EWS Finals report

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The fifth and final round of the Essex Winter Series presented by Sweep took place this weekend. With a new scoring system in place this year, the results of this event would be crucial to decide the champions.

The Scorpion Modified title fight was a straight battle between Elliott Harper, winner of the first three events, and XRAY’s Olly Jefferies, who took the win at Round 4. Olly got proceedings off to the best start, topping the opening qualifier with his XRAY T4, ahead of Elliott and the trio of Matthew White, Chris Grainger and Alan Bickerstaff. Q2 moved Elliott to the top, setting the fastest time, Olly second and Alan third. Elliott topped the third round, ahead of Olly, Chris, Matthew and youngster Harley Eldridge. The final qualifier saw a titanic battle to decide pole position, with the two contenders never separated by more than a few tenths of a second. Elliott snatched the win, and with it the pole position, by just one tenth of a second in front of Olly. This moved Elliott one step closer to the title, giving him a five-point lead ahead of the single leg A Final.

Elliott and Olly led the field away, quickly building a gap over the chasing pack. Olly remained close behind Elliott, initially not quite close enough to attempt a move, but Elliott knowing one small mistake would likely see him lose the lead. Behind the leaders, Matthew, Alan, Chris and Harley raced hard for third place, and a potential third overall in the championship. Out front, the one mistake came, and it was from Elliott. Getting his car sideways at the end of the straight, Olly didn’t need to be asked a second time and snuck through the narrow gap to take the lead. Elliott continued to hound Olly for the remainder of the five minutes and, despite one moment where he managed to get alongside to attempt repay the favour, couldn’t find a way to pass. Thus Olly ran out the winner, with Elliott’s runner up position enough to see him lift the overall EWS Scorpion Modified Championship for the second consecutive year, with Olly second overall and Alan’s fourth place finish giving him third overall ahead of his team mates.

Scorpion Modified A Final Result:

  1. Olly Jefferies – XRAY
  2. Elliott Harper
  3. Matthew White
  4. Alan Bickerstaff
  5. Chris Grainger
  6. Harley Eldridge
  7. Alex Thurston
  8. Phil Chambers
  9. Mark Gilliland
  10. Paul Pinkney

Scorpion Modified Overall Championship Result:

  1. Elliott Harper – 599
  2. Olly Jefferies – XRAY – 595
  3. Alan Bickerstaff – 580
  4. Chris Grainger – 576
  5. Matthew White – 575
  6. Harley Eldridge – 574
  7. Paul Pinkney – 558
  8. Alex Thurston – 556
  9. Stefan Chodzynski – 542
  10. Phil Chambers – 542

In the Wild Turbo Fan Super Stock Class, Zak Finlay got his run at the title underway by setting the fastest time ahead of XRAY team mate Marcus Askell. Richard King took third in front of the other main championship challenger Tony Broad. Marcus went fastest in the second round, ahead of Zak, Tony, Ben Pedersen and Daniel Blake, to lead an XRAY 1-2-3-4-5. Zak was back on top in the third qualifier, ahead of Marcus, Tony, and Ricky Copsey. Zak Finlay secured pole position and took a step closer to the WTF Super Stock Championship by going quickest in the final round ahead of Marcus, Tony, Ricky and Keith Dempsey.

Zak made a clean start at the front of the A Final, whilst Tony appeared to have found a little more speed and hustled Marcus from lap one. Whilst Tony and Marcus continued to fight, Zak got his head down and extended his lead out to around two and a half seconds. Tony tried everything he could, but the former series champion could not get past Marcus, who drove a perfect race under pressure. Therefore, out in front Zak had a lonely drive to secure both the win and the overall EWS WTF Super Stock Championship. Tony still finished second overall, with Marcus’ strong run of results in the second half of the season lifting him to third overall.

Wild Turbo Fan Super Stock A Final Result:

  1. Zak Finlay – XRAY
  2. Marcus Askell – XRAY
  3. Tony Broad – XRAY
  4. Ricky Copsey
  5. Richard King
  6. Ben Pedersen – XRAY
  7. Daniel Blake – XRAY
  8. Matthew Worton – XRAY
  9. Tim Hancock – XRAY
  10. Keith Dempsey

Wild Turbo Fan Overall Championship Result:

  1. Zak Finlay – XRAY – 600
  2. Tony Broad – XRAY – 594
  3. Marcus Askell – XRAY – 590
  4. Ricky Copsey – 581
  5. Richard King – 579
  6. Tim Hancock – XRAY – 571
  7. Keith Dempsey – 563
  8. Ben Pedersen – XRAY – 563
  9. Matthew Worton – XRAY – 540
  10. Leyton Foster – 533

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