Sprint champ re­tains crown

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - by Alex Birch

ASH­FORD’S Matt Swaf­fer re­tained his Ro­tax Max Sprint (Sum­mer) Cham­pi­onship crown on Sun­day with victory at round six of the se­ries at Lydd In­ter­na­tional Race­way.

The 29-year-old, who puts his suc­cess down to be­ing quick, tidy and con­sis­tent, won five of the six rounds to fin­ish 19 points ahead of near­est chal­lenger Terry Wat­son.

De­spite his suc­cess, driv­ing a kart main­tained by his fa­ther Roger, Matt may have to hang up his driv­ing boots next sea­son due to fi­nan­cial pres­sure.

Any po­ten­tial spon­sors, or racing teams who need their cars driven faster than they al­ready are, can con­tact Roger Swaf­fer on 07968 942938.

LEON CAMIER started a suc­cess­ful week­end for his Air­waves Du­cati team by clinch­ing race one in the penul­ti­mate round of the Bri­tish Su­per­bikes Cham­pi­onship at Sil­ver­stone.

The Ash­ford rider be­gan the race in sev­enth, took the lead on lap nine and se­cured his third win of the sea­son 11 laps later. Team-mate Shane Byrne clinched his sec­ond cham­pion- ship ti­tle in the same race by fin­ish­ing third.

In race two Byrne won the team bat­tle, fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Leon Haslam. Camier took fourth place and 38 points for the week­end, which sees him stay in fifth place over­all.

Af­ter race two Camier said: “To­day has been fan­tas­tic. I’m so pleased to have won again, and I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted that Shane se­cured the cham­pi­onship. No one de­serves it more than him. I have to say a big thank you to the Air­waves Du­cati team. They’ve worked re­ally hard over the week­end to give me a bike that was so good on the brakes that it made my job of over­tak­ing a whole lot eas­ier. I’m a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed not to have got back on the podium in the sec­ond race but I’m re­ally pleased with how I was rid­ing and now can’t wait to get to Brands Hatch.”

The cham­pi­onship fi­nale, on the Indy sec­tion of Brands Hatch, is sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 12.

Ash­ford kart cham­pion Matt Swaf­fer had had an­other out­stand­ing year but is looking to ex­pand his hori­zons

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