BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES HURT TI­TLE AM­BI­TIONS

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“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.

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