Martin in a National Grid | 12-13th May
Ross took a break from the Scottish FF1600 Championship this weekend to test his mettle against a National grid. The National FF1600 Championship headed to Knockhill and Ross couldn’t resist guesting in the competition to see where he stood against the best in the UK.
The weekend well, with very respectable lap times in the first test session. Fresh tyres in qualifying slowed progress, Ross explaining that it had taken longer than anticipated for his tyres to perform and by then it was too late. With a busy circuit, finding a gap for a hot-lap was impossible resulting in a 7th place finish.
An excellent start in race 1 meant making up a position into the first corner and as the race continued improving pace brought an improvement of 2 more positions. After a brief stint in 4th he a 5fth place was the result.
The second race would turn out to be much more drama filled. After another strong start Ross was able to be up at the sharp end battling to hold 4th place. A look down the inside by Joey Foster however, would result in taking on damage. Foster would later be excluded for the move however Ross insisted it was a racing incident. More woes would come when issues with a sticking throttle forced a retirement.
“Throughout the whole race the car’s throttle was sticking on and it kept getting worse and worse,” Ross explained.
“I noticed it a lot more behind the safety car. The restart was good, I got by Nico [Gruber], but then going into Clark’s it all went wrong.
“The car just stayed flat out going into third gear and I had nowhere to go, so I had to take to the gravel trap. I’m pretty gutted.
The retirement meant starting the final race from the back of the grid.
Starting at the back would mean a mammoth task was ahead for Ross to achieve a good result, having announced his goal was to achieve another top-five finish.
Five positions were made up in the opening lap and he continued to demonstrate his excellent overtaking abilities, picking off competitors lap by lap. Unfortunately time ran out and he crossed the line in a very respectable 6th place.
Ross: “I’m happy with my results and feel I have shown I can compete with a National grid. I’m looking froward to getting back out and racing”
“Thank you as always for all the support from my sponsors, family and friends”
- Pictures by Jim Moir