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Falcon Motorsport Maintains Top Spot in Formula Ford
Posted by: newsla on Aug 05, 2014 - 06:31 PM
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Falcon Motorsport Maintains Top Spot in Formula Ford

Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain took place at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk last weekend. Falcon Motorsport’s Harrison Scott continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship with the team maintaining second in the overall standings despite coming away with a more modest trophy and points haul than usual for the Oxfordshire based squad.


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Running commenced on Friday with two test sessions while qualifying took place early on Saturday morning. Harrison Scott qualified third for the first and third races (- 0.611 min from pole) while team mates Ricky Collard, who celebrated his 18th birthday last week, and Chris Mealin set the fifth and tenth fastest lap times respectively.

Sunny and dry conditions welcomed Race 1 (round 16) of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. After a clean start by the Falcon boys, Ashley Sutton slipped behind Harrison Scott to third, and yet further to sixth behind Ricky Collard. Having regained positions he tried to catch the leaders, but was unable to catch Harrison, who was satisfied with another second placed trophy at the chequered flag and an increase in his championship lead. (Scott 389 points and Kruger 371 after round 16).

Ricky Collard drove a solid race to secure fourth place, his best result since Brands Hatch in March, and second place in the Scholarship Class, whilst Chris Mealin narrowly lost out to Rosso in the battle for seventh position. “I had a good battle with Juan for a few laps,” said Chris. “He kept it fair, but then we both went through Bomb Hole corner, both understeering, and I was pushed wide on to the grass and I lost two places to finish ninth.”

The reverse-grid Race 2 on Sunday morning saw plenty of action for the Falcon Motorsport team. Starting from P2, Ricky, from Eversley, Hampshire, was jumped by the faster Sutton at turn three on the opening lap. Despite being unable to challenge the eventual race winner, Ricky drove an impeccable race to claim second spot in both the main race and Scholarship Class - his best finish to date and his first overall podium since the start of the season at Brands Hatch. “This feels like a win to me. We are improving all the time and getting our heads around the car’s performance and it is coming on in leaps and bounds. If we can get some other technical issues sorted we will be on terms with Ashley and fighting for wins.”

The battle for third was another the highlight of the race for the Faringdon based team. After being passed by Sutton and Collard, James Abbott held third briefly but was powerless to prevent Harrison and Kruger from overtaking. The championship front-runners battled from the third lap to the chequered flag to settle the podium outcome, with Harrison defending superbly. They crossed the line separated by only a tenth of a second, with the 18 year old from Essex gaining a further two points on his title rival. Team mate Chris Mealin, from the Isle of Man, crossed the finish line in eighth overall and completed the Scholarship podium by claiming the third placed trophy.

A long wait ensued until the weekend finale at 17:40 on Sunday afternoon. Max Marshall stole third position from Harrison early on in the proceedings, who then struggled with pace thereafter, having to settle for fourth and a loss of six points to Kruger.

For most of the race all eyes were on championship newcomer Michael O’Brien (MBM) and Ricky Collard. O’Brien got ahead of Ricky momentarily for fifth on lap two. Having regained position two laps later Ricky was then handed a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits, and then a drive-through penalty for repeating the misdemeanour, which handed O’Brien fifth place overall. Chris Mealin brought his Eco Boost Mygale home in eighth position, while Ricky was ultimately classified ninth after both penalties were enforced.

Nick Streatfield, team manager, Falcon Motorsport:
“We had some good racing over the weekend. Ricky was sensational and it is such a shame it had to end the way it did for him. Harrison struggled with the car and didn’t have the pace that he should have had, so we need to work on that. Chris also had a difficult event; not because of quite the same problems as Harrison, but he has been struggling to get to grips with this particular circuit. We take some comfort from the fact that we are leading the Drivers’ championship, but in terms of overall competitiveness, we are not where we want to be and will be working flat out to resolve that by Knockhill.”

The next rounds of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship take place on 23/24 August at Knockhill circuit, Scotland.

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