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Eighth Round Post Race Report - Race 1, Brands Hatch

Luke Cooper Marks Return to National FF1600 With Race Win.

Luke Cooper won a lights to flag victory in the first race at Brands Hatch at the final round of the BRSCC National FF1600 Championship.

Cooper had taken pole position just ahead of Joey Foster who was out for only the second time this season in his Firman 2018. It would be a close race between the two until in the closing laps Foster tried again for the place but made an error and spun. The Don Hardman Racing driver was able to re-join in 12th and made his way back up to end up ninth.

As Foster was spinning it caused some confusion behind which Michael Eastwell took advantage of to move up from 5th to finish in second place on the podium, which the Kevin Mills Racer was delighted with.

Third place went to Rory Smith. The B-M driver had qualified in fourth then made a great start to move up to second, before dropping to third when Foster made a great pass. Smith was pleased to have another podium finish in what has been a strong finish to his season.

Once again, the Cliff Dempsey trio, Spike Kohlbecker, Jonathan Brown and James Clarke, were all in the mix for the top spots.

Kohlbecker finished fourth after enjoying virtually a race-long battle with Eastwell which the young American racer looked like winning until the Foster accident when maybe Eastwell’s experience showed as he made the jump up to second.

Clarke finished fifth after another close fight with his great friend and teammate Jonathan Browne, who had made a dive into Paddock to take the position. Browne tried a similar move for fourth on his other teammate, Kohlbecker a few laps later, but that didn’t work, and he ended up retiring into the gravel trap.

Another retiree was Jamie Sharpe. The Team Dolan driver was having a good race for sixth with series returnee Chris Middlehurst which was cut short when Sharp had to retire with a distributor problem.

Seventh place overall and winner of the Club Class was Max Marzorati. He and Kevin Mills Racing driver, Michael McPherson were yet another race-long battle for the spectators to enjoy.

Morgan Quinn took the tenth place and yet again was the highest-placed rookie.

There was then a great battle in the Club Class Championship. Belgian racer, John Svensson arrived at Brands Hatch with a good lead in the championship, but season-long rival Adam Quartermaine still had a mathematical chance of winning the 2019 Club Class title.

Svensson had been ahead, until the final lap when Quartermaine made the move to take 11th, but it wasn’t enough meaning Svensson wins the 2019 Club Class Championship.

Swiss driver, Pascal Monbarron, in his new Ray chassis finished in 13th after an early race incident. Rookie driver, Scott Huntly was the last to be classified in 14th.

The third DNF was Kenneth Cowie with a broken throttle cable.

Race Classification: Cooper (NP), Eastwell (NP), Smith (NP), Kohlbecker (NP), Clarke (NP), Middlehurst (NP), Marzorati (C), MacPherson (NP), Foster (NP), Quinn (NP) (R), Quartermaine (C), Svensson (C), Monbaron (C), Huntley (NP) (R)

Fastest Lap: Browne (NP), Marzorati (C)

DNF: Browne (NP), Sharp (NP), Cowie (C)

NP =National Pro, C = Clubman’s Class, R = Rookie

1st Luke Cooper, 2nd Michael Eastwell, 3rd Rory Smith. Trophy presentation by James Mulley from, title sponsor of this year's Formula Ford Festival


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