Darren takes full advantage of rain chaos to dominate Arlington meeting As the regular stock car season continued at Arlington Stadium on Wednesday evening, drivers in three formulas had the added consideration of the weather to contend with as well as their competition.
An hour before the first green flag was dropped, conditions changed dramatically as the forecasted rain arrived and set in for the night.
In the Bangers class, Darren Terry from the Dreamers stable (Hailsham), took full advantage of the ensuing chaos caused by the surface water on the track.
After his success in the previous week, Terry returned to dominate the meeting and take an early lead in the track championship.
He won the first two heats, chased extremely hard by Rob Haines (Brighton) the defending Arlington champion.
Terry looked to have been beaten in the final race by his team-mate, Mark Pope, only for the result to be overturned and see Terry victorious, as Pope had incurred a penalty and had been dropped to third.
These results put Terry in fourth position in the South Coast Hydraulics league, eight points behind the leader.
Haines, meanwhile, is second, just two points off the top, and Pope currently sits in fifth.
Also on the card were the historic stock cars, who excelled in the conditions to put on a bruising show of nostalgia.
In a classic David and Goliath contest, Mark Johnson (Burgess Hill) in his little Ford Popular faced a plethora of powerful Cortinas and Triumphs.
As he weaved his way around the oval to a successful winning evening, others repeatedly found the wall as they slid through the corners.
Tom Chapman (Seaford) had a solid performance in his classic Ford Cortina, despite repeatedly finding himself striking the armco having been ‘nudged’ by his competitors. After a fifth place in the heats, he finished with an eighth place in the final.
Ringmer’s Dan Knight took the spoils in the Rookie Rods, on a difficult night for the nippy little Corsas and Novas.
In what should be a non-contact formula, several drivers found themselves in trouble with the race stewards for unintended bumps and nudges.
Pictured: Hailsham’s Darren Terry dominates the Banger class in the Arlington rain.