Races Wins For Dave McKay and Alan McColl, a New Lap Record Set.
After an uneventful qualifying session Saturday’s race provided an unusual turn of events, Alan McColl’s usually reliable Tiga FF77 was not able to finish the race due to a gearbox problem. He had qualified his car on the pole for the Formula Ford Group with a time of 1:13.163. Next up was Dave McKay in his Lola T644 with a time of 1:14.220 followed by Doug Floer in his Van Diemen RF81 at 1:16.201 and Brad Miller in his Swift DB-1 at 1:18.783.
When the field of cars came around the track to take the green flag for the start of the race Alan accelerated and changed up into 2nd gear as he made his way down to Turn #1. Unfortunately his race ended at that point as his gearbox suffered an internal failure. He did managed to limp his way around to Turn #2 where he was able to exit the track and return to the paddock but his day was done. This then gave the lead of the race to Dave McKay, with a clear track in front of him Dave lead all 15 laps to take a convincing win. He was followed by Doug Floer in 2nd place and Brad Miller in 3rd.
For Sunday the weather conditions were even better than Saturday. It was warm but overcast which meant the track surface was at an ideal temperature and it now had a lot of rubber laid down from the previous day’s races.
With his gearbox problem now fixed Alan McColl again qualified his Tiga FF77 on the pole for the Formula Ford group with a time of 1:12.394. He was almost a full second quicker than his Saturday’s qualifying time. In 2nd spot on the grid was Dave McKay in his Lola T644 at 1:13.858, followed by Doug Floer’s Van Diemen RF81 at 1:14.650, Brad Miller’s Swift DB-1 at 1:18.659 and Felim Power’s Van Diemen RF81 at 1:19.829.
Right from the start of the race Alan jumped into the lead followed by Doug Floer, who had managed to slip under Dave McKay under braking for Turn #1, then came Brad Miller and Felim Power. Alan was quickly able to open up a gap on the rest of the field and he managed to stretch out his lead and take the race win. Along the way he also set a new lap record for Formula Fords at Mission Raceway with a time of 1:11.880 which he set on lap 13 out of 16. His new record eclipses the previous lap record set by Rick Payne in April of this year by .007 of a second, the previous lap record was 1:11.887.
The real battle of the race was for 2nd place as both Doug Floer and Dave McKay fought over this position from the start to the chequered flag. At times they were no more than a couple of car lengths apart and for most of the race they were nose to tail. On a couple of occasions Dave managed to find a way past Doug’s Van Diemen only for Doug to retake the position the next lap. It was quite the epic battle and in the end Doug did prevail taking 2nd place at the finish. Along the way he also set a new personal fastest lap of 1:13.882. A somewhat disappointed Dave McKay finished in 3rd place followed by Brad Miller in 4th and Felim Power in 5th.
With only 1 race weekend left on the schedule Alan McColl leads the CACC Formula Ford Championship with 48 points. His next 2 closest challengers are Keith Robinson with 33 points and Brad Miller with 31 points. Both Keith and Brad are still mathematical in the hunt for the Championship title. In order for them to win it both would need 2 wins each in order to receive maximum points and Alan McColl would have to not finish both races. Who will take the race wins and the Championship?
Our next race is the Oct.6/7 weekend at Mission Raceway and we look forward to seeing you at the track.