KEW DE­TER­MINED TO GET OFF TO A FLIER

NA­TIONAL HOT ROD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP RE­TURNS

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - STAND­INGS Na­tional Hot Rod Points af­ter 6/14 rounds

Racer Ja­son Kew is hop­ing that a fresh en­gine and sus­pen­sion tweaks to his Vaux­hall Ti­gra can put him to­wards his first English Na­tional Hot Rod points ti­tle.

The 29-year-old is fifth in the stand­ings at the half­way point. The Na­tional Hot Rod se­ries restarts af­ter its win­ter break with a meet­ing at Birm­ing­ham Wheels Race­way this week­end.

Kew was part of the group of Hot Rod driv­ers who took part in Live Ac­tion at the Au­tosport Show in Birm­ing­ham in Jan­uary, but his en­gine blew af­ter only a hand­ful of laps. The Ox­ford­shire racer has sourced a new pow­er­plant and has also changed the shock ab­sorbers. The car will be shaken down at Northamp­ton this week ahead of the meet­ing at Birm­ing­ham.

“Un­for­tu­nately, I can’t get time off work this week,” ex­plains Kew. “That means I have had to hand the car over to [two-time World Fi­nal win­ner] Mal­colm Black­man. He helps en­gi­neer the car so he is go­ing to do the shake­down for me.”

Kew says that a rule tweak this year, where driv­ers will use timed qual­i­fy­ing to set the grid for the win­ner-takes-all World Fi­nal at Fox­hall Heath on July 2/3, will mean that there is less stress over the ti­tle run-in. Pre­vi­ously, driv­ers have bat­tled to get in to groups to en­sure they start in a cer­tain area of the World Fi­nal grid.

“I want to win the English points ti­tle, ob­vi­ously,” says Kew. “I still have my joker to play too so that will be use­ful. But the change in the qual­i­fy­ing for the World Fi­nal will prob­a­bly have an ef­fect over the lat­ter half of the year. Those driv­ers who aren’t in with a shout of the ti­tle but who are in po­si­tion to qual­ify for the World Fi­nal will prob­a­bly take things a bit easy. That is a shame, be­cause in pre­vi­ous sea­sons you would fight up un­til the last cor­ner of the last round to im­prove your qual­i­fy­ing po­si­tion.”

Shane Bland leads the stand­ings with eight rounds re­main­ing in the 2015/2016 com­pe­ti­tion.

Ja­son Kew and his Vaux­hall Ti­gra Hot Rod

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