NATIONAL HOT RODS
Mcdonald seizes his opportunity
Organiser: Incarace When: April 23 Starters: 26
Rob Mcdonald took the win from a tightly fought final, with double heat winner Chris Lehec, Jack Blood and Carl Waller-barrett all helping to make life difficult for the eventual winner.
Russ Wilcox was the first to show in heat one, tracked by Alistair Lowe, Ivan Grayson and Layton Milsom. When the latter pair tangled, it elevated Lehec to third. When Wilcox suddenly fell by the wayside, it was Lowe who took over at the front, but his lead turned out to be short-lived as Lehec and Danny Hunn went by.
As Lehec pulled clear, Hunn came under pressure from Blood, who went past and began closing on the leader, but he ran out of laps.
Wilcox and Lowe battled over the early lead in heat two, with Wilcox finally putting himself in front, but with Lowe, Milsom and Lehec all keeping close company. Lowe was forced out with rear bodywork fouling his tyres, which left Milsom and Lehec to attack Wilcox’s lead, Russ dropped to fourth as they raced by with Hunn in tow.
Now the lead dice began in earnest, with Milsom sticking rigidly to the inside line, Lehec trying up the outside and Hunn hoping to duck underneath the pair. Lehec’s last-gasp lunge was just enough to net him the win by 0.001s.
The guys at the front of the grid charged turn one threewide in the final. It was Lehec who emerged with the lead, with Dick Hillard, Blood and Mcdonald all close behind. As Lehec made a bit of ground, Hillard got forced backwards. Blood moved up to second and Mcdonald third.
Blood and Mcdonald reeled the leader in, with Blood looking up the outside of Lehec and Mcdonald tucked in tight and hoping to benefit. He eventually did, the merest touch between the other two allowing the Scot to dart under them going through turn one.
With Mcdonald and Blood now locking horns, WallerBarrett rushed to join in too. When the leaders came together just as a gaggle of backmarkers appeared ahead of them, anything could have happened over the last five laps. But Mcdonald proved equal to the task.
Heat one: 1 Chris Lehec (Vauxhall Tigra); 2 Jack Blood (Vauxhall Tigra); 3 Danny Hunn (Mazda RX-8); 4 Brett Walter (Peugeot 206cc); 5 Dick Hillard (Tigra); 6 Rob Mcdonald (Tigra); 7 Chris Haird (Tigra); 8 Mikey Godfrey (Tigra).
Heat two: 1 Lehec; 2 Layton Milsom (Tigra); 3 Hunn; 4 Russell Wilcox (Tigra); 5 Hillard; 6 Lee Pepper (Peugeot 206cc); 7 Godfrey; 8 Haird. Final: 1 Mcdonald; 2 Blood; 3 Carl Waller-barrett (Tigra); 4 Lehec; 5 Walter; 6 Hillard; 7 Haird; 8 Billy Wood (Tigra); 9 Hunn; 10 Colin Smith (Tigra).