Dow­son Jr leaves it late

Motor Sport News - - World Ral­ly­cross - By Colin Casser­ley

Or­gan­iser: Star­trax Where: Belle Vue When: May 2 Starters: 34

John Dow­son Jr snatched vic­tory from Frankie Wain­man Jr within sight of the fin­ish line in a dra­matic fi­nal at Belle Vue on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day. It was Dow­son’s sec­ond fi­nal win in Manch­ester: he won the fi­nal at the Christ­mas meet­ing at the end of 2015 at the same venue.

At the drop of the green flag, James Cle­ment spun his ma­chine, trig­ger­ing a multi-car pile-up that in­volved around 10 cars, in­clud­ing Wain­man.

This let Mark Poole, Dave Wills and Dow­son open up a huge lead over the chas­ing pack but Wil­lis tan­gled with a lapped car and was elim­i­nated. Soon af­ter that, Dow­son forged his way into the lead and looked to be head­ing for an easy vic­tory un­til a yel­low flag bunched the field, al­low­ing Wain­man to close onto the leader’s rear bumper.

At the restart, Wain­man forced his way into the lead only for Dow­son to barge his way back in front the fol­low­ing turn. A lap later it was Wain­man’s turn to punt Dow­son wide and re­gain first place. Head­ing down the back straight for the last time, Wain­man’s in­side rear tyre went flat, al­low­ing Dow­son to try a kamikaze at­tack.

The two cars bounced off the safety fence, Dow­son some­how kept his car on line and headed for the flag while Wain­man spun into the in­field. The old mas­ter did man­age to get his ma­chine back on to the cir­cuit though and re­cov­ered to fin­ish sixth.

Re­sult

1 John Dow­son Jr; 2 Joe Booth; 3 Mal Brown; 4 Henry Hunter; 5 Mark Poole; 6 Frankie Wain­man Jr; 7 Mat New­son; 8 Danny Wain­man; 9 John Lund; 10 Tom Boyer.

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