Yesterday morning had an ominous feel as we arrived at Snetterton to support Stewart Summers in the final round of his UK Time Attack challenge. Early morning rain had soaked the circuit - the track he rolled at a year ago - and understandably Stewart was nervous. A blown engine during qualifying at Croft meant that Rob Oldman had picked up full points in the previous round and ensured that todays race would decide who would take the Pocket Rocket title for 2016.

With the new engine having only a few pulls on the dyno prior to the race we had our fingers crossed that all would be well as Stew headed out for the warm up session. This wasn't to be the case.. the car lacked pace and Stew retired to the pit garage with more than half the session remaining complaining of a lack of boost. The supercharger belt turned out to be slipping and as a result the car would have had less than 200bhp. An easy fix but for the team it meant the end of the session, a lack of track time and a lack of driver confidence in the car. We'd have to wait until the practice session to see what Stew could do.

Out he went and the car looked to be pulling strongly, however, the pace just wasn't there and we started to get a little worried. Running 3 seconds off Rob's time in the Fiesta. We did the math. He'd need to score at least 12 points today to avoid a draw. Moments later he was back into the pits the session ended early due to a rattling noise from the engine bay. A loose bolt from the crank pulley was the culprit but it did not look good - it had torn into a water pipe causing a leak. Repairs would continue into the lunch break as the damaged hose was shortened and secured in place leaving Stewart wondering where he would pick up the pace.

Rather tentatively then he went out to qualify. Building up gradually we could see from the lap times that something was finally going well out there. The pace Stew has shown throughout the rest of the season was starting to resurface. Traffic and offs by other competitors denied Stewart his best laps for most of the session but on the final laps he had managed to break into the low 1:25's. It wasn't enough to take the win but it bagged second and earned 4 points out of a max of 5. It boded well for the final and finally Stew was enjoying himself again but this was nail biting for us! The final would decide who would win the championship.

It was Hayward and Oldman who set the early pace in the final but at the session worn on lap times started to tumble. True to form from the rest of the season, Rob and Stew trading fastest laps, pushing harder and harder until they were into the 1:24's smashing the lap record. Accidents brought out the red flags a couple of times but this didn't affect the top two championship rivals who continued to put in good lap times. As the session came to a close there was still nothing in it. Stewart thought he secured the win with a 1:24.141 but a top drive by Rob resulted in a blistering 1:24.094 lap time taking first place by the narrowest of margins and the full 10 points. Stewarts 9 points took his tally for the day to 13 - enough though to take the championship. Who says 13 is unlucky!

What a day! Congratulations to Stewart and Planet Saxx from all of us here at Kam Racing. Enjoy the victory and a deserved winter break. We hope you'll be back next year and you'll certainly have our support if you do!

Driver
Car
Total Points
Pos
R1Q
R1F
R2Q
R2F
R3Q
R3F
R4Q
R4F
R5Q
R5F
R6Q
R6F
Stewart Summers
Citroen Saxo
72
1
4
10
5
10
5
10
5
10
4
-
4
9
Robert Oldman
Ford Fiesta ST
70
2
5
9
4
9
4
9
4
9
5
10
5
10
Andrew Kime
Citroen Saxo
54
3
3
8
3
8
-
-
2
8
3
9
2
8
Warren Greenland
Vauxhall Corsa
33
4
-
-
2
-
3
8
3
7
-
-
3
7

Points table key:
R1Q = Round 1 Qualifying
R1F = Round 1 Final

How Points are worked out

Competitors count their five best scores from six rounds. Points are awarded for position based on the below table.

Position:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Final:
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Qualifying:
5
4
3
2
1