MIKEY GOD­FREY WINS NA­TIONAL HOT RODS AT ALDER­SHOT

Hot Rods: Alder­shot

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports - By Gra­ham Brown

Or­gan­iser: Spede­worth

When: May 15

Starters: 22

On a day when trou­ble seemed to find most of the field, Mikey God­frey man­aged to keep his head and find some clear air at the front of the pack as he raced to a well taken heat and fi­nal dou­ble.

Mat­ters started out qui­etly enough with an or­derly open­ing heat. Alis­tair Lowe led the first lap be­fore get­ting hung out to dry as a freight train headed by Lee Pep­per and Lay­ton Mil­som charged through.

Pep­per then diced for the lead with Mil­som and Shaun Tay­lor, Pep­per get­ting rel­e­gated to third as Mil­som hit the front and pro­ceeded to march away. Tay­lor then de­fended sec­ond against all com­ers, with Pep­per stay­ing right in touch and the pair be­ing joined by God­frey, Billy Wood and Aaron Dew in the clos­ing laps.

Heat two was when it all went wrong. A first-bend col­li­sion that sent three cars spin­ning caused an im­me­di­ate restart. The sec­ond at­tempt was yel­low flagged al­most be­fore they’d got go­ing, when Pep­per stopped by the wall at the pit bend, Mil­som cop­ping a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion for putting him there. Fol­low­ing three fur­ther dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions for ei­ther pass­ing un­der yel­lows or hav­ing bits of body­work adrift, they tried again.

It was God­frey who put his nose in front at this point, sur­viv­ing an­other cau­tion pe­riod when Dick Hil­lard and Jack Blood went spin­ning, and then draw­ing well clear of Lowe (sub­se­quently dis­qual­i­fied for spin­ning Wood) and the long duel for third be­tween Chris Le­hec and Dew. There were fur­ther dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions for Dave York and Hil­lard af­ter their in­volve­ment in other in­ci­dents.

Tay­lor beat God­frey away at the off in the fi­nal but God­frey quickly re­dressed that sit­u­a­tion to as­sume the lead again, chased by Dew, Chris Haird and Carl Waller-bar­rett. But they were all brought up short when Ja­son Kew had a big crash at the start-fin­ish, the car spin­ning back­wards through the air be­fore im­pact­ing the bar­ri­ers hard. Kew was even­tu­ally able to walk away and to the am­bu­lance.

It was Kewy’s pal God­frey who got back to the busi­ness of win­ning when hos­til­i­ties re­sumed, chased hard by Waller-bar­rett once he’d out­foxed Dew to go sec­ond. The Euro­pean champ was nar­row­ing the gap ev­ery step of the way af­ter mid-dis­tance, although at­ten­tion was some­what di­verted from the lead­ers by a con­fronta­tion be­tween Wood and Danny Fiske. This was a clash that led to both men get­ting dis­qual­i­fied, in Wood’s case, from the en­tire meet­ing.

At the front, God­frey had his mir­rors full of or­ange and sil­ver Ti­gra well be­fore the five lap board, the leader just man­ag­ing to fend off a last-bend sweep round the out­side by Waller-bar­rett.

Re­sults

Heat one: 1 Lay­ton Mil­som (Vaux­hall Ti­gra);

2 Shaun Tay­lor (Ti­gra); 3 Mikey God­frey (Ti­gra); 4 Lee Pep­per (Peu­geot 206cc); 5 Aaron Dew (Ti­gra); 6 Alis­tair Lowe (Ti­gra).

Heat two: 1 God­frey; 2 Chris Le­hec (Ti­gra); 3 Dew; 4 Chris Haird (Ti­gra); 5 Carl Waller-bar­rett (Ti­gra); 6 Tay­lor.

Fi­nal: 1 God­frey; 2 Waller-bar­rett; 3 Dew; 4 Haird; 5 Mil­som; 6 Rob Mcdon­ald (Ti­gra).

Pro­vi­sional points (af­ter 14/15 rounds): 1 Shane Bland 522; 2 Wal­ter-bar­rett 514; 3 Le­hec 488; 4 Colin Smith 472; 5 Kym Weaver 469; 6 Jack Blood 467.

God­frey (27) just fended off Waller-bar­rett

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