DRAG RAC­ING Robin­son claims fifth Pro Mod­i­fied crown

Santa Pod

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ivan San­som Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Santa Pod Rac­ers Club When: Starters: 10 Septem­ber 24/25

The sixth and fi­nal round of the MSA Bri­tish Drag Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship in the fea­tured Pro Mod­i­fied cat­e­gory had leader Andy Robin­son look­ing to add a fifth ti­tle, with Bert En­gle­field aim­ing to take his sec­ond.

Qual­i­fy­ing would be a se­ri­ous af­fair as the 10 en­trants would need to be in the top eight if they wished to progress to race day.

Vis­i­tor Marco Mau­rischat topped it with a 6.1362s/227.19mph from his su­per­charged 53 Corvette; Robin­son and En­gle­field slot­ted in at two and three re­spec­tively with passes in the 6.1s range as well, Bert be­ing on per­sonal best pace with a 6.1921s run.

Elim­i­na­tions proved to be a tense and dra­matic af­fair as Mau­rischat, Robin­son, En­gle­field and out­go­ing cham­pion Kevin Sly­field all pro­gressed to the semis, Sly­field with a new per­sonal best of 6.2807s/220.36mph while Robin­son recorded the quick­est pass of the round with a 6.1845s/232.46mph.

The semis had Sly­field im­prove to a 6.2679s/215mph to de­feat a red­light­ing Mau­rischat, whilst En­gle­field de­feated Robin­son with a 6.4395s/220.26mph but a fuel tank ex­plo­sion in the brak­ing area pre­vented him from re­turn­ing to con­test the fi­nal against Sly­field and handed the ti­tle to Robin­son.

Or­gan­iser: Ha­gley and Dis­trict Light Car Club When: Starters: 157 Septem­ber 24/25

The man with noth­ing left to prove af­ter 152 run-off wins over 13 com­pleted sea­sons, six-times Bri­tish Hill­climb cham­pion Scott Mo­ran, demon­strated his vir­tu­os­ity by tak­ing the penul­ti­mate run-off win of the sea­son just as a short burst of rain threat­ened to snatch it from his grasp.

Later, a fur­ther shower did pre­vent him tak­ing the last round of the year but a mere 0.02s sep­a­rated win­ner Wal­lace Men­zies, sec­ond place Will Hall and third place Mo­ran to con­clude a pair of thrilling shoot-outs.

Mo­ran said: “It has been a hard sea­son and I have de­cided only to par­tially de­fend the num­ber one next year as my fam­ily de­serve more of my time. That’s not to say I won’t try for ti­tle num­ber seven at some time in the near fu­ture.”

With the podium places al­ready sewn up, the re­main­ing top 10 num­bers to be worn in 2017 were set­tled with only one change from post-doune po­si­tions dur­ing the day as Eynon Price scored eight. That put him in to eighth over­all, ahead of Ed Hol­lier, who could only man­age two points. Price’s co-driver Sean Gould achieved his first top 10 po­si­tion since 1988.

Richard Sped­ding sealed his fourth spot dur­ing the first en­counter and his is the high­est num­ber ever achieved in a mod­ern mo­tor­cy­cle-en­gine car. Fol­low­ing the en­gine mount­ing frac­ture at Doune

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