NORTHAMPTON 03 04 2011-2011

Northampton 3rd April 2011 Classic Hot Rods – NIR – 3 April 2011 The Classic Hot Rods had their second outing of the year at Northampton International Raceway on Sunday 3 April. 14 Cars were present with the usual mix of Anglia’s and MK1 & Mk2 Escorts along with the Chevette & HB Viva. Dez Green made his debut in a smart green Mk1 escort although he was suffering some mechanical woes and only made the first heat. However that was better than poor Stu Wright who never made it past practice after his crank let go. So thirteen cars set off for the first heat, Lee Holden, (Escort Mk2) in pole quickly opened up a healthy gap at the front, he was followed by Dave Holden (Escort Mk1) with Lee Wood (Viva) close behind the orange Escort, Wood soon found his way past Holden and started chasing after Lee, while Roger Wright (Escort Mk1) also moved around the outside to follow Wood, by now Lee Holden was well clear and took the chequers followed home by Wood, Wright and Paul Bowring (Anglia), Dave Holden hung on for fifth while Glen Moore came home sixth in his Mk2 Escort while Rick Frays engine in his Mk1 Escort spectacularly blew up in a big way on the final laps rolling to a halt with the engine bay busting into flames which was quickly extinguished by the marshals Eleven cars out for the second heat with Green and not surprisingly Fray missing. Lee Holden again led them from the green and once again quickly opened up a commanding lead whilst Wood was battling for second with Moore while Wright and Bowring tussled for fourth, Moore eventually got the better of Wood who retired with mechanical woes and Wright finally managed to pull clear of Bowring to chase down Moore, He gradually whittled down the gap and managed to take second, but by now Holden was nearly half a lap clear to take the chequers again, Wright was once again the bridesmaid from Moore, Bowring, Sam Mitchell (Anglia) and Rob Montagner (Chevette) With Wood and Dave Fry missing for the final it was down to 9 cars, Lee Holden once again led them away and held the lead for some time, however Wright was not going to be runner up again and the more powerful Crossflow powered escort of Wright was soon catching the leader, behind Bowring, Moore and Mitchell were all chasing third, Bowring managing to secure the position as Wright powered past the leader down the home straight, Mitchell finally managed to find a way through on the inside of Moore for fourth, Wright took the win, with Holden second from a fast closing Bowring, Mitchell came home fourth from Moore and Kevin Johnson

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