Hailsham-based Terry puts heat on rivals to return to the top of the table

Darren Terry with his Final win trophy
Darren Terry with his Final win trophy

On yet another sun-soaked evening at Arlington, it was Darren Terry who shone again in the bangers to climb back to the top of the table.

Motorsport at any level comes down to basic details; how talented is the driver, and how reliable is the car.

This principle was again in evidence on Wednesday night, in Round 5 of the South Coast Hydraulics league. In the last round the form book was turned on its head, when Rob Barnes and Mark Pope overtook the then joint league leaders Terry and Rob Haines. This time the roles were reversed as Terry and Haines regained first and second positions.

Terry, in the UBM Tool Hire sponsored Honda Civic, was on fire from the first flag, not only regaining top spot but also extending his advantage. In the first race he was able to dodge all the carnage around him to take the win, following this up with a solid fifth place in the second heat.

In a ferocious final race, Terry, of the Hailsham-based Dreamers stable, charged from his position at the back of the grid to take a very promising second place.

Haines, coming off the back of an excellent second in the all-comers race at the British Championship held on the shale at Stoke/Sheffield, suffered from mechanical problems in the first heat.

He bounced back for a spirited top 10 in the second race.With double points at stake as usual in the final, Haines regained ground in the chase for the title taking fourth.

Previous top two in the league, Barnes and Pope both had mechanical problems all evening and ended up rueing a missed opportunity to garner further vital points.

After these results the top four are beginning to pull away from the pack. Terry now leads the league with 89 points, with Haines in second on 79 points. Barnes is just a point behind on 78 and Pope is in fourth with 74.

The bangers return to action this Wednesday at Arlington Raceway. Expect to see the top four endeavour to break away from the pack who are desperately chasing.

For those that like a little hard-hitting action, also on the card is the next generation of banger drivers as the Junior Bangers also take to the oval raceway. First race is 7.30pm.