Cham­pion Swaf­fer quick to put down marker

Mo­tor­sport

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Matt Swaf­fer made a win­ning start to the de­fence of his Toyo Tires Pro­duc­tion BMW Cham­pi­onship ti­tle at Cad­well Park in Lin­colnshire on Sun­day.

The 37-year-old con­tracts man­ager from New­ingreen claimed pole po­si­tion in qual­i­fy­ing, be­fore win­ning both races. He set the fastest lap sec­ond time out and not even a punc­ture on the trip home could take the gloss off a great open­ing week­end.

The two-man team of Swaf­fer and dad and race engi­neer Roger, who have former cham­pion Gary Feakins help­ing them with engine set­ups this year, put down an early marker, beat­ing off the chal­lenge of run­ner-up Will Dav­i­son in both con­tests.

Roger said: “We put in a lot of ef­fort and work on the engine dur­ing the win­ter, mak­ing it a lot more pow­er­ful and com­pet­i­tive. We have got a good car and good driver.”

Cad­well Park re­turned to the cal­en­dar for the first time since 2014 and Swaf­fer en­joyed him­self.

Roger said: “The week­end couldn’t have gone much bet­ter and Matt did well

“He looked com­fort­able in the open­ing 13 min­utes of the race, then there was a crash which meant ev­ery­body closed up, even­tu­ally get­ting home in front of Dav­i­son by about three tyre lengths.

“Matt made a good start in the sec­ond as well, chased home again by Dav­i­son who seemed to suf­fer a drop in power in the clos­ing stages.”

The Swaf­fers are again self­fi­nanc­ing their op­er­a­tion but won the ti­tle by beat­ing off the chal­lenge of more wealthy full-time teams and they have al­ready got their sights set on de­fend­ing their crown.

Roger said: “We would love to win it again and are look­ing for any spon­sor who would be in­ter­ested in back­ing us.”

Matt Swaf­fer has made strong start in de­fence of his Toyo Tires Pro­duc­tion BMW Cham­pi­onship ti­tle

Tom Rans­ley

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