Benn will be bidding for glory at Brands Hatch
Bourne’s Benn Tilley moved a step closer to clinching the Classic Formula Ford Championship in the penultimate round at Cadwell Park last weekend.
Tilley won the opening race of the meeting and, despite being forced onto the sidelines in the second outing due to mechanical problems, he is still in pole position to take the title in the final round at Brands Hatch next month.
Tilley explained: “The weekend didn’t start well as there was torrential rain and an accident on the first lap of qualifying involving three cars so it was abandoned due to the weather conditions and we had to take the fastest times from the free practice in the morning.
“This left me in third position as we only did a few laps in the free practice just to make sure that the car was running well.
“I got a great start in the first race, but lost the lead when the second-placed man slip-streamed past me on the back straight of the circuit.
“After a couple of laps I managed to retake the lead again and pulled away before eventually winning by 19 seconds.
“In the second race I got a great start and took the lead, but on the second lap I was just approaching the famous mountain section of Cadwell Park and the car hadn’t got any drive so I coasted to the side of the track and watched the rest of the race from the sidelines.
“We later found that the stub axle had sheared so there will be a few nights in the garage to get the car running again ready for the last round of the season in October at Brands Hatch.
“I am hoping though that I will be able to clinch the championship at Brands Hatch.”