Makela takes victory in final round Valle Makela rounded off his title winning season by taking victory in the last race of the 2004 UK Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon. Daniel Clarke managed to clinch second in ...
Makela takes victory in final round
Valle Makela rounded off his title winning season by taking victory in the last race of the 2004 UK Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch this afternoon. Daniel Clarke managed to clinch second in the championship by setting the fastest lap of the race on the last lap.
Makela got a good start and lead the field for all of the 20 laps of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit as pole position driver Suk Sandher failed to finish. Makela's Nexa Racing team-mate got a poor start, dropping to 6th before the field had got to Druids.
Race one winner Charlie Donnelly put the Indian racer another place down as he charged through from a poor starting position. On lap 16 it all fell apart for Sandher as he spun into the gravel on the start/finish straight. Donnelly was also unable to repeat his first race form as he tangled with Julian Yap at Clearways and was forced out of the race.
Sebastian Hohenthal had passed Sandher at the start to move into second place behind the new champion and was followed through by his rival for the runner-up place in the series, Daniel Clarke.
The safety car was scrambled to clear away Donnelly's car and at the re-start Honhenthal set the fastest lap of the race, enough to overcome the two point deficit he had to Clarke in the points. Clarke looked like he was struggling a little in the closing laps. However, his final lap of the race was fast enough to snatch a single point, giving the Team JLR driver second in the championship.
Charlie Kimball made up for his non-finish in the first race with fourth place in race two. Yuya Sakamoto was unable to repeat his podium place form from earlier in the day and had to fend off a challenge from Finn Juho Annala on his way to fifth place.
<pre> UK Formula Ford Championship -- Round 20
Brands Hatch -- Race Results: 1 Valle Makela Van Diemen RF03 20m43.081s 2 Sebastian Hohenthal Van Diemen RF03 20m43.365s 3 Daniel Clarke Van Diemen RF04 20m43.885s 4 Charlie Kimball Van Diemen RF04 20m46.548s 5 Yuya Sakamoto Van Diemen RF03 20m48.921s 6 Juho Annala Van Diemen RF03 20m49.750s