International field doesn’t stop Stuart

Stuart Gough. Pic: www.ae-photography.co.uk

Stuart Gough. Pic: www.ae-photography.co.uk

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Stuart Gough scored a dramatic podium finish in the 40th running of the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.

The event attracted over 100 drivers from not only the UK but Ireland, France, Switzerland, Iceland, America and Canada, all doing battle through a series qualification races to reach the grand final of 30 drivers.

Stuart Gough. Pic: www.ae-photography.co.uk

Stuart Gough. Pic: www.ae-photography.co.uk

Great Linford resident Stuart, who had support for the event from local company Moorgate Finance, reached the final by virtue of finishing fifth in his heat race and fourth in his semi-final, both held in tricky damp conditions.

Starting from 10th on the grid, the 2014 British Formula Ford Champion had a big task ahead of him in the 20 lap shoot out.

Making a strong start Stuart was running in sixth place in a tight battle when the race was stopped following another driver suffering an engine failure and dropping oil.

The restart, held over just 10 laps, saw the lead battle intensive with the top 10 drivers running nose to tail, with Stuart battling through to third positon which he held to the flag.

Stuart also received the Roger Pedrick Trophy for being the highest placed English driver.

A jubilant Stuart was full of praise for this team, Oldfield Motorsport, saying “This is an amazing result for us in such an iconic event.

“The weather worked against us somewhat in the qualification races, but we knew come the final held in perfect conditions we would be strong.

“It was very much a case of keeping out of trouble, yet being aggressive to make passes when you could.

“I was not sure if it was possible to come from as far back as 10th, but in the Festival anything can happen.

“It’s a huge result for Oldfield Motorsport and Moorgate Finance.

“It’s our third Formula Ford Festival together and our third podium finish (second in 2012 and third in 2014) and its testament to their hard work and support.”

Stuart and Oldfield Motorsport are back in action this weekend at Silverstone to round the season off in style with the Walter Hayes Trophy.