Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

On Back Burner

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

On Back Burner

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Tristram rises from the rear to finish in top four

Tees kart ace Tristram Oman overcame the penalty of having to start every heat from the back of the grid to finish fourth in his world title bid.

The 24-year-old Stockton racer had high hopes of winning the ultimate prize when he lined up against the planet's best for the World Rotax Senior Max Championship in Langkawi, Malaysia.

But after qualifying, his kart was judged to be underweight - by just 100gms.

And that meant he was ordered to start every heat from the back, the standard penalty meted out to anyone thought to have an unfair advantage.

Nevertheless the HRS Motorsport driver - who has already been crowned British and European champ this year - carved his way through the field in every race to start the pre-final in ninth.

Still with the bit between his teeth, he qualified fifth on the grid for the final.

But although he was up into the top three in the race, he was simply too far back to challenge for the lead and even slipped a place in the closing stages.

FATHER and son crew Steve Alderdice and Steve snr debut their new Mitsubishi Evo 2 this weekend - after a mad rush to get it ready.

Driver Steve will resume his partnership with dad at the Coniston-based Coppermines Grizedale Stages this Saturday.

He had previously campaigned with Dean Grabham on navigating duty in a Sierra Sapphire - but with a change of car has come a change of co-driver.

They had hopes to compete in the SG Petch Hamsterley Forest Stages Rally earlier this month, but the car was not ready in time.

"It will be a mad rush but we'll be there at Grizedale," said Steve snr.

"There's an entry of 135 and there will be about 50 in our class so it should be a good event."

Also in the line-up are Guisborough's Dave Craven with his regular co-driver Ian Jackson of Hartburn once again beside him.

Having suffered a string of mechanical failures this year, the MSR Motorsport team are now confident that their Northern Site Supplies-backed Mitsubishi Evo is now fully sorted and that previous engine problems have at last been rectified. …

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