2008 Under 25’s: Ipswich – 20th Sept Report

Under 25's 2008 Championship winners

Under 25's 2008 Championship winners

Lee Robinson won the Under-25s Championship with a very convincing drive at Ipswich on World Final night, with nobody even coming close to catching the 107 car. The race featured most of the current drivers aged 25 or under, and had a very healthy prize fund approaching £1,300 cash plus a host of other prizes, all put together by race organiser Dave Leonard.

The grid was lined up in graded order, with each grade in age order. This put Spencer Taylor (498) on pole, and he was quickly away when the green dropped. Neil Scriven (11), Craig Utley (484), and Scott Davids (462) went past a lot of cars almost immediately, with Utley then landing a bit hit on Davids and putting both wide. Tom Harris (84) was also making up ground quickly, and bumpered Steve Malkin (308) and Jon Clare (294) into the turn one fence as he progressed through the field.

But the quickest car on track was that of Lee Robinson (107), who was up to third place after just four laps, although he was the length of the straight behind race leader Taylor and second placed Liam Brown (90), who was right behind the 498 car.

Robinson made light work of reeling in the leading duo, and nudged them both wide to take the lead just after the mid-point of the race. From that point on, the 107 car simply drove away from the rest of the pack and went to to take a comfortable win. As the lap boards came out, Taylor and Brown were still bumper to bumper in second and third place, but Harris was getting closer every lap.

Geert-Jan Keijzer (H6) got it all wrong with a few laps left, and snaked down the home straight before losing it completely and going into the turn one fence backwards, but he did recover to take the award for the highest overseas finisher.

Harris passed Brown with three laps to run, and a lap later the bumper went in on Taylor, who held it. Another hit from Harris and the 84 car was through, with Taylor giving it rather too much out of the final turn and crossing the line sideways. A spectacular end and a third place finish in only his third meeting.

Result:
1st 107 Lee Robinson
2nd 84 Tom Harris
3rd 498 Spencer Taylor
4th 90 Liam Brown
5th 321 Ed Neachell
6th 4 Daniel Johnson
7th 12 Michael Scriven
8th 484 Craig Utley
9th 37 Chris Cowley
10th 212 Daniel Wainman

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