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Lewis Smith de­fied ap­palling weather con­di­tions to dom­i­nate both In­ter­mar­que cham­pi­onship races with an im­pres­sive dis­play of car con­trol at Ly­d­den Hill on Satur­day. But his suc­cess was no walkover be­cause all of his ri­vals per­formed well in close com­pany on the wet, slip­pery track: the re­ward for many years of hon­ing their skills as short-oval shale-shifters.

Qual­i­fy­ing was blighted by sev­eral lengthy de­lays due to thick­en­ing fog so Smith opened the pro­ceed­ings al­most two hours be­hind sched­ule when he led Steve Bur­rows and Chris Brock­hurst through­out the first race.

In race two Ray Har­ris and Richard Smith chased Lewis all the way ahead of Brock­hurst, who went on to win the non­cham­pi­onship event. Danny Brooker was gifted the first

Tin Tops race when Al­fie Brooker and Bradley Lane both had a prob­lem while lead­ing, but in race two it was Danny whose Vaux­hall As­tra VXR suf­fered a mis­fire so Steve Ever­son’s Citroen Saxo came through to win from Kevin Palmer.

As the rain in­creased, John Cooper’s Fi­esta dis­played prodi­gious speed as it lapped all but run­ner-up Steve Roth­ery in the open­ing SE Sports and Sa­loons event, but it was Roth­ery’s Clio which beat Cooper to the che­quered flag in race two.

Adrian Bradley (BMW M3) ex­tended his Mod­i­fied Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship lead over Rod Bir­ley when he won both races in con­vinc­ing style.

The Ly­d­den Hill Mo­tor­sport Club did well to get through nine races de­spite the weather, but the fi­nal All­com­ers event had to be can­celled be­cause of stand­ing wa­ter on the track.

Brooker won Sports & Sa­loon opener be­fore mis­fire struck

Pho­tos: Kerry Dun­lop

Smith heads the In­ter­mar­que pack

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