BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES HURT TITLE AMBITIONS
“Just before the crash we were on target for the title,” said Bell. “We were making great progress so it’s a real shame that it ended this way.
“We’re third in the championship and that reflects the fact that we have had a season of what could have been. We got some great results and had some bad luck, but we showed we could be champions and we almost pulled it off.” “The highlight for me was the home win at Silverstone but I also enjoyed being on the podium at Monza as you don’t get too m a n y opportunities to do that. We took the opportunities that we had and did our best, so we can be proud of that.”
But as he returns to the Asian series for the first time in nearly three years, Bell says he’s itching to get back to some of his favourite circuits.
“I’m delighted to be going back to the Asian Le Mans Series as I thoroughly enjoyed racing there in the 2015-16 season. I can’t wait to go back to Fuji Speedway in Japan as I loved that track and I really enjoyed Buriram, too.” Eagles looked rocky in that period Smith who were doing the majority but started the second in fine fashof the damage for the visitors but, ion with Moses and Darius Defoe Bristol’s time-out was very timely pounding the Flyers hard inside and and they steadied their ship. came back to within 31-29. So much so that they were able to But Flyers re-adjusted their sights restore their double-digit advantage and with Thomas in superb shootand although they lost the period by ing form stormed back. two overall, they still held a 12-point Moses was suddenly a lone lead going in to the final 10 minutes. figure and trying unsucJust as importantly in what was a RALLY fans can grab tickets on Sunday, February cessfully to keep his devastating blow for Newcastle, now for two of Croft Circuit’s 17. side in the game. Moses was unable to play any part favourite off-season events. The event has Bristol’s confiin that last stanza. The Swift Signs & Shirts moved from its tradidence was high Fletcher drove his side on in the Christmas Stages Rally will tional January date and they surged early going of the final quarter and this year be held earlier than and will once again on to lead 50-36 his efforts supported by Defoe and usual when it blasts into incorporate a number at the half, leavSmith, saw the Eagles get back to action on Sunday, December of rounds from regional ing Flournoy within five points with Flyers need16. championships and and his staff ing a time-out to stem Newcastle’s Organised by Northalleris expected to feature with much work run. ton Automobile Club, the a number of top drivers.todointhelock-WiththeEaglesnowchasingtheusualeightstages,45-mile er room before the clock as well as the score line, the format is expected to be Tickets for both final 20 minutes. home side showed great composure retained as organisers finalise events are available Whatever was said coming out of that final time-out details and entry lists. at the gate but can and planned looked to be and finished the game in style. The track has also conbe bought in working as Newcastle came out Newcastle had no answers as a firmed the return of Darlingadvance from strong netting a 7-2 start to force the second consecutive league defeat in ton & District Motor Club’s croftcircuit. home side in to an early time-out. 24 hours has put a different and annual Jack Frost Stages Rally co.uk At this stage it was Moses and worrying slant on their season.