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Birmingham Race Report - 4th May 2019

By BSCDA, May 10 2019 08:06AM

Nigel Green warmed up for the defence of his UK Open title by sweeping to victory at Birmingham Wheels, in the last tarmac meeting before the F1’s head to Lincolnshire to contest the first championship of the 2019 season.

Green set the standard and made a strong statement in a dominant display, as the Leicestershire-based-driver raced to victory in the meeting final, before grabbing a top-ten place in the Grand National from the lap handicap.

The 445 machine sliced its way through the field and after stalking leader Finn Sargent as the lap boards counted down, Green pounced on the last lap to move into top spot. Sargent was unable to respond, with the former world champion moving the 526-car wide and then showing the superior pace of the car that took gold at the Ipswich World Final in 2017.

For consolation winner Sargent, things would get worse as despite crossing the line behind Green, the impressive blue-grader was docked two places for an infringement on the restart, following an earlier caution following an incident involving the 84-car of Tom Harris. Harris’s car was left stranded in the armco after a coming together with Dan Johnson (4) and Lee Fairhurst (217) and Sargent was adjudged to have jumped the gun as the race resumed.

With Sargent picking up a two place penalty, the beneficiaries were Chris Cowley (37) and Paul Hines (259). Both drivers capped off a promising night that brought encouraging results, with Hines in particular impressive at the wheel of the Harrison-built car. Whilst the car of Hines had to be towed off track and would not reappear for the final race of the night, the former European champion will have taken solace from the car’s pace on a night when other leading drivers struggled to make an impact.

For Harris, a frustrating night was completed with a further retirement in the Grand National. Stablemate Luke Davidson (464) enjoyed better fortunes in piloting the Team Davidson car home ahead of Tristan Jackson to take the chequered flag and bring the curtain down on the evening’s racing.

Elsewhere there were heat wins for Sam Wass (284) and Will Hunter (220). Hunter was another to profit from a rule infringement, with Shaun Webster (48) denied a race win after his car was deemed to be underweight following post-race scrutineering. Webster’s opening race victory soon turned to frustration with the blue-grade driver losing his first place and being excluded from the result.

Report by Simon Hughes

Photos by Coling Casserley