Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saxo Knocks the Stuffing out of Rivals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saxo Knocks the Stuffing out of Rivals

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Normal service was resumed on Sunday as Redcar rallycrosser Adrian Horsley swept the board for the second time in his comeback season.

The Citroen Saxo stock hatch driver won every race and the final in his first meeting for 18 months earlier this season, but an overheating problem slowed his car dramatically next time out and he could only finish fifth.

But in his third meeting of the season at Blyton on Sunday, Horsley won every heat and both finals as he felt the benefits of a full engine rebuild.

"There was a BRDA meeting in the morning and a BTRDA Championship meeting in the afternoon," said Horsley.

"I was about six seconds a race quicker than anyone else - that's about a second-and-a-half a lap.

"The car was mint. I didn't take a spanner to it all day - just washed it and put fuel in it."

At the end of the day the ten quickest drivers from both classes lined up for a challenge race.

And Horsley was second behind Northallerton's Dave Bellerby and runner-up Alan Tapscott in their modified Vauxhall Novas.

He beat several drivers from the modified category - one step up from stock hatch - and said: "That was probably my best result of the day."

THE race for silverware promises to be hotly contested this Saturday when Croft Circuit hosts the second and final round of the BARC Winter Series.

Originally scheduled to be the opening round of the two-round series for Formula Renault UK, Elf Clio Renaultsport UK and BARC Sports and Saloons, the calendar was revised to incorporate an existing race meeting at Donington Park last weekend.

Now, ELF Clio Renaultsport UK teams are predicting the best-ever supported winter series meeting will be fought out at Croft, giving them plenty of time to prepare budgets and to attract potential drivers over the forthcoming months.

Leading team Aurok Motorsport's Jules Phillips commented: "The winter championship is fantastic news and I'm very happy with the decision to have a one-day, two-race format."

Meanwhile, Formula Renault UK has proved again this season that it is the world's most exciting junior single-seater championships, having already launched careers including that of McLaren F1 star Kimi Raikkonen.

At Croft, competitors will be divided into two groups with the top ten in each ten lap race in the morning making to the final.

Drivers will, however, be given a 'final chance' to qualify in a repocharge for the 15-lap final which will be the last race of the day at around 15.45.

Prior to that, the popular sports and saloons will take to the track for a ten-lap challenge race expected to feature several Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship drivers.

Practice gets under way at 9am with the first of seven races scheduled for 10.45am. Adult admission is pounds 6 with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted free. …

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