Falcon Motorsport driver Harrison Scott comes away from rounds 25, 26 and 27 of the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain tied on points at the top of the leader board following two second place podium finishes at Silverstone. In addition, team mate Ricky Collard secured the 2014 Scholarship Class runner-up trophy and Chris Mealin maintained consistent points finishes to remain in third position.
During regular Formula Ford event testing on the 1.6-mile Silverstone National circuit on Friday, 18 year old Harrison ended the day P2 in his much improved #6 Falcon Motorsport EcoBoost Mygale car. Team mate Ricky Collard, the Duo sponsored 18 year old driver from Hampshire, completed the day seventh fastest (second in Scholarship Class) with fellow Falcon driver Chris Mealin, who celebrated his 21st birthday last week, in P11.
Showing ever improving pace, Championship leader Harrison narrowly missed out on pole during Saturday morning’s qualifying by a mere by 0.055 seconds. Less than 0.85 seconds covered the top 10 drivers, with Ricky setting the sixth fastest time (second in Scholarship Class) and Chris the eleventh.
Unfortunately for Harrison, Kruger pulled back essential points in his championship title hunt by winning race round 25 on Saturday afternoon. But Harrison was never far from the JTR’s gearbox and he crossed the line only 1.6 seconds behind Kruger to secure his 20th podium finish of an unwavering and consistent season.
Ricky made an excellent start from sixth on the grid to fourth place and remained in front of the battling Radical pairing of Rosso and Abbott until the 18th lap. Abbott then found his way around the Falcon car through Luffield, swiftly followed by a move by Rosso that left Ricky taking the chequered flag in sixth position. He stepped on to the Scholarship Class podium, however, to collect a further runner-up trophy.
Chris Mealin, from the Isle of Man, drove a superb 22 laps race against Clay Mitchell until the No:20 JTR was summoned to the pits to serve a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits. Chris then forged on to finish in a respectable ninth place overall.
In the usual series reverse-grid for race two on Sunday morning, Ricky started from pole position and built up a 1.1-second lead on the opening lap. Unfortunately unable to maintain his pace Ricky was caught by Sutton for the lead through Luffield. He then succumbed to the pressures of Abbott and Kruger and had to settle for fourth place (second in Scholarship Class) at the chequered flag. Sutton’s result gave him the 2014 Scholarship Class title win, with Ricky securing enough points to bag the runner-up accolade.
The Championship title contenders made contact on the opening lap causing Harrison to spin to the back of the field. In front of a 32,000 strong Silverstone crowd, Harrison was naturely disappointed with his ultimate P8 result, but the clerk of the course examined the contact with Kruger and deemed it a racing incident.
Chris also fell victim to an incident on lap three which lead to three cars retiring. Contact at Copse between Max Marshall (JTR), Mitchell and Chris resulted in the Mealin-Mitchell combo spinning off track, whilst Marshall retired to the pits. After the race the stewards also deemed this a racing incident.
Round 27, the last Formula Ford race of the weekend, provided exactly what the Falcon Motorsport team required to take the Championship title fight to the season finale at Brands Hatch. Unable to catch Kruger who had started from pole, Harrison was able to snatch P2 from Sutton at Copse on lap two. Chris drove a solid race to cross the finish line in ninth, whilst Ricky elected not to participate in the race after the precautionary hospitalisation of his father, BTCC driver Rob Collard, following a crash moments earlier in the day.
Long-time championship leader Harrison is now level on 651 points with Kruger after 27 races and with just three remaining in the 2014 Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain.
Nick Streatfield, team owner, Falcon Motorsport:“We made some changes to Harrison and Chris’ cars after Rockingham and fortunately the changes led to improvements which both drivers were really happy with. It is good to see that the pace is back in Harrison’s car and Chris is much happier with his fresh engine, so things are going well there. The top three were so close in race one; Chris and Ricky also had reasonable races. Ricky worked really hard from pole in race two, but came under so much pressure. He is 2014 Scholarship Class runner-up though, and he should be very proud of that. Chris was an unfortunate victim of an incident on lap three and Harrison unfortunately lost a position to Kruger on the start and got a bit too much wheel spin and from then on we just followed him through, so it was a tough race.
“We had a good solid race three which we needed for the Championship. Harrison started in third and finished second, also achieving points for the fastest lap, so we are now tied on points at the top of the table heading into the season finale at Brands. Unfortunately, Ricky’s dad had a big accident in a BTCC race and was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, and so Ricky opted to miss out his final race. Chris had another good outing, making up some places and producing another solid point’s result to maintain his Scholarship third place.”