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Jackson storms to double 50th anniversary Formula Ford victory

Sunday, July 02 2017

Cameron Jackson completed a sublime double victory in the Historic Formula Ford races at Brands Hatch as the category celebrated its 50th anniversary. Following a retirement yesterday, Jackson blasted from 25th on the grid in the qualifying race, before surging through the field from 13th in the main event to complete a fine double.

Sunday afternoon's race, with a 38-strong grid, took place half a century to the minute after the first standalone Formula Ford race at Brands Hatch, with Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) CEO Grahame White starting the race with the drop of a Union Flag, exactly as he did five decades previously.

Jackson, who was unfortunate not to feature in the lead fight yesterday after retiring from pole position, rapidly made his way through the order in the qualifying race, to eventually win from Westie Mitchell by a margin of almost 10 seconds.

Jackson then set about a repeat charge in the main race, as he scythed up the order in pursuit of the leading pack which included a number of yesterday's protagonists - namely Michael O'Brien, Callum Grant, and Saturday winner Sam Mitchell.

After 12 laps of fierce competition, Jackson emerged as the victor in his Lola T200, with O'Brien just 0.4s in arrears, and Grant completing the podium. Mitchell was unable to repeat his heroics from Saturday, instead settling for fourth, whilst Richard Tarling completed the top five.

This completed a fantastic weekend for Jackson, in which he also enjoyed Formula Junior success, and was denied a shot at victory in Classic Formula 3 by a car failure.

Other major Sunday races included the Derek Bell Trophy for powerful single-seaters, which was won by Richard Evans, whilst James Dodd won the Super Touring Car Trophy for '90s BTCC machines - two-time BTCC champion John Cleland came home second.

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Photo: Simon Arron