Swaf­fer’s ti­tle again – at last

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport Starts Here -

Ash­ford’s Matt Swaf­fer is cel­e­brat­ing a suc­cess­ful de­fence of his Pro­duc­tion BMW Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

The 38-year-old ef­fec­tively won the series back in Septem­ber but wasn’t able to cel­e­brate at the time.

Ti­tle ri­val Wil­liam Dav­i­son ap­pealed against his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion at Don­ing­ton leav­ing Swaf­fer and his team wait­ing to learn their fate.

Dav­i­son sub­se­quently won both races at the fi­nal round of the sea­son at Snet­ter­ton but it counted for noth­ing when his ap­peal was fi­nally thrown out.

Swaf­fer’s fa­ther Roger said: “It’s made it com­pletely flat, win­ning the cham­pi­onship be­cause of all the ag­gra­va­tion with the other com­peti­tor.

“It’s taken the fun out of it. The Snet­ter­ton race was in Septem­ber so it’s ridicu­lous.

“Last year we won it at the last meet­ing, in the last race, so it was him cross­ing the line, win­ning the race and the cham­pi­onship. But it’s been six weeks this time.

“The ap­peal they did was to­tally point­less but they wouldn’t re­lease the points un­til the ap­peal was heard.”

Back-to-back ti­tles still rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant Swaf­fer.

Roger said: “Only one other driver has done it since the cham­pi­onship’s been go­ing. Be­cause there’s 40 cars on the track, all iden­ti­cal, it’s so hard to win it. You’ve got to get ev­ery ounce out of the car.

“You’re com­mit­ted to the me­chan­i­cal side of it and Matthew’s a good driver.”

Next sea­son could see Swaf­fer, who’s spon­sored by Au­to­quip, rac­ing in a BMW 1 Series Diesel.

Roger said: “The guy who’s been try­ing to get this cham­pi­onship off the ground has been rac­ing in other cham­pi­onships just to get the car sorted and he’s now built a few of them so we may be driv­ing one of his cars.

“It might be just ‘ar­rive and drive’ for a sea­son.” achieve­ment by

‘You’ve got to get ev­ery ounce out of the car’

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