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Record wins, plenty of racing and off-track fun at Ford Power Live

Sunday, September 08 2019

Brands Hatch was transformed into a spectacular sea of Fords today (8 September) at Ford Power Live, the show's debut visit to the Kent circuit, with a busy spread of action both on and off the Indy configuration.

A public grid walk got things underway with visitors given the opportunity to get up close to the stars and the cars of the EnduroKA racing series. Plus, the day's F1 demo cars were also wheeled out of their garages giving a rare insight into the world of premier single-seater racing.

Callum McDougall was first to take to the top step of the podium in the day's opening EnduroKA race performing a spectacular lights-to-flag victory, narrowly beating Martyn Smith to the chequered flag. McDougall performed a defensive driving masterclass, keeping Smith at bay for the entire race with just 3.624s separating the pair. It was Paul Robson who completed the podium in third place.

Local driver Rod Birley headed into the weekend with an astonishing 248 race wins at the Kent circuit, with his eyes set firmly on securing his 249th and 250th victory in MSVR's Ford All-Comers races.

With plenty of experience around the 1.2-mile Indy circuit Birley secured second place on the grid after a fantastic qualifying session. The Ford Escort WRC driver was quick off the line and moved up into first place at Paddock Hill Bend, forcing original pole sitter Neil Jessop into second, followed by Malcolm Wise in third. The trio remained in position for the rest of the race with Birley taking win number 249.

Birley began his second race of the weekend from pole position, with main rival Jessop in second. Unfortunately for Jessop a mechanical issue in the first lap forced the Eastbourne born driver to retire, resulting in a red flag. With his main series rival out of contention Birley remained relatively unchallenged and stormed his way to his 250th victory at Brands Hatch - congratulations Rob!

As ever, there was plenty of enjoyment on offer away from the tarmac too, with lots to see and do including huge car displays featuring some of the biggest Ford car clubs from across the country. A jaw-dropping display celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Capri brought plenty of stunning examples of the fastback coupé to the venue.

The Ford Power Arena proved to be a hit amongst visitors with adrenaline-fuelled Terry Grant stunt shows. South London Retro Power were on hand to perform plenty of burnouts, drift performances and demos in a range of old-school vehicles. Ford Dyno runs, a funfair, Go Karts, trade stands and more completed the off-track line-up.

Other on-track action included thrilling F1 demos, Focus Cup Championship, Champion of Brands, public track time and a Ford car club parade which brought the day to a close.