Australian Scott Andrews had a difficult return to the start of his 2016 Walter Hayes Trophy assault after being picked to be a favourite to win the largest Formula Ford race in the world.
Racing with top British Formula Ford team, Kevin Mills Racing, Scott was one of the quickest throughout testing in both wet & dry conditions, before suffering some mechanical issues during Saturday's qualifying & heat races.
"We were decent in the dry, but lacking some straight line handling which is one of those things with these motors. Sometimes you get them back and they need time to loosen up. In the wet though we were very fast and I was quickest in my session during testing." Andrews stated.
Andrews qualified 8th after having to drive around a sticking gear shifter, losing precious time every gear shift. The team quickly rectified the issue, fixing it for the heat race.
Scott quickly moved up to 5th in the heat race, but had to avoid an airborne car going through Brooklands unfortunately dropping way down the order.
Poising himself for a 'comeback drive', Andrews set the fastest lap of the race making his way back to the lead group, before another gearbox issue halted his progress resulting in a DNF.
"It's unbelievable. A very rare thing to happen that I've only seen once before in my life" Kevin Mills team owner said about the gearbox selecting two gears at once.
Scott will start tomorrow's 'Progression' race from 20th, which he will need to place inside the top 6 to move into the 'Last Chance Qualifier', which he will need to finish 16th or better to seal a spot in the Semi Final.