KMR SPECTRUMS FLYING IN UK
Rounds seven, eight and nine of the MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain were held last weekend at Scotland’s Knockhill circuit. From the first practice session on Thursday, the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrums set the pace with the fastest times and all three cars in the top five.
The times in practice had been incredibly close, with mere hundredths of a second separating the competitors. Track position in the red flag interrupted qualifying session was critical. The KMR team did not get the best run, however still qualified with Jones in 3rd, Erickson 5th and Cammish 7th. Erickson was just 0.062 off the pole time and Cammish 0.118! Qualifying for the next race saw the drivers fare better, with Jones qualifying in pole position, Erickson 2nd and Cammish 5th. Again it was tight at the top, with Cammish on 0.13 behind Jones’ pole time!
Round seven saw Jones make his way into 2nd, with his team mates inside the top five. Unfortunately for Jones the input shaft on his Hewland gearbox broke, forcing him to retire from the race. Cammish and Erickson pushed on and had secured 2nd and 3rd by the end of the race.
Jones made a blinding start from pole for round eight. The officials of the meeting deemed it to be a little too good and required him to serve a drive through penalty. Erickson and Cammish in 2nd and 3rd were making inroads on the leader when Erickson clipped a tyre bundle, dragging it onto the track in front of Cammish. Both cars had damage to their steering as a result, ending any opportunity to make an assault on the lead car. Erickson held onto 2nd, whilst Cammish fell back to 6th. Jones had made a brilliant charge back from last after his black flag drive through and was up to 8th on the last lap. With only a couple of corners to go, he crashed with another competitor attempting to move into 7th.
The final race of the weekend featured an action packed opening corner, with several cars spinning and running off the circuit. When the dust had settled, the lead car had bolted and Erickson was in 2nd place, albeit with a reasonable gap ahead of him. He reeled of a series of fastest laps, taking the lead and starting to build a gap. Unfortunately he made a small mistake, which moved him back into 2nd. On the final lap of the race, Erickson was holding 2nd when he was involved in contact from his team mate, who was attempting a move from 4th place. Erickson did not finish as a result and Cammish fell back to finish 6th. Erickson took some solace from the fact that he had set the fastest lap of the race. Jones moved through the field to finish in 8th position.
Team principal, Kevin Mills was pleased with the pace of the cars at Knockhill, but knows they had the speed to have achieved better results. “It was great to see the pace from the cars and drivers this weekend. We know we had the cars to have stood on the top step of the podium, but that’s racing, isn’t it?” said Kevin. “We’re looking forward to Snetterton in a few weeks to see if we can put the whole package together,” he added.
After nine rounds, Daniel Cammish holds 3rd place in the Championship and is the leading Scholarship Class driver; Daniel Erickson has moved into 7th after his 3rd and 2nd place finishes at the weekend. The team has secured two pole positions, five podium finishes and nine top four results in the season to date.