
3 Tom Brown Van Diemen +19.870
4 Matt Bedford Mondiale +33.230
5 Nick Barnes Swift +40.336
6 Tom Roark Van Diemen +49.100
7 Oliver Chapman PRS +1m15.374
8 Simon Davey Van Diemen +1m23.274
9 Colin Williams PRS +1m40.020
10 Ian Fernihough Swift +1m43.296
11 George Ditchfield Van Diemen +1 Lap
12 Don Boyack Van Diemen +1 Lap
13 Scott Guthrie Crossle +1 Lap
14 Simon Clews Royale +1 Lap
15 Syd Fraser Van Diemen +1 Lap
DNF Mark de Rozarieux Van Diemen
DNF Trevor Morgan Formula Ford

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