Har­ris re­turns and con­quers

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley By Ivan San­som

Or­gan­iser: Star­trax/ Spede­worth/ GMP/ HRP When: June 25 Starters: 28

Tom Har­ris re­turned from two weeks of rac­ing sprint cars in the United States of Amer­ica to suc­cess­fully de­fend his Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Har­ris has not been in a stock car since he raced at Bux­ton at the tail end of April, af­ter which he sold his car, so for the Scot­tish week­end he was be­hind a car bor­rowed from spon­sor Jamie David­son.

The Cow­den­beath Race­wall has a fear­some rep­u­ta­tion as one of the tough­est stock car tracks in the UK, and on Satur­day night it lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion. A bru­tal race elim­i­nated many of the sport’s top driv­ers in a se­ries of bone-jar­ring crashes and, at the con­clu­sion, only 11 of the 28 cars were left run­ning, with two of those limp­ing round with dam­aged cars.

Michael Stew­ard emerged from the early chaos to take the lead, be­fore he was over­hauled by Har­ris at the half­way point.

Mick Sworder barged his way into sec­ond as the laps wound down with Stew­ard hold­ing on for third.

Har­ris ex­plained: “I was de­ter­mined to win tonight, it’s a track you can’t be afraid of and you have to at­tack it and drive ag­gres­sively.

“The rac­ing line is right up against the wall and you can’t be scared to get as close to the wall as you can. I think rac­ing in Amer­ica has helped, with the higher speeds out there it has helped me read the race bet­ter.

“I have driven many dif­fer­ent types of cars out there, so that has helped me ad­just to driv­ing a car that I had never sat in be­fore.”

Sec­ond placed man Sworder said: “That was a hard race. It was a mat­ter of sur­viv­ing the first few laps and then try­ing to set­tle down into a rhythm, but it is not like any other track we race at, you al­most have to four wheel slide it around the turns. I pushed a lit­tle too hard a cou­ple of times and hit the wall, so I was lucky to fin­ish.”

Stew­ard, who was mak­ing his Cow­den­beath de­but, said: “It suits the more ex­pe­ri­enced driver so I am de­lighted to get third place.

“There is no room for er­ror. I got loose to­wards the end and hit the wall, that slowed me down a bit, but I was able to hang on.”

Two of the sport’s main play­ers, Frankie Wain­man Jr and Rob Speak, both for­mer cham­pi­ons, were de­layed by hefty con­tact.

Speak (318) and Wain­man crash

Har­ris was the re­turn­ing hero

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