HOT RODS NA­TIONAL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP HY­LANDS DOMINATES THE HILLS

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Or­gan­iser: In­car­ace When: Au­gust 6/7 Starters: 52

Although heat wins may have eluded him, Adam Hy­lands still man­aged to claim pole po­si­tion for the fi­nal, the for­mer Euro­pean cham­pion go­ing on to lead every one of the 75 laps. Hav­ing given chase in vain through­out, Carl Waller-bar­rett took sec­ond ahead of Rob Mcdon­ald.

John Christie didn’t get a dream start to heat one from the front row, his ven­er­a­ble Fi­esta get­ting rail­roaded back­wards as he got stuck on the out­side line. It was pole­sit­ter Ja­son Kew who set off into a lead he was not to lose.

Shaun Tay­lor got away fast to lead heat two but was over­whelmed by the chas­ing pack, Ste­wart Doak tak­ing over at the front but he was un­der pres­sure from Rob Mcdon­ald, who went ahead af­ter they touched on the East bend. Doak was forced back­wards as Waller-bar­rett and David Casey forged on to­wards the front, but this was Mcdon­ald’s all the way.

Heat three pro­vided an­other flag to flag win, this time for Glenn Bell’s new Du­ratec-pow­ered car. In the fourth en­counter, Shane Bland get an in­cred­i­ble launch at the green flag, which he was able to turn into a vir­tu­ally un­op­posed win and the run of rel­a­tively easy vic­to­ries con­tin­ued in heat five, with Jack Blood lead­ing every lap.

Heat six broke the mould, with Shane Mur­ray set­ting the pace up front, chased hard by Adam Maxwell. Maxwell was edg­ing closer un­til Philip Mc­cloy spun and got hit by an­other car, the leader also clipped the stricken car as the yel­lows came out but it was enough to even­tu­ally put him out with a flat. That handed Maxwell the win.

The last chance race pit­ted all the non-qual­i­fiers against one an­other for the fi­nal two places on Sun­day’s grid. Ken Mar­riott and Shaun Tay­lor were the driv­ers who took ad­van­tage of it.

Hy­lands had been suf­fer­ing fluc­tu­at­ing oil pres­sure dur­ing the heats and changed en­gines overnight, the re­place­ment pow­er­plant work­ing well as he made a clean get­away to head the pack.

Waller-bar­rett, Keith Martin, Adam Maxwell, Mcdon­ald and David Casey dis­puted the places early on, with Mcdon­ald get­ting stuck on the out­side and forced back to sev­enth at one point.

Even­tu­ally the or­der set­tled down, with Hy­lands run­ning a short dis­tance ahead of Waller-bar­rett and Maxwell, at which point Bell caused a stop­page when his car burst into flames on the in­field. Dur­ing the hia­tus, Maxwell was forced out with an oil leak, which put Derek Martin up to third place with the re­cov­er­ing Mcdon­ald right on his hail.

The Scot quickly rel­e­gated Martin af­ter the restart to set off af­ter Waller-bar­rett. But de­spite a long, hard chase through dense and some­times un­co­op­er­a­tive traf­fic, the first three would re­main un­changed and fairly well spread out for the du­ra­tion.

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Na­tional Hot Rods Hy­lands didn’t win any of the heats, but shone in fi­nal

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