BRI­TISH SPRINT CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Gra­ham makes his mark on ti­tle race in first 2016 out­ing Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pi­onship PAGE 34

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Or­gan­iser: MSA

When:

March 28

Where:

Croft, North York­shire

Starters:

75

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.

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