Round #4 of the CACC Formula Ford Championship was again blessed with good weather. This has been one the best summers on record in the Vancouver area as we have not had any appreciable rain since June. This weekend saw Michael Lensen make an all too brief return to Formula Ford, he sold his car shortly after this event and is moving onto another class.
Saturday morning’s qualifying session saw Alan McColl in his 1977 Tiga FF77 set the fastest time with a lap of 1:12.141. He was followed by Michael Lensen in his 1988 Van Diemen RF88 at 1:13.628 and Keith Robinson in his 1979 Van Diemen RF79 with his fastest lap of 1:13.702. Next up was Dave McKay in his 1984 Lola 644 at 1:14.345 and Doug Floer in his 1981 Van Diemen RF81 at 1:14.801.
At the start of the race Alan McColl used his pole position, for the Formula Ford group, to jump into the lead of the race. It was a lead that he would not surrender as he went from green flag to checkered flag in convincing style to take the victory. Behind Alan, Michael Lensen was being chased hard by Doug Floer, Dave McKay and Keith Robinson. On Lap #3 Dave made his way past both Doug and Michael to take over 2nd place. In one lap Michael was relegated from 2nd to 5th place as Keith Robinson also got past him. The battle for 3rd place was on as Doug, Keith and Michael were to tussle amongst themselves for this position for the remainder of the race. On Lap #8 Michael was able to get past Doug and a lap later Keith was able to do the same. Having dispatched Doug neither one was able to make any further headway in catching Dave McKay or Alan McColl.
The finishing order was Alan McColl in 1st with a fastest lap of 1:12.423, Dave McKay in 2nd place his fastest lap being 1:13.569. Michael Lensen finished in 3rd place and his best lap was 1:13.039, in 4th place was Keith Robinson his quickest lap being 1:13.803 and Doug Floer was 5th and his fastest lap was 1:14.078.
Sunday morning’s qualifying session for some reason had everyone going slower than the day before with the exception of Dave McKay. Alan McColl in his 1977 Tiga FF77 qualified on the pole position, for the Formula Ford group, with a quickest lap time of 1:13.478. He was followed by Dave McKay in his 1984 Lola 644 at 1:13.967, and Keith Robinson in his 1979 Van Diemen RF79 who had a best lap of 1:14.244. Next up was Michael Lensen in his 1988 Van Diemen RF88 at 1:14.293, and Doug Floer in his 1981 Van Diemen RF81 at 1:15.258 followed by Alan Baker in his 1989 Van Diemen RF89 at 1:15.976.
As the field came around and took the green flag to start the race Alan McColl was uncharacteristically overtaken in the run down to Turn #1 by Dave McKay. The next lap around it was Keith Robinson in the lead as he had made his way past both Alan and Dave. Keith led for 2 more laps and survived a big moment on the exit of Turn #1 on his first lap in the lead. He dropped his 2 left side wheels off on the exit of the corner which then shot his car across the track right to the edge of the pavement. He somehow managed to hang on to his car and made a remarkable recovery and didn’t even lose a position in the process. Then on Lap #4 both Dave and Alan made their way past Keith dropping him from 1st to 3rd in less than a lap. On the following lap Dave spun his Lola big time in Turn #9 as he pushed just a little too hard in his efforts to stay in front of Alan. This spin dropped Dave all the way down to 5th place and he had his work cut out for him if he wanted to get back up with the lead group in this race. Then on Lap #8 Alan McColl’s race came to a sudden end at the engine in his Tiga died and he was forced to take the escape road at Turn #2, his race finished. Alan’s sudden misfortune now became Keith Robinson’s good luck as he was vaulted back into the lead of the Formula Ford race. As fate would have it his lead was only to be short term as 2 laps later Doug Floer passed Keith to take over the top spot. All the while a hard charging Dave McKay had caught and past Michael Lensen and was now working his way back up to leaders. On Lap #14 Dave’s hard work looked like it was going to pay off as he passed Keith for 2nd place and he was now in the middle of an exciting 3 car battle for the lead of the race. For the next couple of laps Doug held on as both Dave and Keith pushed him hard looking for a way to get past him. As the cars started their final lap of the race all 3 were nose to tail down the front straight and through Turns #1 & 2 with Doug still in the lead. Then as they headed into the braking zone for Turn #3 Doug’s car pitched sideways under heavy braking and the nose of his car struck the tire wall and in that instant his race was over. Dave McKay was now into the lead of the race, a position he probably thought was totally out of reach a scant 10 laps earlier following his spin. Dave was able to keep Keith behind him for the remainder of that final lap to take the unexpected win.
The finishing order was Dave McKay in 1st place followed by Keith Robinson in 2nd place. In 3rd place was Michael Lensen and Doug Floer was classified in 4th place. Unfortunately it was a bad day for both Alans as neither Alan McColl or Alan Baker finished the race.
After 8 races of the 10 races in the CACC Formula Ford Championship Alan McColl still leads with 47 points and he is closely followed by Keith Robinson with 46 points. The Championship will be decided at our next CACC race weekend which will also be the final 2 races of the year on Sept.14/15 2013. But before that there will be an International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC) race on the labour day long weekend of August 31, September 1st and 2nd, it will be 3 days of some great racing.
Click here for a video clip of the race from Keith Robinson’s car.