Swaf­fer races to top spot

Mo­tor­sport

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Matt Swaf­fer went top of the over­all stand­ings in the Toyo Tyres BMW Pro­duc­tion Class se­ries with two sec­ond places in the lat­est round of the 2016 Cham­pi­onship, at Rock­ing­ham in Corby on Sun­day.

The New­ingreen-based driver claimed a to­tal of 96 points, pass­ing the 300 mark for the sea­son, putting him in front of David Graves with early sea­son ri­val Harry Good­man, ruled out at the week­end due to ill­ness, now third.

Will Dav­i­son won both races, in two close fin­ishes, as his for­tunes im­proved, hav­ing writ­ten off his car ear­lier this sea­son.

Matt’s father and race en­gi­neer, Roger, said: “We were still very pleased with the per­for­mance of the car, and test­ing couldn’t have gone bet­ter which hasn’t been the case be­fore this sea­son, and Rock­ing­ham is a tricky oval cir­cuit, and very sus­cep­ti­ble to tem­per­a­ture change.

“Matt was third go­ing into the first cor­ner in race one, be­fore Graves suf­fered a brake pad prob­lem putting him sec­ond. He and Dav­i­son were sep­a­rated by only six sec­onds.”

He added: “We al­tered the shock ab­sorbers ahead of race two, as we were get­ting too much over­steer in brak­ing, and we also set the tyre pres­sures dif­fer­ently.

“Matt was be­hind Graves again when he braked sud­denly in front, Dav­i­son go­ing down the out­side, and over­tak­ing all of them.

“He pulled away, but then his tyres went. Matt caught him up, and was only a sec­ond be­hind him at the end.”

Swaf­fer is next in ac­tion at Oul­ton Park in Cheshire on Sun­day, July 23.

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