National Hot Rods W/QR 11 – Report

Reigning points, National and World Champion 305 Billy Wood won the meeting Final at a lovely and sunny Foxhall Heath Stadium on Easter Monday after 162 Carl Waller-Barrett was docked two places for excessive moving whilst defending the race lead.

152 Shaun Taylor didn’t get the best of get away’s from pole position and dropped to second with 92 Jack Blood taking the early running.

Blood was soon bumped down to second when 162 Waller-Barrett slipped up the inside through turn’s three and four. 305 Wood then pulled a similar move a few laps later to move up to second.

Current National points leader 115 Chris Haird was making his way through the order, making the outside line work perfectly to his advantage moving past 491 Colin Smith to grab third.

42 Shane Bland overtook 95 Gavin Murray who was also overtaken by 17 Rob McDonald a few laps later too.

Meanwhile at the front, 162 Waller-Barrett was defending for his life from 305 Wood who was throwing everything at the two-time European Champion.

However, it was 162 Waller-Barrett who crossed the line just ahead of 305 Wood with 115 Haird completing the top-three.

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Waller-Barrett crossed the line just ahead of Wood. 

After a post-race investigation however, Waller-Barrett was docked two places for moving too many times whilst defending from 305 Wood who inherited the Final victory. 115 Haird was promoted to second as a result.

“We had a decent grid place of fifth for the Final with a fast car, so it was all to play for,” said Wood. “Me and Carl (Waller-Barrett) had a cracking race for 15 laps plus.

“Carl beat me over the line for the win, but we were then told Carl was docked two places for coming over the white line too many times whilst being blue flagged. I feel sorry for Carl and this is a no-win situation for me wither way – some days it goes for you and some days go against you.”

491 Smith came home fourth after getting the better of early race leader 92 Blood. 42 Bland finished sixth with 17 McDonald seventh and 95 Murray eighth.

The new European Champion 174 Jason Kew came home ninth whilst 23 Aaron Dew battle home for a 10th place finish.

After a strong performance at Skegness on Good Friday, Kew was a little under-whelmed by his Easter Monday results at the Foxhall Heath Stadium.

“It’s been a disappointing day,” said Kew. “We’ve had three finishes in the points but in reality, it’s not good enough!

“It’s strange how it can be so fast at Skegness, then struggle at Ipswich. We have lots of meetings coming up, so we’ll strip the car down and get back to work.”

Dew had a frustrating day with a second in heat one before getting spun in heat two and bending the axle of his Ginetta, managing to come home 10th in the Final with a damaged car.

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Aaron Dew tries to bring home his damaged car after hitting the armco in heat two.

“There were a lot of bumpers going in today,” said a frustrated Dew. “I’ve got a sore neck after being launched every corner in race two before finally being taken out. I thought this was National Hot Rods, not National Saloon Stock Cars.”

15 Chris Crane won heat one with a solid drive whilst 491 Smith executed a last bend swoop to perfection to win the second heat by the tiniest of margins from 152 Taylor.

115 Haird leads the World Qualifying Series into round 12 at the Hednesford Hills Raceway this Monday with Scotsman 17 McDonald 23 points behind the former World Champion in second.

Wood scored the most points out of anyone at Ipswich with 48, and heads to the Cannock track third in the standings.

With the top 17 drivers’ qualifying for the 2019 World Final at Spedeweekend, 118 Lewis Shelley is currently on the fringes with 333 Paul Gomm just three points behind Shelley in 18th position.

With a couple of rounds left to go, it’s still all to play for at the top and bottom of the points chart.

By Jordan Hollands.

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