Ross Repeats – Scottish Champion | 15th & 16th Sept
Last weekend Ross returned to Knockhill for the penultimate round in the FF1600 Scottish Championship. This round was the second anti-clockwise race in the season.
All week I had been itching to get out on track – especially as it was another reverse direction round. I’ve always been a fan of this layout and just couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel again.
Heavy rain overnight made for trying conditions on Sunday morning, the painted kerbs and Knockhill’s still-new tarmac added to the difficulties. Times continued to tumble as drivers got to grips with the slippery track. Ross would ultimately achieve pole, beating Jordan Gronkowski by 0.764 seconds.
Ahead of the race it looked like there was a dry line forming, however this was not to last. With lights about to turn green the heavens opened to drench the track and drivers. It was decided to start the race under a safety car – Ross later proclaimed he had never seen spray from a safety car like it.
As the safety car left the track the getaway was timed to perfection – dropping fellow front row man Jordan Gronkowski. It was clear the confidence he had in his car – 12 laps later the lead was 12 seconds. A dominant victory in the rain and mathematically taking the championship title.
The track had now dried somewhat and Ross again appeared to be in a league of his own -crossing the line with a 6.765 seconds gap on Graham Brunton Racing team-mate and second place runner Sebastian Melrose.
A fantastic championship win for Ross who after a difficult decision to stay in Scotland and compete in the FF1600 SMRC championship for a second year, was keen to prove to any doubters his abilities in a race-car.
In an interview with FF1600 website Ross explained his goal was a 100% win rate.
“I want to accomplish the best I can and that is by winning every race. To take maximum points would be nice. That is the plan. So far, so good.”
Thanks to Jim Moir for the pictures.