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Victory And Podiums Continue For Falcon Motorsport At Oulton Park
Posted by: newsla on Jun 09, 2014 - 03:04 PM
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Victory And Podiums Continue For Falcon Motorsport At Oulton Park


Falcon Motorsport’s second season contesting the Dunlop MSA British Formula Ford of Great Britain championship continued to flourish at Oulton Park, Cheshire, last weekend. The 2013 Scholarship Class champions won their second overall win with Harrison Scott, fourth Scholarship Class win with Ricky Collard and a further six trophies over the two-day event, including Chris Mealin’s maiden main podium result.

 

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In damp but drying track conditions during the 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday morning, Essex based Harrison Scott was the only driver to nip under 108 seconds with a 1m 47.973s around Oulton Park’s 2.7-mile International circuit to end the session 0.163s ahead of Championship rival Jayde Kruger (JTR) and secure pole position for race one in the afternoon. Team mate Ricky Collard set the seventh best time (1m 49.365s) to take the Scholarship Class honours ahead of Chris Mealin in ninth with a 1m 50.270s lap.

With heavy, grey clouds looming, 18-year-old Scott seized control of race one from the start and maintained a dominant lead to the chequered flag, 11 laps and 29.61 miles later, to claim his second wet race victory of the season. Collard, from Eversley in Hampshire, held the Scholarship class lead throughout the race, despite pressure from Jamun’s Ashley Sutton. He finished P7 overall, with Mealin in ninth and securing the third placed Scholarship Class trophy for the team.

“For the first few laps the car felt like it was on rails it was so slippery out there!” said Collard. “Our main focus was get the Class win and a good grid position for the next race. I made a great start, but visibility was so bad. After I made a mistake coming out of the last corner, the pressure was really on. I had Ashley Sutton right behind me and I didn’t want him to carry on his winning roll, so I had to kick the sliders from under him and make the win stick.”

Race two commenced late on Saturday afternoon with Scott in P6, Collard in seventh and Mealin in P9 for the new reverse-grid format. The track was dry, but the red flags came out on lap six when rain caught out three of the slick-shod runners: Max Marshall, Sam Brabham, and Juan Rosso, all of whom left the track in unrelated incidents.

During all the drama Mealin grasped the lead of the Scholarship Class from Sutton on lap two and made steady progress up the order to sixth overall. By the end of the race four laps later, the 20 year old from the Isle of Man was up in third position and stood on the overall podium for the first time this season in addition to taking the Scholarship Class win. “That was a weird race,” commented Mealin. “It was very tricky on the new dry tyres and it was a case of keeping my head down. Then I saw the dark clouds coming and cars going off all over the place. I was caught out by the conditions too, and missed the chicane, but luckily I was able to recover.”

Scott took the chequered flag in P2 whilst a down-on-power Collard finished in eighth position and just missed out on the Scholarship Class honours. The 17 year old ended the day, however, still leading the Class Championship standings.

A sunny Sunday morning brought the crowds to Oulton Park, and the Falcon Motorsport drivers were up bright and early for the series’ regular Drivers’ Autograph Session in the Formula Ford Paddock.

The initial dry weather held as Scott and Kruger maintained their dominance on the Championship podium’s top steps in race three on Sunday afternoon. From alongside his rival on the front row of the grid, Scott was unable to find an answer to the pole-sitter’s pace, even during a safety car interlude. “I just didn’t quite have the pace to make an impression on Jayde,” said Scott. “The safety car bunched us together and I knew that that would be my best opportunity to get him and I stayed right behind him, but he was just too quick away. Jayde was just that bit quicker than us all weekend, but it’s been a really good meeting for us points-wise.”

Collard and Mealin finished in seventh and eighth positions to take the second and third paced Scholarship trophies just before torrential rain caused a premature end to the podium celebrations.

Nick Streatfield, team manager, Falcon Motorsport concluded:
“It was a very good weekend overall. We are obviously always pushing hard to improve and we perhaps didn’t have the pace in the dry this weekend with Harrison, so there is still work to do. We have some good points on the board and we haven’t lost any big margins in either Championship. Ricky has had a difficult weekend and we know we have an issue with his car that we need to resolve. Chris has had a very good weekend; bouncing back from a very big accident at Thruxton to score an overall podium is a fabulous result and we are really pleased that he has been able to do that and get back in to the groove straight away.“

The next rounds of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship take place at Croft Circuit, Yorkshire, 28th - 29th June 2014.
TV highlights from Thruxton shall be broadcast on ITV4 on 23rd June 2014.

2014 Provisional championship standings:
1 Kruger 293; 2 Harrison Scott 284 points; 3 Rosso 243; 4 Marshall 234; 5 Abbott 226; 6 Brabham 186; 7 Mills 167; 8 Sutton 157; 9 Ricky Collard 152 points; 10 Chris Mealin 118 points

2014 Scholarship class standings:
1 Mills 196; 2 Ricky Collard 192 points; 3 Sutton 186; 4 Chris Mealin 146 points

2014 Teams Cup Standings:
1 JTR 502; 2 Falcon Motorsports 480 points; 3 Meridian 376

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