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Old 12 Dec 2019, 16:39 (Ref:3946354)   #1
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HSCC Historic Formula Ford news and 2020 race dates.

One of the best UK Racing Series in Historic racing and we are pretty busy & friendly too...!

Historic Formula Ford 1600cc Kent engined Race Championship for pre-1972 cars in period spec.
Call by for a cuppa and a chat - if we're not too busy having fun... Below is our 2020 Race Dates.
A sensible 8-meeting cracking calendar is on the cards and we'll be joining our Classic FF Boys on occasions with an evening party or two.

Organised by also supported by Avon Tyres. Sometimes two thirds of our grids are involved in our Over50 Championship promoted by 1960's music icon Radio Caroline.

We welcome any other companies who would like to sponsor and enjoy our events with us on a race-day basis. It helps pay for our Paddock Hospitality Unit.

Our website is a little dated in parts but is at www.HistoricFF.co.uk for cars for sale or wanted, required driving standards, reports and of course our official HFF videos courtesy of Josh Barratt Film Enterprises. Look in on the HSCC website in our HFF Championship Section for latest race reports too.

[B]Look in on our races on line (HSCC live commentary) or (link above, click 'videos' then 'HFF Videos') we are a busy bunch and can be rather exciting at times....
We welcome anyone with the right attitude to fun and competitive racing.


Carless Racing Fuel with their 102 octane Motorsport UK - legal HFF fuel will be available from the Vital Equipment Stand at all meetings in the Paddock or can be delivered. See their website.

‘Radio Caroline’ advertising support is on-line for 2020 too, their 45-second jingles 10 times a day help push our series and our sponsors name to about 5 million people; a symbiotic relationship between our two 1960’s iconic creations.

Provisional HSCC 2020 Calendar for UK Historic Formula Ford & Classic Formula Ford Championships.

4 - 5 Apr HSCC HFF, CFF & Heritage FF. Snetterton 300 circuit. This will be a Formula Ford Themed event with a Provisional Title of the Jim Russell Trophy Meeting. 38 cars per grid. HFF ‘A’ race format single race on both days plus possible race for Formula Ford Champion of Snetterton Race. An ‘A’ & ‘B’ race format on both days is possible subject to extra entries. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. Programme likely to include FF2000, Classic Clubman’s. Party, live band etc.

16 - 17 May HSCC HFF & CFF Silverstone
‘International Trophy’ Grand Prix Circuit Meeting ‘A’ race format single race on both days. 54 car grid rolling start. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days Joint CFF & HFF Chili night party!

6 - 7 June HSCC HFF & CFF Donington Park
. HFF ‘A’ race format ie this is a single race per day. 32 cars per grid. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. A circuit with grace and speed.

27 - 28 June HSCC HFF Pembrey. HFF 30 cars per grid ‘A’ race format single race on both days. An ‘A’ & ‘B’ race format on both days is possible subject to entries. No CFF. Celebrating the circuit’s 30th Anniversary year. Those who enter this meeting will have priority booking for Brands GP.

11-12 July HFF & CFF HSCC Legends of Brands Hatch
SuperPrix (GP Circuit) HFF 38 car-grid ‘A’ race format single race on both days. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. BIG F5000 meeting. Gorgeous Brands at its best. Joint CFF & HFF party!

15th - 16th August. Ireland's Mondello Park. HFF Non-Championship ‘away race’ Invitation at their Historic Race Meeting. ‘A’ race format single race on both days. Subject to confirmation and entry numbers. If you intend to enter (12 so far), please let historicff@gmail.com know by end of Feb. We hope discounted Ferry fees may be available, watch out for announcements (see also https://www.mondellopark.ie/ ), 3-4 other HSCC Formulas are considering attending this west of Dublin venue.

29 - 31 Aug HSCC HFF & CFF Oulton Park Gold Cup. HFF Two ‘A’ race format + Qualifying over 3 days. 38 cars per grid. CFF; 2 races + Q on BH Monday. BIG Northern Classic Car Event. Beautiful Parkland setting. Evening entertainment.

19 - 20 Sept HSCC HFF & CFF Cadwell Park
. HFF A & B format on both days (subject to entries) 26 per grid. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. Lincolnshire’s exciting and challenging ‘Mini-Nürburgring’ parkland venue. HFF V CFF fun Cricket match & BBQ.

