NA­TIONAL HOT RODS

Mcdon­ald seizes his op­por­tu­nity

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Gra­ham Brown

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.

Re­sults

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).

Mcdon­ald took glory

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