Mendips Champions!


The final meeting of the 2008 Mendips Raceway season was held on August bank holiday Monday and Ross would enter it with a good chance of winning the track championship in his first season of racing. The name of the game this meeting was definatly going to be to keep it nice and steady and above all else, make sure you finish all three races!

With this in mind Ross took 4th place in race 1, managing to catch up with the 2nd place fight between #205 and #18 a few laps from the end but deciding not to risk getting involved in this frantic dice with so much to lose.

For race 2 #26 would be starting second on the grid behind #18 Larry Langmead but one place in front of championship rival #205 Mike Norton with the team believing all Ross had to do in this race to win the championship was to finish in front of Mike.

Off the line and Ross had a bit of a scruffy first lap which gave Larry some breathing space but Ross gave himself a bit of a talking to inside the #26 car and pulled away from #205 whilst keeping pace with raceleader #18 until a few laps from the end when he settled for 2nd place in what was a good fast race that everyone believed had given Ross the championship. With an 11 point gap over Mike with 1 race to go and the 10 point maximum for a win that seemed to be it…

…however with the final race of the season also being the West of England championship we soon discovered that there would be double points on offer which was slightly depressing news to hear, especially as instead of having a real crack at winning the West of England, Ross would again have to be careful and make certain to finish the race, a DNF and Mike managing a finish of any sorts would allow him to retain the title he won last season.

Off the line for the final time then with a very close grid and Ross initially got away well but had to lift off somewhat not to run straight into the back of #775 who was directly in front of him causing #18 to nearly collect the pair of them.

Ironically as soon as Ross lifted #775 shot off leaving #26 bogged down and quickly heading down the order. With an already bad start Ross was clearly taking no risks, cruising round in 5th place staying well away from everyone and everything to come home safe and sound as the 2008 Mendips Raceway Track Champion! #88 Alan Shelper meanwhile completed a good end to his season by winning the West of England championship.

Well then, what a result! It’s safe to say we certainly didn’t expect it at the start of the season, infact Brians target for Ross was to be finishing on the lead lap while Ross’ slightly more ambitious target was to win a race during the course of the season so to win the track title and take 5 wins that really could have been more has been excellent!

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