24 - 25 Oct HFF & CFF. The BRSCC Formula Ford Festival Brands Indy –
Our ‘Finals’. 30 car grid. One race each day. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. We join with the world’s best FF drivers and show them and UK’s Formula Ford enthusiasts just how good we are.

An explanation for those new to ‘A’ & ‘B’ Formatting…. Subject to race meeting programming, at some meetings there may be the opportunity to continue our 'come one - come all' racing format where we will not have any reserves (dependent on circuit grid numbers). There will be two qualifying sessions where the top half of each will qualify for race 2 ‘A’ group and the lower ‘B’ group are in race 1.
Top finishers in race 1 then go to the rear of race 2 subject to grid space.
It works well makes life interesting and like abilities race together.
HFF Over 50's scoring system Apart from '4 dropped scores' points allocation will mirror that of the main championship, with the top 15 drivers receiving points with 25 points for a win, then 20, 16, 14, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 for 15th place.
In most cases at each meeting there is an allowance of 10% additional reserve entries in qualifying, entry fees returned (less £25) for non-starters.
Subject to each Championship Regs & entries; all HFF entrants are eligible to enter CFF & Heritage rounds.
All subject to change and confirmation. See HSCC Website for 2020 regulations and updates. https://hscc.org.uk/

21st November HSCC Trophies and Dance at Sywell. Northampton’s 1930’s-themed ‘Aviator’ Hotel. New for us, more atmosphere, cheaper accommodation and a fun ‘Swing’ Evening.
Note. Anglesey, Croft and Silverstone Finals events; We will be revisiting these popular venues in the future when they become available and will be requested for 2021.
HFF Contact historicff@gmail.com Dick Dixon
CFF Contact andrewsmith49@hotmail.co.uk or stuartk@pmi.me.uk
HSCC Office Contact office@hscc.org.uk website https://hscc.org.uk/



See you on the grid if not before. Dick Dixon. Team HFF.

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Race Retro is Europe’s premier show for historic motorsport. The three day event running from Friday 21 - Sunday 23 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, is the season opener for historic motor racing and the associated community.






Our sponsors, Vital Equipment ltd. are available for advice on their Motorsport UK/HSCC/HFF - approved Carless Racing Fuels to suit your car. They will have a stock of their line of Helmets, HANS devices and Race Suits and more. All discounted (to us). For their range, yertiz… https://www.vitalequipment.co.uk/
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Great intro Dikko and very thorough, thanks. Looking forward to 2020 already, pretty sure I bumped in to you at Coppice earlier in the year I think you were looking for coppice of this domain and I did make it to Anglesy earlier in the year, great circuit and a good weekend. Pity that Cadwell's moved, always loved this meeting in June. I need to make it to Pembrey next year, the sole remaining circuit in mainland UK that I've not been to, look forward to seeing you there. Simply the best racing on the planet IMHO.

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Yep, twas me. Regards to you. If we have our hospitality with us at Pembrey DO call in for bite & a drink. There'll be a welcome in the hillsides.. Apparently they've spent some money on the place since we were there last and it should be a good weekend. Nice at The Gower nearby too.
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Hi Dikko - sad that no Croft but wild horses won't keep me away from Cadwell , and Oulton and Brands appeal too . I trust we will see a return to recent form when it comes to grid sizes - bit thin last year compared to 2017/18 ?



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Old 17 Dec 2019, 14:43 (Ref:3947181)   #5
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Yep Coppice/John.
Grids in their 25's +/- was not our normal attendance from when you say. We were a leetle stretched in our calendar this year... races 2 weeks apart are not our bag. Especially for folk who have to go to work.! Better dates for 2020.

Book your Sausage at Cadwell...and we may play a little cricket against the Classic FF boys and could be in need of an umpire???
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Is cricket the one where you hit the ball with a stick -or is that squash ? You need to know that I spent games afternoons smoking Park Drive and drinking Guinness while discussing Keats with my equally pretentious friends ....
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New Title Sponsor for 2020

I am pleased to announce that Classic Race Simulators, the Farnborough Company making bespoke Race Car Simulators have taken over from Vital Equipment/Carless Race Fuels as the title sponsor for our 2020 16-round Championship this season.
In addition, Classic Race Simulators will have a presence in the paddock at every meeting, offering drivers the opportunity to gain additional practice and have fun between sessions.

