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September 8, 2014

Mixed Results for Falcon but Scott Remains Top in Formula Ford

Falcon Motorsport driver Harrison Scott headed to Rockingham Speedway with a six-point lead in the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain and left with a 17-point advantage with six races remaining. Scholarship Class contenders Ricky Collard and Chris Mealin collected valuable points to remain second and third in the 2014 Rookie rankings for the Oxfordshire based team.

Usual Friday testing saw Championship leader Harrison Scott losing half a session in the afternoon when his Falcon Motorsport Mygale was afflicted by a split water pipe, but he recovered towards the end of the day to go third quickest overall. There were similar issues for team-mate Chris Mealin, who managed only 11 laps in the afternoon and ended his day 12th after a water pipe and exhaust issue.

Hampshire based, 18 year old Ricky Collard started his weekend campaign as strongly as he would end it. He was within a second of the top of the testing time sheet to finish fifth fastest overall and second of the Scholarship Class runners.

It was a foggy start for qualifying early on Saturday morning at the Northamptonshire speedway. Harrison was disappointed with his fourth-best overall time, but Ricky was delighted with his best qualifying result of the season of a P3 result, with Chris completing the top ten.

From second row on the grid at the start of Round 22 in the afternoon, Ricky made contact with the rear of Ashley Sutton at Brooke chicane, which cost him dearly. “It got a bit close,” said Ricky. “We all got bunched up into the chicane and Sutton slowed suddenly and I had nowhere to go. It broke my front wing and affected my car’s handling massively.”

Harrison, who held fourth behind Ricky for the opening three laps, was then able to slot in front of him at the Deene hairpin. A race victory for Championship rival Jayde Kruger (JTR) brought him and Harrison level on points with just eight races of the season remaining.

JTR’s Max Marshall relieved Ricky of fourth place mid-race, and he fell back into a multi-car battle for fifth (scholarship class P2) which came to a head at the hairpin on the final lap. James Abbott (Radical) got the better of a long battle with Chris Mealin (Falcon) to deprive the Manxman of seventh on the final lap, just missing out on the final Scholarship Class podium position.

Sunday morning brought reverse-grid Round 23 and a bright, clear blue sky for Ricky Collard to start from his maiden pole position. Marshall took command of the race after five laps of pursuit of his Falcon rival, when he dived down his inside entering turn one and into the Deene hairpin.

By the end of the sixth lap the race was under the control of the safety car as the MBM of Michael O’Brien was retrieved from a gravel trap after brief contact with Chris’s Falcon challenger. Ricky suffered a gearbox issue at the restart four laps later. Ashley Sutton (MBM) and Harrison swept past to demote him to fourth, where he remained until the chequered flag. Ricky commented: “I went down the box and got stuck in neutral; it’s a big shame and I feel bad for the team. To start from pole and not finish on the podium is disappointing.” He took away a second placed podium finish in the Scholarship Class, however, and set the fastest lap in class.

Harrison claimed his fourth consecutive third-place finish with Chris completing the trio’s race after an encouraging performance over 14 laps and 27.16 miles in P8.

Harrison made it a hat-trick of Rockingham third-place finishes at the end of Round 24 on Sunday afternoon, albeit seven seconds behind the winner. He started second on the grid behind Kruger (with Sutton failing to participate in the weekend finale), but lost out to Marshall away from the start line. The battle for fourth (and Scholarship class victory) was the highlight of the race, Louise Richardson shot ahead of Ricky Collard and Michael O’Brien on the opening lap. Whilst Ricky drove another fantastic race in an attempt to reclaim position, he was forced to retire with an exhaust pipe issue on lap 13. Chris remained in P9 from start to chequered flag to conclude a consistent weekend for the Manxman.

Nick Streatfield, team manager, Falcon Motorsport:
“We were struggling in a number of areas this weekend, but some luck has been on side. Even though we had a car issue with Harrison, we leave Rockingham still leading the Championship, which is a real bonus. Ricky has had another very strong weekend; he is driving extremely well. It was very unfortunate that he had an exhaust break on him during the last race. Chris has endured another difficult race event. He has made some progress and we shall continue to work with him closely before Silverstone at the end of the month.”

Provisional championship standings after Rockingham:
1 Harrison Scott 582 points; 2 Kruger 565; 3 Marshall 491; 4 Rosso 459; 5 Abbott 437; 6 Sutton 435; 7 Ricky Collard 325 points; 8 Chris Mealin 254 points

Provisional Scholarship Class Standings:
1 Sutton 466; 2 Ricky Collard 350 points; 3 Chris Mealin 279 points
Mixed Results for Falcon but Scott Remains Top in Formula Ford
 
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