Some spirited driving by talented sisters Vicky and Terri Brand, coupled with a shocking start by Jenny Garrett the current leader of the Ladies Championship, proved to be the catalyst for some entertaining action at Arlington Raceway on Wednesday evening.
After a dominating night in round two, where Garret took a hat-trick of wins, the second stanza of Spedeworth’s mini-series for 2014 began with her leading by just five points.
Nerves seemed to be playing a part in the first race, when Garrett made an uncharacteristic error on the back straight of the opening lap, that saw her stranded amongst the safety tyres on the infield.
Being determined, Garrett put the car into reverse, managed to free her car from the tyres, and then set about chasing down the leader Vicky Brand.
Three laps later, Vicky was unlucky to be spun out on the home straight amongst a melee of cars. Despite the earlier handicap, Garrett powered through the field, but was unable to catch Terri Brand who won convincingly.
Garrett drove a flawless race second time out. Terri Brand tangled with a back marker, allowing Garrett to take the maximum eight points for the win with ease. Terri came home in third place.
In appalling conditions, the night’s Final race was a goliath affair, with the two sisters looking to use their combined talents to put the brakes on Garrett’s championship advance.
As the rain fell onto the already sodden raceway, incredibly the two Brand sisters managed to collide with each other on the first lap, as they sought to evade a pile up right in front of them. Garrett held the early advantage.
Having sorted themselves out, the Brand girls charged through the field in pursuit of Garrett. Their persistence paid off as Garrett was caught on the Hailsham bend. Seizing her opportunity, Vicky snuck through on the inside to take the lead, which she maintained until the chequered flag.
Garrett finished second, with Terri a close third.
Whilst Garrett still leads the championship, with two wins and two third place finishes between them on the night, the girls can be rightly proud of their efforts.
This Wednesday the men return in their domestic banger league. Given the cars and the right support, all three ladies could easily join Becky Hunn, who already competes regularly in the South Coast Hydraulics League.
Racing starts at 7.30pm every Wednesday night at Arlington, with turnstiles open at 6.30pm.