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Posted by: newsla on May 05, 2014 - 03:45 PM
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Harrison Keeps Formula Ford Title In His Sights With Solid Points At Thruxton

Harrison Scott and his Falcon Motorsport team endured another racing weekend of mixed fortune at the third round of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Thruxton. Securing two podiums and a solid points finish keeps Harrison firmly at the top of the leader board, a mere three points from the title spot as we head in to a five-week break in the calendar.


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The first May Bank Holiday weekend brought glorious sunshine to the popular Hampshire airfield and race track. By the end of qualifying early on Saturday morning Sam Brabham’s pole time was a quarter-second up on the best he and Harrison achieved in testing at the 2.3-mile circuit last month. With an early concern in lack of straight-line speed, Harrison was disappointed to have set a time that could only secure his Falcon Motorsport EcoBoost Mygale in P4 heading in to race one on Saturday afternoon.

Having qualified behind JTR men Brabham, Jayde Kruger and Max Marshall, Harrison was taking no prisoners and he muscled his way past Kruger through the narrowest part of the chicane at the end of the first lap. A massive impact in to the tyre wall for fellow Falcon driver Chris Mealin after a coming together with Kruger necessitated a six-lap safety car period. At the re-start Harrison did what he could to unsettle race leader Brabham, but had to settle for his third runner-up podium of the year at the chequered flag. However, Harrison was now leading the Championship by a narrow margin and was looking to extend that lead only a couple of hours later.

Harrison made another great start from P4 to claim a place on the opening lap of the reverse-grid race two. He took third behind Rosso and Marshall, with Brabham in his mirrors. The positions remained the same, albeit with some great attacks and defensive battles along the way, until the end of the 17 laps and 40.5 miles race. With Kruger finishing P6, Harrison was now eight points clear at the top of the Championship standings at the close of day one.

The final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon brought massive disappointment for Harrison. From his second row start in P3, he held position for the first 14 of the 17 laps, waiting for a mistake to open up a passing manoeuvre and was continually worrying the gearbox of Kruger ahead.

But on lap 15, as he and Sutton behind him rounded the Club chicane, the pair came across slow moving, back-marker Greg Holloway immediately on the racing line. Harrison took rapid yet controlled evasive action to avoid contact, but lost the back end of his Falcon Mygale and half spun, with Sutton also forced to slam on his brakes to avoid him. Harrison showed composure and ever improving race craft as he kept ‘Flying Fiona’ out of the wall to continue and finish the race in a points scoring seventh place.

Harrison Scott, #6 Falcon Motorsport:
“I got a good start for the first time this year in race one! I was relatively happy with two podiums from the first two races and we were leading the Championship by a nice margin. But race three was really disappointing. Sutton was putting pressure of me mid-race when we caught up with Greg. He let the two leaders through going in to the chicane and he could have easily slowed down. He was alongside me and then pulled in front in to the corner. At the exit he started driving in the middle, so I thought I’d go around the outside to retake the racing line and he came across me. I had to take avoiding action, lost the rear of the car and that sent me round. I just managed to keep the car out of the wall to finish the race.

"I’m obviously disappointed for the team because we had been working hard all weekend, but we hadn’t quite got the pace. The good news is that Championship wise we are still in a fighting position and I am sure that come Oulton Park we’ll be back on it again.”

2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Standings:
1 Kruger 203 points; 2nd Harrison Scott 200 points; 3 Rosso 195; 4 Marshall 192; 5 Abbott 178; 6 Brabham 164; 7 Mills 117; 8 Sutton 107; 9th Ricky Collard 102 points

The next rounds of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain take place on 7-8 June at Oulton Park, Cheshire.

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