Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch 22.10.95
Kent 1600 ---------
Semi-final 1 1 Fredrick SORLIE Nor Swift 93 15 laps in 12.24.99 2 Mark MARCHANT GB Jamun 94 +0.33 3 Noel DUNNE Irl Swift 92 +6.40 4 Michael GRAHAM GB Swift 93 +7.83 5 James FORSYTH GB Swift 93 +8.06 6 Janne KOISTINEN Fin Van Diemen 94 +9.60
Semi-final 2 1 Topi SERJALA Fin Swift 95 15 laps in 12.17.17 2 Mikko LEMPAINEN Fin Swift 94 +2.59 3 Risto VIRTANEN Fin Swift 92 +5.48 4 Chris PAUL GB Van Diemen 92 +10.86 5 Chris BENNETT GB Swift 93 +11.53 6 Simon HILL GB Swift 94? +11.78
Final 1 Topi SERJALA Fin Swift 95 20 laps 2 Fredrick SORLIE Nor Swift 93 +0.79 3 Risto VIRTANEN Fin Swift 92 +8.61 4 Chris PAUL GB Van Diemen 92 +14.32 5 Michael GRAHAM GB Swift 93 +15.58 6 Ian SMYTH GB Swift 92 +18.02 7 Simon HILL GB Swift 94? +21.22 8 Janne KOISTINEN Fin Van Diemen 94 +21.84 9 Dave HARDISTEY GB Van Diemen 90 +22.26 10 Steve SHIRLEY GB Van Diemen 89 +22.54
Quote of the race goes to Brands Hatch's own Mark Marchant who was taken out on the 5th lap by fellow second row starter Mikko LEMPINEN. "You overtake on the black stuff, not the f...ing green stuff." Lempinen had attempted a pass at paddock by taking the tightest line possible (ie the grass), sadly this did nothing for his ability to brake or steer.
The 1600 class seems to have deteriorated into a clubmans category as far as the GB drivers are concerened (just look at the age of the chassis). The Scandinavians, for whom this is still a "professional" series, rightfully dominated.
Zetec 1800 ----------
Semi-final 1 1 Kristian KOLBY Den Vector 95 15 laps in 12.01.82 2 Kevin McGARRITY Ire Van Diemen 95 +5.46 3 Miku SANTAVIRTA Fin Swift 95 +5.52 4 Bas LEINDERS Bel Swift 95 +5.74 5 Tazio PEZZI Sui Swift 95 +6.37 6 Robert LECHNER Aut Van Diemen 94 +6.71
Semi-final 2 1 Patrice GAY Fra Mygale 95 10 laps (2+3+5) in 8.18.66 2 Giorgi VINELLA Ital Vector 95 +0.56 3 Sepp KOSTER Ned Swift 95 +1.88 4 Mario HABERFIELD Bra Van Diemen 95 +2.25 5 Mark WEBBER Aus Van Diemen 95 +3.56 6 David TERRIEN Fra Mygale 95 +9.84
Final 1 Kevin McGARRITY Ire Van Diemen 95 20 laps 2 Giorgi VINELLA Ital Vector 95 +1.70 3 Mario HABERFIELD Bra Van Diemen 95 +4.33 4 Mark WEBBER Aus Van Diemen 95 +4.35 5 Robert LECHNER Aut Van Diemen 94 +4.60 6 Luciano CRESPI Arg Swift 95 +5.36 7 Tim VERBERGT Bel Win 95?? +5.50 8 Kristian KOLBY Den Vector 95 +5.83 9 Hans WILLEMS Bel ? +6.58 10 Cyril PRUNET Fra Van Diemen 93 +7.42
KOLBY and GAY started from the front row, Kolby made a bad start and Gay lept into the lead, and an impressive one it was too, until on his 3rd lap whilst under no real pressure he drove off into the gravel trap at Clearways. This left McGarrity in the lead and Kolby in second. Whilst I attended to a car that had pulled off, someone (Koster?) nerfed Kolby well down the order. This left a trio of cars at the front, McGarrity in the lead, Leinders in 2nd and Santavirta in 3rd. These 3 pulled away from the rest of the field, but there was never more than a few feet between them - an absolute classic Formula Ford race - but it could only end in one way. Leinders was running into the back of McGarrity's gearbox in his efforts to get past or unsettle him, not the fairest of tactics, but common enough in FF.
Santavirta was just that little bit further back watching to see if either made a mistake that would give him an advantage. The positions remained static until the start of the 17th lap when Santavirta decided he had to do somthing himself rather than wait for others to make mistakes. He made a beautiful pass on the outside of Leinders at paddock, and, as he took the wide line through Paddock,he was pushed out wider by Leinders. Leinders had the greater speed and drew back alongside of Santavirta and then attempted to push his way back to the front. A recipe for disaster, neither driver gave way so they interlocked wheels, stayed locked together as one, spun round 180 degrees and rattled along the armco all the way up the hill to Druids. After that it was easy for McGarrity, and he finished a massive (in FF terms) 1.7 seconds ahead of Vinella.
Notice something...... NO BRITS..... In fact there was only one in the race. (Austin Kinsella - finished 15th) Sadly I think F.Ford is on the decline in GB as far as the local drivers are concerned. This is probably because it is no longer a starting formula for the best of the young hopefuls, they seem to be heading into Vauxhall Junior.