New­son thanks his luck

Motor Sport News - - World Ral­ly­cross - By Colin Casser­ley

Or­gan­iser: Coven­try Rac­ing Club Where: Coven­try Arena When: May 7 Starters: 63

In a bru­tal race Mat New­son crossed the line first to claim his fifth fi­nal win at Coven­try.

Mark Poole rolled his ma­chine in turn one on the ini­tial start. The in­ci­dent brought out the red flag and a com­plete restart was or­dered. Austin Moore grabbed the lead and held top spot for sev­eral laps un­til he was over­hauled by Dave Wil­lis and Bradley Har­ri­son.

Fur­ther back, the star grade driv­ers were in­volved in a bat­tle; this al­lowed Wil­lis and Har­ri­son to open up a half-lap lead on the pack. Har­ri­son nudged Wil­lis wide to grab the lead just af­ter the half­way point when the race was halted due to a fire in Nigel Har­rhy’s car. On the restart Wil­lis used his years of ex­pe­ri­ence to cap­ture the lead.

Har­ri­son forced Wil­lis wide and into the fence with just over five laps re­main­ing, the im­pact caused steer­ing dam­age to Wil­lis’ ma­chine but, although out of con­tention, he was able to limp home for 10th place.

As the laps wound down New­son closed the gap on the leader and took a race-win­ning lead with a hand­ful of laps re­main­ing.

“I didn’t get the luck in my heat when I should have won it, so I think I de­served some luck in the fi­nal,” said a de­lighted win­ner New­son. “The start of the fi­nal was hec­tic and there were cars go­ing ev­ery­where.

“On the last restart they put me in fifth place, to be hon­est I thought I was about 15th but I hadn’t re­alised so many cars had gone out of the race so soon.”

Har­ri­son brought his car home in sec­ond. “I didn’t get the best of restarts at the end, but to get a top three at the Mecca of stock car rac­ing is un­be­liev­able,” he beamed. “I had a bril­liant start at the be­gin­ning of the race and had a great bat­tle with Wil­lis. I kept telling my­self to calm down and get into a rhythm.

“We were away, but the stop­page scup­pered us. I felt con­fi­dent in the car and it went where I wanted it to go.”


1 Mat New­son; 2 Bradley Har­ri­son; 3 Dan John­son; 4 Danny Wain­man; 5 Frankie Wain­man Ju­nior Jr; 6 John Dow­son Jr; 7 Mal Brown; 8 Billy Jon­son; 9 Mick Rogers; 10 Dave Wil­lis.

Mark Poole in­verted...

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