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Team Dolan’s Ross Martin wins again at Croft in National FF1600

by Joe Hudson

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)
Pos Name Team Time
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

Championship Standings
Pro? ?1?Martin 279? ?2?Kohlbecker 244? ?3 Maclennan 230? ?4?Clarke 205? ?5 Smith 153? ?6 Browne 139? ?7 Sharp 127? ?8 Macpherson 109? ?9 Leigh 94? ?10 Quinn 90

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