Jensen pulls clear after thrilling battle at Castle Combe
Steven Jensen extended his Startline Formula Ford 1600 Championship lead after a thrilling contest at Castle Combe Circuit's Jubilee Race Day.
The Saltford flyer picked up his first win of the year, having led every race so far in 2012, after seeing off the challenge of Ben Norton, Roger Orgee and Nathan Ward.
Many spectators felt the race was one of the best they had seen and Jensen's performance earned him the Abrahams Driver of the Day award.
"That was really good – very, very competitive," said Jensen, who now leads Orgee by nine points in the overall standings.
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"They were all pushing me hard but it was very safe racing, great for me and great for the spectators."
Jensen took advantage of pole man Norton's slow start and, after a safety car on lap seven, judged his restart impeccably.
Nevertheless the intense pressure remained right to the end, with Norton, in the Wiltshire College Spectrum, climbing from ninth to take a fantastic second place and fastest lap en route.
Orgee, in his Ridgemill Business Systems Van Diemen RF00, and Ward finished third and fourth respectively, with Yatton Keynell's Luke Cooper fifth in the family Swift SC10.
"It was very close but Steven knew exactly where to put his car," said Langford's Orgee. "It was interesting thinking about how to go forward and defend at the same time."
Mini races made up a large proportion of the programme on Monday.
In the 'Mighty Minis' races, Bath driver David Marcussen – who went into the event fifth in the championship – qualified second fastest and held that place for three laps early in race one, eventually taking fifth in a super competitive tussle.
In race two, Marcussen reversed that by starting fifth on the grid and fighting up to second place.
Corsham's Will Di Claudio had another impressive result in the National Mobile Windscreens Saloon Car championship race. An outright third-placed finish in his class B Peugeot 106 Gti retained his overall lead of the championship over Shepton Mallet's Charles Hyde-Andrews-Bird, who took the class C victory.
Tony Hutchings from Calne took second overall in his Audi TT behind race winner Adam Prebble. Bath's Guy Parr brought his Fiesta home second in class B and ninth overall.
Parr was also on the track in the Vadabar Sports and GT championship race in his two-litre Nemesis, which he drove to fourth in class B and seventh overall.
Team-mate Des Andrews, also from Bath, was four places further back in his Megahart 001.
Trowbridge's Andrew Shanley marked his re-acquaintance with the Radical Prosport he sold at the end of last season by driving a storming race to come second overall behind the much more powerful class A Jade of Tony Sinclair.