The first Lackford Engineering Midget and Sprite Challenge encounter was truncated by a safety car period (after Carl Chadwick collided with the barriers at the start of the second lap) and, when two cars became stranded at Paddock, an early chequered flag. In spite of a tentative getaway, Stephen Collier soon emerged in control, with 2017 champion Paul Campfield in second in his Sprite. Richard Bridge bounced back after a “really bad qualifying” to get within half a second of Campfield by the premature end. Kim Dear and Edward Easton were the other class winners, the latter earning driver of the race having passed Jon Simpson at Paddock for the lead on lap ten.
The second race went the distance, but again it was Collier that dominated. Once Bridge had worked his way through from row four he slashed Collier’s advantage, but the leader responded and maintained a comfortable two-second margin. Campfield briefly lost third to Stephen Pegram, up from the back after ignition issues on Saturday, before the latter made an error at Paddock Hill Bend. Pippa Cow stole fifth position from Tom Walker when the incumbent made a minor error at the final corner, although Walker enjoyed some consolation in the form of the driver of the race award after his progression from the back. Easton added to his class success, while Andrew Wolf picked up Class C honours after Dear retired.
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