Final Round 2020 – British Superlite Championship Decider
Coming into the final round with double points on offer in every race it was all to play for the series leaders. In the S10 class Jake Swann already knew he couldn’t lose after finishing first in the last 5 rounds. However the other two class leaders were no sure thing with double points on offer both Duncan Macbeth in the S9 and Phil Redfern in the S6 class were very aware that the chasing pack could catch them on the day and take the away the 2020 championship from under them.
So what happened?
On the day Jake's consistent driving style earned him enough points to take the championship, finishing the season with a hat trick of wins in the new S10 class.
In the S9 class Duncan Macbeth looked a pretty sure thing after qualifying fastest to take pole in the A group race he ended the first race in first place ahead of Jake Swann in the more powerful S10 by 0.139 seconds. His closest rival for the S9 title, his brother, Charlie Macbeth finished third, with a difference of 5.394 seconds. So Duncan was looking good to retain his title. Then disaster struck at the start of race 2 as he pulled into pole position he put his foot on the clutch and the cable broke. As he couldn’t fix it he was forced to drive the race without a clutch. Going from pole to 11th in a few seconds he managed to start the car in first gear and showed true skill to weave his way through the pack to finish in 3rd behind his closest rival for the championship Charlie Macbeth. After that drama he started 3rd in the final race and ended third behind Charlie, taking enough points to retain his championship title and be named our Driver of the Day.
There was also all to play for the S6 Championship leader Phil Redfern who although leading the championship had a host of rivals capable of taking the points and the championship away. Double points gave opportunities to Mark Trickett, Mark Rushton, Ben Smalley and Neil Richardson. In qualifying Mark Rushton managed to get in the faster lap time to start ahead of Phil but Phil took the lead and the points. Again in race 2 Mark managed to get ahead of Phil only to lose control at Lunar Bend and let Phil get ahead. With two wins under his belt Phil looks assured to make it a hat trick but finally Mark managed to keep his cool in race 3 to finish in first. Neil Richardson finished 3rd on the day, after both Ben Smalley and Mark Trickett found themselves in troubles that didn’t allow them to finish all 3 races.
In 2020 the S6 Championship was renamed as the Joe Palfrey Memorial Trophy and its fitting that the final round was at Three Sisters in Wigan, the track that hosted his memorial ceremony back in July. Joe was an absolute legend that will never be forgotten by our community of racers and we hope we did him proud in the final round.