TOM Ford will contest a final at his debut World Rowing Championships in Florida tomorrow, Friday.

He will line-up with Leander Club teammate Tim Clarke and cox Harry Brightmore in the showdown to the men’s coxed pair event.

The trio qualified as fastest boat, having won Sunday’s first heat in style while setting a marker for fellow British competitors as the nation’s first competitors on the water on the first of eight days of action in Sarasota-Bradenton.

Ford, a former captain at Grange School Rowing Club who hails from Holmes Chapel, and fellow Newcastle University graduate Clarke finished more than four seconds clear of France.

They can expect a tougher ride in the final, with Australia and Germany having posted times less than a second slower in heat two.

n Result, Men’s coxed pair heat: 1, Great Britain (Tim Clarke, Tom Ford and cox Harry Brightmore), 6:59.16; 2, France, 7:03.50; 3, Italy, 7:05.15.