New­son builds up for the fi­nal

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Mat New­son has hit form just at the right time with the World Fi­nal just one week away when he won the fi­nal at Birm­ing­ham on Satur­day night.

It was New­son’s sec­ond fi­nal vic­tory of the sea­son. Omi­nously, his first came at Coven­try, which is the venue for the the World Fi­nal on Satur­day .

Joff Gib­son grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and opened up a size­able ad­van­tage over the chas­ing pack.

As the race en­tered the clos­ing stages it ap­peared Gib­son was head­ing for his first fi­nal win since 2009, but a yel­low flag was thrown when Stu­art Moulds spun his ma­chine on turn three. On the en­su­ing res­tart, New­son barged his way into a race-win­ning lead.

New­son said: “I don’t think I would have caught Gib­son with­out the yel­low flag. I had a fast car, but he was too far ahead. I just hope I can re­peat this form next week and I haven’t used up my luck.”

Gib­son thought like­wise. He said: “I had that won if it wasn’t for the yel­low flag. But I had clutch prob­lems in prac­tice and I only just sorted it out in time for the fi­nal, so I am happy with sec­ond. I have had noth­ing but bad luck this sea­son, so I hope this is the start of a good run.” Mick Sworder came home in third po­si­tion. “I was lucky to fin­ish, the in­side rear tyre is down to the can­vas,” he re­ported. “An­other lap or two and it would have ex­pired.

“The car was like a rocket at Birm­ing­ham. I bent the axle in my first race at Ven­ray in Hol­land last week and strug­gled over there but we straight­ened it this week and it has made a big dif­fer­ence.”

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