Production was won on the day by Cliff Bicknell who led home 2 Area 10 drivers to take the spoils.
The Latest area round found us at a very cold Ipswich SCC for Rnd 3. With James Cleave away on ' OTHER BUSINESS' who would step up to the mantle and be top dog on the day?
We didn't have to wait long as from the word go the returning (after missing Wellingborough) to the series Mark Harwood laid down his marker to TQ and then go on to top what was a very good 1-2-3 for Team Harwood. With the likes of Ian Fisher and Wellinborough winner Gavin Wills not really in the mix and out of sorts, it was left to Stan Alton to take a well deserved 4th place.
F1, and the Mark 'MOJO' continued with TQ in this class into the final , but this time Gavin got his act together to take 2nd spot into the final from Ian and a very lucky Greg. I say lucky because in the semi final Paul H's gears failed with 30 seconds to go thereby allowing Greg to take the last place in the F1 final and Paul left in 5th overall and wondering what could have been.
Gavin took the lead at the start of the final with Mark in close attendance and Greg not too far behind, but after 15 laps of pressure Mark got by to take the lead and was never headed. Ian had drifted away from the leaders a little at this stage, as the main battle was now for 2nd place between Greg and Gavin, this went the way of Greg and towards the end of the 75 laps Ian managed to get by Gavin and take 3rd.
So it was 2 out of 2 for ' SLOW BRO', would he take his hat trick on his return?
Sports was opened with the 1 minute qualifying system and topping the time sheets in his ( fairly ) new Horky was Gavin from an upbeat and on form Mark and the rest of ' Team Harwood' filling out the top 4 .
In the finals, Ian managed to take a good 3rd overall from the bottom final with Paul H taking 4th from the B final, but the A final turned into a drama filled 12 minutes with Gavin and Mark trading fast lap after fast lap and positions.
Heading into the final section they were both on the same lap but Mark was starting to run a little shy on tyres, would they last?
Well it was very close and it ended in Mark getting his hat trick of wins on the day by about 20 parts from Gavin, thus they took the 1-2.
A very hard fought and competitive day as you would expect from one of the most competitive Areas in the country. Round 4 is at North London next month, where the Area Champions will be crowned.
Who will it be? We will have to wait and see.
Paul Harwood (Area 6 Delegate)