HOOD’S SAGARIS DOMINATES AT THE ROCK


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Tim Hood was a double race winner at Rockingham on Saturday. Photo: Mal Gwynne – clickmotorsport.com

Rockingham played host to its final BRSCC meeting of the season with ten action packed races providing plenty of entertainment for the spectators.

The Pickup Truck Racing Championship returned to its ancestral home for the second time this season with Nic Grindrod dominating both races. The 2010 Rockingham Championship winner flew past Paul Poulter on the final lap in race 1 to take the chequered flag by just 6 tenths of a second. It was a day to forget for Paul Poulter however who after finishing second in race 1, was later excluded from the results and forced to retire from the second race due to mechanical issues.

Simon Hill extended his Championship lead by a further 10 points with a win in race 1 of the Teekay Couplings Production GTI Championship. A fantastic start by the Cheshire driver saw him fly past Matthew Weller and James Colbourne on the start/finish straight to take the lead from third on the grid. But it was the Golf GTi of Craig Roberts that dominated the second Teekay Couplings Production GTI Championship race of the day, with his hired Class A car beating Simon Hill to the chequered flag by just 0.457 of a second.

Tim Hood continued his dominant form in the Dunlop TVR Challenge, claiming two more race wins to his name. A Safety Car was called out in race 1 after Billy Thompson beached his Tuscan in the gravel at the exit of Gracelands. Action on the last lap also saw contact between Jason Clegg and Keith Vaughan Williams with both cars off into the gravel at the Brook chicane leaving Tim Davis to take the final place on the podium.

An early battle at the front between Dowling & Hood made for exciting viewing in race 2 of the Dunlop TVR Challenge, with the two cars side by side as they crossed the line to start lap 2. Dean Cook also put in an impressive drive to jump from 11th on the grid to finish in third position.

A mistake on the first lap by Chris Hutchinson helped rival Henry Heaton claim a dominant win in Group 1 Pistonheads.com Caterham Academy Championship. The Championship leader went wide at the Deene hairpin, hitting the tyre wall, allowing Heaton to pull away and take the eventual win. Drama on the last lap also saw Houston and Horton both spin at the Deene hairpin, handing second place to Daniel Livingstone. A 5 second penalty for James Houston dropped him down from third to fifth with Thomas Readman moving up from fourth to third.

Jack Sales took a well-deserved win in Group 2 of the Caterham Academy Championship, holding off both Lee Bristow and William Smith on the final lap to take the chequered flag. Contact at the Deene hairpin on the first lap helped to mix up the grid. Lee Bristow also showed impressive form to take second from William Smith in the final few minutes of the race.

Robert Baker dominated the Civic Cup Series, holding off a persistent Luke Sedzikoski in both races to take the chequered flag. In race 1, all eyes were on the battle for second as Lee Sedzikoski and Richard Hockley fought it out side by side for almost 9 laps with Sedzikoski taking position on the last lap. In race 2, Leon Thornley caused a stir in the final minutes of the race, going wide at Deene hairpin and hitting the tyre wall, forcing him into early retirement. Just two races are now left in the 2013 Civic Cup Series season.

The full results can be found at ROCKINGHAM RESULTS

Donna Kelly