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WHO Nascar -
Our Nascar championship showdown looked very tasty on paper -
We had a slightly different oval to deal with -
The heats started at an incredible pace with both Andy and John in the first group
alongside Tony and Matthew, who was debuting the Mega-
The following four groups were mixed bags -
In the junior battle, Stephen was in touching distance to Ned, to whom he could concede 30 points and still win the junior Nascar championship.
In the second run-
The G final was a head-
In another very close race, it was going to be all about keeping on the track. Last
month's race winner Corey fell by the wayside, his Mega-
Aaron stayed in white lane for the E final, which was going to give him an advantage.
Could he convert it into a second win against the two Richards and Tony? It was another
very close race, until the grown-
Aaron stepped up to yellow in the D final, which would require a completely different
driving style. He struggled and came home fourth, but two final wins must have been
pretty pleasing! Keith, Neal and Neil started the race very close and it continued
that way until Neil's Mega-
The C final saw Keith line up against Alex, Stephen and Mike McCann. Stephen really needed to win and make it to the B final to keep contact with Ned in the championship. There was a lot of pressure on the sixteen year old. In the closest race of the night so far, all four racers swapped the lead back and forth. The pressure finally got to Stephen and a few too many crashes in the quick, but demanding yellow lane saw him drop to third behind Alex and Keith. It was Alex who kept his cool and was delighted with his win.
So the junior medal battle was between Alex and Ned in the B final. And Stephen had to hope and pray that Ned didn't make the A final. If he did, Ned would win the junior Nascar championship. If he didn't, the title would be Stephen's...
Alex got off to a bad start with an early off that dented his chances and his confidence.
Ahead, Duncan and Simon were taking the challenge to Ned and the lead was swapped
regularly. It was another enthralling final and as the clock ticked down it looked
like Simon was holding off Ned, but by the slimmest of margins. With twenty seconds
to go, Simon crashed. A quick re-
It was perfect that we had all three title contenders in the A final. The maths was
fairly simple -
If Ned were to win the race then Mike could come second or third (with Andy second) to pick up the championship. Andy could come second to Ned with Mike fourth. Got that?
The race got underway with an amazing pace. Ned couldn't keep up and dropped back. Mike and John were neck and neck, with Mike easing out a few hundreths each lap. Andy had an off, but quick marshalling got him back just a lap down and on a similar pace to the front two, ready to pick up the pieces...
The battle between the front pair was intense and with thirty seconds of the race
remaining, Mike's lead just crept over the one second mark -
Huge congratulations to Mike, to Ned and to Neal on the medals and championship wins.
It was a brilliant night's racing. A big thanks to Keith whose Nascar expertise helped
design and build the track -
Thanks, as always, to everyone's contributions to a great night -
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