Buxton, UK Midget meeting notes 2003-06-22

Salter wins Simon Pashley Cup John Salter took a heat win and the Simon Pashley Cup Final in what was a stunning drive, crossing the line half a lap ahead of the rest of the field, at Buxton on 22nd June. 10 cars turned out at what is one of...

Salter wins Simon Pashley Cup

John Salter took a heat win and the Simon Pashley Cup Final in what was a stunning drive, crossing the line half a lap ahead of the rest of the field, at Buxton on 22nd June.

10 cars turned out at what is one of the furthest tracks North, with Dave Smith and Steve Terry travelling virtually the length of the country to race. Mark Hodges was also keen to do well at his home circuit. It also looked likely that either Daz Rycroft or Neil Clarke would take over as point's leader with the absence of Alan Buckland.

The first race was won by John Salter who was able to take the lead fairly soon, after a quick start from the yellows. Dave Smith also proved quick all meeting with his rebuilt engine and white grade starting position. John Salter was followed over the line by Dave Smith, Peter Bourne, Harry Lowe, Mark Hodges, Daz Rycroft, Neil Clarke and Ez Walker, who were the only finishers.

The second race saw Mark Hodges and Peter Bourne attempt to go for the same small gap in order to avoid a spin by eventual race winner Harry Lowe. The result was a massive pile up in which Hodges ended up on top of Bourne in the fence. Both drivers were unscathed, but had serious car damage putting them out of the final. Lowe was able to take the lead from the restart, going on to win from Neil Clarke, Daz Rycroft, Andrew Bilby and Dave Smith, who were the only finishers.

8 cars made the final with John Salter, Steve Terry and Ez Walker curing their car problems. John Salter was able to take an early lead and never looked back as he pulled out a significant gap from the rest of the pack. Dave Smith was able to hold onto his 2nd place, keeping a consistent Neil Clarke at bay in 3rd who also takes over as current points leader. These were followed over the line by Andrew Bilby, Daz Rycroft, Harold Lowe who had spun on lap 3, Ez Walker and Steve Terry, rounded off the points and only finishers.

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Series Midget
Drivers Neil Clark , Peter Bo