British Championship Ringwood title report

Lowe wins damp British Title Harold Lowe won the British Championship at a very wet Ringwood on Saturday 26th July to take his first major title. However it was newcomer to the formula, Steve Terry, who proved to be the rain master ...

Lowe wins damp British Title

Harold Lowe won the British Championship at a very wet Ringwood on Saturday 26th July to take his first major title. However it was newcomer to the formula, Steve Terry, who proved to be the rain master taking a third in the British and following it up with two heat wins.

Sixteen drivers turned up to contest the British Championship, despite the rain, which seemed to centre itself around Ringwood Raceway for most of the evening. Amongst these drivers was Barry Goldsby making his first Grand Prix Midget appearance of the season in a borrowed Arrow (his old car) due to prolonged problems with his new Stealth. Joe Bourne was also making his second appearance of the season in his brothers (Peter Bourne) car. This was also the first wet meeting of the 2003 season and so made for some excitable racing, with speculation as to who could rule in the rain.

The first race of the night was the British Championship. Those who had qualified started in graded order, nose to tail, at the front, with non- qualifiers in graded order directly behind them. A totally bunched field was sure to make some good racing. The race saw good starts from Gary Bonner and Harold Lowe, with Steve Terry the early leader. It also saw a number of spins from Gary Bonner, Joe Bourne, Mark Hodges and Barry Goldsby. However it was Harold Lowe who was the more confident and eventually managed to take the lead. Although he pulled out a slight gap, Steve Terry and a chasing Neil Clarke were still within striking distance. However it was this battle for second place that proved to be the most exciting, with Neil Clarke all over the back of Steve's Dastle for a considerable number of laps. However Neil eventually made it past and into second, just two laps from the end after being side by side with Steve for two laps. Harold Lowe took the win, just ahead of Neil Clarke, who was closely followed by white grader Steve Terry. Alan Buckland took fourth, with Daz Ryecroft fifth, Andrew Bilby sixth, Andy Collins seventh (despite starting from the very back), and Ez Walker in eighth who rounded off the points scorers.

Race two saw Steve Terry take his first ever win in Midgets, who, starting from the White grade, was able to lead the race from start to finish. Harold Lowe and Neil Clarke were also battling their way through the field and each other, with Neil eventually coming out on top. When Mark Hodges spun and got stuck on the inside of the bend the red flags were brought out. With less than five laps to go it was declared a result. Steve Terry won, followed by Neil Clarke, Harold Lowe, Ez Walker, John Bilby, Barry Goldsby, and Alan Buckland, with Daz Ryecroft rounding off the top eight.

The third and final race of the night saw Steve Terry take his second win, lapping everyone apart from the second and third place drivers. Barry Goldsby also looked to be going extremely quickly and for a brief time pulled out a gap in second place. It was Neil Clarke and Harold Lowe, who had proved to be fast all night that eventually closed in on second place. However a collision between Barry and Harry caused a number of cars to be caught up in the mayhem, including Daz Ryecroft. This played into the hands of John Bilby who managed to jump from tenth to fifth in one corner! Steve Terry won and was followed over the line by Neil Clarke, Alan Buckland, Ez Walker, John Bilby, Andy Smith, Andy Collins, and Andrew Bilby.

-gavin terry-

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Series Midget
Drivers Neil Clark