Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship

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Seb Melrose FF No. 88, Race 2 - 2nd Scottish runner in both races

This is the main single seater formula that runs at club level throughout the UK. It is an ideal place to learn the art of single seater racing. All cars are powered by Ford Kent 1600cc engines and use Formula Ford tyres. Last year the champion was teenager Ross Martin. He did the double winning both the main FF title and the Newcomers Cup, as well as taking the valuable Mazda Road to Indy prize as he won 11 of the 15 rounds. Sebastian Melrose was runner up in 2017, while the experienced Jordan Gronkowski took 3rd overall.

Mazda Road to Indy: The 2018 season is again spiced up by the chance-in-a-lifetime prize for the winner of the Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship. The Road to Indy in association with Mazda, have nominated the winner of the Scottish FF1600 Championship to be invited to take part in their exciting race competition. This will gather the champion drivers from 16 other single seater championships around the world. They compete in a “shootout” from which a winner will be selected. This shootout will occur in America, and the winner will be granted a scholarship into the USF2000 single seater Championship, the first rung on the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder. Indy being the world famous Indianapolis 500 race, for single seater F1 style cars. The Club are delighted to be asked to participate in this competition for such a prestigious series, and see it as an outstanding opportunity for a young Scottish driver to benefit from.

April races: Talented teenager Ross Martin started his Championship defence with two good wins.
Round 1: Ross Martin (Ray GR17) carried on from where he left off last year, by qualifying on pole position ahead of the experienced Jordan Gronkowski (Van Diemen JL012K). The teenager started quickly and rapidly opened out a few seconds lead over Gronkowski, who remained under pressure from Sebastian Melrose (Ray GR14) until he retired to the pits with a mechanical problem after just five laps. Martin raced away to finish 9.3seconds clear of Melrose. The battle for third place saw Gary Sykes hold the place until Neil Broome (Ray GR17) passed him on lap four and then edged away to complete the podium. Matthew Chisholm also found a way past Sykes a lap later to finish fourth. On lap 10 Steven Barlow made it past Sykes into 5th, after tracking him from lap 5. These two were tied together over the last 3 laps, with only a tenth of a second separating them at the line.

Round 2: Ross Martin again led from pole with Sebastian Melrose remaining close at around half a second back over the opening four laps. Neil Broome led a train of four cars battling over third, with Chisholm right on his gearbox, but they were dropping away from the leaders at a second a lap. Gronkowski, meanwhile, was shooting up through the field after starting last. He overtook three cars in the opening two laps to run seventh, and by lap 4 was up to fourth after a good move at the hairpin, when he dived past both Sykes and Chisholm.
Gronkowski then sat on Broome’s tail on as lap 5 was run, then next time around drove round the outside of Broome in a bold move to take third at Duffus (the first corner). By now he was six seconds behind Melrose, who had fallen a couple of seconds in arrears of race leader Martin.
There were no more changes at the front as Martin won the race convincingly by 4.6 seconds. He also set a new Formula Ford lap record at 54.058 seconds. Melrose finished securely in second ahead of Gronkowski, while Broome held onto fourth despite non-stop pressure from Chisholm.

Lap Record Ross Martin 54.058secs