Classic Race Simulators’ Managing Director, Jim Hill: “Classic race cars are our passion so to become involved in such a prestigious UK championship is a pleasure.
We look forward to supporting the drivers with “state of the art” simulation
equipment in the paddock to improve both safety and enjoyment on track."
About Classic Race Simulators: they say,
“Based in Farnborough, just an hour from central London, we have combined the love of classic race cars with our race simulation knowledge to produce beautiful simulators since 2013.
From a Cockpit to a full-size race car or kart we can build a bespoke tribute simulator from scratch or adapt a current design using our experienced craftsmen. We will share our knowledge to steer you around the
choices and supply and fit all systems, so they work together on installation.”
Free Practice!! A new innovation in our area of the paddock will be some ‘Historic’
Simulators free to use by drivers courtesy of our new sponsor and, I’m told “They have motion, force feedback, wind simulation (!?) and are equipped with “state of the art” Virtual Reality equipment. One of the sims has been custom built for a UK classic racer who wants to practice the circuits in advance of races” so they may be dialed in to each meeting’s circuit. Bit of fun eh? Free to us, the facilities are for hire to anyone with sponsors and guests to impress.

Making history (again)…. Website bookings are open for our first race of the season;
it’s a revival of the first Formula Ford Fest in 1972 when our cars were still pretty new and we’re still proving a lasting formula...

To celebrate we’re still going strong, classes of Classic, Heritage, and the newer ‘Champion of Brands’ Formula Fords will join us in the paddock. Our ‘elder Ford-engined brothers’ - Formula Junior – will also be there to complete the scene of 48 years ago. I’ve been told that Snetterton marshals are really looking forward to seeing us.

HSCC Blurb…’The weekend will honour the life of racer and race school pioneer Jim Russell, who died in March 2019, as well as featuring 10 Formula Ford races to mark the early heritage of the Formula Ford Festival. Before moving to Brands Hatch in 1976, the first four Festivals were run at Snetterton from 1972 to 1975’.


4 - 5 Apr HSCC HFF, CFF & Heritage FF. Snetterton 300 circuit. 38 cars per
grid. HFF ‘A’ race format single race on both days plus possible race
for Formula Ford Champion of Snetterton Race. Party, live band we hope,
etc.
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Thanks for the update Dikko, Snetterton already booked for me as a spectator this year, has all the potential for a great meeting
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And that's where it all ended, since then all cars no doubt have been fiddled on, gardens mowed, sheds painted etc etc.

I hope we may be able to get out this year, with luck and a LOT of care from all it might happen - no news in that direction just yet.

I have started planning a calendar for 2021 and wonder what the appetite will be.
Do we want to fill our boots with a big programme, will we all have a budget? Maybe OK for many of our 'mature' drivers but what effect on the youngsters?

Best guess would be a de-tuned version of this year's events and suck and see.

As soon as I know we are allowed out I'll let all know.

Keep well, heads down and see all at some point. Dick D HFF
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sent out today...

Update for HFF Drivers.
Following Government directives, on May 13 at an HSCC Board meeting on our Corona Virus actions it was felt there may be an opportunity to go racing.
It can only happen subject to the circuit’s ability to satisfy MotorsportUK’s virus anti-transmitting guidance criteria. These cover marshals, officials and many other considerations for a safe infrastructure to gain a racing permit.
And you of course…
The office has increased its computer abilities for online entries and would like your commitment to gauge grid numbers and event feasibility. Starting with a possible race at The Brands Legends SuperPrix in July. ALL 2020 race entries are now open.
A lot of thought and action by the club has been put in place as far as social distancing is concerned and these will be fully reported in the next HSCC Magazine.

