May 12/13/2012 – Race Report

Keith Robinson leading Alan McColl and Al Cruickshank. Photo courtesy of Paul Bonner

 

Two Race Wins for Alan McColl

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We were once again graced with sunshine and blue skies for our 2nd race weekend of the year. Unfortunately the turn out in terms of the numbers of cars entered was a little lower than hoped for.

 

Race #1

Following Saturday morning’s qualifying session Alan McColl in his 1977 Tiga FF77 was the fastest Formula Ford qualifier with a quick time of 1:12.463. He was followed by Keith Robinson in his 1979 Van Diemen RF79, Doug Floer in a 1981 Van Diemen RF81, Brad Miller in his 1979 Crossle 35F and Al Cruickshank in his 1975 Legrand Mk 21. Keith, Doug and Brad all qualified within a ½ second of each other, with the middle of the grid this close you just knew it was going to be an exciting start to the race.

For Alan McColl the drama started even before he got on the track with an uncharacteristic error. He arrived late to pre-grid for the start of the race which meant he lost his qualifying position on the front row of the grid and was forced to start the race at the back of the field. This elevated Keith Robinson to the head of the Formula Ford group and bumped all the other drivers up 1 starting position. Alan’s mistake only served to make him more determined than ever to get back to the front of the race. When the green flag dropped he made a demon start from the back of the field and was past the majority of the grid by the time he got to Turn#1. Keith led the Formula Ford race for the first couple of laps followed by Doug Floer, Alan McColl, Brad Miller and Al Cruickshank. Keith then had the misfortune to spin in Turn#1 which allowed Doug, Alan and Brad to pass him, he was able to rejoin the race but was down in 4th place. Shortly after this Alan McColl passed Doug Floer for the lead of the race. Brad Miller then made several attempts to get by Doug without any success. Brad’s mirrors were by now being filled by Keith Robinson’s Van Diemen as he began to push Brad for 3rd place. This ensuing battle was just what Doug needed as he was able to pull away from his 2 pursuers and opened up a healthy lead over them. Unfortunately all of Doug’s hard work came undone as his car got stuck in 1st gear and he had to retire from the race. This left Brad and Keith to fight it out for 2nd place. Keith was finally able to make the pass on Brad when Brad got blocked by a slower traffic. Unfortunately for Keith he was not able to hold on to his 2nd place. With just a couple of laps to go in the race he missed his braking point going into Turn #7 and Brad was able to get by him and retake 2nd spot. Then on the very next lap, again in Turn #7, it was Keith’s turn to make a move as he got past Brad. With the last lap board being displayed Brad pulled off a late braking maneuver going into Turn #1, he was able to use the draft off Keith’s car and then dive inside him under braking. Once he was in front again, Brad was able to hang on for the remainder of the lap to claim 2nd place.

The finishing order in the race was Alan McColl in 1st, Brad Miller in 2nd, Keith Robinson in 3rd and Al Cruickshank in 4th.

 

Race#2

Sunday morning’s qualifying session saw Alan McColl in his Tiga FF77 back at the front of the Formula Ford grid. He was followed by Brad Miller in his Crossle 35F, Keith Robinson in a Van Diemen RF79 and Al Cruickshank in his Legrand Mk 21. For Brad, following the previous day’s fine showing, this was filling with nothing but frustration as the engine in his Crossle developed a high speed miss part way through the session and he pulled into the paddock early.

As the race drew near on Sunday afternoon Alan McColl was making sure there would be no repeat of Saturday’s mistake as he was in pre-,grid with plenty of time to spare. The start to this race lacked the sort of excitement we saw the day before. Alan quickly jumped into the lead of the Formula Ford group’s race when the green flag dropped. He was able to open a gap to the rest of the field and was unchallenged for the remainder of the race, taking the win in convincing fashion.

For Brad Miller his race ended after just 5 laps as the engine miss from earlier in the day returned and he retired from the race. This left Keith Robinson in his Van Diemen to come home in 2nd place followed by Al Cruickshank in his Legrand to take 3rd place.

The next race is the ICSCC weekend on June 9/10 followed by the CACC Championship Race weekend on June 23/24. Hope to see you all there.

 

Alan McColl Tiga FF77 in a 4-wheel drift. Photo courtesy of Paul Bonner

 

 

Al Cruickshank in his Legrand MK21. Photo courtesy of Paul Bonner

 

Brad Miller's Crossle 35F. Photo courtesy of Paul Bonner

 

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