BLAND’S RUSH FOR HOT ROD TI­TLE Points leader faces strug­gle to be ready for English show­down TOBY MOODY

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Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James POINTS Na­tional Hot Rods af­ter 13/14 rounds

Na­tional points leader Shane Bland goes in to the fi­nal round of this year’s Hot Rod sea­son fac­ing a race against time to pre­pare his car – and fears he will lose the crown at the last mo­ment for the sec­ond time in a row.

Bland is ahead go­ing into the Fox­hall Heath show­down on Mon­day, but has had to re­cruit ex­tra help to re­build his car fol­low­ing a dam­ag­ing ac­ci­dent dur­ing one of the heats at Alder­shot last time out. The Vaux­hall Ti­gra driver was lead­ing the 2014/2015 points standings un­til a clash in the fi­nal race of the sea­son meant he was pipped at the post. He is lead­ing by eight points from Carl Waller-bar­rett go­ing into this year’s fi­nale.

He said: “I don’t want to be known as the nearly man. I have had bad luck, and it looked this week like I would have to miss Fox­hall too. The ac­ci­dent at Alder­shot re­ally dam­aged the car and it wasn’t un­til we got it back to the workshop that we re­alised the ex­tent of it.

“I am a one-man band, re­ally, and the guy I have help­ing me is away at the mo­ment. I was go­ing to with­draw from Fox­hall but I spoke to my dad, Gor­don, and he and his me­chanic are com­ing over early for the meet­ing and will help me pre­pare the car. It’s all hands to the pump.”

Bland (car 42) faces a race against time

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