The curtain has fallen on the 2018 season and as it's been a while since we formally updated the blog, we thought we'd publish a summary of the final four races (across two meetings) in one go. The added benefit being that you can digest all of our season-ending news without dedicating your afternoon to trawling through different long-winded blog posts!
Before we get started - for those who want the important stuff first - we've done it again and finished third overall in the 2018 Scottish Formula Ford Championship! We're very proud that we seem to be making a bit of a habit of finishing in the top three in our national single-seater series. This year we had to fight against our finishing record to maintain the trend as we only took the chequered flag in 9 of the 13 races. We like to think that says something rather nice about how consistent we were in the races we did finish.
So, without further ado, here's how the season finished:
Rounds 10 & 11 - 16/09/18
Knockhill Reverse Direction
After qualifying 2nd on the grid in the wet and greasy conditions, the team moved towards a dry setup for the first race of the weekend as the circuit started to develop a dry line. However, just as the warm-up lap was ending, the heavens opened in spectacular fashion, leading to an aborted start as conditions were deemed completely unsuitable. In the short delay, the team were unable to undo their dry weather setup changes in the time available, whilst some other teams were. Jordan then struggled to stay with the leader at the start proper, dropping to third at the first corner. The position looked comfortable at the halfway point although Jordan did not, eventually losing the rear coming out of Clark corner and spinning onto the grass. He was able to rejoin in 6th and eventually fought back to 4th by the flag bit would go on to rue the mistake in the afternoon's race...
Dropping to 5th at the lights thanks to a fast-starting driver from the back, Jordan spent the entirety of the now-dry race trying to find a way past the driver in front and make it into 4th but to no avail due to some aggressive defense form the car in-front. It was going to take something clever to make the move work and Jordan managed just that on the final lap as he executed a perfect exit from McIntyres, tucked into the slipstream over Duffus and dived alongside in a drag-race to the line - one he would win by only two thousandths of a second.
Results = 4th, 4th
Rounds 12 & 13 - 07/10/18
Again taking 2nd on the grid for the final race weekend of the season, Jordan made a solid getaway to hold onto the position in the early laps on the soaking-wet circuit. At the halfway point, it looked as if the lead was out of reach and a comfortable 2nd would have to be settled for but then Jordan started to reel in the leader, slowly at first and then faster and faster as the rain worsened. With three laps to go, Jordan was almost on the gearbox of the car head when disaster struck into the hairpin - a joint in the gear selector line failing and forcing retirement. It was a very frustrating way to end what had been such a promising race until that point.
It was only due to a monumental effort from the team and spare parts sourced from around the paddock that Jordan was on the grid at all for the last race of the season. With minutes to spare, the team rolled into the holding area, lining up at the back of the grid after race one's DNF. At the lights Jordan made a stunning getaway, passing two cars immediately off the grid and a third into McIntyres. Further overtakes saw him 3rd by the halfway point and that's where progress was halted - as much by a lack of visibility in the horrendous conditions as anything else. Still, a podium to round off the year and secure 3rd in the Championship was not a bad way to sign-off from 2018.
Results = DNF, 3rd
It's been a blast! See you in 2019!