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Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - Pho­tos: mkpics.net By Gra­ham Brown Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: In­car­ace When: March 13 Cham­pi­onships: Na­tional Hot Rod Se­ries

Starters:

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Danny Fiske may not have set the world alight in the heats but he made amends in the fi­nal at Hednesford. He drove a stormer around the out­side of the lead­ers to take a con­vinc­ing vic­tory.

With all cars in all races, rather than split in the usual fash­ion, the track looked pretty crowded right from the start of the open­ing event.

Martin Heath and Dave Gar­rett led them away from the front rank of the grid, with Heath es­tab­lish­ing a slim lead over the first five laps.

Alis­tair Lowe spun at the West bend and was lucky to avoid any dam­age as the field streamed past.

Gar­rett con­tin­ued to keep the leader hon­est un­til he sud­denly pulled up, leav­ing the way clear for the speedy look­ing trio of Rich Adams, Aaron Dew and Mark Ed­wards to close in on Heath in­stead.

Heath even­tu­ally re­sponded to the pres­sure by go­ing a touch wide at the West bend, al­low­ing the oth­ers past shortly be­fore mid-dis­tance. Then it be­came a three-way fight for the lead be­tween Adams, Dew and Ed­wards, with Ed­wards duck­ing un­der Dew just be­fore Dew’s mo­tor blew in an im­pres­sively large cloud of smoke.

That left Adams and Ed­wards to duke it out over the re­main­ing dis­tance, with Adams man­ag­ing to hold on at the front un­til flag­fall.

Shaun Tay­lor, who’d been wait­ing pa­tiently in fourth to see if he could pick up the pieces from any hero­ics by those ahead, took third de­spite hav­ing to de­fend against Steve Dud­man over the last cou­ple of laps.

There was some drama at the start of heat two af­ter Dick Hil­lard and Fiske col­lided at the East bend, the in­ci­dent leav­ing Hil­lard al­most sta­tion­ary in the middle the cor­ner.

Heath had his hands on the lead once again and looked pretty com­fort­able there for a while un­til se­cond man Dud­man closed in to mount a chal­lenge. Their dice was in full swing when Hil­lard got into hot wa­ter again, this time be­com­ing in­volved in syn­chro­nised spin­ning along the home straight with David York. With both cars stopped across the track, it wasn’t too much of a sur­prise to see the yel­low flags out.

The restart pit­ted Heath against Dud­man again, an en­counter made even more in­ter­est­ing by a swathe of oil go­ing down on the West bend exit when Ja­son Kew’s mo­tor let go.

But Heath kept both his head and the lead all the way to the fin­ish, de­spite Dud­man pil­ing on the pres­sure on the fi­nal tour.

Adams, Ed­wards and Dud­man locked horns straight from the green flag in the fi­nal, with Tay­lor run­ning fourth and try­ing to fend off Fiske and Chris Haird.

Fiske and Haird shot past Tay­lor in a heart-stop­ping one-ei­ther-side three wide mo­ment along the back straight, with Fiske the man out by the bar­ri­ers. The pair were still to­gether once they’d cleared Tay­lor, but Fiske was look­ing very de­ter­mined in­deed, as he zipped ahead of Haird and then by-passed Dud­man to as­sume third spot.

Adams and Ed­wards were still locked in com­bat for the lead and didn’t look like they were go­ing to leave any easy open­ings ei­ther, but Fiske didn’t ap­pear to no­tice and sim­ply stayed on his out­side charge. He worked his way past Ed­wards af­ter a hand­ful of laps but found Adams a much tougher nut to crack. Sev­eral times Fiske surged ahead only to have Adams fight back and it took a num­ber of laps for the chal­lenger to fi­nally hit the front.

Once ahead, Fiske drew rapidly clear, and was long gone be­fore the des­tiny of the lesser places was set­tled. It was Haird who fi­nally got up to se­cond and started to zoom in. But it was all too lit­tle too late and Fiske’s win was as­sured.

Heat one:

Heat two:

Fiske held on to the out­side line for glory Hednesford Hills

Adams and Heath bat­tle

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