Courtney takes Van Diemen to the top

Works Van Diemen driver James Courtney won the first race of the 2000 Slick 50 Formula Ford Zetec championship on Sunday

Courtney takes Van Diemen to the top

He won from pole, followed by team mate Robert Dahlgren, demonstrating Van Diemen's return to the top of the FFord game after a couple of relatively lean years.

The last two British FFord champions - Jenson Button and Nicolas Kiesa - have been Haywood Mygale pilots. The best Haywood Mygale SJ00 was that of Alan Van der Merwe, who had come up from 5th on the grid.

Marino Franchitti was unlucky not to finish higher than the tenth he was eventually classified. The Van Diemen driver, brother of Champ Car racer Dario, got away badly from the line after qualifying a surprise fourth, and was forced to chase from thereon in.


Results



























































































































Pos


Driver


Car


Time


1


J Courtney


Van Diemen RF00


23m21.135


2


R Dahlgren


Van Diemen RF00


23m21.666


3


A Van Der Merwe


Mygale SJ00


23m22.230


4


S Hodgetts


Van Diemen RF00


23m22.717


5


M Taylor


Mygale SJ00


23m24.051


6


A Carroll


Van Diemen RF00


23m24.069


7


R Bell


Mygale SJ00


23m24.568


8


P Long


Van Diemen RF00


23m24.786


9


G Turkington


Van Diemen RF00


23m24.935


10


M Franchitti


Van Diemen RF00


23m25.390


11


G Catt


Van Diemen RF00


23m25.991


12


A Davidson


Mygale SJ00


23m26.243


13


P Gray


Van Diemen RF00


23m26.930


14


R Rudholm


Mygale SJ00


23m27.872


15


D Hazlewood


Van Diemen RF00


23m28.288


16


Fairuz F


Mygale SJ00


23m29.042


17


R Goransson


Vector MG00


23m29.308


18


R Urquhart


Mygale SJ00


23m29.778


19


H Mutoh


Van Diemen RF00


23m30.337


20


A Kapadia


Van Diemen RF00


23m31.302


21


V Van Der Valk


Van Diemen RF00


23m31.615


22


R Coleman


Van Diemen RF00


23m32.409


23


K Lennon


Mygale SJ00


23m32.905

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