23 June 2014

2014 Formula Ford Season Reaches Mid-Point at Croft

Formula Ford reaches the mid-point of its season this weekend and, with just nine points separating the top two drivers – Jayde Kruger and Harrison Scott – there is everything to play for. 26-year-old Kruger’s experience of winning is paying dividends for the JTR team. Jayde’s EcoBoost Mygale won two of the three Brands Hatch races, a further two at Donington and, last time out at Oulton Park, collected a further brace of wins; he’s twice finished second as well. Croft lap record holder Scott has won only twice for Falcon Motorsport – at Donington and at Oulton – but he has failed only three times to finish on the podium, compared with Kruger’s four absences. Harrison flew at Croft in his rookie season, becoming the only driver to beat Dan Cammish to pole position during the whole of the 2013 season. “That was quite special for me – the first pole of my car-racing career,” said Harrison. “Unfortunately things didn’t work out in the race, but it was still a great feeling starting from the front row. Croft is a great track and hopefully this year I can get more than the one pole position there. It’s been an incredibly close season so far between me, Jayde and the others, and winning the championship this year is going to be all about consistency and racking up the points and the podium finishes, so although I’ll be looking to win races at Croft I also need to think about that aspect.” source: FF Press Office

9 June 2014

Victory and Podiums Continue for Falcon at Oulton Park

Falcon Motorsport’s second season contesting the Dunlop MSA British Formula Ford of Great Britain championship continued to flourish at Oulton Park, Cheshire, last weekend. The 2013 Scholarship Class champions won their second overall win with Harrison Scott, fourth Scholarship Class win with Ricky Collard and a further six trophies over the two-day event, including Chris Mealin’s maiden main podium result. In damp but drying track conditions during the 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday morning, Essex based Harrison Scott was the only driver to nip under 108 seconds with a 1m 47.973s around Oulton Park’s 2.7-mile International circuit to end the session 0.163s ahead of Championship rival Jayde Kruger (JTR) and secure pole position for race one in the afternoon. Team mate Ricky Collard set the seventh best time (1m 49.365s) to take the Scholarship Class honours ahead of Chris Mealin in ninth with a 1m 50.270s lap. With heavy, grey clouds looming, 18-year-old Scott seized control of race one from the start and maintained a dominant lead to the chequered flag, 11 laps and 29.61 miles later, to claim his second wet race victory of the season. Collard, from Eversley in Hampshire, held the Scholarship class lead throughout the race, despite pressure from Jamun’s Ashley Sutton. He finished P7 overall, with Mealin in ninth and securing the third placed Scholarship Class trophy for the team. “For the first few laps the car felt like it was on rails it was so slippery out there!” said Collard. “Our main focus was get the Class win and a good grid position for the next race. I made a great start, but visibility was so bad. After I made a mistake coming out of the last corner, the pressure was really on. I had Ashley Sutton right behind me and I didn’t want him to carry on his winning roll, so I had to kick the sliders from under him and make the win stick.” Race two commenced late on Saturday afternoon with Scott in P6, Collard