PETE Founds and Jevan Walmsley swept the FSRA F2 season finale this weekend as Mike Jackson and Callum Crowe nabbed the Cup championship at Cadwell Park.
After clinching the British Championship title at Mallory Park, Founds and Walmsley arrived at the Lincolnshire circuit intent on finishing out their campaign with victory.
But rain hampered everyone’s speed on Saturday morning and it was the Team ARC duo of Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie who took pole position in the second qualifying session, just 0.187 ahead of the champions and a half second ahead of the Ramsdens with World and British champion Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes right beside them on row two.
When the lights went out for race one that afternoon, the Ramsdens immediately took the lead, but were soon passed by Founds and Walmsley as Crawford/Hardie and Reeves/Wilkes moved up into rostrum contention.
Founds and Walmsley looked to be maintaining their gap to second and third, but Crawford and Hardie’s luck ran out as they retired on lap seven, leaving Reeves and Wilkes to give chase to the leaders with six seconds to make up.
But in the end, they could only pull back four of the six seconds and had to settle for second behind Founds and Walmsley as the Ramsdens completed the podium. The results were later amended to move the Ramsdens up to second and Conrad Harrison/Andy Winkle up to third when Reeves and Wilkes were disqualified for ineligible machinery.
Jackson and Crowe extended their lead in the F2 Cup class with a six-second win over Stuart Anderson and Phil Gravel as Daryl Gibson and Ryan Anderson settled for third just a half second off the runner-up spot.
As the track dried out on Sunday, the Super F2 class runners settled into a battle for race two victory as Harrison and Winkle fought with Founds and Walmsley at the front for the first five laps.
But Crawford and Hardie joined the party on lap six and took over the lead, only to be usurped once again by the Trustland LCR Suzuki as Founds and Walmsley put their heads down at the head of the pack.
The pair pulled out nearly a second a lap all the way to the chequered flag, reaffirming their status as two-time and current ACU/FSRA British F2 champions with a nearly 12 second win over Crawford/Hardie and Sean Hegarty/James Neave.
Anderson and Gravel took the Cup victory in fifth overall, with time to spare ahead of Gibson/Ashley Moore and Jackson/Crowe.
While the latter were hit with a 10-second jump start penalty, they had already been F2 Cup champions after their race one victory.
*Images: Dirk Wharton