Nick Roots took victory in the 2019 Superstox European Championship at a very wet Foxhall Heath Stadium last Saturday – surviving two attacks from multiple champion Jason Cooper.
Roots had to battle his way through the spray from 11th on the grid in what drivers called ‘some of the most difficult conditions they’ve ever faced.’
However, it was his father Chris Roots who led the field away from pole position with Scotsman Bryan Forrest spinning after losing the back end under braking. Cooper, who started as one of the pre-race favourites went very heavily into the armco head on with Harry Sturt also involved amongst others.
The yellow flags were brought out at the end of lap two to remove some of the cars caught up in the first bend pile up.
Chris Roots led the field away for the second time of asking but was hit by second-placed Mark Smith as they went into turn one. This allowed Martyn Coles to take the race lead.
Nick Roots then pushed Coles out wide as they went into turn one to take the lead with just a handful of laps gone. Coles dropped to third behind Chris Roots, but went up the inside again as they went into turn three.
Coles was nudged into a gentle spin by Chris Roots as they went into turn one dropping him way down the order.
Roots was in a class of his own out in front as he found grip on the outside line where the rubber from previous races had built up.
However, as Roots nipped up the inside of Cooper (who was one lap down) on turn two, the British Champion fought back up the inside as they went into turn one pushing the race leader towards the armco.
Roots managed to escape without sustaining any major damage only for Cooper to mount another attack as they headed into turn three. This time the hit was bigger, but Roots once again escaped with only some minor roof fin damage. Cooper retired due to damage giving Roots a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, third place was being held down by former World Champion Colin Aylward with Michael Green right behind him. Green managed to get past Aylward with a lap to go to take third position from near the back of the grid.
Roots took the chequered flag with his dad Chris coming home in second and Green third.
Fourth was Aylward with Brett Wesbroom fifth. Sixth was Alex Meadows with Thomas Naughton seventh and Smith coming home eighth.
On the Sunday, it was all about the Eaton Family Trophy won by Dutchman Joep Brouwers who took the lead early on, making him a two-time winner of the prestigious trophy.
By Jordan Hollands.