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The third and last area round saw another driver compete in their first area round. He had travelled a long way to compete but did have some previous experience. Breakfast and lunch were provided by the chef of the day, David Farrow.
The clubman championship was up for grabs with 3 drivers in with a chance of taking the overall title. Steve Taylor or Nick Clements were favourites, but Ricky Gowen could take the tile with a win and both Nick and Steve being beaten by two other competitors. A great race ensued with Ricky taking the lead and going onto a commanding victory. Despite team Clements being present in the race, Steve Taylor held off Nick to take second place in the race and secure the title. Nick finished third which was good enough for second in the championship.
The Saloon championship could also be taken by Gavin Wills or James Cleave. One minute qualifying was close.with James beating Gavin by 1/10th second but Gavin was more consistent. Chris Clements qualified third with his newly refurbished Won O Won prepared motor. During the race, Gavin’s consistency shone through and he was able to take the win and the championship with a solid drive. Chris Clements finished third which was enough to just beat his brother in the overall championship with a higher dropped score! John Gooding had another great result in fourth. Ricky Gowen had chassis issues which caused him to drop down the leaderboard, not giving a true result of his pace.
The F1 championship had already been clinched by James Cleave but qualifying places were still up for grabs. James set TQ with a new track record and went on to win the race, closely followed by Gavin, both drivers beating the previous track record for a 6x3minute race. Richard Mack took third in his favourite class. Other notable performances included Charlie Gooding in fourth, beating his son John, and David Farrow in eighth.
James Cleave had also taken the 32ES championship and decided to run his 2011 Nationals winning Mack chassis to give it another outing from the cupboard. Chris Clements had managed to blag a Horky chassis from Richard Mack and put it to good use in qualifying taking third spot. Richard Mack was the fastest in qualifying, but only 0.09 seconds covered the top 4! Richard had a bad start to the race and never quite got going. Gavin and Chris got off to a flying start, James ran out of tyres after 2 segments and had to change shortly after a accident caused the body to be eaten by the gears and motor! This left Gavin and Chris to fight it out for the lead. Gavin took his second victory of the day.
If you have had a look at the results you will see that the furthest travelled racer actually came from South Africa and was none other that Russell Sheldon.
The battle of the Juniors was won by Chris Clements, from his brother Nick and John Gooding was third. An unfortunate bad result in 32ES dropped John out of a comfortable second.
Thanks to the Rockingham club for organising a great event and providing great facilities. Thanks to to David for the cooking. Photos can be seen in the 2014 Area Gallery.
Full results from each class can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
32Saloon - Qualifying
32Saloon - Race
32F1 - Qualifying
32F1 - Race
32ES - Qualifying
32ES - Race
Final championship positions can be viewed here.