Muddy conditions for autograss racers

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With a track looking more like a newly-ploughed field after the previous night’s rainfall, Pocklington-based Autograss racers endured a tough time at the penultimate meeting of the season as the Scarborough Autograss club 2011 season reaches a thrlling climax.

The feature race of the day, The S1Y challenge, in which the 14 leaders of the clubs class championships race off for the right to race with the coveted S1Y on their car in 2012, was more like a skating demonstration as opposed to a high-powered car race. Market Weighton’s Keith Featherstone took the chequered flag first in his powerful Class 9 special, despite some pressure from last year’s winner David Lancaster.

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Twelve year-old Callum Ball showed great maturity in only his third race of the season by getting to grips with the tricky conditions and pushing reigning champion Steven Green all the way in a thrilling junior special race.

While, in the junior minis, Josh Stonehouse and Ben Wall battled hard for the playground bragging rights with some excellent racing which saw both drivers exchange paintwork.

Ash Farrow continued his quest for class 6 glory with another run of fine results in his heats and final with a drying track as the races progressed. Vicky Appleton collected a good haul of points in her Class 14 special, which struggled for grip in the early races but as a dry line started to appear around the oval, Vicky got her foot down and raced her way to the chequered flag in first place.

Kirsty Pallfreyman was once again the leading lady of the day, in the class 11s, but was made to work hard for her share of the points by rival and fellow title-contender Katie Benson with both ladies in pole position for the silverware at the final round of the season on 23 October.