Foster wins FFord Festival

Joey Foster dominated the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, winning both his heat and eliminator race on his way to victory. The Continental Racing Van Diemen pilot absorbed race-long pressure from Team JLR's Marko Asmer, a Williams F1 test driver, to take victory by 0.366 secs

Foster wins FFord Festival

Foster led every lap of all three of his races, always having enough in reserve to repulse the attacks of his pursuers. His vctory is the 18th for chassis manufacturer Van Diemen in the 32 year history of the Festival.

Asmer's team-mate, National Formula Ford champion Tom Kimber-Smith, was forced to settle for third despite running in close company with the two leaders for much of the final, narrowly ahead of Valle Makela.

Team JLR driver Oliver Jarvis took fifth place, although was briefly promoted to fourth when Makela was penalised for an illegal overtaking manouevre. It would have been the Finn's second such penalty of the weekend after he was relegated from first to third in his heat for overtaking Asmer for the lead under yellow flags.

Ben Clucas, making his first appearance in the 2003-spec Mygale, ended up sixth despite starting on the front-row of the grid following a win in his eliminator race, narrowly ahead of his old Junior Formula Ford sparring partner Darwin Smith, who was making his first appearance of a cash-strapped year.

Ray Sport driver Alx Danielsson, one of the Festival favourites heading into the weekend, ran with the leaders early in the race before retiring after selecting first gear instead of third. ComTec Racing driver Tom Gaymor, another hotly tipped for a top finish, could manage only 11th from 14th on the grid after suffering an engine failure in his eliminator race.


Joey Foster (Van Diemen RF03)
Marko Asmer (Van Diemen RF03)
Tom Kimber-Smith (Van Diemen RF03)
Valle Makela (Van Diemen RF03)
Oliver Jarvis (Van Diemen RF03)
Ben Clucas (Mygale SJ2003)

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