Barnes tops the table after night of upsets

Gary Pope walks away unscathed after his car overturns
Gary Pope walks away unscathed after his car overturns

On a sweltering night at Arlington, the heat was certainly on the leading pair at the top of the South Coast Hydraulics league.

Going into the evening, Rob Haines and Darren Terry were the two drivers in form, but both left the meeting ruing their luck as other drivers grasped the opportunity to win points and climb the table.

A dreadful start in the first race saw current track champion, Haines, taken out by a complete novice.

Unable to believe his good fortune, Haines’ mis-hap allowed Terry to take third place, with fellow ‘Dreamer’, Mark Pope coming home in fourth.

Rob Barnes, from the Eastbourne ‘Seasiders’ team, finished second.

Things got worse for the current joint league leaders in the second race. Haines still had some mechanical problems after being hit in the opening race and decided to return to the pit for some more running repairs.

Terry, meanwhile, was royally thumped into the safety barrier on the pit bend, which led to a five car pile-up and Terry’s retirement.

Barnes come second again and Mark Pope went one better than the previous race, finishing third.

Barnes capped off a great evening for himself with a win in the final. Haines was able to salvage some pride from the night taking third, while mark Pope took fourth.

After four rounds, Barnes and Pope have leap-frogged Haines and Terry in the table.

Elsewhere, the V8 English Championship was dominated by visiting drivers. Adam

Wake from Eastbourne, who was making his debut, put in a marvellous display to

win the White Grade title.

The season continues at Arlington Stadium, every Wednesday evening, through to

the end of September.

This Wednesday (31st) the Banger World Series (see Banger Extra) rolls into town.

The first race starts at 7:30pm.