This weekend sees up-and-coming single seater racer Seb Melrose doing overtime in the cockpit – Saturday sees him competing in the Britcover/Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600 National Championship, then packing everything up and dashing back across the border to Knockhill to continue his pursuit of the Scottish Formula Ford title, where he currently lies second after two second place finishes in rounds 1 & 2.
Seb, after the season’s first meeting said: “In race 1 I started P2 and got off to a reasonable start to get along side Ross (Martin), but couldn’t quite make the move as going round the outside of Duffus can be tough and I didn’t want to do anything too stupid for the first race of the season. I briefly grabbed the lead, but lost it after a good move by Ross into Clark’s and spent the rest of the race stuck on his gearbox, finishing second”.
Race 2 – saw Seb make another great start, trying a different approach in an attempt to get past but again couldn’t quite pull it off. Around 3 or 4 laps in, rain spots appeared, turning to drizzle, but it didn’t make much difference to track conditions, however full course yellows then appeared, which were followed by the safety car – just what was needed – not! The inevitable temperature drop in the tyres ensued and working the rubber to try and get some heat back resulted in loosening the steering rack in the process.
From then on it was just a case of nursing the car home, to claim another second spot.
Seb again: “Great job by Graham Brunton Racing all weekend and especially Josh Kerr who was working on the car, making it awesome to drive. I must also thank my sponsors and I would like to give a shoutout to the Cookie Jar Foundation who were there supporting me”.