Slick tactical move helps Weaver to title

Kym Weaver

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A last minute tyre switch played a huge part as Eastbourne hotrod racer Kym Weaver was crowned English National Champion at Aldershot on Sunday.

Following 12 rounds of intense racing over the last nine months Weaver finally came top of the leaderboard to claim the title of English Champion.

Going into the nerve-jangling final round Weaver was placed second, seven points behind the leader Shane Bland and only a few points ahead of the chasing pack.

Heat one saw heavy rain falling which was a delight for the 209 team as Weaver made his way from the back of the grid to finish eighth and a few places in front of Bland.

Heat two, the rain had stopped but the track still looked greasy. Tyre choice was going to be important, most drivers went with wets or two wets and two slicks, but after a last minute look at the track, and with Kym about to leave the pits, the team took the gamble of going with slick tyres all round - and it certainly paid off.

As the track dried out it saw Weaver get faster and gain a well-deserved sixth. In the final race, Weaver had to finish at least two places in front of Bland and had to be close to world champion Chris Haird who, after two good results, could also win the title.

The start wasn’t the best as Weaver found himself last car behind Bland and way behind Haird. After a few laps Bland made contact with another car and pulled off with a puncture, so now the chase was on to close in on Haird.

Slowly, Weaver made his way through the field, and on the very last lap gained another place to finish seventh and took the 2014-15 title by five points in the most dramatic fashion.

Weaver said, “It was incredible to be honest. It was a gamble to go wih the slick tyres but it came good for us.

“Most of the others went out on wets. After a few laps the track dried up a bit and I could feel that extra grip

“To come down to the last lap of the last race was something. I literally took the guy on the line by two inches. It was so close at the end and it shows what fine margins we work with. We have all worked so hard all season so we are delighted.”

Victory placed Weaver into group one for the world final at Ipswich which will be contested on June 27 and 28. Highlights of which can be seen on Motors TV.

Next up for Weaver and the team is the defence of their Thunder 500 crown at Ipswich on June 13.

Weaver added, “We are defending our title at the Thunder 500 so we are keen to do well there it will be another good test for us.

“Then it’s all about the world final. I know I will be in group one and no lower than the fourth row.”

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