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Rockingham race report.

By Rod Birley

Qualifying took on a slightly different format in that each drivers quickest lap determined the first race grid, then their second quickest lap gave them their grid position for race two.

Rockingham David Brooks grabbed pole for both races and from a rather ragged rolling start he led away with Mike Thurley slotting into second. Dale Gent went wayward through Pif Paf and dropped back to sixth, whilst Harding spun at the Brook chicane.
Blackman slipstreamed past Thurley at the completion of lap two, whilst Paul Eve held fourth from Ricky Hunn. Gent started to motor up the order and soon reappeared in third as Thurley slowed in the opposite direction. Mike was starting to feel unwell as fumes entered his car, and wisely pulled off. Blackman then took the lead on lap eight and appeared to be in control, but Brooks soon came back onto his rear bumper and retook the prime slot on the eleventh tour. The positions now stabilised although Alex MacPherson from the DDMC had a scare when his front suspension broke.

Rockingham So Brooks took his first long circuit win from Blackman, Gent, Eve, Harding and Hunn. Stuart Carr headed the northern contingent. A lock out of the first six places gave the BARC south east team a maximum 165 score.
The start of the second race was far more orderly and Gent powered his Subaru into a temporary lead. The impressive Brooks soon redressed the situation and appeared back in the lead. Blackman found the task a bit more difficult, and we were treated to the Subaru blasting past on the banking only for the more nimble Tigra to nip past on the twisty bits. Just as Malcolm looked to have conquered the Japanese machine he suffered a puncture. When Gent had a moment at Gracelands Harding took advantage but then he too had an off at the same corner two laps later.

Rockingham All this action saw Gent back in second with Eve collecting third. Thurley still did not feel 100% but soldiered on to fourth spot from a fast closing Hunn. Harding completed another whitewash in sixth from Carr, Vic Hope and Brian Allen. The final points tally was 330 to BARC south east, 94 to the "rest".
Hunn received the driver of the day award as Harding collected the best prepared car prize.

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