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Foster wins dramatic second Festival heat after Murray and Sharp clash

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Ida Wood

Don Hardman Racing’s Joey Foster took a comfortable victory in heat two at the Formula Ford Festival after Jamie Sharp and Niall Murray collided while contesting the lead.

Reigning Festival winner Sharp led away from Murray and Foster at the start, as Team USA scholar Thomas Schrage made a slow getaway from fourth and lost a couple of spots.

B-M Racing’s Sharp got sideways on the opening lap, allowing Team Dolan driver Murray to pounce into Clearways and move ahead.

The front three pulled a gap to Oldfield Motorsport’s Lucas Romanek in the early stages, as Schrage recovered one position to fifth.

On lap five, Murray dipped a wheel on the grass under braking for Graham Hill Bend and got sideways, with Sharp reclaiming the lead.

Things got very close at the start of the next tour, with Sharp defending from Murray into Paddock Hill Bend as they negotiated a backmarker, with Foster trying to take second away from Murray on the outside of Druids.

Having held off the Firman, Murray then got a run on Sharp out of Graham Hill Bend. But the pair then touched wheels into Surtees, with both cars speering off the circuit to the left before brushing the barriers. Murray rejoined in 15th, but Sharp pulled off and retired.

Foster controlled the remainder of the 12-lap encounter to win by 2.855 seconds from Romanek, with Schrage a further two seconds behind in third.

David Parks finished fourth for Vertical Racing ahead of Souley Motorsport’s William Lowing, while Kevin Mills Racing’s Cadu Bonini was close behind in sixth on his car racing debut.

Murray made up ground after his earlier collision, passing Chris Goodwin and former Formula 1 and IndyCar racer Roberto Moreno late on to take seventh.

Moreno inherited eighth for Graham Brunton Racing after a 5s track limits penalty was given to Goodwin, who was demoted to 12th but still qualified for the semi-finals.

B-M’s Drew Cameron was ninth ahead Pascal Monbaron and Adam Quartermaine. Bob Hawins and Cameron Jackson missed out on an automatic semi-final berth in 13th and 14th.

TM Racing’s Jonathan Miles was the second retirement of the race after pulling off at Graham Hill Bend.

Race result (12 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Joey Foster Don Hardman Racing 10m15.754s
2 Lucas Romanek Oldfield Motorsport +2.855s
3 Thomas Schrage Ammonite Motorsport +4.795s
4 David Parks Vertical Racing +11.510s
5 William Lowing Souley Motorsport +12.151s
6 Cadu Bonini Kevin Mills Racing +12.420s
7 Niall Murray Team Dolan +16.449s
8 Roberto Moreno Graham Brunton Racing +19.659s
9 Drew Cameron B-M Racing +22.027s
10 Pascal Monbaron John’s Racing Team +22.765s
11 Adam Quartermaine Enigma Motorsport +23.472s
12 Chris Goodwin PA Motorsport +29.381s
13 Bob Hawkins TM Racing +30.957s
14 Cameron Jackson Neil Fowler Motorsport +34.782s
15 Jonathan Barnes Souley Motorsport +43.266s
16 Marc Goossens Kejan Engineering +43.819s
17 Ian Jeary +1 lap
18 Bob Lambert Hawke Racing Cars +1 lap
Ret Jonathan Miles TM Racing
Ret Jamie Sharp B-M Racing
Fastest lap: Murray, 50.394s