HOT RODS Waller-bar­rett takes Euro crown

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - Re­sults Martin Kingston

Carl Waller-bar­rett took the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship win at Lochgelly, hold­ing off a fast-charg­ing Chris Haird over the clos­ing laps.

Alis­tair Lowe led the first heat from Chris Haird and Jamie Mc­curdy. Haird was soon through to take up the run­ning. Mc­curdy and Rob Mcdon­ald clashed, leav­ing Mcdon­ald with a punc­ture and re­tir­ing while Haird cruised to vic­tory.

In the sec­ond heat, Lay­ton Mil­som led but was quickly chal­lenged by Billy Bon­nar. Bon­nar then took up the run­ning from Mil­som, with Terry Hunn in his Mazda drop­ping into third.

Glen Bell led the fi­nal heat but he had David Casey and Derek Martin chas­ing him. These three opened up a gap over the rest of the field, stay­ing nose-to-tail for most of the race. Casey was just un­able to find a way around Bell.

A sec­ond and a fifth in the heats had done enough for Waller-bar­rett to secure pole. How­ever, with Haird along­side and Kym Weaver and Bell on row two, it was never go­ing to be easy.

The first start ended in tears af­ter Waller-bar­rett, Haird and Bell all tried go­ing into the first bend to­gether, with the pack fol­low­ing be­hind a mas­sive pile-up en­sued.

Waller-bar­rett headed the pack at the restart from Bell, Haird and Weaver. Weaver soon found his way past Haird to take up third, while WallerBar­rett opened a gap at the front.

Weaver’s race ended when some­thing broke on the car and that brought out the yel­lows. At the restart, Waller-bar­rett again opened up a gap from Bell, who was now be­ing hounded by Haird.

Bell let Haird through to chase af­ter WallerBar­rett and, with 15 laps to go, Haird caught the leader. It was not un­til the last cou­ple of laps that Haird was close enough to try a look around the out­side but, with che­quered flag out, WallerBar­rett had driven a fault­less race to take the ti­tle.

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