The National Hot Rods will contest their fourteenth and final 2018/19 English World Series round at the Aldershot Raceway this Sunday with a lot still to play for.
After a gruelling qualifying campaign that started all the way back in July last year at the Birmingham Wheels Raceway, either one of Chris Haird, Rob McDonald or Jason Kew can walk away with the English points title – won last year by 305 Billy Wood.
Unfortunately for Wood, despite having a very good qualifying campaign, he will not have the chance to defend his English points title after giving an incorrect tyre number at the last round at Ipswich. As a result, Wood will have to sit out Sunday’s meeting.
In a statement afterwards, Wood said: “Gutted is an understatement. We’ve wrecked our own title points race and our chance to defend the title with an incorrect tyre number. I’ve got no one to blame expect me, rules are rules and rightly so, a ban is issued. I’m very sorry to everyone that helps and supports me.”
Wood currently sits in fourth and has the potential to drop even further down in the points should people around him have a good meeting.
Haird currently sits on 459 points with McDonald just three points behind him. Kew has an outside chance of the title but is 34 points further adrift.
However, it’s not just the battle at the top that’s an intriguing one with some drivers still looking to battle their way into that all important top 17 and make the 2019 World Final grid.
Shaun Taylor currently occupies that last world final qualifying spot with the young and exciting Perry Cooke only five points behind and breathing heavily down his neck. Lewis Shelley is 12 points behind Cooke and could still sneak into the top 17 with a bit of luck on Sunday.
For the likes of Paul Gomm, Andy Lane, Ivan Grayson and National Hot Rod veteran Dick Hillard, its all about scoring consistent points throughout the meeting to consolidate their world final qualifying positions that they all currently occupy.
I’m sure it’ll be a very tense and compelling afternoon of racing as another world qualifying series draws to a close.
It’s an important time of year for all the drivers and teams as in just two weeks, it’s the annual World Final shakedown and the Angie Rowe Thunder 500 which is always a great meeting.
Support comes from the Superstox who will contest their 2019 Brian Street Trophy won last year by Matthew Sole, as well as support from the National Bangers who will fight for the 2019 Aldershot Open with new 2LTR National Banger World of Shale Champion Jordan Cumming set to appear for the first time since winning the title at Kings Lynn last Sunday.
By Jordan Hollands