Those 2/3 of you in our over 50’s Championship may have an opinion and I hope you will help the HSCC to decide on the way forward by either entering or not – as you see fit.
It is obvious that our younger contingent will be raring to go (if I was – I would) but for the majority, the decision lays in your hands.
Full renumeration of entries will be made if events are cancelled and no money will be taken until each event cut-off date. Please book the events you wish to do.
It is not clear at this stage whether our invitation race at Ireland’s Mondello Park will go ahead and it is believed the main F5000 race (now without 15 cars from Aus & NZ) will not happen.
11-12 July HFF & CFF HSCC Legends of Brands Hatch SuperPrix (GP Circuit) HFF 38 car-grid ‘A’ race format single race on both days. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. BIG F5000 meeting. Gorgeous Brands at its best.
15th - 16th August. Ireland's Mondello Park. HFF Non-Championship ‘away race’ Invitation at their Historic Race Meeting. ‘A’ race format single race on both days. Subject to confirmation and entry numbers. We hope discounted Ferry fees may be available, watch out for announcements (see also https://www.mondellopark.ie/ ), 3-4 other HSCC Formulas are considering attending this west of Dublin venue.
29 - 31 Aug HSCC HFF & CFF Oulton Park Gold Cup. HFF Two ‘A’ race format + Qualifying over 3 days. 38 cars per grid. CFF; 2 races + Q on BH Monday. BIG Northern Classic Car Event. Beautiful Parkland setting.
19 - 20 Sept HSCC HFF & CFF Cadwell Park. HFF A & B format on both days (subject to entries) 30 per grid. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. Lincolnshire’s exciting and challenging ‘Mini-Nürburgring’ parkland venue.
24 - 25 Oct HFF & CFF. The BRSCC Formula Ford Festival Brands Indy – Our ‘Finals’. 30 car grid. One race each day. CFF; 2 Races over 2 days. We join with the world’s best FF drivers and show them and UK’s Formula Ford enthusiasts just how good we are.
In most cases at each meeting there is an allowance of 20% additional reserve entries in qualifying, entry fees returned (less £25) for non-starters.
Subject to each Championship Regs & entries; all HFF entrants are eligible to enter CFF & Heritage rounds.

Understandably, our HFF Paddock Hospitality will be not attending until 2021.
There will be no Dinner & Dance in November as it is felt that ‘social distancing’ will be a problem on the dance floor and at the bar!
Without knowing the racing climate for the 2021 season the suggestion is that we have five ‘main event’ races and two provisional meeting.
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Update for Brands Hatch Legends July 11/12

Closed to spectators I'm afraid, sorry. BUT.......

Racing at the great Grand Prix circuit of Brands Hatch is ON! They & the HSCC have fulfilled all MUK conditions for a permit and we are GO for the SuperPrix Meeting on July 11/12. One change of plan to reduce Covid19 problems is our Races are on Sunday (the same day as Classic FF).

We are a healthy 24 grid with a month to go and we welcome some new drivers to our little (but BEST) Championship series, tin-top racer James Russell is trying his hand with us in a Merlyn, Alan Schmidt in a Crossle with our Speedsport boys and a shock entrant is BTCC driver Shaun Hollamby with his Jamun. We will be explaining OUR rules of racing to Shaun before he goes out! Look out for them and give them all the help you can guys… you were new once…
A welcome return to Simon Jackson and Greg Thornton too.

There will further details being issued from the HSCC, and a lot of paperwork for you to complete. The codicil remains we rely on Government conditions. We continue to await conformation regarding overnight camper stays, but presently the consensus is this will be allowed from the beginning of July.

ALSO!!!!!!!

The Historic Formula Ford Championship Sponsor Classic Race Simulators and HFF have pleasure in announcing their attendance of Brands Hatch GP Circuit simulators at the HSSC Legends SuperPrix on July 11/12th.
Free to all drivers their simulators will be available in the Paddock with all appropriate Covd19 conditions satisfying Brand Hatch’s virus-free Permit controls.
Having graduated with an Honours degree in Microbiology and worked in infection control for many years, MD Jim Hill will have a team there ensuring participants safety and says he is “Really looking forward to my first company sponsorship of a great championship and if I can share our Virtual Driving Experience with the HSCC it will be a pleasure”.
For a full description of their Hi-tec equipment see their website or look out for them in the Paddock.
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Close to 30 on our grid folks for the Legends SuperPrix.

Mondello invite to their Historic Meeting is off unfortunately, closed to public = £loss sorry to say.

HSCC website will give live commentary and you can see our past HFF Races on our website at historicff.co.uk click videos. Especially 2018 Donington (2)!!!!
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Brands full report should be out in glorious technicolour on the HSCC website, here's the black and white version.