in seventh and Mealin in P9 for the new reverse-grid format. The track was dry, but the red flags came out on lap six when rain caught out three of the slick-shod runners: Max Marshall, Sam Brabham, and Juan Rosso, all of whom left the track in unrelated incidents. During all the drama Mealin grasped the lead of the Scholarship Class from Sutton on lap two and made steady progress up the order to sixth overall. By the end of the race four laps later, the 20 year old from the Isle of Man was up in third position and stood on the overall podium for the first time this season in addition to taking the Scholarship Class win. “That was a weird race,” commented Mealin. “It was very tricky on the new dry tyres and it was a case of keeping my head down. Then I saw the dark clouds coming and cars going off all over the place. I was caught out by the conditions too, and missed the chicane, but luckily I was able to recover.” Scott took the chequered flag in P2 whilst a down-on-power Collard finished in eighth position and just missed out on the Scholarship Class honours. The 17 year old ended the day, however, still leading the Class Championship standings. A sunny Sunday morning brought the crowds to Oulton Park, and the Falcon Motorsport drivers were up bright and early for the series’ regular Drivers’ Autograph Session in the Formula Ford Paddock. The initial dry weather held as Scott and Kruger maintained their dominance on the Championship podium’s top steps in race three on Sunday afternoon. From alongside his rival on the front row of the grid, Scott was unable to find an answer to the pole-sitter’s pace, even during a safety car interlude. “I just didn’t quite have the pace to make an impression on Jayde,” said Scott. “The safety car bunched us together and I knew that that would be my best opportunity to get him and I stayed right behind him, but he was just too quick away. Jayde was just that bit quicker than us all weekend, but it’s been a really good meeting for us points-wise.” Collard and Mealin finished in seventh and eighth positions to take the second and third paced Scholarship trophies just before torrential rain caused a premature end to the podium celebrations. Nick Streatfield, team manager, Falcon Motorsport concluded: “It was a very good weekend overall. We are obviously always pushing hard to improve and we perhaps didn’t have the pace in the dry this weekend with Harrison, so there is still work to do. We have some good points on the board and we haven’t lost any big margins in either Championship. Ricky has had a difficult weekend and we know we have an issue with his car that we need to resolve. Chris has had a very good weekend; bouncing back from a very big accident at Thruxton to score an overall podium is a fabulous result and we are really pleased that he has been able to do that and get back in to the groove straight away.“ The next rounds of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship take place at Croft Circuit, Yorkshire, 28th - 29th June 2014. TV highlights from Thruxton shall be broadcast on ITV4 on 23rd June 2014. 2014 Provisional championship standings: 1 Kruger 293; 2 Harrison Scott 284 points; 3 Rosso 243; 4 Marshall 234; 5 Abbott 226; 6 Brabham 186; 7 Mills 167; 8 Sutton 157; 9 Ricky Collard 152 points; 10 Chris Mealin 118 points 2014 Scholarship class standings: 1 Mills 196; 2 Ricky Collard 192 points; 3 Sutton 186; 4 Chris Mealin 146 points 2014 Teams Cup Standings: 1 JTR 502; 2 Falcon Motorsports 480 points; 3 Meridian 376

