British Formula Ford Battle Hots Up
The Dunlop MSA British Formula Ford Championship heads into its penultimate outing at Silverstone this weekend (8 - 9 September), with Antti Buri, Jake Cook and Eric Lichtenstein in contention for the first EcoBoost-era crown. JTR driver Buri has led the championship season-long and can secure the title at Silverstone. Jamun Racing rival Lichtenstein has momentum on his side following five victories from the last six races, while team-mate Cook has been a model of consistency. Although Buri remains odds-on to take the title, with a 70-point lead after dropped scores and 180 still to play for, the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’ could yet provide a dramatic twist. In the older Duratec class, the title duel is finely-poised between Fabian Welter and Matt Rao.
Focus RS WRCs Win in Italy
Marco Silva and Giovanni Pina piloted their Ford Focus RS WRC to victory in the Ralli Ronde della Val Senagra e Val Cavargna in Italy. Michal Kosciuszko and Maciej Szczepaniak claimed the final podium position and first in class in their Fiesta S2000, just ahead of Nicola Botta and Daniele Turla in fourth in a Fiesta RS WRC.
Meanwhile, Paolo Porro and Paolo Cargnelutti defeated fellow Ford Focus RS WRC pairing Corrado Fontana and Nicola Arena to lift the laurels in the Rally del Friuli e delle Alpi Orientali in Italy.
Fords Excel on UK Rally Stages
Hugh Hunter and Andy Marchbank finished second in their Ford Focus RS WRC in the Woodpecker Stages Rally in the UK. Alex Parpottas andJamie Edwards in a Fiesta R2 and Matt Griffin amd Chris Spilsted in a Fiesta ST won the B10 and R3 classes respectively. Philip McVay and Nick Cadwallader finished third in B10 in their Fiesta R2 and Simon Wallis and Peter Horsman replicated that in their Fiesta ST in N3.
Quadder Clinches Podium Finish at ‘The Ring’
Karsten Quadder and Stefan Kniesburges converted third position in the VT2 class in qualifying into the runner-up spoils in the six-hour ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen race at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. Driving TIC Racing’s all-new GETRAG Ford Focus ST, the pair battled back from an opening lap incident. At the same circuit three weeks later, the pair claimed second in class in qualifying and finished the four-hour ADAC Barbarossapreis in third. Both races constituted rounds of the German VLN series.
NASCAR’s Stenhouse Jnr Wins in Atlanta
Defending NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jnr. sealed his fourth victory of the season in the NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the United States to close to just 12 points shy of the top of the series standings. After missing out on pole position by a mere 0.019 secs, the Roush Fenway Racing ace stole the lead on the last lap in his EcoBoost-liveried Ford Mustang.
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