Morgan is the king of Foxhall once again as the Hot Rods heat up the heath
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Having taken a thrilling two-litre Hot Rod Grand Final at Foxhall three weeks ago, south coast racer Scott Morgan returned and repeated the very same feat this past Saturday night.
The 2.0ltr Hot Rods were in town to contest Round 4 of their 2016 Hoosier Tyres Series and gain more valuable track time ahead of their World Championship as part of Spedeweekend on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July at Foxhall.
A good entry of drivers arrived chasing for points and the opportunity to ‘dial in’ their cars, although the rather damp weather hampered things for those hoping to replicate the height of summer.
Front running Damon Wellman took the opening heat after a thrilling race which saw an early side by side lead scrap with the aforementioned Morgan and local driver, Tyler Mills.
Further down the order, the pack were at times racing three abreast down the straights, with the inevitable shunt happening mid race which saw a sudden scattering of cars on the back straight, which also created a chain reaction in which Aldershot’s Gavin Botfield retired with a significant amount of suspension damage.
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As the race settled it was Wellman who took the race to Morgan, eventually passing and taking the win.
Heat two was slightly less dramatic with one or two cars still in the pits for repairs or out for the evening. Brett Collison featured heavily in this one, the Eastbourne Man has a liking for the fast open spaces of Foxhall but even he could not suppress the pace of Tyler Wilkin who stormed through to take the win as the track was by now finally drying.
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The Grand Final really came alive straight from the offset with a number of cars either pushing, barging or simply scraping off the Armco safety fence to stake a claim on proceedings which insured some came under the wrath of the meeting steward!
A number of drivers worked their way up the grid to then find themselves heading backwards as possibly the earlier ‘wet weather’ settings by now were offering little help on what was now a fully dried track.
Scott Morgan, clearly with a liking for Foxhall from his previous win three weeks ago, stamped his authority again on this one and, having had a second and a sixth in the heats, was in no mood to let this one go and went on to take the flag on what had been a rather dramatic race!
The UK Modifieds appeared at Foxhall for the very first time and instantly made themselves popular with the fans.
These single seater, motorcycle engine powered ‘rockets’ originating from the USA looked great in the pits and even better on track once they unleashed their power in heat one.
Daventry’s Dan Bunyard impressed right from the off and showed a great turn of speed considering the unfamiliar track and wet conditions. Sadly one car collected the fence and in the melee Julian Galovics took over the lead and took the win after opening out a gap as Bunyard got reeled in by the pack.
Heat two and the Modifieds were even quicker this time as the track was drying and it was Colin Bunyard this time who took up the early running with son Dan behind.
The Harrison Team starting off the back had other plans in this one and their cars, literally only days old from arriving from the USA, had the pace and grip to come through the field with Ryan Harrison taking a very fast and spectacular win.
The Grand Final again saw the Bunyards fight for the lead with the aforementioned Julian Galovics but could offer no resistance to the sheer speed of Harrison again who rounded them all to take an even faster win this time and declaring his liking for Foxhall.
The Bangers were competing in Round three of their Whip St Motors Track Championship, this time with a ‘Back to Basic’s specification which saw a slightly different entry of both cars and drivers than normal.
But they still entertained, with Kesgrave’s Steve Saw taking the opening heat in fine fashion although this was to be his only win on the night with Martin Kent taking heat two and Shane Tilley landing the Final to end another entertaining Saturday night at Foxhall.