Sprint champ retains crown
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