Strong Weekend for Collard as Falcon Aims for Formula Ford Titles

The 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain headed to Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife last weekend. The challenging track produced mixed results for the trio of Falcon Motorsport drivers; a brace of podiums for Ricky Collard and Harrison Scott, but the disappointment of two retirements for Chris Mealin.

The test sessions for rounds 19, 20 and 21 took place on Friday. Championship leader Harrison, from Althorne in Essex, ran closest to pace setter Ashley Sutton around the 1.27-mile track, Scotland's national motorsport centre situated six miles north of Dunfermline. 18 year old Ricky, in his now Duo liveried EcoBoost Mygale, was second fastest in the Scholarship Class and seventh fastest overall after damaging his suspension on Knockhill’s unforgiving kerbs in session one, as did 20 year old Chris from Braddan on the Isle of Man, who ended the day with a combined time in ninth place.

Qualifying came on Saturday morning and the Falcon trio of Harrison, Ricky and Chris qualified in third, fifth and ninth respectively for round 19 later in the day.A heavy pre-race shower dampened the circuit sufficiently to bring out the wet Dunlop tyre option. JTR’s Jayde Kruger, who started second on the grid, was soon under pressure from Harrison. A shrewd manoeuvre, which began at the hairpin at the end of lap six, allowed Harrison to close in on Kruger’s gearbox along pit straight and he swept past through Scotsman Corner to demote his title rival to third.

“I attacked him going into the hairpin and he had to go defensive,” said Harrison. “I got a good slipstream on him and then he went defensive again into turn one and ran wide; I switched back again got him around the outside. I was pushing after that but Ashley started to drive away as the track dried and my tyres started to go away.” Harrison’s second place extended his championship lead to 19 points.