Two more wins to clinch championship runner-up spot
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
Duncan took his eight and ninth wins of the season at Silverstone today to clinch second place in the UK Formula Ford Championship. A dominant performance in qualifying saw him take pole position for both races and, apart from a brief spot in second place in this morning’s first race, led every lap to take victory twice.
Race One saw him briefly lose momentum off the grid which allowed a fast-starting Joe D’Agostino through and into the lead. By the third lap, Duncan was closing fast and when D’Agostino made a mistake at Copse, Duncan made his move, taking the place with a superb manoeuvre at the hairpin on lap four to take the lead.
Over the remaining laps, he gradually pulled out a two-second advantage, before easing off over the closing stages, to take win number eight.
“When we got out on the grid, we realised the track was quite wet and probably the right move would have been wets”, he said “but we were all in the same boat, all on slicks. It was a case of tiptoeing round really. Joe got a better start and pulled out quite a few lengths but then made a mistake at Copse and as I was closing on him anyway, it gave me the chance to make a move on him at the hairpin.”
Race Two, again with Duncan on pole position, saw him take a comfortable lights-to-flag victory that even the deployment of the safety car could do nothing to disturb. A fantastic start gave him the immediate lead ahead of D’Agostino until a first lap incident brought out the safety car and bunched up the pack. At the restart, Duncan got the jump on the others to maintain the lead and he went on to claim victory by almost two seconds.
He said: “I got a better start in Race Two and got in a good first lap. Then the safety car came out but I managed to regain the advantage and that was it really, nothing much happened after that. I am over the moon – you can’t really ask for much more than that can you? The team have worked brilliantly all year and now we have the results.”
With the championship now over, Duncan’s next race will be at the legendary Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on October 21-23.