Thurlby racing driver Abbott chasing championship podium

Racing driver James Abbott, from Thurlby in action in the Formula Ford Championship. Photo: Paul Horton EMN-140617-111824001
Racing driver James Abbott, from Thurlby in action in the Formula Ford Championship. Photo: Paul Horton EMN-140617-111824001
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The battle for a podium finish in the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain could not be any tighter after 18 rounds of competition.

Thurlby racing driver James Abbott was in action after a long mid-season break for rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the championship at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk last weekend.

Abbott was tied for third on 343 points with Radical Sportscars teammate Juan Rosso midway through the weekend’s action but the Argentine pulled ahead in the final race on Sunday when Abbott failed to finish.

It was a mixed weekend for Abbott who finished 5th in the 16th round and 6th in the 17 round, ahead of his team mate on both occasions.

In the reverse-grid race two on Sunday morning Abbott was involved in the best racing action of the weekend in a battle for third place with Harrison Scott.

Abbott started on pole but was quickly passed by Ashley Sutton and Ricky Collard who took advantage of his lack of grip,but he briefly held onto third before succumbing to manoeuvres by championship front-runners Harrison and Kruger.

Abbott said: “We made a lot of changes to the car last night [Saturday},and one of them happened to have the effect that I had no grip in turn one. I didn’t find that out until the first lap… By the time I discovered where the grip was I was down the order.”

In the final race at Snetterton Abbott pulled off after a lap with a misfire, causing engine problems.

Rosso finished sixth and a third place finish for Max Marshall saw him leap-frog Abbott who is currently in fifth spot in the championship standings with 12 rounds left to race.

Harrison Scott and Jayde Kruger look certain to battle it out for first and second barring any impending mechanical disasters but the race for third is wide open.

The drivers will next be in action at Knockhill in Fife on the weekend of August 23.

Championship top ten standings: 1 Harrison Scott (Falcon Motorsport) 435 points; 2 Jayde Kruger (JTR) 421; 3 Max Marshall (JTR) 364; 4 Juan Rosso (Radical Motorsport) 361; 5 James Abbott (Radical Motorsport) 343; 6 Ashley Sutton (MBM Motorsport) 328; 7 Ricky Collard (Falcon Motorsport) 239; 8 Chris Mealin (Falcon Motorsport) 202; 9 Sam Brabham (JTR) 186; 10 Connor Mills (Meridian 183.