BEAR DUCKS FIRST-LAP CHAOS TO CONQUER MALLORY
It’s smiles all round at Camp Kutuka, after a successful weekend at Mallory Park.
With Alex “The Bear” Harrison qualifying alongside great friend and rival Chris Palmer, the stage was set for a classic Mallory duel.
Lap 1’s smoke and chaos ended abruptly at the essess as Palmer missed his gearchange under enormous pressure and span off the road, the Bear immediately turning clean air into a second per lap advantage and clearing off from the field to win by a relaxed 9 seconds, taking his second outright race win of the year.
From row 2, Lyddall’s class G duel with Coppock also ended on lap 1, but not in the same way, running wide and down the grass at the exit of Gerrards Lyddall dropped well down the order and had to race hard to regain track position, eventually coming in 4th overall, but winning class G as Coppock’s desperate move to pass a flying James Ramm parked him in the gravel at Gerrards.
Harrison senior lined up alongside class D nemesis Ian Drage, who took his first ever class pole, but was unable to convert it to track position off the line. Harrison steered through the startline chaos to take track position, and then defended hard in an ailing car to stave off attacks by Seath and Comer – who seemed intent on killing each other, to win the class.
Congratulations go to Roger “The Bearded Wonder” Webster for his superb 3rd place overall, his best ever result, and for holding off the V12 assault of Lyddall.
Commiserations to John Gregory as the Mallory curse struck, a blown head gasket making sure his car did not start the race.
And apologies to Richard Crossley, who I was exceptionally rude to at the essess in the race!
Kutuka’s three class wins mean that the team makes progress in all 5, (or is it 6?) championships this weekend. Not a bad day’s work.
In related news, the duck racing was closely fought, the eventual winner clearly with an unfair advantage but the top six being separated by only a couple of webbed feet at the finish lake.
Bear leads the pack.
Some ducks, yesterday.
Lyddall finds the tarmac again.