Seaford star finds his top form in fine style as he steers way through pack

Tom Chapman of Seaford pushes through the field
Tom Chapman of Seaford pushes through the field

Two of our local drivers made the trip to Aldershot at the weekend to compete in their Historic Stock cars – in advance of the Bob Studd Memorial Trophy championship being held at Spedeworth’s ‘Speed Weekend’ in Ipswich.

The ‘Historics’ as they are commonly known, aim to turn the clock back to the roots of where most of today’s formulae began. They offer limited contact (or at least that is the idea) but drivers are encouraged to push and spin their way through the field.

With their iron work surrounding the shell, they are always a lively formula.

After a difficult night in the rain at Arlington recently, Seaford’s Tom Chapman, in his MK II Cortina, was desperately looking for a bit of form to take to Ipswich, and boy did he find it!

On the wider track, and in dry conditions, the power of Tom’s Ford engine came to the fore. In the first race, he was bumped and shoved all over the place, but he was able to steer through the pack to take a top ten finish.

The second race was even more eventful. Chapman crossed the line in fourth, but was docked two places for a penalty he incurred during a re-start.

Looking to preserve his car for the upcoming championship, he still achieved a seventh place finish in the final.

Meanwhile, Ringmer’s Nik Wickham was making his debut in the formula. In anticipation of the big event in Ipswich, Wickham had finished preparing his car early and decided to have a run out.

He had a slow and steady start in the heats, but incredibly still managed a seventh place. Somewhat against the odds, in the final he finished an amazing fifth. Hopefully, he is able to carry that form forward as the season moves on through the summer.

The Spedeworth season continues at Arlington Stadium tonight (Wednesday July 17) when the powerful Superstox roar back into town. David Pike from Crowborough will be looking to take advantage of his home track.

They are joined on the card by the pacey 2 litre Hot Rods, where Chris Harvey and Mark Constable will renew their rivalry, and also the hard-hitting 2 litre Stock cars.

The Dreamers’ Phil Hampton will be keen to get back into his 2 litre after a few run outs in the bangers recently.The first race starts at 7.30pm.

Above: Tom Chapman of Seaford pushes through the field.