Haines shows his class to regain league lead

Rob Haines pushes Mark Longhurst out of contention
Rob Haines pushes Mark Longhurst out of contention
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On another balmy night at Arlington Raceway, current Banger track champion and Sussex driver Rob Haines showed his class with another set of solid results that elevated him to the top of the league.

Haines started the evening by revealing his new car. After enduring several tough meetings over recent weeks, at Aldershot and Ipswich as well as at Arlington, it was time to change things up a touch as he was beginning to fall behind the early South Coast Hydraulics league pace setters.

Despite a packed grid of more than 40 cars starting the night, by the end of proceedings normal service had resumed for this talented driver, as he returned to his rightful position at the top of the standings.

In the heats, Haines had to battle hard to take a second place finish. The final was even more competitive with several drivers hitting form.

With double points at stake, a third place was very welcome indeed. After three rounds, Haines points tally has now risen to 57.

After taking a win himself in the early heat, fellow Brighton racer Darren Terry has joined Haines at the top. Terry, also in blistering form, looks to be a realistic challenger to the title for 2013.

By virtue of winning the final race, in third place in the table is now Mark Pope. After a series of races where he could not even buy some luck, on Wednesday night Pope had a return to the form he showed in the first two rounds.

Rob Barnes is now fourth in the chase for the title, following a third place finish in the heats, and a strong fifth in what was a difficult final race.

Elsewhere, the Superstox formula was dominated by visiting drivers, although ‘Wilf’ Bridges and father Geoff Bridges from Pease Pottage showed well from the locals.

The season continues at Arlington, with three formulas being showcased every Wednesday evening through to the end of September.

This Wednesday (July 10) the powerful V8 Stock Cars race for their English Championship, while the next generation of drivers compete in the Ministox Sussex Championship.

The Bangers renew their ‘competitive’ rivalry as they return to domestic action, in Round 4 of the South Coast Hydraulics league.

The first race startson Wednesday at 7.30pm.