MIXED FORTUNES FOR RICKY AT CROFT
The Yorkshire circuit of Croft played host to the latest round of the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, and it turned out to be a huge disappointment for Ricky who was full of optimism ahead of the three race event (28-29 June).
After running the perfect tyre strategy in qualifying Ricky was able to push for the scholarship class pole (fifth overall) with confidence, and make the necessary progress to get his championship aspirations back on track.
Race 1 got off to a good start and as the action on track settled down Ricky was starting to make his way through the pack when he was caught up in an unavoidable incident between Connor Mills and Connor Jupp. The fighting pair made contact and ran into the back of Ricky, which forced him off the track and into instant retirement from the race.
Such was the damage to Ricky’s car the team enlisted the help and support of the whole team along with several drivers dad’s, to help repair the Falcon Mygale so that Ricky could take the start of race 2. Time was against them but Ricky made the start albeit from the pit lane. Despite his best efforts, the damage was too severe and cost him any chance of a podium finish. A lightening start in the final race of the weekend was made all the more impressive considering that Ricky battled on despite not having the set up he would have liked to cross the line in third.
Despite a disappointing end to the weekend Ricky said: “It’s been a challenging event. After the disappointment of the first race and the subsequent damage to my car my focus was on finishing in the points. My start in race 3 was amazing, and is probably my best of the year to date. I got off the line really well and just kept my head down and focused on the race. Overall I’m disappointed, but luck didn’t quite go my way this weekend. A big thanks though to everyone who helped us with the car, all the hard work made sure I got back out on the track.”