Ben Harding gets his first win of the 2017 8th Stock Cars National Series to stay top of the table


An unexpected but greatly appreciated turnout of 31 drivers attended National Round 4 hosted by ADUR, on a day where the temperature soared close to the same number of people racing and the sun shone down on some very close and fast action


Drivers had been divided up into 6 heats which meant plenty of time between races to enjoy the sun, as well as keeping cool under the gazebo covered pit area with activities ranging from knitting (team Kinton!) to tucking into a free bbq courtesy of the club. In a repeat of last year’s meeting, Ben Harding and Ricky Slater topped the lap charts to qualify straight through into the final. Scores were very close between the remaining drivers and surprisingly Southern Series champion Dave Gwilliam missed out on a semi-final place, ending his hopes of winning the National Series. Although he had already retained his Southern title so he had a silver lining if not the silver roof.

Semi-final 1 needed two attempts to get the race underway, following confusion during the countdown on the first attempt. Due to the very bright conditions the new traffic light system was difficult for the car-holders to see green, which resulted in a jump start by a number of cars and the race was red flagged. On the second attempt, Ross Wiffen’s engine cut just seconds before the race began so he missed the opening few laps but recovered very well to come 3rd. Unusually, Mick Betts was the first to retire and came 6th. Steve Wearing was out for a Sunday drive again in 5th, but he did pop an impressive wheelie which entertained the spectators. The only white top in the semis, Craig Slater, finished less than a second behind Ross in 4th. Doug Taunton and Steve Farren were comfortably ahead in 1st and 2nd.

Semi-final 2 was tight with all 6 drivers very even on pace and there was very little margin for error. Unfortunately for Sam Wearing he did encounter an error just over the midway distance when his outside rear tyre decided it didn’t want to be attached to the wheel anymore. Using a tyre that was glued on during the mid-80s was always a bit risky and Sam came 6th. Scott Kinton was 5th after suffering an engine cut during the last few laps. Steve Kinton and Ian Bashall had to settle for 4th and 3rd as Kane Farren and Alex Montague were 1st and 2nd.

The pace in the final was blisteringly quick, and again all drivers were very close. Ben got the best start and maintained his lead to the end by keeping out of trouble, although Alex recovered well from a bad start and was closing in on Ben during the last few laps, finishing only half a lap behind. Doug was 3rd ahead of Kane in 4th, with Steve in 5th and Ricky having the scrappiest race to finish 6th.

A final was also run for the Juniors with the win going to Ryan Kinton closely followed by his brother James and Tom O'Hara.

Thanks to Ricky and the Adur team for a well run and enjoyable meeting and also to Bob Mitchell as co-sponsor providing his own trophies for the Ivan Mitchell memorial.

Sam Wearing #24





Ben Harding receives the magnificent Ivan Mitchell trophy from Bob Mitchell of MMRD 


Junior Finalists