Jackson wins in a short and sweet Brands encounter
Cam Jackson was back into his winning ways as the victor
in the first round but he had a worthy challenger in Linton
Stutely.
Stutely, driving a Royale RP3, started from pole and was only
0.039s away from the tail of Jackson’s March 709 at the end. Both
drivers were supremely committed, attempting to snatch any
advantage they could from one another, whether on the inside or
the outside of the track. Stutely set the early pace and the two
traded the lead, but Jackson managed to get marginally in front.
The race was ended early by a red flag for David Squire’s stricken
Hawke DL2 and things could have been very different with another
lap’s worth of action.
Just as fierce was the battle for third between Matt Wrigley’s
Merlyn Mk11A/20 and Danny Stanzl’s familiar red Elden Mk8. With
Stutely leading, Matt Wrigley’s first tussle was with Jackson, who
qualified one place behind him in third. When Jackson got away,
Wrigley had Stanzl to contend with. The Elden driver employed his
trademark sideways style to shoot past Wrigley and did hold third.
Wrigley got ahead again, but Stanzl had passed him when the red
flag fell. Great driving by all four with one second separating them
for half the race. Danny (no 70) was disappointed to be dropped to
fourth on countback but it was a strong season opener for both
him and Wrigley (no15).
Matt, Danny, Ross, Tim and Michael G-P.
Pierre Livingston should have been among the leaders but he had
to settle for fifth. The Classic Team Merlyn driver’s finish was more
impressive than it looked however, as he had started from the
back of the grid. Livingston’s transponder failed during qualifying
and his mechanics pulled out an ignition cable in an attempt to fix
it, meaning that he did not set a time. He was allocated third, but
then sent to the back for a flag infringement. His rapid progress up
the grid was neat and efficient, making up twelve places on the
first lap alone.
The last of the drivers overhauled by Livingston was Radio
Caroline Over 50s winner, Ross Drybrough. The Worthing dentist
has only just joined the ranks of the veterans and began strongly
with a sixth place. On their way to the line his battling chief rivals
were Kevin Stanzl (Crossle 16F) fighting off a close Tim Brise (in
his now “transformed” Merlyn Mk20), who were eighth and ninth
behind Michael Grant Peterkin’s Brabham fractions behind Ross.
We witnessed some great racing amongst this group and Stanzl
Senior got ahead late on and kept his place by a margin of just
0.2sec. In 10th place Ted Pearson’s Merlyn Mk11/17 and Simon
Jackson’s Crossle were a little way behind, with Jackson just
failing to join his son in the top ten by 0.9sec. Chris Stuart and Paul
Unsworth keeping them honest right behind. Despite setting the
fastest lap in his class, defending Over 50 champion Rob Smith
was not quite on his usual form with a dislocated finger from a bike
accident in the week but from being 23rd on the first lap after a
spin, 14th wasn’t so bad.
Historic F1 Champ Greg Thornton followed Rob 1.3 seconds away
after getting past Matt Sturmer with Matt finishing 0.4 up his
gearbox. The following Stuart Kestenbaum wasn’t having his
normal top ten race and went home early not feeling well. Hope
you’re OK Stuart…
Some great racing was to be seen further down the field too and
four seconds covered a race-long battle of the next four cars with
new boy in his FIRST race Alan Shmidt. He drove brilliantly, kept
up with, peered at, and learnt from the experienced; Alex Meek’s,
Chris Sharples’, John Slack’s and Andrew Mansell’s rear ends.
Good close racing.
Steve Mansell (11) and Nick Arden finished a great line-up.
Our other new boy Peter Mullineux was settling nicely after a brief
qualifying when his gearbox decided stuck in 4th gear “druids was
a challenge” he said. He had to bow out with a turned up nose
when he got his braking slightly wrong. He joined the over-heating
Bill Cowing in his ‘only FF Ginetta in the paddock’ who
unfortunately lasted 2 laps.
David Squires and Kevin Williams had a full-on action race which
was great to see until a disappointing coming together at Druids
hairpin where both came back a little bashful and bashed.
The second race of the day was cancelled due to timing issues
arising from an incident two races before. This news,
understandably, was a disappointment in the HFF paddock.
With one round less in an already shortened season, there is no
room for the slightest error for any of the leading drivers. The
shortest season on record may well turn out to be one of the
closest and most exciting for the main AND our Radio Caroline
over 50 Championships.
Report by Rachel Harris-Gardiner with additions by Dick.
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Bank holiday weekend at the Gold Cup Oulton Park coming up.

Church and track restrictions are tight and have reduced our programmers into nervous wrecks...
The result is HFF races are changed with qualifying on Saturday, race 1 Sunday Race 2 Monday. Classic FF's appear on Monday.

Any racers who find themselves in the Paddock can use our sponsors facilities for free... and virtually drive the circuit on their super-gizmo close-to-the-real-thing Virtual Classic Race machines.

Sorry - no corvid-free hospitality therefore...no hospitality. NEXT YEAR eh?
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Here's a report for Oulton Park. Pretty fast and entertaining racing. Anyone wanting to join us with a pre-72 FF see our website. Next up is Cadwell Park - guaranteed to tighten the front-runners without doubt.
Report by our HFF journo Rachel Harris-Gardiner.

