NATIONAL HOT RODS DYNES PROFITS AS MCDONALD ERRS
Organiser: Spedeworth When: September 24 Starters: 27
Brett Walter fought off a stiff challenge from the new Ginetta of Bradley Dynes to win both heats, before Rob Mcdonald bested both of them to take the final honours.
Within minutes however, Mcdonald failed a post-race tyre legality check, handing the win to runner-up Dynes.
Walter had his Peugeot planted on pole for the opening heat and ready to redress his disastrous day at Northampton last time out, while alongside him sat Dynes’ immaculate new G40R, the latest offering from Carl Boardley’s shop.
The duo disputed the lead from the green flag and remained at the head of what was to be something of a scrappy affair, with numerous spins and minor collisions marring the early going.
Several separate incidents left Mikey Godfrey in the barriers and Terry Hunn’s Mazda limping around with what looked like a small fire in the left-front hub.
Walter had just started to gain a breathing space over Dynes when the yellows were out after a collision exiting turn four between Dave Garrett and Stuart Mclaird sparked off a home straight crash that sent cars off in all directions.
Walter leapt away eagerly following the clean-up. But the hiatus seemed to have suited Dynes’ car more than Walter’s, and the Ginetta was swarming all over the Peugeot as they took the last lap board. Dynes was nearly past on the inside at turn two and put himself ahead at turn three, only for Walter to fight back and take the win by a matter of inches at the stripe.
It was much the same story up front for the second encounter.
Walter again got away first but with Dynes challenging hard until Walter began to draw clear. But when Walter began wading into traffic he struggled to get through, allowing Dynes to close in once more. Walter finally managed to escape the backmarkers and took the flag clear of Dynes again, their race-long chase having carried them half a lap clear of third man Mcdonald, although a penalty for contact put him back to fifth, elevating Ivan Grayson to third.
At the kick-off in the final Dynes managed to beat Walter away from the outside front row berth for the first time. Mcdonald – starting much closer to them this time – wasted little time in further relegating Walter as well.
Leaving Walter to try and fend off Gavin Murray and Carl WallerBarrett, Mcdonald swiftly chased Dynes down, taking the lead with a confident swoop around the outside coming off turn two.
That was the end of it as far as the lead was concerned, with attention focusing on the intriguing places scrap for the rest of the race.
Murray and CW-B got the better of Walter and then spent many laps indulging in side-by-side racing, a battle which eventually allowed a charging Chris Haird to catch up and join in too. Waller-barrett and Haird both got past and then closed in fast on Dynes’ second place as the laps dwindled.
They had him all but boxed in behind a backmarker on the final lap but Dynes managed to escape the closing trap in sight of the flag to retain second spot and, ultimately, the win.