AND THE WINNERS ARE... WILLIS ERASES CRASH MEMORY
ROCKINGHAM: BARC BY MARK LIBBETER Mark Willis erased the memory of his heavy crash against the Rockingham pitwall last September by scoring a superb victory in the opening Pickup Truck race last Sunday, before late surges from Paul Tompkins and David O’re
In the first race, Willis grabbed the lead on lap three and was never headed thereafter, although Tompkins pressured him hard throughout the 25-lap contest. Reigning champion Michael Smith claimed third after fending off a hard-charging Gavin Murray.
Tompkins looked set to be denied victory again in a red-flag interrupted race two when youngster Freddie Lee snatched his lead five laps from home. Yet, there was to be another twist. Entering Turn 4 on the last lap, Tompkins dived inside Lee and won the drag to the line by a mere 0.059 seconds.
Irishman O’regan beat Smith and Tompkins to the flag in a breathless race three after charging through from the fourth row and grabbing the lead on the penultimate lap. Less than a second covered the top five at the end.
While there was a trio of different winners in the Pickup races, any one of three drivers could have won the sole MG BCV8 Championship contest. James Wheeler led before being overhauled by Ollie Neaves on lap eight. Russell Mccarthy also found his way past Wheeler shortly after and homed in on Neaves as the race concluded, but to no avail.
Mccarthy went one better in the Thoroughbred Sportscar race, passing