Kevin Mills Racing’s Neil Maclennan became BRSCC National FF1600 champion in the first ever race on Silverstone’s International layout with his fifth win from six races in 2020.
The race began in damp conditions following pre-race rain, with Maclennan wasting no time in progressing off the line.
While Team Dolan’s defending champion Ross Martin led from pole, Maclennan gained three spots to run fourth, before taking third from B-M Racing’s Jamie Sharp into Vale on lap one.
Approaching the 15-minute race’s halfway stage, Maclennan overtook Sharp’s team-mate Rory Smith for second on the inside into Stowe, then began to hunt down Martin.
With just over two minutes remaining, Maclennan repeated his Stowe move for the lead. Martin wrestled the position back into the next corner, the pair going either side of Paul Tucker as they lapped him.
Into Abbey next time around, Maclennan moved back ahead. Martin had a couple of stabs at trying to pass into Stowe on the final two laps, but Maclennan held on for a double success.
While Smith cruised to a lonely third, the battle for fourth raged throughout.
Don Hardman Racing’s returning Joey Foster rose from 10th to fourth early on, but spun at Stowe after being rear-ended by Sharp, who braked too late while battling Dolan’s Matt Cowley and Morgan Quinn. Luke Cooper was forced to take evasive action, with Cowley emerging from the mele in fourth.
Shortly afterwards Cooper collided with Quinn exiting Club, ending both drivers’ races.
Cowley finished fourth ahead of Sharp, while Foster dropped to 12th and recovered to sixth – taking advantage of a battle between Ollie White, Bryce Aron and Jonathan Browne to gain places.
After swapping position several times, White pipped Browne to seventh on the final lap, with Aron finishing eighth.
B-M Racing’s Neil McArthur, despite racing for National points, wrapped up the BRSCC Northern FF1600 Post89 title due to no drivers being present in-class, while BRSCC chairman Peter Daly became Northern Pre90 champion by finishing second in class and 21st overall.
Race results (12 laps)
|1||Neil Maclennan||Kevin Mills Racing||15m54.889s|
|2||Ross Martin||Team Dolan||+0.442s|
|3||Rory Smith||B-M Racing||+3.397s|
|4||Matt Cowley||Team Dolan||+10.416s|
|5||Jamie Sharp||B-M Racing||+10.593s|
|6||Joey Foster||Don Hardman Racing||+13.634s|
|7||Ollie White||Souley Motorsport||+15.217s|
|8||Jonathan Browne||Low Dempsey Racing||+15.450s|
|9||Bryce Aron||Low Dempsey Racing||+17.482s|
|10||Reece Lycett||Kevin Mills Racing||+20.046s|
|11||Grant Palmer||Low Dempsey Racing||+21.328s|
|12||Samuel Harrison||Souley Motorsport||+22.025s|
|13||David McArthur||B-M Racing||+22.638s|
|14||Cameron Jackson||B-M Racing||+27.690s|
|15||Pascal Monbaron||John’s Racing Team||+30.378s|
|16||Alex Walker||PWR1 Racing||+32.452s|
|17||Jackson Lee||Low Dempsey Racing||+33.718s|
|18||Tom Ward||B-M Racing||+38.972s|
|19||John Svensson||John’s Racing Team||+39.680s|
|23||Lorna Vickers||+1 lap|
|24||Stuart Kestenbaum||+1 lap|
|25||Paul Tucker||Tucker Motorsport||+1 lap|
|26||Neil McArthur||B-M Racing||+1 lap|
|Ret||Morgan Quinn||Team Dolan|
|Ret||Horatio Fitz-Simon||Kevin Mills Racing|
|Ret||Luke Cooper||Swift Cooper|
|Fastest lap: Maclennan, 1m18.520s