5 May 2014

Rollercoaster Weekend for Falcon at Thruxton in Formula Ford

It was a weekend of high octane drama for Oxfordshire based Falcon Motorsport. The third race weekend of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Thruxton saw Harrison Scott momentarily rise to the top of the leader board and a consistent points-scoring event for Ricky Collard takes him to P2 in the Scholarship Class. However, race one saw Chris Mealin thankfully walk slowly away from a high-speed impact that ended his race meeting prematurely on Saturday afternoon. With favourable sunny weather beating down for the first May Bank Holiday weekend, the trio of Falcon Motorsport drivers took to the track early on Saturday morning for qualifying. Sam Brabham snatched a pole time that was a quarter-second faster than the time set with Harrison Scott in testing at Thruxton last month, however Scott could only extract a time good enough for P4 on this occasion. Ricky Collard was seventh overall by a fraction, with Chris Mealin just behind in eighth. Having qualified in fourth, 18 year old Essex-based Scott made a superb start to race one and charged his way past Championship leader Jayde Kruger through the narrowest part of the chicane at the end of the first lap. “He wasn’t giving me any room and I wasn’t going to let him stop me from coming through,” said Scott. “It was a move I had to make and it worked out for me.” Another magnificent start by team mate Mealin saw the 20 year old Manxman gain four places to sit right on the tail of Kruger. However, at the end of lap two, Mealin’s front wheels tangled with the JTR man’s rears and his Falcon Mygale flipped and speared backwards into the barriers at high speed. Mealin was quickly out of the car, shaken, bruised and his weekend over, with Kruger also forced to retire for the race. “I made the perfect start and got the right amount of wheel spin off the line. I knew that I just needed to keep my head cool and get in to the rhythm. Everyone ahead of me went defensive at the first chicane, so I thought I’d try a move around the outside and it worked at treat!” said Mealin. “I was up to fourth by the end of the first lap and was getting the perfect tow off Kruger coming up to Church; I was right on his gearbox all the way up the straight. I then tried to make a move on the inside when all I saw was blue sky. I slammed on the brakes, but I was just going too quickly with all the speed I was carrying. I shut my eyes and felt the impact and the next thing I saw was grass. I shut my eyes again and it all ended quickly to be honest. It is obviously not how I wanted to start the weekend; we had more pace in the car than we’d shown and I think it would have been a great weekend to get more points. But I’ll be back at Oulton Park, fighting hard.” Collard came home in a disappointing ninth after a brief pit stop to repair his wing due to an early touch with Connor Mills in the opening lap. Scott made a superb start to claim a place on the opening lap of reverse-grid race two. Running in a tight pack with Rosso and Marshall ahead and Brabham behind him, Scott maintained position until the chequered flag 17 laps later. His third place podium finished returned him to the top of the Championship leader board with a good points margin ahead of mid-field race finisher Kruger. Ricky Collard returned to the Scholarship class podium to claim a second place trophy with his eighth-place overall finish ahead of Class Championship rival Connor Mills. Race three on Sunday afternoon was action packed and frustrating for the Falcon team. Scott maintained P3 for the first 14 of the 17 laps, waiting for a gap to take on front runners Brabham and Kruger. But Scott’s luck was about to change. At the end of the 15th lap as he, and Ashley Sutton behind him, rounded the Club chicane he found the slower-moving, backmarker Greg Holloway on the racing line. Scott skilfully avoided contact, but half spun to continue in P7 until the finish line. It was Ricky Collard’s turn to enjoy a race-long battle which resulted in a satisfying podium for the 17 year old from Hampshire. He played his trump card up Woodham Hill on the approach to the last corner of the race and took Mills for eighth place overall and second in the Scholarship class. “It felt really good, it was a really interesting and fun race,” said Collard. “But I feel that we should have been competing much higher up than we were this weekend. It was the first time we didn’t have the pace, but racing’s like a rollercoaster, one weekend you’re fast and one you’re not. We scored some valuable points that we lost at Donington and we are now right up there in the Scholarship Championship. This weekend was purely ‘be consistent, finish every race, bank some points’ and then go to Oulton Park and really give some magic back again.” Nick Streatfield, team owner, Falcon Motorsport concluded: “It has been a big up and down weekend. Obviously with Chris’ accident on Saturday, we’ve had our highs and lows, and we are extremely relieved that he is ok. We are still doing well in the Championship; it was a bad third race for Harrison, but a great race for Ricky as he was able to get past the guys he was battling with and he is now second in the Scholarship Class. We’ve still got a bit of work to do with the cars; we’re not quite there, but we are still fighting hard and we’ll be back out there at Oulton Park.” END Provisional 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Standings: 1 Kruger 203 points; 2nd Harrison Scott 200 points; 3 Rosso 195; 4 Marshall 192; 5 Abbott 178; 6 Brabham 164; 7 Mills 117; 8 Sutton 107; 9th Ricky Collard 102 points Scholarship class standings 1 Mills 144; 2nd Ricky Collard 134 points; 3 Sutton 132; 4th Chris Mealin 91 points The next rounds of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain take place on 7-8 June at Oulton Park, Cheshire.

