Buxton race notes 2003-08-10

John Salter made a return to his winning ways at Buxton on Sunday 10th August, after having a bad spell due to engine trouble. Andrew Bilby came in second with Mark Hodges third. It was a weekend where most of the country was ...

John Salter made a return to his winning ways at Buxton on Sunday 10th August, after having a bad spell due to engine trouble. Andrew Bilby came in second with Mark Hodges third.

It was a weekend where most of the country was experiencing record breaking temperatures and beautiful weather, however Buxton seemed to have missed on this as the meeting started with rain! Although the track did dry as the day went on, almost all drivers were on wet tyres for at least one of the races.

Heat 1 was won by Harold Lowe, who, after a quick start was able to get clear of the reds and blues and chase down the front pair of John Bilby and Steve Terry. Neil Clarke was also driving well in the wet, and was following Harold through. One of the most impressive drives was made by Joe Bourne who got 5th whilst on slick tyres! Ez Walker and Andy Collins were also having a close battle for 6th, with Ez eventually coming out on top. Harold Lowe won, from Neil Clarke, Steve Terry, John Bilby, Joe Bourne, Ez Walker, Andy Collins, and Daz Ryecroft.

The track was drying for Heat 2, which led to some debate about which tyres to go out on. This meant that there was a mixed field of cars on slicks, wets and a combination of the two, which made for some good racing. Ez Walker won the heat after he was able to leap frog into the lead, due to a spin from Andy Smith, which caused Steve Terry to take avoiding action which in turn left Joe Bourne with nowhere to go, except the wall. The Red grade drivers benefited most from this, as they were able to avoid the mayhem and make up a number of places. The race also saw a fierce battle for third place between Andy Collins, Steve Terry, and Harold Lowe, with Andy Collins' slick tyres coming out on top. Ez Walker took the race win, from Daz Ryecroft, Andy Collins, Steve Terry, Harold Lowe, John Bilby, Neil Clarke, and Dave Smith.

The final saw good starts from both John Bilby and Dave Smith. However the race had to be stopped after a collision between Harold Lowe and Daz Ryecroft, left Daz's car stranded on the inside of turn one. Harold Lowe was able to get a quick restart, as was John Salter who immediately overtook Andy Smith and John Bilby for the lead. Mark Hodges was also going well trying to stick with John Salter. The most impressive battle of the race was between Andrew Bilby and Andy Collins where they changed places four times in three laps. This wasn't even for position as Andy Collins had pulled off on the first lap and then rejoined a lap behind!! Andrew Bilby was also able to catch and pass Mark Hodges for second place. The race was won by John Salter, who was followed over the line by Andrew Bilby, Mark Hodges, Harold Lowe, Neil Clarke, Andy Smith, John Bilby, and Andy Collins, who rounded off the top eight and points finishers.

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Series Midget
Drivers Neil Clark