SPECTRUM STORMS CASTLE
Just one week after Adrian Campfield drove his Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum to victory in the UKFFC at Brands Hatch, Ben Norton has delivered a superb pole position and lights to flag victory aboard the Wiltshire College Motorsport Spectrum in the FF1600 (Kent engine) class.
Wiltshire College runs a specialised motorsport training program, offering the equivalent of the Australian TAFE certificate plus further studies to tertiary degree qualifications. Foundation degree student Greg Marshall, who heads up the College’s Formula Ford team travelled to Australia early in 2008 to gain valuable experience at the Borland Racing Developments’ factory where the Spectrum cars are designed and built. The knowledge he and fellow student James Pitt gained whilst in Australia has been put to very good use, with driver Ben Norton consistently on the pace at the Castle Combe race meetings this season.
Haydn Earl is in charge of the motorsport program at the college and was delighted with the success of the weekend. ‘The students put so much effort into their studies and to have the ability to apply that in a practical sense is of great benefit to their learning,’ said Haydn. ‘There is a real enthusiasm for the Formula Ford program and it was wonderful to see Ben qualify on pole and then drive away to a well deserved victory. He drove faultlessly!’
The driver was full of praise for his young team and the car they prepare for him. ‘The Spectrum was fantastic today. The team did an outstanding job; we’ve been very close to these results all season, so it is just fantastic to get the job done,’ said Ben.
Team engineer Greg Marshall was also enjoying the sweet taste of victory. ‘This is what we all work for. Ben did a great job out there today and he deserves the win. It has been a fantastic year; to start out by spending a few weeks in Australia at the Spectrum factory and to be able to take what I learned there and share it with the team is great,’ he said.
Good news travels very fast indeed; within minutes of the win, UK Spectrum agent Mark Bailey was on the telephone to Paul Zsidy telling him of the result. ‘That is truly wonderful news,’ said BRD sales manager Paul Zsidy. ‘We have always enjoyed working with the technical colleges to help them train their students. Haydn has a fantastic program going at Wiltshire and it was a pleasure to have Greg and James down here early this year. Ben is a great guy, so we could not be happier for the whole team; two wins in two weekends in the UK! I hope that keeps going!’ he added.