Two-man show right in the mix

Motorsport

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Team Swaf­fer – all two of them – are gear­ing up for their big­gest week­end in the sport next month, writes An­drew Gi­d­ley.

Driver Matt and his fa­ther, Roger – who dou­bles as his race engi­neer – will head for Castle Combe at Chip­pen­ham in Wilt­shire lead­ing the Toyo Tyres Pro­duc­tion BMW Cham­pi­onship by two points over favourite Gary Feakins.

How­ever, with all driv­ers al­lowed to ‘drop’ their poor­est re­sult, full-time driver Feakins is set to clinch the ti­tle, hav­ing won all his races, apart one – at Don­ing­ton Park on Sun­day – while the Swaf­fers, for whom rac­ing is a hobby, are as­sured of fin­ish­ing sec­ond.

Matt, a 36-year-old con­tracts man­ager, fin­ished third and fourth at the East Mid­lands track, in­clud­ing his sixth podium of the sea­son and Roger hopes their suc­cess could at­tract fi­nan­cial back­ing next sea­son.

He said: “It was a bril­liant week­end and be­ing as suc­cess­ful as we have could gives us more of pack­age to sell to po­ten­tial spon­sors.

“We have been half-hearted in that re­spect but if some­body of­fered £15,000 to fund us, we would ex­pect to win the cham­pi­onship.”

Swaf­fer lined up at Don­ing­ton de­ter­mined to be quicker than his ri­vals who caused him prob­lems last time out at Brands Hatch, look­ing to fin­ish in front of Rob Cooper, Max Wile­man and Alex Ball. His form and re­sults this sea­son has even earned them praise from Feakins.

Roger said: “We just turn-up in an es­tate car full of bits, with no room for a gazebo, like the oth­ers, and if it’s rain­ing, I have to hold the um­brella to keep Matt dry.”

Swaf­fer snr added: “Matt is driv­ing well be­cause he is con­fi­dent in the car. We are over the moon how things have gone.”

The fi­nale takes place at Castle Combe on Satur­day and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 10-11. Roger added: “I have just or­dered a new set of brakes. We will go there look­ing to be quick and see what hap­pens.”

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