Scottish Formula Ford ChampionshipBack to June 2018
The single seaters grid was boosted by 6 guest drivers, all using the meeting to get experience prior to BRSCC FF races in the TCR meeting later in the month. Races 1 x 12 laps, 1 x 9 laps.
Race 1 - Defending champion Ross Martin started from pole and the teenager held off a race long challenge from 2 guests. Matt Round-Garrido pressed Martin for 9 laps, sitting on his gearbox virtually all the way, then ran wide exiting the hairpin on lap 10. In a flash Hugo Bentley-Ellis was past and into 2nd where he stayed to the flag, only half a second behind Martin. Round-Garrido was 3rd ahead of another guest Michael Eastwell, who was 5th on lap 1. Scottish regular young Seb Melrose had a cracking start going from 9th to 3rd on lap 1. He ran 3rd until lap 4 when he ran wide exiting the hairpin and was swallowed up by the pack, emerging 6th were he stayed behind Rory Smith, so guests had 4 of the top places. Jordan Gronkowski took 7th after starting 11th. He got to 7th on lap 4 but didn’t close the gap to Seb Melrose, which was nearly 3 seconds at the flag. Gary Sykes took 8th getting up from a 12th place start, and holding off Gronkowski as he ran 7th on lap 3 then he dropped back after Gronkowski passed him on lap 4.Ross Martin said, ‘ testing for the nationals, and Matt was doing a great job. Awesome racing and I got a gap, but what great race and sunshine at Knockhill’.
Hugo Bentley-Ellis commented ‘ I messed the start up a bit, but once we got going we are really quick. It’s my first time here, never been round the reverse way, and the track is pretty radical’.
In the afternoon Ross Martin led race 2 for 3 laps, then guest Matt Round-Garrido got past him and eased a few car lengths clear. SMRC regular Seb Melrose finished 4th and 2nd championship runner behind another guest Hugo Bentley-Ellis. Seb had another cracking start going from 6th to 3rd on lap 1. He ran 3rd over the early laps before Bentley-Ellis dived past on lap 3. A lap later Round-Garrido took the lead and held it all the way. Ross Martin was under lots of pressure but held on as the race was called over after 9 laps due to a spinner being in the hairpin gravel, so red flags were out and the results taken back a lap. Melrose took 4th with gust Rory Smith 5th ahead of Michael Eastwell. In 7th Jordan Gronkowski was 3rd SMRC runner, a few seconds clear of James Clarke.