The 2017 season concluded at a somewhat damp and cold ‘TruxxFactor’ meeting at Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire, with the remaining class trophies provisionally decided.
In a tense Mini Se7en finale weekend, Charlie Budd secured the title with a round to go, taking victory on the last lap when longtime leader Lewis Selby’s overheated engine lost power, cruelly dropping him to second and leaving him unable to mathematically overturn the points deficit.
Outgoing champion Ashley Davies completed the podium, and in the S-Class battle, James Bull came through for victory after early leader Nick Croydon-Fowler dropped out.
Selby was unable to fix his engine for the following day’s race, in which Max Hunter came from further back on the grid to repeat his ‘wonder wet win’ from a few seasons ago, battling with Davies before the latter went off into the gravel, as Hunter had done the previous day!
Budd underlined his champion-elect status with a solid run to second ahead of Spencer Wanstall, as Croydon-Fowler led again in S-Class but this time held the lead to the flag. Joe Thompson wrapped up the Se7en Novice award with a pair of assured top-10 finishes.
Having already laid claim to the Mini Miglia title at Oulton, Rupert Deeth was still keen to finish on a flourish, and went away with two further wins. There were however three Miglia races on the programme, the first of them the re-scheduled postponed Round 2 Castle Combe race from April, which took place early on Saturday.
Deeth won this from Kane Astin and Aaron Smith, while Peter Hills finally scored a long overdue Libre class victory after Gary Warburton retired. Second for Peter Crewes however was enough to secure the inaugural Mini Libre title and the re-appointed ST Trophy.
Later that afternoon for the penultimate Round 13, Deeth was again out in front when a mechanical glitch stopped him, leaving Astin to recover from an early spin before charging back through the field to win from Drew and Smith.
The following day, Deeth was back to winning ways in Round 14 but had impressive Novice champion Alfie Brown as a constant shadow in second, with Drew recording another podium finish in third.
Crewes scored his second Libre win of the weekend too, despite a good challenge from Kieren McDonald in the former James Lindridge car.
Both S-Class titles were provisionally decided before Rockingham, Shaun Tarlton and Jim Burrows taking Se7en and Miglia classes respectively.
The M7RC season isn’t quite over however, as next month sees Brands Hatch host the 0-Plate meeting for those who may fancy a ‘Winter Warmer’ to test out drivers/cars for 2018 (all Brands results count towards the Sevenoaks Cups too), plus the annual AGM/ATD, which always guarantees lively debate!
Racing • 19th Oct, 17 •