NA­TIONAL HOT RODS Weaver beats the pack – and the scru­ti­neers – for vic­tory


Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Gra­ham Brown Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: In­car­ace When: March 5 Cham­pi­onships: Na­tional Hot Rod Se­ries Starters: 27

Reign­ing points cham­pion Kym Weaver put him­self firmly in con­tention for an­other ti­tle as the Na­tion­als re­sumed World Se­ries rac­ing in Birm­ing­ham last Satur­day but only took the fi­nal hon­ours af­ter hav­ing to bat­tle against a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion over a scru­ti­neer­ing prob­lem.

The first en­counter kicked off with Russ Wil­cox lead­ing, tracked by Martin Heath, Ken Mar­riott and Danny Hunn. Wil­cox con­tin­ued to lead but even­tu­ally came un­der pres­sure from Mar­riott, who over­took. But Mar­riott was be­ing chased by Rob Mcdon­ald, the Scot has­sling the new leader the rest of the way. The ex­pe­ri­enced front man never left an open­ing, how­ever, and held on to win.

Heat two fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern. Wil­cox led more briefly, Mar­riott and Steve Dud­man over­tak­ing just be­fore the yel­lows flew due to a loose wheel on the track from Billy Wood’s car. Mar­riott made a fast get­away when rac­ing re­sumed but Dud­man was hard af­ter him and went past in de­ter­mined fash­ion, re­main­ing in the lead for the du­ra­tion.

The third heat proved to be the race of the night. Dud­man was the fron­trun­ner from the off and looked like an easy win­ner for a while. But, emerg­ing from the early-laps mid­field scrum came Dud­man’s long-time friend, Colin Smith. It wasn’t long be­fore ‘Smiffy’ had worked through to se­cond, re­duc­ing the gap to the leader as well. The pair were run­ning nose-to-tail with three laps to run. It looked for a cou­ple of tours as though Smith wasn’t go­ing to chal­lenge his pal and some­time spon­sor but, with only about half a lap to go, he went out­side to snatch the win by inches.

Dud­man went straight into the fi­nal lead but af­ter the open­ing gam­bits had played out, it was Weaver who burst through to se­cond place.

For a time the gap be­tween them stayed static but even­tu­ally Weaver be­gan eat­ing up the leader’s ad­van­tage. Weaver’s first at­tempt at a pass com­ing off turn four was thwarted by a spun car partly block­ing the track. But he made no mis­take a lap later, tak­ing over at the front and pulling rapidly away.

Dud­man was steadily forced back­wards as Smith, Chris Haird, Ja­son Kew and Mcdon­ald forged to­wards the front, but the places re­mained un­changed in the fi­nal third of the race.

Af­ter the fin­ish it was re­ported to race con­trol that Weaver and Haird had failed to at­tend a post-race weight check. Both were ini­tially dis­qual­i­fied but were adamant they had not been told to go to the scales, and it was the fol­low­ing day be­fore the re­sult was con­firmed.

Heat two:

Heat three:

Weaver came out top

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