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Middlehurst snatches National FF1600 title after Walker crash

by Ida Wood

Photo: BRSCC

The BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 season concluded in dramatic style at Snetterton as Chris Middlehurst snatched the title from Alex Walker’s grasp.

Max Esterson was the furthest forward of the title contenders on the reversed grid for the final race, as he started sixth. Middlehurst was one spot behind, with Walker a further five back from that.

By the end of lap one it was Team Dolan’s Middlehurst who was the leader of the trio, and Walker in the middle as Esterson went off at Oggies. Joey Foster was the overall race leader, ahead of Niall Murray and Team USA scholar Andre Castro.

Walker’s climb to eighth was ended shortly after when he went to pass Dolan’s Morgan Quinn around the outside of Riches. Quinn collided with the points leader, sending both straight into the barriers.

This didn’t interrupt the race, but lifted Esterson up to 11th and put Middlehurst in position to steal the title. He gained a spot by passing Esterson’s Low Dempsey Racing team-mate Colin Queen, then moved into fourth when Castro fell down the order.

Foster had succumbed to Murray, Thomas Mills and Middlehurst by mid-distance, putting Middlehurst on the podium. He didn’t have the pace to challenge race winner Murray or Kevin Mills Racing’s Mills, and took the title in third place.

Jamie Sharp passed Queen with a lap to go, then he took fourth from Foster on the final lap. Queen tried passing Foster too, but after three attempts finished 0.013 seconds short.

Lucas Romanek was just on their tail in seventh, while Esterson’s recovery went no further than eighth and he ended up third in the standings behind Middlehurst and Walker.

Race results (8 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Niall Murray Team Dolan 16m20.138s
2 Thomas Mills Kevin Mills Racing +1.927s
3 Chris Middlehurst Team Dolan +5.723s
4 Jamie Sharp B-M Racing +9.258s
5 Joey Foster Don Hardman Racing +10.881s
6 Colin Queen Low Dempsey Racing +10.894s
7 Lucas Romanek Oldfield Motorsport +11.031s
8 Max Esterson Low Dempsey Racing +11.176s
9 Andre Lafond Low Dempsey Racing +15.578s
10 Carter Williams Oldfield Motorsport +16.189s
11 Ben Cochran Team Dolan +32.295s
12 Jeremy Fairbairn PWR1 Racing +33.121s
13 Adam Quartermaine PWR1 Racing +49.651s
Ret Andre Castro Low Dempsey Racing
Ret Morgan Quinn Team Dolan
Ret Alex Walker Kevin Mills Racing
Ret Megan Gilkes Kevin Mills Racing
Fastest lap: Mills, 2m00.834s

Championship standings (with dropped scores)
1 Middlehurst 433   2 Walker 421   3 Esterson 414   4 Mills 348   5 Sharp 347   6 Rory Smith 264   7 Romanek 252   8 Queen 216   9 Foster 200   10 Gilkes 199