ASCAR: Rockingham race report

ASCAR beats the clock for a sunset cruise Michael Vergers claimed victory as the sun set over Rockingham, following a race which only began after it seemed time might run out for round three of the ASCAR Mintex Cup. However the challenge of ...

ASCAR beats the clock for a sunset cruise

Michael Vergers claimed victory as the sun set over Rockingham, following a race which only began after it seemed time might run out for round three of the ASCAR Mintex Cup. However the challenge of beating the darkness made the 16 drivers all the more determined as they set off on their pace laps with round one and two winners John Mickel and Michael Vergers at the head of the field. The pair ran the early laps side by side with Lee Caroline and Colin White just behind, heading a close formation of thundering V8 saloons.

On the start of lap seven, the lead formation went into line abreast at over 140 mph into Turn One. As they sorted themselves out, Lee Caroline moved behind race leader Vergers into second. The first four remained tied together, Mickel and Caroline again swapping places as the light began to fade. Gradually then the leading pair pulled away leaving Caroline a lonely third as White dropped out.

Vergers pushed it close to the wall in his attempts to keep his seemingly permanent adversary Mickel at bay. With over 20 laps gone the pair were trading fastest laps but then the yellows came for a track inspection, wiping out their hard won lead.

With the green flags waved again, the pair were off once more, leaving the others in their wake. As it grew ever darker Vergers pulled out just enough lead to be comfortable on his sunset cruise to the chequered flag. Former superbike star Aaron Slight was the eventual third in his first Mintex Cup race, while another rookie, McLaren test driver Chris Goodwin finished ninth.

-RMS-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Chris Goodwin , Michael Vergers , Aaron Slight , Lee Caroline , John Mickel