Home Formula FordNational FF1600 Esterson wins shortened National FF1600 Silverstone race three

Esterson wins shortened National FF1600 Silverstone race three

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Steve Whitfield

Low Dempsey Racing’s Max Esterston took his second BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 win of the weekend after dominating a shortened race three on Silverstone’s National layout.

Esterson took the lead away at the start from team-mate Colin Queen, who was on reversed grid pole for the wet race.

From there, Esterson pulled out a two-second gap which he maintained until the race was red-flagged with a few minutes remaining due to an incident for Kevin Mills Racing’s Lukas Romanek at Luffield.

B-M Racing’s Rory Smith took second from Queen at Maggotts on lap three, but contact between the pair dropped Queen down the order with a damaged nose-cone.

Race two winner Middlehurst, who had made swift progress from seventh on the grid, passed Smith one corner later, the Team Dolan driver pulling away to finish in a comfortable second.

Smith was gradually caught for third by the battling trio of Thomas Mills (KMR), Jamie Sharp (B-M) and Joey Foster (Don Hardman Racing), but their battle was ended prematurely by the red flag.

Carter Williams had a lonely run to seventh for Oldfield Motorsport, with KMR’s Alex Walker recovering from the back of the grid following his race two collision to finish eighth.

Andre Lafond was ninth for LDR ahead of Clubman class runner Ben Tinkler.

Dolan’s Morgan Quinn and KMR’s Megan Gilkes were both early retirements after a collision.

Race results (10 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Max Esterson Low Dempsey Racing 11m31.326s
2 Chris Middlehurst Team Dolan +2.135s
3 Rory Smith B-M Racing +3.057s
4 Thomas Mills Kevin Mills Racing +4.275s
5 Jamie Sharp B-M Racing +4.533s
6 Joey Foster Don Hardman Racing +4.791s
7 Carter Williams Oldfield Motorsport +10.001s
8 Alex Walker Kevin Mills Racing +12.375s
9 Andre Lafond Low Dempsey Racing +21.902s
10 Ben Tinkler +22.233s
11 Colin Queen Low Dempsey Racing +27.045s
12 Jamie Vinall-Meyer Oldfield Motorsport +36.884s
13 Benjamin Cochran Team Dolan +44.133s
14 Lucas Romanek Kevin Mills Racing +1 lap
Ret Morgan Quinn Team Dolan
Ret Megan Gilkes Kevin Mills Racing
Fastest lap: Sharp, 1m08.271s