Last lap drama denies Abbott shot at championship podium

James Abbott from Thurlby'Photo: MSMP Abbott002'Photo courtesy Paul Horton Motorsport Photography ENGEMN00220131017134059
James Abbott from Thurlby'Photo: MSMP Abbott002'Photo courtesy Paul Horton Motorsport Photography ENGEMN00220131017134059
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Thurlby racing driver James Abbott’s pursuit of a third place finish in the 2014 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain came down to the final lap of the season.

Abbott was sitting in third spot on Saturday night after a sixth place finish in round 28 of the championship which saw many of his main rivals for third fail to finish the race, with Max Marshall and Ashley Sutton retiring.

Going into the final round at Brands Hatch just two points separated sixth position, where Abbott found himself after a disappointing eighth place finish in round 29 on Sunday morning, and second spot which was then held by Max Marshall.

However with no individual driver putting an authoritative mark on the assault for the final championship podium place at Brands Hatch all was to play for in the final race of the year.

Going into the last lap of Round 30 Abbott was third on the road in his Radical Mygale, chasing down Sutton ahead of him in second who had a slender one point lead over him in the championship. However Abbott was under pressure from Marshall of JTR and then Ricky Collard from Falcon Motorsport closing in on him from behind.

But Marshall fell back after touching the grass at Graham Hill Bend on the 10th lap, and then Abbott fell victim to the slippery track surface at the same spot to gift third to Collard.

Abbott’s team mate Juan Rosso and Marshall also swept past the Thurlby racer to claim fourth and fifth respectively, with Abbott was relegated to sixth at the line following his drama. The final lap spin meant Abbott finished in sixth position in the championship, 11 points off third which was claimed by Sutton.

The race for the championship crown has long been a two horse race with South African Jayde Kruger for JTR and Harrison Scott for Falcon Motorsport more than 150 points ahead of their nearest rivals.

Despite a resounding win for Harrison Scott in the final round of the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, it was Jayde Kruger who was crowned champion at Brands Hatch, with a measured drive to eighth place enough to secure the title by a six-point margin.

Final championship standings:

1 Kruger 717 points; 2 Scott 711; 3 Sutton 567; 4 Rosso 561; 5 Marshall 560; 6 Abbott 556; 7 Collard 436; 8 Mealin 314; 9 Richardson 292; 10 Holloway 268.