NA­TIONAL HOT RODS: WORLD SERIES BOLD MC­DON­ALD BEATS THE CHAOS FOR HED­NES­FORD VIC­TORY DOU­BLE

Hed­nes­ford

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lost out to the fast-mov­ing Lee Pep­per, who ap­peared to have all the grip the rest didn’t.

Pep­per took Lowe at the East Bend and Grayson with a car­bon copy move at the other end of the track. From that point on, Pep­per just got fur­ther up the road, even­tu­ally run­ning out win­ner by half a lap.

The bat­tle for the places was quite an­other mat­ter though, with Grayson fight­ing off a mas­sive chal­lenge in the dy­ing laps. Dick Hil­lard just made it past in a blan­ket fin­ish, which also in­volved vis­it­ing World Fi­nal win­ner Adam Maxwell and Gavin Mur­ray.

Grayson was again the fast starter in the third en­counter, but Andy Lee was right with him and very soon, so was Shane Bland. And it was Bland who was charg­ing here, hav­ing missed his first race with fuel pump prob­lem.

Passes of Lee and Grayson into the East Bend on suc­ces­sive laps car­ried him to the front, af­ter which he sim­ply pulled fur­ther clear with ev­ery tour.

Mc­don­ald al­ways looked a good bet for the fi­nal honours af­ter he gained a sec­ond row start for the main event, but it wasn’t go­ing to be easy.

Heat two vic­tor Pep­per was off the out­side front row and went straight into the lead, Mc­don­ald set­tling onto his tail where he ap­plied plenty of pres­sure with­out be­ing able to find an open­ing. He was fi­nally saved from hav­ing to make the pass when three cars got to­gether at the West Bend, the leader un­for­tu­nately man­ag­ing to clip one of them on his way past.

With the yel­lows out and Pep­per elim­i­nated with bro­ken steer­ing, Mc­don­ald was left to de­fend his lead against Ja­son Kew and Mur­ray.

But be­fore they could do any se­ri­ous rac­ing, they had to en­dure a fur­ther three caution pe­ri­ods in the space of the next five laps, an al­most far­ci­cal se­quence of crashes un­doubt­edly brought on by each stop­page tak­ing their tyres ever nearer the al­most freez­ing track tem­per­a­ture.

With the race fi­nally un­der­way a lit­tle more per­ma­nently, Mc­don­ald set­tled into a lead he looked un­likely to lose.

The places were far from set­tled, with Kew, Mur­ray and Bland trad­ing po­si­tions un­til Kew smacked the wall, bring­ing on the fifth caution.

Af­ter that Mc­don­ald, Bland and Mur­ray put over half a lap on the rest, where Bradley Dynes was busy de­fend­ing fourth against all­com­ers. His suc­cess in this en­deav­our even­tu­ally en­abled him to claim third too, when Bland picked up a penalty for con­tact ear­lier in the race.

Scots­man Mc­don­ald took a heat and fi­nal win at a very cold Hed­nes­ford

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