Roger wins his heat at Silverstone
PUBLISHED: 11:10 07 November 2018
Langford racing driver Roger Orgee won his heat at Silverstone, but was caught up in a multi-car spin in the final and was eliminated
The Walter Hayes trophy at Silverstone has become the world cup of Formula Ford racing with more than a 100 drivers competing.
Langford’s Roger Orgee found his mechanic for the week end was his old sparring partner and Castle Combe champion for the two years prior to Roger winning his pair in 2015 and 2016.
This weekend saw Roger driving the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum for only the second time. Practice proved the car was a good choice and with the size of the entry, Silverstone only allows a 10-minute qualifying session.
Roger was in possibly the most competitive heat which included two former winners plus the USA and German champions. These five dominated qualifying with Roger qualifying on the second row of the grid a mere 10th of a second adrift.
The start saw the leaders tear down the Wellington Strait four abreast and Roger took the lead, which he took in spectacular fashion.
The next few laps were a blur and as the four cars went into the last lap Roger led, but only just as the others tried to slipstream past. At the final corner three cars fanned out to cross the line milliseconds apart, with Roger achieving possibly his best-ever victory and qualifying straight into the semi-final on the front row.
As the semi-final approached it started to rain and the cars were on dry weather settings. At the start Roger didn’t get away well and fell back to seventh.
Despite lapping at the same speed as the leaders he couldn’t make up the deficit and finished in the same place.
Not what we wanted but the final beckoned with Roger further back than he had hoped to be, but a good finish was achievable. Again a wet start but a multi-car spin put Roger out with suspension damage.