Nick shows the Roots to Su­per­stox suc­cess

Aldershot News & Mail - - SPORT -

JUST weeks after re­turn­ing from Ip­swich as the new East Anglian Su­per­stox cham­pion, young­ster Nick Roots has up­set the tra­di­tional order by adding the South­ern Cham­pi­onship ti­tle to his grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion.

Third gen­er­a­tion racer Nick, from the Roots fam­ily dy­nasty of driv­ers, up­staged even his ex­pe­ri­enced fa­ther Chris, as he crossed the line first in the fi­nal on Sun­day at the Alder­shot Race­way.

The out­come could have been so very dif­fer­ent, with an­other lo­cal driver, Dave Miles, with his ex­per­i­men­tal Ford Zetec en­gine dom­i­nat­ing the ear­lier heats.

After lead­ing for most of the race, Miles was nudged aside to come home a close sec­ond in the first heat. Chas­ing hard, Nick Roots was third.

Miles went one bet­ter the sec­ond time out, storm­ing into the lead early on, and then hold­ing his nerve to the chequered flag. With Nick out of con­tention, main­tain­ing the fam­ily hon­our, Dad Chris Roots charged through the field from the su­per­stars divi­sion to claim fourth.

Ul­ti­mately, when it came to the af­ter­noon’s 25 lap fi­nal, youth tri­umphed over ex­pe­ri­ence.

Racing from the yel­low grade, Miles was again very quickly chal­leng­ing for the lead. Nick Roots mean­while was close be­hind, putting in the bumper, to legally take out his ri­vals.

Main­tain­ing the pre­ferred in­side line around the cir­cuit, Roots picked off cars with con­sum­mate ease, to get into third po­si­tion after just five laps.

By half way, Roots was nib­bling at the bumper of Miles, and within two laps had edged ahead.

When the leader then made a mis­take and went wide on the pit bend with just five laps to go, Roots calmly took his chance and snuck through. With his nose in front, he pow­ered on to take his sec­ond tro­phy in a mat­ter of months.

On his vic­tory lap, a beam­ing Roots was asked after win­ning the East Anglian and now the South­ern ti­tles, what was next?

“Well the World Fi­nal is at Wim­ble­don Race­way at the start of Oc­to­ber. That would be nice”, he joked.

Alder­shot Race­way has a busy four for­mula bill this Sun­day head­lined by the 2-litre stock cars racing for their English Cham­pi­onship.

The Na­tional Bangers have a spe­cial­ity SUV/4x4 event in­clud­ing a De­struc­tion Derby, whilst the Do­mes­tic Bangers will fight it out in round eight of the Think Ford League.

The young­sters in the Ninja Karts close out the meet­ing.

Racing starts at 1pm and turn­stiles open at 11am.

In the Nick of good time: Nick Roots, inset, is the new Su­per­stox South­ern cham­pion

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