BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 championship leader Ross Martin took a second straight win at Croft, heading a tense fight for second place.
Making a brisk getaway from pole position, the Team Dolan driver already had a couple of car lengths over the chasing pack heading into the first corner. He was unchallenged for the remainder of the race and won by 3.327 seconds.
The bulk of the action was the three-way scrap for the runner-up spot between James Clarke, Rory Smith and Neil Maclennan.
A great getaway from third for Cliff Dempsey Racing driver Clarke propelled him past Smith going into the first corner, though he couldn?t break the tow to the B-M Racing driver. Clarke, Smith and Maclennan then remained line astern for the first two-thirds of 15-minute race.
Smith lost momentum on the long run to Tower after an unsuccessful lunge on Clarke for second, enabling Kevin Mills Racing’s Maclennan to pull off a great move up the inside to snatch third.
Maclennan seemed set to take his first podium of the weekend, but he then ran deep in the second part of the Complex on the final lap, allowing Smith back into third and just short of Clarke’s second place.
The second CDR car of Spike Kohlbecker was a lonely fifth. He made one overtake on the opening lap, but couldn?t bridge the gap to the squabbling trio ahead.
Sixth went to Team Dolan’s Jamie Sharp, prevailing in a race-long battle with CDR’s Jonathan Browne.
Two-time F1 Esports champion Brendon Leigh fought up the field after a puncture in race one relegated him to a 16th-placed start, taking eighth place for KMR.
John Svensson took Clubman class honours in ninth, battling with Jamie Thorburn for position early on until the Border Reivers driver fell back with technical issues. Svensson was disqualified from the first race, which he also won his class in, for a move on Michael Macpherson. A successful appeal had his win reinstated, and he has extended his championship lead as a result.
Race results (11 laps)
|1||Ross Martin||Team Dolan||15m58.066s|
|2||James Clarke||Cliff Dempsey Racing||+3.327s|
|3||Rory Smith||B-M Racing||+3.601s|
|4||Neil Maclennan||Kevin Mills Racing||+4.176s|
|5||Spike Kohlbecker||Cliff Dempsey Racing||+6.974s|
|6||Jamie Sharp||Team Dolan||+9.441s|
|7||Jonathan Browne||Cliff Dempsey Racing||+10.381s|
|8||Brendon Leigh||Kevin Mills Racing||+12.748s|
|9||John Svensson||John’s Racing Team||+21.850s|
|10||Morgan Quinn||Team Dolan||+22.482s|
|11||Michael Macpherson||Kevin Mills Racing||+24.900s|
|12||Adrien Laissac||Old School Racing Team||+26.496s|
|13||Adam Quartermaine||Team Dolan||+36.592s|
|14||Nicole Woods||B-M Racing||+59.784s|
|15||Jamie Thorburn||Border Reivers||+2 laps|
|Ret||Aaron Jeansonne||Oldfield Motorsport|
|Ret||Carter Williams||Oldfield Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Martin, 1m26.328s
Tourist Trophy? ?1 Martin 138? ?2 Clarke 126? ?3 Kohlbecker 113? ?4 Maclennan 106? ?5 Smith 99? ?6 Sharp 55? ?7 David McArthur 52? ?8 Tom McArthur 47? ?9 Leigh 47? ?10 Thorburn 41