Andy Ford secures 2019 World Masters with dominant drive

Andy Ford secured the 2019 BriSCA Formula 2 Stock Cars World Masters with a dominant drive at the Northampton Shaleway last Sunday, holding off a last bend attack from David Polley.

It was Emma Ford who initially led the field away whilst Mark Dorrill, Martin Ford and Luke Woodhull all tripped over each other coming down the home straight before grinding to a halt on the entrance to turn one.

Emma spun coming out of turn two gifting the lead to Ben Chalkley whilst Ford made his way up to second by the end of the first lap.

At around half-distance, Ford got a better exit off turn four to dive up the inside of Chalkley going into turn one. However, Chalkley fought back as the pair went down the back straight and dived up the inside going into turn three to re-take the lead.

Sadly, for Chalkley he went in to the turn too deep which allowed Ford to sneak back through up the inside just as the yellow flags came out, after Courtney Finnikin and Jon Palmer came to blows on turns one and two – resulting in Finnikin rolling over and landing on her roof.

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Finnikin’s race was ruined by that unfortunate accident.

Ford got a good getaway on the restart as the defending title holder, Ricardo Schmidt was starting to move up the order. He dived up the inside of Richard Rayner going into the first turn to take fourth place before getting caught up in the action on turn three as Guus Hermkens shoved Chalkley into the armco.

That accident forced Chalkley into retirement and dropped Andrew Palmer and Lee Dimmick right down the order whilst Schmidt carried on in fourth behind Darren Shaw and Polley.

The yellow flags were brought out once again and Ford nailed the restart but was being kept honest by the English Open Champion Shaw with Polley breathing down his neck in third and Schmidt fourth after getting the better of Michael Lund on the restart.

Polley nudged Shaw out wide going into turns one and two to take second spot with Dutchman Schmidt following him through into third.

Polley continued to push on in an effort to try and catch race leader Ford with just three laps to go, but it was to no avail. The World of Shale Champion made a last-ditch effort to grab the race lead on the final corner, diving up the inside of the race leader and making slight rear end contact, but Ford managed to hold on to take the 2019 World Masters.

After the race, Polley admitted that a greasy track halted his progress from the back of the field but that he also couldn’t take anything away from Ford’s drive.

After a valiant effort to defend the title he won in 2018, Schmidt was third with Shaw fourth and Lund fifth.

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Schmidt was running well until he got caught up in his fellow countryman’s accident. 

Sixth was Ben Lockwood with Hermkens seventh. Eighth was Palmer with Rob Aldridge ninth and Dimmick rounding out the top-10.

By Jordan Hollands.

 

 

 

 

 

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