Newson builds up for the final
Organiser: Incarace When: August 27 Starters: 32
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.”