22 April 2014

FORMULA FORD VICTORY AND SCHOLARSHIP CLASS LEAD FOR FALCON AT DONINGTON

Falcon Motorsport’s fortune changed like the weather during the second race weekend of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain at Donington Park. The team welcomed its first race win of the season with Harrison Scott and its rise to the top of the Scholarship Class leader board with Chris Mealin whilst overcoming mechanical issues and on-track incidents for the team's youngest driver, Ricky Collard. Essex born Scott topped the testing timesheets once again with a fastest lap time of 1:06.275 seconds on Thursday. Collard, from Eversley, Hampshire, was the leading Scholarship Class runner (1:06.741) ending the day in P6 and half a second faster than team-mate Mealin, from Braddan on the Isle of Man, who set a 1:07.443 to claim P8. Scott shared the pole position honours with Championship leader Jayde Kruger (JTR) after a closely fought qualifying session on Saturday morning. Setting the third fastest lap time (1:05.954) cemented Scott's starting position for race one, whilst his second-fastest time was the best of the field, ensuring pole position for the weekend finale on Sunday. Mealin qualified in P8 for both the race one and three grids, whilst team mate Collard was unable to set a timed lap due to his Mygale’s throttle cable snapping on his out lap. There were hard fought battles throughout the field during race one in the afternoon. The safety car was deployed on lap five following a tap by Juan Rosso on Collard causing him to spin and stop at the chicane. After the restart three laps later, Scott held on to third place until the chequered flag, his third podium finish in four races, unable to muster enough from his Falcon Mygale to take the fight to Kruger and Sam Brabham on this occasion who took the top two spots on the podium. Mealin was eighth and took second in the Scholarship class to move in to the points lead for the first time this season. An early morning downpour brought tricky racing conditions to the iconic Leicestershire track on Sunday morning. Although the rain had stopped by the start of race two, incorrect car set-ups proved to be a decisive factor for many drivers during the contest. Scott however, made it all look rather easy. Despite starting in fourth due to the reverse starting grid, he was soon up to third when Kruger faltered. Two laps later, through the Craner curves, Scott demonstrated his improving race craft with a pass on Max Marshall for second. By the end of lap five Juan Rosso’s lead over Scott was 4.0 seconds, but within a lap the gap had been halved and Scott was soon able to deftly take the lead, setting the fastest lap of the race along the way and taking his maiden win of 2014 by an impressive 4.5 seconds. "I was boxed in at the start, but that made it an interesting race! I knew I had pace in the car to make passes stick on the leaders and I got by relatively easily. Fair play to the other drivers who gave me room and drove a safe race,” said 18 year old Scott. “The track was really greasy and getting worse as the race went on, but things couldn’t have been much better for me and I am over the moon to finally get that win and especially by such a big margin.” 17 year-old Collard and Mealin both suffered gearbox issues and struggled home in ninth and 10th respectively; but with that Collard took the third placed trophy in the Scholarship Class and collected his fourth Dunlop ‘yellow cap’ out of five races. With three different leaders and plenty of action, the final race of the Donington Park weekend provided 20 minutes of thrills and spills on Sunday afternoon. Scott started from pole, but Brabham got the better start to take the lead into turn one. Scott retook the lead after Brabham made an error at the Old Hairpin, and put his pedal to the metal to clock up half a second between himself and second placed Kruger and set another fastest lap of the race. But in a cruel twist of fate on lap eight smoke started puffing out of the back of Scott’s car, indicating a terminal issue and the end of his race. Team mates Mealin (20 years old) and Collard were very much in contention for a podium finish whilst vying for the Scholarship class lead. However, when Collard attempted a move down the inside of Mealin at Redgate, contact between the two put Collard out of the race. “I have learnt how to deal with disappointing situations this weekend!” said Collard. “The positive is that we were very fast and we had the potential. The ‘Collard race start’ is in the genes! The car was quick, I made good starts, set fastest laps and took the races to the field. Mechanical ‘luck’ was not on my side this weekend and I was maybe on to get a podium finish in the last race as well, but that’s a different team issue. The guys worked extremely hard this weekend, I want to thank everyone at Falcon who put in so much effort for me and I am sorry that it didn’t go our way. Next time.” Mealin, who had held the class lead from the start, rose to third overall for a short stint after the demise of the leaders, but slipped back after a couple of errors to cross the finish line P6 overall and third in class. He had, however, secured enough points from race three to retain leadership in the Scholarship Class. “I got a good start, made up a few places off the line and kept my cool when I saw Brabham go off after the Old Hairpin,” added Mealin. “I then saw my team mate, Harrison, retire and suddenly saw Ricky on my tail and knew I had a race on my hands. He gave me a nudge on the rear on the back straight at the final chicane, and I thought there was still at least a car length gap between us going in to turn one, but we made contact. That’s car racing I guess and the consolation is that we held on to a Scholarship podium for the team.” Nick Streatfield, team owner, Falcon Motorsport concluded: “Overall, we can say that we had a good weekend. We were competitive, we were on pole for the last race, our drivers were on the podium at various times during the meeting and we had a strong race win on Sunday morning. Both Chris and Ricky drove well from bad positions and just had a few mechanical issues that held them back; and then also an unfortunate coming together in the last race. We had an oil issue on Harrison’s car and we are obviously extremely disappointed that from pulling away out in front we lost another win there. But overall, we are pleased with our pace and know that we are going to be bouncing back. It’s a long season, so on to Thruxton.” END Provisional 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain Standings: 1 Kruger 158; 2nd Harrison Scott 133 points; 3 Abbott 126; 4 Rosso 125; 5 Marshall 120; 6th Chris Mealin 86 & 10th Ricky Collard 60 Scholarship Class Standings: 1st Chris Mealin 109 points; 2 Mills 96; 3rd Ricky Collard 83 The next rounds of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain take place on 3/4 May at Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire.

