Harold Lowe won the Grand Prix Midget National Point's Championship at Buxton on Sunday 12th October. The championship went right down to the wire, with last race of the season being the dramatic decider. Harry came through to win...
Harold Lowe won the Grand Prix Midget National Point's Championship at Buxton on Sunday 12th October. The championship went right down to the wire, with last race of the season being the dramatic decider. Harry came through to win the final race, to come back from a 5 point deficit to win the title by just one solitary point!!
John Salter also had a good day, taking home the National Championship, after a good battle with European Champion Daz Ryecroft.
The Buxton meeting saw a good turn out of drivers, with everyone anxious to see the outcome of a season long battle for the prestigious Point's Championship. The first race of the day was the National Championship, run over 25 laps. Peter Bourne was the early leader, after spins from Mark Hodges and Gary Bonner, but it was John Salter and Daz Ryecroft who came through from the reds to take over the lead and looked to be starting to pull away. The top 3 in the Championship were all very close, fighting for points and 3rd position. However a slide from Daz Ryecroft allowed Alan Buckland and Harry Lowe up the inside, whereby Alan started to close down on John Salter. With so few laps left John Salter was able to hang and take the chequered flag and the National Championship, from Alan Buckland, Harry Lowe, Daz Ryecroft, Andrew Bilby, Andy Collins, Gordon Pooley, and Neil Clarke.
Race 2 saw Dave Smith take the early lead, pulling out a significant gap the length of the straight from second place Gordon Pooley. A collision between Alan Buckland and Peter Bourne, resulting in Peter's car being planted in the wall on the back straight, meant the waved yellows had to be brought out. This allowed the field to close up for the restart. Although Dave Smith was able to hold onto the lead for a while following the restart, the reds were eventually able to find a way past with Daz Ryecroft going on to take the win. The gap between the top 3 (now consisting of Alan Buckland, Harold Lowe and Daz Ryecroft) was further reduced after Alan Buckland and Harold Lowe were disqualified from race 2 for overtaking under yellow flags. This gave an end result whereby Daz took the win from Mark Hodges, Dave Smith, John Salter, Andrew Bilby, Gary Bonner, and Andy Hinch, with Ez Walker rounding off the top eight.
The third and final race of the 2003 season was to be the decider for the overall Championship. With 12 points (not pints) for a win, and only 9 points separating Alan Buckland, Harold Lowe, and Daz Ryecroft, it was all to play for. Once again Dave Smith was the early leader, building up a big lead from Mark Hodges and Harold, who had rapidly moved his Spartan through the field. Harold was able to overtake Mark Hodges, and Alan Buckland was starting to reel in the leading pack. However the final lap was filled with controversy. Harold had taken the outside line around the last bend and crossed the line just ahead of Dave Smith. Alan Buckland had also darted up the inside of Mark Hodges to take 3rd. However a collision between the two as they came out of the final bend resulted in both spinning across the line and up the bank, with no one quite sure who had got 3rd, and therefore the point's championship. Mark was eventually awarded 3rd place, with Alan 4th, giving Harold the Point's Championship by 1 point!!! The end result of the race was Harold Lowe, from, Dave Smith, Mark Hodges, Alan Buckland, John Salter, Gordon Pooley, Andrew Bilby, and Daz Ryecroft.
Congratulations to Harold Lowe for winning, and to Alan Buckland (2nd), Daz Ryecroft (3rd), and to all Midget drivers for a cracking and intense season. Let's hope for plenty more next season!!