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Team USA Setback: Serralles and Pigot Collide in Saturday's Heat Race at the Formula Ford Festival (Photo: Jeff Bloxham)

Success at the Formula Ford Festival is typically determined by one’s ability to stay out of trouble.

Unfortunately for Team USA Scholarship drivers Spencer Pigot and Felix Serralles, trouble found them today during their heat race.

The day started on a high note, with Pigot earning the “Kent Class” pole position on the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch “Indy” circuit. The 17-year-old Floridian posted a 54.572 on a damp circuit; earning the pole by more than a half second. Serralles qualified a solid fifth with a 55.332. Both drivers are utilizing Cliff Dempsey Racing prepared Ray GRS07/08 chassis.

The day’s success would end there, however, as the two collided on Lap 11 of the 12-lap heat race while running fourth and fifth.

According to the latest press release, the damage to Serralles’ car is so severe that his weekend is likely done.  Pigot’s car sustained damage to the left-side suspension, but will be repaired in time for Sunday’s Semi-Final. The DNF will cause Pigot to start from the rear of the field.

Despite the bad luck, all hope for a Team USA victory at the Formula Ford Festival is not lost. A drive through the field is possible. Last season, 2009 Team USA recipient Brett Smrz drove from 27th to fourth in the final after a 17th to third charge in the last chance race. Pigot hopes for a similar performance tomorrow in the 2010 Formula Ford Festival.

Stay tuned for updates here or on Twitter; follow @JOWT. You can read the official Team USA press release here.



  1. CRG guy on October 18, 2010 3:27 pm

    please tell me this is a misprint?This is embarrassing.I am sure Cliff is not happy.

  2. 914 luver on October 18, 2010 6:40 pm

    this doesn’t look good.

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