31 March 2014

Successful Start for Falcon Motorsport in 2014 Formula Ford

Falcon Motorsport’s second season contesting the Dunlop MSA British Formula Ford of Great Britain championship got underway at Brands Hatch this weekend. The 2013 Scholarship class champions scored podiums in each of the three races over the two-day event, taking away no less than eight trophies from this year’s opening round. Reigning Scholarship class champion and returning Falcon driver Harrison Scott got his 2014 campaign off to the best possible start on Saturday morning, claiming two pole positions for races one and three in an impressive qualifying performance. Only a hair could split the qualifying times across the 15-car field, with a quarter of a second spanning the top five and less than eight tenths from P1 to P10. Hampshire-based Ricky Collard was an impressive sixth fastest overall in his maiden qualifying session in a racing car. The 17-year-old was four-tenths quicker than his closest rival in the Scholarship class for rookie drivers, whilst Manxman Chris Mealin, the third-placed Scholarship qualifier, secured P10 for the start of races one and three. The lead was snatched from pole-sitter Harrison at the start of race one on Saturday afternoon on the charge into Paddock Hill Bend. He relentlessly chased rival Jayde Kruger (JTR) for 26 laps of the Brands Indy circuit and was rarely more than half a second behind him all the way to the chequered flag. Collard made an impression on the field on his debut, starting sixth and maintaining position until lap 22 when he was ideally placed to profit from an incident between Sam Brabham (JTR) and Juan Rosso (Radical Motorsport). Collard was not only the ultimate Scholarship class winner, but also came home fourth overall. Mealin completed the Falcon trio’s successful first race by securing seventh in his Formula Ford debut, and by stepping up on to the second-placed Scholarship class podium alongside his team-mate. The new reverse-grid format for the second of each weekend’s three races saw Collard in P3, Scott in P5 and Mealin in P7. Scott overcame his team-mate to finish second once again and claim the championship lead at the end of the day. Collard was third, his maiden overall podium in only the second race of his career, and was also the Scholarship class winner. Despite narrowly losing out on the race win, Scott said he was happy with the second placed trophy: “From fifth on the grid to come through to second, on a track where it is really hard to overtake as well – I have to be happy with that. It was the same story again: I got really close to the leader but I just didn’t have that little bit more in hand to pass him.” Collard said: “I make an improvement every time I go out in the car, and you can see that in the results. I’ve only been in cars for a couple of months and these are great results – all credit to the team. I couldn’t keep Harrison behind me; I was hoping that he would pass Abbott as well and that maybe I could follow through to make it a Falcon 1-2, but it wasn’t to be.” Mealin maintained a clean and well-paced contest from seventh on the grid to round out the Top 10 and stand on the Scholarship class podium for a second time, on this occasion to collect the third-placed trophy. Scott led race three confidently from pole position on the warm and sunny Sunday afternoon until an incident between Collard and JTR’s Max Marshall brought out the safety car for three laps. Kruger then made contact with the back of Scott on the final yellow flag lap forcing him to run wide on to the dirty limits of the track. Losing three valuable positions, Scott pushed to the chequered flag in an attempt to make up ground, however he could not improve on his P4 position and slipped to second on the championship leader board as a result. Collard was on track for points from fifth when contact by Marshall at the Druids hairpin on lap 13 left him stranded and out of the race. Mealin took over the Scholarship class lead and successfully defended position against the battling Meridian Racing pair behind him to bring home his Mygale M12-SJ charger in eighth place. “I had to give it my all,” said Mealin. "It was eventful out there and the last five minutes seemed to take forever, but I just had to keep calm and carry on. I was losing grip rapidly, but in the end we had another great result and I scored my first Scholarship class win to cap the weekend with a 1-2-3.” Nick Streatfield, team owner of Oxfordshire-based Falcon Motorsport concludes; “We are very pleased with our pace and the whole team did a superb job. All our drivers were quick; especially in qualifying and Ricky in race one. We are obviously disappointed with the result at the end of incident-filled race three, but overall it’s been a successful weekend and one we can build from.” 2014 Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain current standings: 1 Jayde KRUGER, JTR (RSA) 79 points 2 Harrison SCOTT, Falcon Motorsport (GBR) 77 3 James ABBOTT, Radical Motorsport (GBR) 66 4 Jack BARLOW, Jamun Racing (GBR) 64 5 Max MARSHALL, JTR (GBR) 59 2014 Formula Ford Championship current Scholarship class standings: 1 Ricky COLLARD, Falcon Motorsport (GBR) 59 points 2 Chris MEALIN, Falcon Motorsport (GBR) 58 3 Ashley SUTTON, Meridian (GBR) 48 The next rounds will take place on 19/20 April at Donington Park.