Ryan Harrison wins the 2013 National Points Championship

Ryan Harrison with series sponsor Chris Green MBE

Ryan Harrison with series sponsor Chris Green MBE

Ryan Harrison won the National Points Championship at Sheffield on Sunday, by virtue of finishing the Shoot Out element of the championship as top scorer overall.

Harrison went to Sheffield 38 points ahead of second placed Tom Harris, who was 9 points ahead of third place Dan Johnson. With double points on offer as it was the series finale, it would take good results from Tom and Dan, combined with poor results for Ryan, to deny Ryan the title.

Harrison managed only a lap in his first heat and a lowly ninth place in his second, netting only two points. Harris, on the other hand, gave some strong performances to record a third place and a second, giving sixteen points, and closing the gap somewhat.

The final would prove to be the crucial race, but the Harris car expired with engine problems in the early stages, while Harrison raced to a fourth place finish.

The top three in the 2013 National Points Championship:- Lee Fairhurst (runner up), Chris Green MBE (sponsor), Ryan Harrison (winner), and Dan Johnson (third place).

The top three in the 2013 National Points Championship:- Lee Fairhurst (runner up), Chris Green MBE (sponsor), Ryan Harrison (winner), and Dan Johnson (third place).

Meanwhile, Dan Johnson had managed a heat third place, and second place in the final, and the points situation meant if Harrison failed to score in the GN and Johnson were to win it, then it would be Johnson taking the title.

But in a further twist, some good results in every race meant that Lee Fairhurst, who had started the day 54 points adrift of Harrison, was now mathematically in contention. Should Harrison fail to score, and Fairhurst were to win, then they would be tied on points – meaning a race off between the two of them.

And so when the green dropped on the GN, most eyes were on the 197, 4, and 217 cars. Theoretically, all Harrison had to do was to keep out of Johnson and Fairhurst’s way while getting into the top ten, as any points at all would give him the title, regardless of what the other two did.

However, Harrison and Johnson had a couple of comings-together, the second of which got the two cars stuck together and parked on the infield. Attention now turned to Lee Fairhurst, who was making rapid progress through the field, but could only get to third place by the chequered.

The final points standings put Ryan Harrison the winner, a mere 8 points above runner-up Lee Fairhurst. It was that close!

Ryan’s victory means that the 197 car will be the one with the silver aerofoil in the 2014 season. Congratulations from F1StockCars.com.

Ryan Harrison and family celebrate victory.

Ryan Harrison and family celebrate victory.

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