By Mark H
Just two points separates the top two drivers in the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship, following the penultimate round at Curborough near Lichfield last Sunday (20 September).
The competitors were joined by the Aston Martin Owners Club, and sunny conditions enhanced the paddock atmosphere, where a superb range of cars could be found.
The figure of eight course caught out Mark Swarbrick in both practice sessions before he successfully negotiated the circuit for fourth place in the Production class. He was overshadowed by category podium finishers Graeme Foley in first, followed by Rob Clark and Simon Foley in a close competition.
The SuperSport class featured an impressive battle which ended with reigning Lotus Cup UK Speed Champion Xavier Brooke taking first place. Behind him, Jason Weatherall headed Dave Mann to complete the class rostrum. Mann’s progress was hampered with several car issues, which he’ll be aiming to sort in time for the final round and the chance to secure third place in the championship.
Other notable performances included Jason Weatherall, who claimed the fastest speed over the finish line, at just over 101mph. Martin Roberts showed real commitment, including an off on his second practice. His progress throughout the year has been noticeable, closing the gap on the faster drivers, he and his efforts were rewarded with the Driver of the Day award.
The final round of the championship will take place at Snetterton on 1 November. With Production class leader Jez Braker heading SuperSport’s Tony Pearman by just two points, the 2015 title will be settled at the Norfolk venue.
Words credited to Karen Harvey
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