Cool Kelvin’s podium place despite crash

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THE rain took a break on Sunday around the Horndean raceway to allow Eastbourne’s Kelvin Hassell to take second place in the UK Sprint Cars Chalk Challenge.

The Chalk Challenge marks the second round of the Lucas Oils Series which will culminate in Coventry on August 4.

Hassell, who had never seen the track before Sunday morning, got off to a slow start finishing fifth in the first heat as he got to grips with the venue. He improved to fourth in the second heat.

The Feature Final saw Hassell start fourth on the grid, immediately vying for position. The race was cut short however when the number 95 car of Roy Thompson clipped the inside retaining wall at turn three.

Thompson collected fellow competitors Vince O’Conner and Hassell, leaving the three cars strewn around the race track. The race was red flagged and the competitors given an hour to make repairs before the race would be re-started.

The second running of the Feature Final was just as eventful with three caution periods due to cars spinning on the dusty surface.

Number 69 Duncan Panton lead from green flag to chequers with Hassell a close second. Roy Thompson took the third spot

Kelvin Hassell took up the UK Sprint Cars Chalk Challenge for a credible second in the feature final.

A rare dry Sunday occurred around the Horndean Raceway amid a week of torrential rain.

The UK Sprint Cars were on hand for the second round of the Lucas Oils Series. Hassell started fourth on the grid for the first race and dropped to sixth as he felt his way around the track, which is a quarter mile oval with a chalk racing surface.