Sworder keeps it in the fam­ily

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Colin Casser­ley

Or­gan­iser: Star­trax Where: Stoke Speed­way When: Septem­ber 11 Starters: 38

The short oval at Stoke has proved to be a good one for the Sworder fam­ily: Dick Sworder won the first meet­ing at the venue way back in 1974. On Sun­day, he watched his son Mick Sworder win the first round of the 2016 BRISCA F1 Shootout Series.

To cap it all, Mick’s son Char­lie Sworder won the Min­is­tox fi­nal at the same meet­ing.

A de­lighted Mick said af­ter­wards: “It’s been a great day; I don’t know which win I am hap­pier about, mine or my son’s. My crew put in a lot of hours dur­ing the week to keep both cars on track, with­out their help, I wouldn’t be able to do it. These wins are for them.”

Mark Sar­gent, who had won the open­ing heat of the day, grabbed the lead from the drop of the green flag with Nigel Har­rhy in pur­suit.

As the race en­tered the sec­ond half, Chris Cow­ley, Rob Speak and Sworder be­gan to close in on the lead­ing duo.

A yel­low flag negated Sar­gent’s ad­van­tage and on the en­su­ing restart the fron­trun­ners tan­gled as they bat­tled for the lead, but Sworder was able to avoid the melee and move into a race-win­ning lead.

In the closing stages Craig Fin­nikin slipped by Mat New­son to come home sec­ond.

Sworder added: “I had a good start and was gain­ing ground just be­fore the yel­low flag.

“On the restart I saw the lead­ers spin in front of me and I just held my breath and hoped I would get through, which luck­ily for me I did. My car came on good as the track dried out and seemed to get faster to­wards the end.”

Sec­ond-place man Fin­nikin said: “Af­ter the luck I have had, just to fin­ish feels like a win to me. Tyre choice was crit­i­cal, and we just about got it right”

Mat New­son came home third, but it is good enough to put him into the lead of the BRISCA F1 Shootout Series.

“It’s good to lead the series, but it is early days, we have an­other nine rounds to go,” said New­son.

Sworder took Stoke vic­tory

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