Sworder slices through the field to take a sev­enth fi­nal vic­tory at King’s Lynn

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley

Where: Nor­folk Arena When: July 23 Starters: 43

By his own ad­mis­sion Mick Sworder had a slow start to the sea­son, but in re­cent weeks he has re­turned to form. That cul­mi­nated in a heat and fi­nal win at King’s Lynn on Satur­day night for his sev­enth fi­nal vic­tory at the Nor­folk venue.

Mark Sar­gent led the open­ing laps with Ben Hur­d­man and Dave Wil­lis in pur­suit. Be­hind them, all hell broke loose as many of the top driv­ers were in­volved in a pile-up at the first turn. Sworder was able to es­cape the melee and quickly be­gan to reel in the race lead­ers.

On lap five, Sworder forced his way into the lead and be­gan to open up a gap over his ri­vals. But, just be­fore the half­way point, the yel­low flags came out after Nigel Har­rhy slammed into the first turn wall and re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

On the en­su­ing restart, Sworder once again gained con­trol of the race and was never chal­lenged over the re­main­ing dis­tance.

Be­hind him, Euro­pean cham­pion Dan John­son moved into sec­ond as Hur­d­man and Wil­lis re­tired after vis­it­ing the fence. James Mor­ris moved to third to com­plete the podium.

“Nor­mally I would hang back on the first lap and let ev­ery­one sort them­selves out, but for some rea­son this time I just went for it from the drop of the green, I couldn’t be­lieve how quick I got through, I must have passed all the red tops in one cor­ner,” said Sworder. “I just don’t know why the car is so good tonight, we haven’t changed it but in the last few meet­ings it is just han­dling so well. Paul Har­ri­son caught me to­wards the end, but I knew he was a lap down as I re­mem­bered pass­ing him early in the race, but I didn’t know who was sec­ond.

“I tried look­ing at the scoreboard but that isn’t easy when you are try­ing to get one of th­ese cars round the track.”

Re­sult 1 Mick Sworder; 2 Dan John­son; 3 James Mor­ris; 4 Mark Wood­hull; 5 Paul Har­ri­son; 6 Rob Speak; 7 Frankie Wain­man, Ju­nior Jr; 8 Mur­ray Jones; 9 Peter Allin; no other fin­ish­ers.

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