Wain­wright leaves it late to top 40-strong FF1600 field

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Forty His­toric For­mula Ford 1600s un­leashed on a vi­ciously slip­pery Sil­ver­stone Grand Prix cir­cuit could have been a dis­as­ter, but some ex­em­plary driv­ing was capped by a thrilling fin­ish as Rob Wain­wright stole ahead of Benn Simms at the fi­nal cor­ner.

Young lions Ben Tust­ing and Benn Til­ley built an im­me­di­ate lead but slith­ered wide first time through Stowe and were lucky to es­cape from in­ter-locked wheels. Simms had a quick first-lap spin but was soon at the head of the race as a pack bat­tled for sec­ond, with Mark Shaw lead­ing Til­ley, Wain­wright and Sam Bin­field. Tust­ing, how­ever, lost more ground with a spin at Brook­lands.

As the race de­vel­oped it was Wain­wright on the move and he edged clear of the pack be­fore set­ting off af­ter Simms. Late-race traf­fic did Simms no favours and ‘Rain­wright’ tigered his way into con­tention on the fi­nal lap. Wain­wright tried the inside line at Brook­lands and that set him up for a run around the out­side, and prob­a­bly grip­pier, line at Luffield. It worked per­fectly and the Elden beat Simms’ Jomo to the line by a quar­ter of a sec­ond.

“All of a sud­den Rob was in my mir­rors,” said Simms of the fi­nal lap.

“Over the last two laps it seemed to be wet­ter but the car felt bet­ter,” said Wain­wright af­ter a fine per­for­mance.

Teenager Til­ley was im­pres­sive once more as he raced his Mer­lyn in the wet for the first time to head Shaw, while Bin­field scored his best re­sult to date in fifth.

Wain­wright (31) fought past Simms to snatch dra­matic win

Win­ners Wil­son (top) and Tiz­zard

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