Home Formula FordFFord Festival David McCullough triumphs in close final heat at the FFord Festival

David McCullough triumphs in close final heat at the FFord Festival

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Ida Wood

Team DDR’s David McCullough held off Team Dolan’s Chris Middlehurst to win heat four at the Formula Ford Festival.

Poleman McCullough remained ahead of Middlehurst at the start, as privateer Tom Nippers moved up to third and Team USA scholar William Ferguson slipped back two places to fifth behind Alan Davidson.

Nippers moved around the outside of Middlehurst at Druids on lap two before completing a move for second into Graham Hill Bend, but ran wide a couple of corners later, allowing the 2021 National FF1600 champion to reclaim the position. 

The battle helped Davidson, Ferguson and Oldfield Motorsport’s Brandon McCaughan join the lead group. But McCaughan then tangled on the exit of Druids with Ferguson, who was sent crashing into the barriers and out of the race.

McCaughan dropped to sixth behind Davidson and Kevin Mills Racing’s Jeremy Fairbairn, but reclaimed fourth from the pair on lap eight, by which time the front three had pulled clear.

McCullough and Middlehurst managed to break clear of Nippers in the final laps, setting up a two-way fight for victory.

Middlehurst made a good exit for Clearways on the final tour, but McCaughan remained ahead by 0.147 seconds at the chequered flag.

Nippers finished third on the road, but a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits demoted him to sixth. That promoted McCaughan to third and Fairbairn, who prevailed in a battle with Davidson, to fourth.

Souley Motorsport’s Ben Cox was classified 0.5s behind Nippers in seventh, while Team Brazil scholar Wallace Martins finished in a lonely eighth for Swift Cooper.

Privateers Drew Stewart and Brindley Kinch were less than 0.5s apart in ninth and 10th. Peter Lucas and Derek Palmer Jr also qualified for the semi-finals in 11th and 12th, but BRSCC Chairman Peter Daly will have to take part in Sunday’s Progression race after finishing 13th.

Race result (12 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 David McCullough Team DDR 10m23.424s
2 Chris Middlehurst Team Dolan +0.147s
3 Brandon McCaughan Oldfield Motorsport +3.473s
4 Jeremy Fairbairn Kevin Mills Racing +5.728s
5 Alan Davidson +6.148s
6 Tom Nippers +6.704s
7 Ben Cox Souley Motorsport +7.219s
8 Wallace Martins Swift Cooper +10.214s
9 Drew Stewart +19.076s
10 Brindley Kinch +19.493s
11 Peter Lucas Souley Motorsport +20.145s
12 Derek Palmer Jr +22.362s
13 Peter Daly Shaws Motorsport +27.642s
14 Oliver Chapman OCI +27.823s
15 Leanne McShane Souley Motorsport +28.168s
16 Stuart Kestenbaum Don Hardman Racing +34.514s
17 James Fettiplace +34.926s
18 Ben Hadifled Shaws Motorsport +1 lap
DNF William Ferguson Ammonite Motorsport
Fastest lap: McCullough, 51.097s