BRITISH SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP Graham makes his mark on title race in first 2016 outing British Sprint Championship PAGE 34
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Croft, North Yorkshire
An early Easter led to cold but at least dry conditions when it mattered for the second round of the British Sprint Championship at Croft. This produced low track temperatures and consequentially that rather impacted negatively on times.
On his first outing of the season, John Graham managed to start his year the right way with a win. He was pressed hard by Castle Combe victor Terry Holmes, both drivers really turning it on during their second Top 12 runs, this perhaps to be expected of two prime championship candidates.
These two were pursued by a phalanx of two-litre cars. Steve Miles grabbed the final podium spot, with past champion Nick Algar in hot pursuit, mere hundredths dividing the pair. Behind them was the Steve Broughton/matt Hillam pairing a little way back.
After that was the battling Sports Libre pair of Simon Bainbridge and Radical driver Matt Carter. Bainbridge did just one run, battling with an out-ofbalance propshaft, in his unusual SBR Crono. He managed to overcome Carter.
Martin Webb, together with non-qualifying partner Tony Jarvis, were battling with traction control issues but nonetheless managed to collect a few points. Series newcomer Mark Dempster in his Imagination PH1 was delighted to qualify and secure his first points with 10th place.
Jim Belt most unfortunately broke a driveshaft approaching the start line for his Top 12 opener, so didn’t get to run.