CAMMISH & LIND TAKE ZANDVOORT HONOURS
In atrocious conditions at Zandvoort yesterday, Danish driver Dennis Lind came out on top to win the second Formula Ford race of the weekend and the eighth round of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain. In a race that was red-flagged after 10 laps, the Fluid Motorsport Van Diemen pilot claimed victory from Cliff Dempsey Racing's Scott Malvern, who leaves the Dutch track with a championship lead extended to 43 points.
The Formula Ford race rounded off a great day of racing at the former Grand Prix circuit in the North Sea dunes which attracted a crowd of 43,000. Race day started off in bright sunshine, but rain set in during the afternoon and before the Formula Ford race, the track was really wet. As a result, the clerk of the course decided to allow two formation laps to enable the drivers to familiarize themselves with the changed conditions.
Starting from pole, Jamun Racing driver Josh Hill took the lead, followed by Malvern, Lind and Dutch championship driver Rogier Jongejans. On lap two, Lind overtook Malvern for second and soon inherited the lead as Hill slid off the slippery track and dropped back to 24th. Hill was by no means the only victim of the adverse conditions.
Once out in front, Lind's first place was undisputed, but Malvern had to defend his second place from a charging Jongejans. More drivers spinning off the track caused the clerk of the course to bring the red flag out on lap 10. As usual, the classification after nine laps was the basis for the results with Lind winning from Malvern, Jongejans and Nils Vestergaard. The latter two not being eligible to score in the British series, Daniel Cammish, who was placed fifth overall, took the points for third place and the final step on the podium.
That stroke of good fortune rounded off an excellent weekend for Cammish as the JTR team's newest signing scored his maiden victory in the Championship on Saturday. An action-packed race brought several lead changes, with Cammish crossing the finish line ahead (by just four-tenths of a second) of Jake Cook and Scott Malvern. For the latter, finishing third after a great recovery was enough to extend his championship lead.
With 33 cars, a combination of the regular entrants from the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain combined with drivers from the Dutch and Danish Formula Ford series, the race at Zandvoort on the support package of the popular and well-promoted Masters event provided some Formula Ford Festival-like atmosphere.
In qualifying, 19-year old Josh Hill claimed pole position, but he failed to turn his achievement into a good race result, stalling his engine at the start and later on stranding his Jamun Racing Mygale in the gravel trap of the famous Tarzan Corner.
After Hill's startline trouble, local hero Emil Bernstorff took the lead, but soon the safety car was deployed while a stricken car was removed to safety. Racing resumed at the start of lap three, and Jake Cook had the better momentum and took the lead at Tarzan, followed by Cammish, Dennis Lind and Rogier Jongejans. Erstwhile leader Bernstorff dropped back to seventh.
On lap six, the safety car was out again following an accident for Martin Hanssen at Gerlach. By this time Cliff Dempsey Racing driver Malvern was already up into fourth. At the restart Malvern started his attacks on Lind in the battle for third place and successfully overtook his opponent at Tarzan. Out in front, Cammish passed Cook and drove home safely for victory, followed across the line by Cook, who scored his best finish yet, and Malvern. Lind ended up fourth from Dutch drivers Slaghekke and Rogier Jongejans, with Scandinavians Antti Buri, Emil Bernstoff and Nils Vestergard next up.
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