Brands Hatch, England - 5th September, 1999 - The team run by current Kent Formula Ford Champion, Peter Alexander, today re-established themselves as the dominant force in Kent Formula Ford racing. Winning both the Zetec and 1600 races has placed the Folkestone-based squad firmly at the top of the BRSCC Kent Championship. Three of the top five positions are filled by PA Motorsport drivers, headed by Australian Brett Francis in the 1600 Swift.
Francis got the weekend of to a strong start by qualifying on pole position for the tenth time this year. He then converted this speed into an easy race win, establishing a lead of over two and a half seconds before the race was cut short due to dangerously placed cars on an oil-soaked Paddock Hill bend. Having now scored nine wins out of thirteen races in 1999, Francis is in a position to seal the 1600 category championship at the next round.
Zetec driver Mark Langfield managed to shake off some of the bad luck that has dogged his season to date to take his second win of the year. Langfield overcame a broken anti-roll bar on his ‘97 Van Diemen in qualifying to put the pressure on pole winner and championship rival Neale Blunden. Forcing Blunden into an error through Graham Hill bend, Langfield took the lead on the approach to Surtees and then held off the determined Jamun driver until the chequered flag.
Fellow Zetec championship contender and team-mate Nick Padmore also put in a strong race performance, but was unlucky not to finish on the podium after a last lap incident at Paddock Hill bend. Padmore battled his way from sixth on the grid to be third by half race distance and looked set to hold this position from Adam Blair and Jonathan Price until the flag. However a desperate lunge by Price sent the trio spinning at the start of the final lap, and Padmore could do nothing but bring the car home in a respectable fifth place. His form indicates that he will be on the top step of the podium again before the end of the year, and is still in a strong points position to challenge for the Zetec category title.
With four rounds of the championship remaining, Alexander and his team are working hard towards securing their second successive Formula Ford title: "I’m very proud of what the team has achieved so far this year. Everybody has put in 110% effort, and results such as these keep us focused to maintain our momentum through until after the Festival in October. These last four races will be critical to ensure we go into the Festival in a winning mood."
The next two rounds of the championship are on the Lydden Hill circuit on the 11th and 12th of September.
Kent Formula Ford Championship positions after 12 rounds 1. Brett Francis (1600) 137 2. Neale Blunden (Zetec) 101 3. Matt Wood (1600) 93 4. Nick Padmore (Zetec) 87 5. Mark Langfield (Zetec) 82 6. Keith Wood (1600) 81