ROOKIE RI­LEY HAS A NEAR PER­FECT DAY

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley Re­sult

Or­gan­iser: In­car­ace When: May 21 Where: Birm­ing­ham Wheels Race­way Starters: 31

Ben Ri­ley had an al­most per­fect evening at Birm­ing­ham Wheels Race­way last Satur­day.

Ri­ley com­fort­ably won his first heat and was on course to pick up an­other win in his sec­ond heat when he in­ex­pli­ca­bly spun his ma­chine com­ing off turn four for the last time.

It meant he fell just me­tres short of the fin­ish line, hand­ing the race win to Aaron Leach.

Ri­ley made amends with a fault­less drive in the fi­nale to chalk up his maiden BRISCA F1 fi­nal vic­tory.

Leach grabbed the early lead in the fi­nal. Fur­ther back, Ri­ley was mak­ing steady progress through the field and be­gan to close in on the leader.

Ri­ley nudged Leach wide for the lead with five laps to go. Then Mat New­son barged his way into sec­ond place with three laps re­main­ing, but could not get close enough to mount a challenge for the lead.

“I needed that af­ter heat two. We all make mis­takes and I will learn from it. I saw New­son clos­ing in but I just kept it steady over the last few laps,” said Ri­ley. “A heat and fi­nal dou­ble, what a night, Bring on the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship!”

The next Tar­mac meet­ing is at Skeg­ness on June 11.

“Ri­ley didn’t spin out when I was be­hind him,” joked New­son. “But he drove a per­fect race and didn’t make any mis­takes. I was on a charge at the end but would have needed an­other five laps to get close.” Leach fin­ished third. Af­ter his first-ever race win ear­lier in the night in his heat, he hung on to claim his best fin­ish in a fi­nal so far in his first sea­son in BRISCA F1.

“I am well pleased with that, who wouldn’t be?” said Leach. “To be a novice driver and get a third place is great. I was hop­ing I could hang on for the fi­nal win, but I saw Ri­ley be­hind me and I knew he was fast.

“I would just like to say a mas­sive thanks to Stephen Leach, Craig Leach, Team Fairhurst and Team Ste­ward,” said Leach. “I couldn’t be on track with­out them. ”

Ri­ley took heat and fi­nal Birm­ing­hamwheels

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