ALL OUT ACTION AT OULTON


The Oulton Park Gold Cup provided a weekend of drama and a dash of intrigue, with newcomers at both ends of the grid and a new winner.

Pierre Livngston won both races from pole, showing a furious turn of speed that left the rest of the field standing. The Classic Team Merlyn driver was around a second and a half quicker than defending champion Cam Jackson in Ross Drybrough’s March 709. This pace carried through to the first race, where Livingston was only ever seriously challenged by Linton Stutely’s Royale RP3.

Stutely got a great start and snuck past Jackson and National Formula Ford regular Tom McArthur, who was driving Mandie Hadfield’s Merlyn Mk20 for his first Historic race. Jackson and McArthur were locked in a tense stand-off over third place and this allowed Stutely to keep up with Livingston. He led for one lap in the middle section of the race, but Livingston was able to power away.

McArthur, who is something of an expert around Oulton, did get the better of Jackson at one point and it looked as if the double champion might be looking at his first off-podium finish for a long time. However, a mistake by McArthur sent him clattering against the kerbs and he was lucky to carry on in fourth. By this time, Horatio Fitz-Simon was at his heels and he had to drive hard to escape the Anglo-American’s Merlyn Mk20. This car was acquired from Andrew Tart and Fitz-Simon will be using it for the remainder of the season.

Fitz-Simon had been scrapping with Matt Wrigley in another Merlyn, but Wrigley had a spin and ended up on the grass and in retirement.

Next came Tim Brise, Radio Caroline Over 50 class winner, in his Merlyn. Danny Stanzl followed, driving his father’s Merlyn Mk20 instead of his usual Elden. This was a strong effort from the back of the grid, as Stanzl had crashed the Merlyn on his first qualifying lap and not managed to set a time, as well as incurring Kevin Stanzl’s fury. Stanzl Senior was in his Crossle 16F and finished tenth, behind Ross Drybrough in his Merlyn Mk20.

Glenn Eagling completed the top ten in a distinctive olive-green and yellow Lotus 61.

Further back, 16-year-old Tom Pearson finished his debut race in 14th place. He is the son of Historic regular Ted Pearson and will be driving his Merlyn Mk11A/17 for the rest of the season while his father recuperates from major surgery. Pearson recovered well from a spin and held his position.

Livingston’s pace was remarked upon after the first race but it really turned heads in the second. The Bath University student won by a whopping 14.8 seconds, a margin rarely encountered in Formula Ford racing. Both races commenced with a rolling start, which put many off, and Livingston took advantage of his position at the front to set the pace, leaving the rest of the grid napping. Even if he had been judged to have jumped the start, his race pace was around 1.7s per lap quicker than Jackson and over a second ahead of Fitz-Simon, who earned the second fastest lap.

While Livingston cruised away into the distance, Jackson and McArthur recommenced their earlier rivalry. This time, it became physical and rather ugly very quickly. McArthur was later reprimanded for his behaviour and apologised, explaining that bump drafting is much more accepted in National and he was unaware it was not allowed in Historics.

Jackson held his own throughout, only being passed once by McArthur and retaking his place quickly. In the end, he was more in danger from Stutely. The Enigma team boss had started second, but was passed by Jackson and McArthur in the opening corners. He played a waiting game, keeping in touch with his warring rivals and waiting for an opportunity to charge through. He had to hold on until the last lap before he launched an attack, when he successfully took the lead and instigated a thrilling three-way photo finish. Jackson crossed the line a tenth in front of Stutely, with McArthur fourth.

Fitz-Simon was fifth, despite a penalty for exceeding track limits. He had had his own skirmish with Danny Stanzl before dropping him and pulling away, although he was unable to catch the next group.

Robert Wainwright was some way behind in an Elden Mk8, just before eighth-placed Brise, who won another Over 50s trophy. Leading Over 50s driver Rob Smith was not present.

Brise had been part of a combative three-car group with Drybrough, who was ninth, and Wainwright. Simon Jackson, who had come through from the back after a first-race non-finish in his Crossle, was eleventh, behind Wrigley who whose car was seriously lacking power and revs.

The drama did not stop when the chequered flag fell. The scrutineers demanded the top four cars (plus a few extras) undergo an advanced check, including cylinder heads. No action was taken against any driver or team.
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