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Foster wins Walter Hayes Last Chance Race split by serious crash

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Elliot Wood

Joey Foster earned his spot in the Walter Hayes Trophy semi-finals with victory in the Last Chance Race at Silverstone.

The Don Hardman Racing driver charged from 21st on the grid to lead within three laps, but the race was stopped shortly after as a multiple-car incident on the pit straight among drivers towards the back of the field caused a red flag period.

There was almost two hours before the race was restarted, at a shortened six-lap length and with the order after the opening lap setting the grid, with medical crews attending the drivers involved in the race-ending crash. At present, Formula Scout does not know the condition those drivers are in.

Foster’s charge up the order was a repeat of what he did in the Progression Race, where he had to contend with gearbox damage. This time he had an issue-free car.

Ryan Campbell had pole for the restart, ahead of Foster’s team-mate Rick Morris. It was the latter who had the better start to lead, but Foster’s sixth place starting spot provided little challenge for the three-time WHT winner and he was leading by the end of the restart lap.

He then cruised to victory, winning by 8.276 seconds from Joe Porter, who passed Morris and Riadro Motorsport’s Adam Higgins to finish second. Higgins completed the podium after also overtaking Morris. Foster will start 27th on the grid for semi-final one.

James Hadfield finished fifth in the Van Diemen run by his father Simon, with Ben Tilley finishing sixth on his Formula Ford 1600 return.

Campbell dropped down the order after an early spin, but still held on to seventh, ahead of Daniel O’Beirne, Gaus Ghinn and Will Everington.

Restarted race results (6 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Joey Foster Don Hardman Racing 6m57.293s
2 Joe Porter Porter Motorsport +8.276s
3 Adam Higgins Riadro Motorsport +11.261s
4 Rick Morris Don Hardman Racing +12.374s
5 James Hadfield Simon Hadfield Motorsport +12.706s
6 Ben Tilley +12.920s
7 Ryan Campbell +13.924s
8 Daniel O’Beirne ob motorsport +14.323s
9 Gaius Ghinn +16.142s
10 Will Everington +23.799s
11 Jordan Harrison +24.428s
12 Leanne McShane Souley Motorsport +28.637s
13 James Colborn Wayne Poole Racing +29.062s
14 Scott Rawlinson +29.759s
15 Tim Brise +30.687s
16 Hayden Hardyman TM Racing +31.571s
17 Graham Woodin +32.006s
18 Mark De Rozarieux Souley Motorsport +33.005s
19 Will Zanelli +34.073s
20 Christopher Perkins +34.392s
21 Mark Bates Shaw’s Motorsport +35.753s
22 Paul Barnes Souley Motorsport +39.017s
23 Stephen Bracegirdle +47.956s
24 Bob Hawkins Springbridge Motorsport +49.542s
25 Ben Hadfield +50.155s
Ret Philip Attwood
Fastest lap: Foster, 1m08.846s