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Matt Cowley dominates wet first Formula Ford Festival heat

by Ida Wood

Team Dolan?s Matt Cowley dominated a wet first Formula Ford Festival heat at Brands Hatch, which was ended one lap early.

Cowley started sixth on the grid, but had made it up to second place by Graham Hill Bend on the opening lap.

It took a few laps for the Mancunian to pass Foster, doing so on the entry to Paddock Hill Bend, but once ahead he flew away from the rest of the field.

Cowley had just completed the 14th lap of the scheduled 15 when the chequered flag was erroneously waved, moments after his team pitboard had showed him there was one lap to go, and he was classified as victor by 5.284 seconds.

Foster ended up losing second place to Cliff Dempsey Racing?s Team USA scholar Josh Green, who tracked down the fast starting Ciaran Haggerty for third then passed Foster at Druid on lap six.

Green was even faster than Cowley, but his inexperience in the wet conditions and lapping traffic meant he failed to close in on Cowley.

Defending Festival winner Joshua Smith, who had engine troubles in qualifying, came from ninth on the grid to beat New Zealand FFord graduate Callum Crawley to fourth.

Smith made contact with front row starter Max Mazorati on his rise up the order, resulting in Mazorati going off at Graham Hill Bend and finishing ninth.

Haggerty fell to sixth, ahead of Michael Macpherson and Adam Higgins, who battled hard with Team Canada scholar Jonathan Woolridge. After losing some bodywork and places, Woolridge then failed to finish the race due to a last lap off.


Race results (14 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Matt Cowley Team Dolan 14m38.824s
2 Josh Green Cliff Dempsey Racing +5.284s
3 Joey Foster Don Hardman Racing +6.528s
4 Joshua Smith Oldfield Motorsport +13.854s
5 Callum Crawley Kevin Mills Racing +14.510s
6 Ciaran Haggerty Graham Brunton Racing +19.724s
7 Michael Macpherson Kevin Mills Racing +21.576s
8 Adam Higgins +21.917s
9 Max Marzorati B-M Racing +24.640s
10 David McCullough Team DDR +27.130s
11 Peter Daly Don Hardman Racing +41.678s
12 Tom Hawkins Springbridge Motorsport +42.347s
13 Kevan McLurg Racecar Warehouse +49.901s
14 Peter Lucas Souley Motorsport +52.353s
15 Logan Hannah Graham Brunton Racing +52.814s
16 Adam Fathers Adam Fathers Racing +1m07.284s
17 Stephen Mawhinney +1 lap
18 Matthew Skelton +1 lap
19 Simon Pruce Minitron Racing +1 lap
Ret Jonathan Woolridge Cliff Dempsey Racing
Ret Andrew Pryke
Ret Jordan Harrison
Fastest lap: Green, 1m01.802s