SBRS: Long scores maiden British victory

Newly anointed Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship recipient Patrick Long buoyed by his success in the runoff at Sebring earlier in the week, returned to England and scored his first win in the British Formula Ford Winter Series Championship.

Newly anointed Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship recipient Patrick Long buoyed by his success in the runoff at Sebring earlier in the week, returned to England and scored his first win in the British Formula Ford Winter Series Championship.

Long began the weekend at Snetterton by securing the pole position, his second of the series including his first at Silverstone a fortnight prior. The qualifying session was run in wet but drying conditions. Long gambled that the circuit, former WWII airfield, would stay wet for the qualifying session, and thus elected to qualify on rain tires. The gamble paid off as he took the primary spot on the grid with spades of time to spare.

When race time rolled around later the same afternoon, the track had begun to dry making slicks the tire of choice. Pole position at Snetterton unfortunately does not sit on the dry side of the track, and at the standing start Long gave up the top spot to the number 2 qualifier though he kept the balance of the field at bay. He would pursue the early leader doggedly until lap six, when Long faked an inside pass forcing the leader to unwittingly block. The result was a loss of momentum down the following straight allowing Long to slipstream past and take up the point. A succession of blistering laps assured Long of his first victory in a series that has seen many of the sports greatest names atop its rostrums.

Heading into the final event of the series at Brands Hatch this coming weekend at Brands Hatch, Long holds the lead in the points tally and is poised to capture series’ crown.

- George Tamayo

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