Sideways Group 5 this week, and with Julian absent – he’s unbeaten in Group 5 this year – the race was slightly more open than it might otherwise have been. Only slightly, mind, as Josh was racing and it was only his habit of occasional lapses of concentration that gave the others hope, but any hope is better than none.
Heat 1 immediately extinguished that hope, Josh dominant, six-tenths a lap quicker than Terry, his nearest challenger, who was driving a Team Bryant Mustang. Terry enjoyed a brilliant race-long battle with Simon, the pair pushing each other ever faster, both improving their lap times in subsequent heats, but Josh was on fire, uncatchable out front and lowering the class’s lane records several times. Despite Simon having the speed to take second or third place, he crashed heavily a couple of times and finished off the podium behind David.
In the slower of the two groups, the battle for group honours produced some great racing between Neil and Alex, with the Tomster challenging on occasions too. The Tomster has a small problem though – and problem’s not a euphemism for wiener, as some wag suggested. Nope, it’s his concentration, which goes missing at random intervals. Heat after heat he’d start well, always on the pace with Alex and Neil, sometimes even ahead, but then a silly error would result in a crash. Still, he’s only young, so has plenty of time to improve.