Souley Motorsport’s Ollie White came out on top in a choatic final to the Walter Hayes Trophy on Silverstone’s National layout.
The event was decided by a five-lap sprint on a damp track, following a multi-car collision at Luffield that took out several big names and required the race to be stopped entirely.
Poleman White surged away in the restarted race, but was challenged by reigning BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 champion Neil Maclennan.
KMR’s Maclennan had led briefly before before a safety car period on lap four and was part of a three-car leading group with team-mate Jordan Dempsey and White on that restart. Dempsey was fastest of the three, but spun at Brooklands.
On the following lap, team-mate and fellow WHT winner Michael Moyers also spun there after braking too late challenging for the lead.
That opened up room for Team Dolan’s Chris Middlehurst, who diced with White and led briefly before the red flag.
He lined up alongside White for the restarted five-lap decider, and attacked the leader until spinning at Copse after rear contact. Wayne Poole Racing’s Josh Fisher was part of the lead quartet and had a few looks at passing Middlehurst, but also dropped down the order.
White’s other rivals dissapearing left Maclennan in second again in the restarted race, with Team USA scholar Bryce Aron inheriting third and holding off Dolan’s Ross Martin to complete the podium.
Martin’s team-mate Matt Cowley finished fifth and Moyers recovered to finish in sixth, beating old rival Fisher.
Enigma Motorsport’s Jack Wolfenden challenged Fisher late on but settlef for eighth, clear of Fisher’s brother Felix (TM Racing) and Jamie Sharp (B-M Racing).
FFord Festival winner Rory Smith tangled with Swift Cooper’s drivers, while Ben Mitchell drove a Merlyn Mk20 to 12th from an original starting spot of 36th.
Restarted race results (5 laps)
|1||Ollie White||Souley Motorsport||5m47.267s|
|2||Neil Maclennan||Kevin Mills Racing||+0.815s|
|3||Bryce Aron||Low Dempsey Racing||+1.203s|
|4||Ross Martin||Team Dolan||+1.279s|
|5||Matt Cowley||Team Dolan||+1.499s|
|6||Michael Moyers||Kevin Mills Racing||+1.928s|
|7||Josh Fisher||Wayne Poole Racing||+2.296s|
|8||Jack Wolfenden||Enigma Motorsport||+2.767s|
|9||Felix Fisher||TM Racing||+4.781s|
|10||Jamie Sharp||B-M Racing||+5.036s|
|12||Ben Mitchell||Wayne Poole Racing||+6.953s|
|13||Chris Middlehurst||Team Dolan||+7.763s|
|14||Maxwell Esterson||Low Dempsey Racing||+9.603s|
|15||Dave McArthur||B-M Racing||+10.036s|
|16||Roger Orgee||TM Racing||+11.754s|
|18||Richard Higgins||Riadro Motorsport||+12.708s|
|19||Joe Porter||Porter Motorsport||+13.137s|
|20||Logan Hannah||Graham Brunton Racing||+13.844s|
|21||Pascal Monbaron||John’s Racing Team||+14.485s|
|23||Robert Hall||Swift Cooper||+17.316s|
|24||Rory Smith||B-M Racing||+21.070s|
|Ret||Luke Cooper||Swift Cooper|
|Ret||Miles Griffiths||Hi-Tech Motorsport|
|Ret||Jordan Dempsey||Kevin Mills Racing|
|Ret||Megan Gilkes||Kevin Mills Racing|
|Ret||Josh Smith||Oldfield Motorsport|
|Ret||Adam Higgins||Riadro Motorsport|
|Ret||Michael Macpherson||Kevin Mills Racing|
|Ret||Jonathan Browne||Low Dempsey Racing|
|Ret||Morgan Quinn||Team Dolan|
|Ret||Seb Melrose||Graham Brunton Racing|
|Fastest lap: Middlehurst, 1m08.414s|