Fourth Round Pre-Race Report - Croft
Updated: Jul 29, 2019
2019 BRSCC Avon Tyres FF1600 National Championship Promises Another Weekend of Close Racing.
Scottish driver, Ross Martin has a slight lead in the Pro-Championship, having taken three race wins and several podiums already this season. However, he heads to Croft on the back off a disappointing third race at the Anglesey meeting, where he crashed out through no fault of his own.
This DNF means that it is still very close at the top of the championship with the Cliff Dempsey racer, Spike Kohlbecker, just three points behind and Neil MacLennan just a few points adrift in third who commented:
"It is great to come to Croft on the back of a win in the final race at Anglesey last time out.
“It has been a season of ups and downs, so I am pleased to still be in the hunt for the National Pro Championship title. Hopefully it will be a successful weekend at Croft.”
The FF1600s will have three races in another packed timetable of racing and there are several drivers in the hunt for podium finishes. Kohlbecker’s teammate, James Clarke, has had a mixed season so far, but had a particularly strong meeting at Anglesey and is a threat for race victories and the championship.
Jonathan Browne is the third driver in the Cliff Dempsey team. Browne missed the last round due to exam commitments, but he is one of five 2019 race winners and will arrive at Croft determined to make up for lost time.
B-M Racing’s Rory Smith took the first FF1600 National victory of 2019 back in Snetterton and is always a threat. He had some terrible luck in the second round, at Oulton Park, but crept back up the standings last time out and will be one to watch out for again.
Ross Martin’s Team Dolan teammate, Jamie Sharp, who has moved from the F4 championship, is another driver that will be looking to fight his way out of the mid pack and challenge for podiums, as will Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael McPherson and Jamie Thorburn from the Border Reivers Team, who made an impressive season debut last time out at Anglesey.
Young American racer, Aaron Jeansonne is back over from the States to compete in the Oldfield Motorsport Van Diemen JL13 and will hope that the fact that it is Independence Day on the 4th of July will be a good omen.
In the Club Championship John Svensson took the lead from Max Marzorati who was not in Anglesey and won’t be at Croft either. However, the Belgian racer will still have to defend against Adam Quartermaine who lies third in the championship. Pascal Monbaron, Svensson’s teammate, will also be in the Club Championship mix at Croft.
The National Formula Ford 1600 championship has traditionally been an affordable step on the ladder to a career in motorsport and it is an opportunity to spot potential stars of the future.
Along with the likes of motor racing legends, Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Mark Webber the championship has produced more recent stars including current Indy Car championship leader, Josef Newgarden and Josh Smith who is part of the 2019 McLaren Driver Development Programme.
This sets the bar for a number of the championship’s drivers and is also something for this year’s rookies to aspire to. Class leader, Morgan Quinn, Nicole Woods and Scott Huntley will all be trying to improve their skills with more track time this weekend at the Yorkshire Circuit.
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