STA­BLES LOCKED OUT OF TAK­ING BIKESPORTS CLASS VIC­TORY

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With Lee Tor­rie ab­sent, Richard Sta­bles could have taken the Bikesports Class A cham­pi­onship with two class wins at Snet­ter­ton, but he fin­ished a dis­tinct sec­ond in class in race one. The class and over­all wins in­stead went to Joe Lock, tak­ing his first win in the se­ries in dom­i­nant style.

“I just tried to get as big a gap as I could at the start and then de­fend – and luck­ily I didn’t re­ally have to de­fend!” said Lock.

“It’s a big step for me; it’s go­ing to be a good step­ping stone for ev­ery other re­sult I can get next year.”

Richard’s son Joe Sta­bles had al­ready guar­an­teed the over­all and Class B ti­tles but sat out race one af­ter crash­ing at Co­ram on the first lap of qual­i­fy­ing. Richard let him take over his car for race two now in teem­ing rain. Plenty of cars, in­clud­ing Lock’s, left the track and the race was won by Aaron Bai­ley with Sta­bles sec­ond. The race was stopped early af­ter Richard Hardie went off at Riches.

“[It was my] first week­end of ac­tu­ally go­ing off and hit­ting the wall, luck­ily it was the end of the sea­son and I’ve al­ready won the cham­pi­onship, so I’m not too both­ered apart from the dam­age!” Joe said.

“My dad didn’t want to go out in the wet so he thought he’d give me a shot!”

Ben Rush­worth ef­fec­tively had his Hot Hatch Class A ti­tle con­firmed in ad­vance as Alis­tair Camp en­tered a Class B ma­chine, mean­ing Rush­worth was close to guar­an­teed the points to keep him ahead of Steve Saw­ley. How­ever, the drive­shaft on Rush­worth’s Honda In­te­gra failed on the first lap of qual­i­fy­ing but, in sod­den race con­di­tions and start­ing from the back, he was in the lead within two laps and that was where he stayed. Class C’s Michael Winkworth se­cured the over­all ti­tle with a class win while Ro­dren Vella clinched the Class B cham­pi­onship. Rush­worth also won the dry race two the fol­low­ing day.

Lee Scott in his Ford Fi­esta set­tled the three-way Clas­sic Stock Hatch cham­pi­onship bat­tle in his favour by win­ning a fren­zied race one ahead of ti­tle ri­val Matt Rozier’s Peu­geot 205. It also was Scott’s first win of the sea­son. The third ti­tle con­tender, Mar­cus Ward, had an event­ful run to sixth. Ward had the com­pen­sa­tion of win­ning race two, hold­ing off Rozier.

Shaun Traynor only needed to fol­low ri­val Ben Rowe home in both races for the MR2 ti­tle but in­stead beat him in both. He won race one while Rowe – strug­gling with mea­gre rear brake pads – was dropped from third to sixth af­ter a post-race con­tact penalty. Then Traynor passed Rowe on race two’s fi­nal lap to fin­ish sec­ond be­hind Paul Cook.

Ben Short had a tri­umphant MX-5 Cup re­turn with three wins, the first in the wet and the fi­nal won af­ter start­ing sev­enth on a re­versed grid. Paul Maguire se­cured the over­all cham­pi­onship.

Matthew Booth in his MK Indy RR took his fifth Sport Spe­cials win of the year in race one, while Lee Emm in his Lo­cost 7 con­firmed the over­all ti­tle with Class B vic­tory. Rob John­ston con­firmed the Class A ti­tle in race two, de­spite los­ing sev­eral places on lap one when he thought his en­gine had blown af­ter hear­ing a strange noise. Tom Grif­fiths in a Tiger R10 beat Booth to the race win.

Gra­ham Crowhurst took an as­ton­ish­ing M3 Cup race win in the wet, ris­ing from the back af­ter be­ing spun at the first cor­ner; lap­ping seven sec­onds faster than any­one else on lap two. His win meant Tom Coller se­cured the cham­pi­onship, de­spite him stop­ping on lap one with a bent steer­ing arm. Coller then took his first race win of the sea­son in an even wet­ter race two, mak­ing his own come­back af­ter stalling at the start.

Michael Price and Mar­cus Clut­ton (Porsche 997S) won the 45-minute Road­sports race, ben­e­fit­ing from mak­ing their pit­stop un­der the safety car.

David Heas­man pipped David Kemp­ton on the line by a mere 0.02s to win the first BMW Car Club Rac­ing con­test. Heas­man won race two as well, hold­ing off Michael Cutt who had risen from the back.

Rus­sell Mc­carthy clinched the over­all BCV8 ti­tle, his to­tal made up of Class C and D points. He won the dry first race then won in Class D in the sod­den race two wherein the Class C cars bet­ter suited the con­di­tions. That race was won by Jor­dan Spencer.

Pho­tos: Steve Jones, Jon Elsey

Lock de­fied Sta­bles to take his maiden Bikesports win

Drive­shaft fail­ure on first lap of qual­i­fy­ing didn’t stop Rush­worth win­ning

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