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Joey Foster takes pole for Festival final with dominant semi-final win

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Ida Wood

Joey Foster dominated the second Formula Ford Festival semi-final, while Ollie White pipped Tom Mills to second at the final corner of the race.

Conditions were more favourable than semi-final one, with the race held under blue skies on a wet but drying circuit.

The slippery surface caught poleman Max Esterson out, his wheelspin allowing Don Harman Racing’s Foster to take the lead immediately.

Team Dolan’s Matt Cowley made an even worse launch from row two, losing several places and then spinning on a kerb exiting Paddock Hill Bend and tumbled down the order, as did Oldfield Motorsport’s Lukas Romanek.

Mills had a great start to gain four places from eighth, and as White moved alongside Esterson out of Clearways for the first time he capatalised to sweep around the outside of both on the pit straight to snatch second.

Foster immediately pulled out a two-second lead over Mills, and extended that to 3.6s by the chequered flag to claim pole for the final.

After also overtaking Esterson, Souley Motorsport’s White was unable to keep pace with Mills at first, but a late charge enabled him to catch up with a few laps remaining.

Mills resisted the pressure until the final corner, where White went for the inside at Clearways to take second.

KMR’s Michael Moyers had a lonely race in fourth after making an early move on Esterson, who struggled throughout and lost further places to Jordan Dempsey and Souley’s Jack Wolfenden.

Dempsey edged Wolfenden to fifth by 0.2s at the flag, while Team USA scholar Esterson held off Low Dempsey Racing team-mate Dennis Lind and Team Dolan’s Morgan Quinn to salvage seventh.

Lind made progress from 16th to secure a place in the final, having been involved in an early battle with fellow British GT racer Matt Cowley as they climbed up the order.

David McCullough came home 10th, while Cowley dropped two places to 13th in the closing stages but passed Sam Harrison late on to regain 11th and also reachthe final.

Dolan’s Ben Cochran and Graham Brunton Racing’s Derek Palmer Jr just missed on an automatic final spot in 13th and 14th. FF1600 legend Rick Morris failed to finish.

Race results (14 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Joey Foster Don Hardman Racing 14m30.161s
2 Ollie White Souley Motorsport +3.674s
3 Tom Mills Kevin Mills Racing +3.804s
4 Michael Moyers Kevin Mills Racing +7.796s
5 Jordan Dempsey Motorsport Car Preparations +12.688s
6 Jack Wolfenden Souley Motorsport +12.874s
7 Max Esterson Low Dempsey Racing +20.511s
8 Dennis Lind Low Dempsey Racing +20.711s
9 Morgan Quinn Team Dolan +21.037s
10 David McCullough Team DDR +22.870s
11 Matt Cowley Team Dolan +24.552s
12 Sam Harrison Don Hardman Racing +25.026s
13 Ben Cochran Team Dolan +32.094s
14 Derek Palmer Jr Graham Brunton Racing +40.592s
15 Darwin Smith +42.330s
16 Abdul Ahmed Don Hardman Racing +42.730s
17 Matt Rivett +43.152s
18 Michael Gray Graham Brunton Racing +54.543s
19 Ryan Campbell +56.175s
20 Lucas Romanek Oldfield Motorsport +56.670s
21 Richard Higgins Riadro Motorsport +58.277s
22 Chris Hodgen Souley Motorsport +58.969s
23 Noel Robinson Oldfield Motorsport +1m02.397s
24 Peter Daly Shaws Motorsport +1m10.925s
25 Leanne McShane Souley Motorsport +1 lap
26 Marc Sawer MDS Motorsport +1 lap
27 Philip Harris Harris Racing +2 laps
Ret Rick Morris Don Hardman Racing
Ret Pat Blakeney PA Motorsport
Ret Sam Street Swift Cooper
Fastest lap: White, 1m01.124s