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That’s it! It’s all over for 2017 and what a season it’s been, it’s great to see how much the series has grown from such humble beginnings a few years ago. We’ve had battles all year across the classes with many of them coming down to the final round with some of the closest competition taking place in the midfield so it was still all to play for at Cadwell Park. Before the event there was a lot of talk of who was going to win with some high spec cars coming along for the final round and in the end it was the predicted result but the wet conditions in the morning along with the drying track in the afternoon made it a lot closer than predicted. Phil Reed took the overall honours on the day with 1st place in the Mitsubishi Evo followed by Barry Smithson also in an Evo a couple of seconds behind and then Tim Bedford took the final podium spot in the Impreza after a charge on the final run. Notable mentions also go to Geoff Peters who won the F2 class after gambling on a tyre change for the final run of the day slashed a whopping 13 seconds of his previous time to secure the place in tricky conditions and also congratulations to Pete Mason in the RX8 who surprised himself as well to knock 8 seconds off his last run to take the B3 class win.
The winner of the series was already decided though with Tim Bedford in the Subaru Impreza taking the 2017 title comfortably and it was a well deserved and popular win. Tim had been fighting with Jeff Wiltshire in the Phoenix for much of the year but after Jeffs car was written off in an RTA Tim magnanimously offered to share his car with Jeff at Anglesey to keep him in the hunt for the title which is the sort of spirit that the series is about so well done to Tim. Steve Reed secured second place in the evo despite losing the engine on the 5th timed run at Cadwell but thankfully did so after the finish so it did not impact on the times for everyone else but he’d already done enough to secure 4th on the event and keep his championship position but two runs earlier and it would have been a different story, you never know what’s going to happen on a sprint!. Taking the final podium spot for the series was Jon Ison in the Isonblade, after a strong run at the end of the series including a maiden win at Kendrew on round 7 Jon had done enough to get himself up there comfortably. Congratulations to all of the classes winners and runners up across the series, considering last year it was pretty much just the trophy winners who stayed for the presentation it was great to have the amount of people we had attend the awards to show their support for their fellow competitors and enjoy the sight of the new series mascot.
This year also saw the ‘Spirit of the Series’ award go to Tom Gaughran, a surprising, popular and somewhat emotional win judging by the reaction. Congratulations Tom, well deserved.
Results from the weekend and for the year are available via the 2017 results page on the main menu which you can also access HERE
Darren from Pistonbroke Photography is taking the photographs for the series this year and as you will see is sharing some of them via the facebook group so if you wish to purchase some high resolution shots of your vehicle on the day you can contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org where it is £20 for approximately 50 shots of your vehicle via Dropbox or £23 for a disk to be posted out.