The pres­sure was on for the fi­nal round of this year’s clas­sic Ford-friendly race-se­ries, with ev­ery­thing to play for at Santa Pod.

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Santa Pod hosts the fi­nal 2016 round of the old Ford-friendly quar­ter-mile cham­pi­onship.

With a plethora of bonus points avail­able and all still to play for, the fi­nal round of the Old Skool Ford Drag Chal­lenge 2016 took place at Santa Pod on an au­tum­nal RWYB night event over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 22-23. Some 21 of the hardi­est com­peti­tors turned out in­clud­ing cur­rent leader Glenn Jef­fer­son in his Zetec-pow­ered Mk1 Es­cort. All he needed was a win at this round to guar­an­tee him the ti­tle, but on his sec­ond run of the day he broke a half­shaft and with a slower than av­er­age 14- sec­ond pass on his first run his ti­tle hopes de­pended upon how well sec­ond placed man, Steve Jen­ner­way was to run amid the plac­ings of the next 10 or so en­trants.

Fresh off the plane from his hol­i­day in the good ol’ US of A, Es­sex man Steve had loaded up his Mk2 Es­cort to make the jour­ney to Santa Pod know­ing that the con­test be­tween him and Glenn was tighter than the Clin­ton/Trump race for supremacy. With news of Glenn’s break­age, Steve put in a stonk­ing run and aided by a strong tail-wind achieved a time of 12.50 sec­onds and a first place tro­phy for his ef­forts for this round, but was it enough to steal that ti­tle from un­der the nose of Glenn?

Fight­ing for third place over­all were 2016 new­com­ers, Jake Wray in his Pinto’d grey Anglia and Lewis Mun­son in his Zetec’d pur­ple Mk1 Es­cort and with just five points be­tween the two, these lads were tus­sling on the track for that tro­phy. With a su­perb 13.06 Per­sonal Best from the 143 bhp Anglia and a 13.94 from the Es­cort the plac­ings for these two could not be closer.

Subaru-pow­ered Mk1 Fi­esta man, Chris Todd, was still strug­gling with his trans­mis­sion and af­ter try­ing a sec­ond gear launch, blew his gear­box to bits but not be­fore achiev­ing a time of 10.01 at this round. Paul Mar­getts with his Cossiepow­ered Mk1 Es­cort also ended this year with hav­ing achieved a 10-sec­ond pass but a thrown con-rod means a costly re­build for him over the win­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, all good things must come to an end and so we look to the De­cem­ber tro­phy cer­e­mony where we find out if Glenn’s one and only run at Round 7 was enough to clinch the ti­tle or if Steve’s mam­moth ef­forts were enough to put him in first place. And, were new­com­ers Jake or Lewis able to gain enough points to put ei­ther of them in third place? We shall see!

Round 7: Santa Pod Raceway, Oc­to­ber 22-23

Lewis Mun­son flies the flag for Mk1 four-doors in his Zetec-pow­ered Es­cort. Rob White fought hard for third place in his Mk3 Capri. Chris Todd ran a blis­ter­ing 10.01 in his Fi­esta but sub­se­quently blew his gear­box to bits!

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