Home Formula FordNational FF1600 Ross Martin storms to rare National FF1600 hat-trick at Croft

Ross Martin storms to rare National FF1600 hat-trick at Croft

by Joe Hudson

Ross Martin completed a dominant BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 victory hat-trick at Croft in the reversed grid race.

Starting from sixth, the Team Dolan driver made up a pair of places on the run into the first corner, before passing Neil Maclennan on the entry into the Complex and grab third before the first lap was over.

He then dispatched title rival Spike Kohlbecker for second shortly before the race was neutralised to remove James Clarke?s Cliff Dempsey Racing car from the gravel at Tower.

At the restart, Martin went round the outside of pole-sitting team-mate Jamie Sharp at Clervaux, taking a lead he wouldn?t relinquish.

Sharp dropped to fifth just after being passed for the lead, running too deep into Tower.

His error promoted Maclennan into second, with the Kevin Mills Racing driver taking his first podium of the weekend.

B-M Racing?s Rory Smith passed CDR driver Kohlbecker on the last lap for third, after the latter outbraked himself.

Brendon Leigh, himself fending off the advances of CDR?s Jonathan Browne, tried to make a move on Sharp for fifth going into Sunny In on the last lap but was too far behind to make it stick, settling for sixth.

Browne ended up seventh, with Jamie Thorburn – who started from the back of the grid after a spark plug lead issue in race two – securing eighth.

Morgan Quinn took ninth for Dolan, with John Svensson taking a clean sweep of Clubman class wins in 10th.


Race results (13 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Ross Martin Team Dolan 20m34.436s
2 Neil Maclennan Kevin Mills Racing +3.024s
3 Rory Smith B-M Racing +3.793s
4 Spike?Kohlbecker Cliff Dempsey Racing +4.303s
5 Jamie Sharp Team?Dolan +7.612s
6 Brendon Leigh Kevin Mills Racing +7.935s
7 Jonathan Browne Cliff Dempsey Racing +8.405s
8 Jamie Thorburn Border Reivers +14.251s
9 Morgan Quinn Team Dolan +14.562s
10 John Svensson John’s Racing Team +15.482s
11 Carter Williams Oldfield Motorsport +16.862s
12 Adrien Laissac Old School Racing Team +17.581s
13 Michael Macpherson Kevin Mills Racing +18.075s
14 Aaron Jeansonne Oldfield Motorsport +20.251s
15 Nicole Woods B-M Racing +30.714s
16 Adam Quartermaine Team Dolan +38.750s
Ret James Clarke Cliff Dempsey Racing
Fastest lap: Martin, 1m26.261s

Championship Standings
Pro? ?1?Martin 313? ?2?Kohlbecker 266? ?3 Maclennan 257? ?4?Clarke 207? ?5 Smith 177? ?6 Browne 154? ?7 Sharp 147? ?8 Macpherson 112? ?9 Leigh 112? ?10 Quinn 100

Tourist Trophy? ?1 Martin 172? ?2 Kohlbecker 135? ?3 Maclennan 133? ?4 Clarke 128? ?5 Smith 123? ?6 Sharp 75? ?7 Leigh 65? ?8 Thorburn 53? ?9 David McArthur 52? ?10 Browne 50