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Romanek defeats Dempsey in Snetterton photo finish for FF1600 win

by Ida Wood

Photo: BRSCC

Lucas Romanek edged Jordan Dempsey by 0.028 seconds to win the third BRSCC National Formula Ford 1600 race at Snetterton.

Grid 52 Lafond 88Quinn 69McC 40Rack 89Shar 73Rom 3Demp 33Cohc 62Quee 21Mel 32Rash 289Nip 48Tech 26Sjeh 42Kinch

Ammonite Motorsport’s Andre Lafond started on reversed grid pole ahead of Morgan Quinn and Brandon McCaughan, who almost spun at the Montreal hairpin. Behind him several cars did though, and caught up in that drama was title contender Colin Queen who had to retired.

Lafond lost the lead to B-M Racing’s Jamie Sharp at Brundle, and Sharp was the driver being chased until lap four when Oldfield Motorsport’s Romanek did him at the same corner.

He couldn’t escape though, and soon had a three-way fight with Sharp and the charging Dempsey who almost bump drafted the leader on lap six of eight into Riches. Sharp took the outside line and held on to second, but Dempsey got through soon after and drew alongside Romanek at the end of the lap.

He crossed the line 0.172s ahead of Romanek, while Sharp mysteriously dropped down the order, and Dempsey pushed to open up a gap of four tenths going into the final lap. He resisted pressure from Romanek until the final corner, where he ran wide and through the dirt before returning to track alongide Romanek. It was a drag race to the chequered flag after that, and Romanek triumphed by the smallest of margins.

Lafond finished a few seconds back in third ahead of his team-mate Shawn Rashid, who had started towards the back, and McCaughan edged Quinn in a drag race for fifth after battling with the guesting Andrew Rackstraw.

Race result (8 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Lucas Romanek Oldfield Motorsport 16m30.593s
2 Jordan Dempsey Kevin Mills Racing +0.028s
3 Andre Lafond Ammonite Motorsport +3.346s
4 Shawn Rashid Ammonite Motorsport +6.878s
5 Brandon McCaughan Oldfield Motorsport +7.175s
6 Morgan Quinn Team Dolan +7.331s
7 Andrew Rackstraw Kevin Mills Racing +8.231s
8 Jamie Sharp B-M Racing +11.726s
9 Tom Nippers +11.750s
10 Davide Meloni B-M Racing +20.177s
11 Murray Shepherd Andy Powell Racing +24.101s
12 Ben Cochran Team Dolan +28.031s
13 Gabe Tesch Team Dolan +28.621s
Ret Brindley Kinch Ammonite Motorsport
Ret Colin Queen Ammonite Motorsport
Fastest lap: Dempsey, 2m01.159s

Championship standings (before dropped scores)
Dempsey 352   2 Romanek 288   3 Queen 274   4 Sharp 244   5 Quinn 230   6 Lafond 199   7 McCaughan 194   8 Rashid 191   9 Cochran 186   10 Meloni 93