Published - Saturday 3rd September 2016

One to go...

Tig Napier had been battling the other side of the ladder, taking out Championship contenders Ricky Hale in round one, Gill Medley in round two and then to completely ruin the family vibe, Jemma Hale in Semi-finals.

Having done all the maths, now it all came down to the winner of the finals clinching the APIRA Championship. Tig pulled a .16 RT against Andy’s -.007 RED. Sadly pulling his second red light in competition, Andy knocked himself out and ended up being event runner-up as well as Championship runner-up. Well done to Tig, Cath and their faithful (now Championship winning car) Ruby!

With one event left to go, the SPRC and National Championship are still all to play for, with the SPRC being the tightest at the top Andy only having a 60 point lead over Chris Creswell in his Ford Fiesta.

Be sure to join in the coverage on for the National Finals from Saturday 24th September for qualifying and Sunday 25th going into Eliminations at Santa Pod Raceway.

Going into the last of the Shakespeare County Raceway event of the year, the APIRA Championship was anyone’s as the previous event had been a washout after the first round of eliminations. With both cars performing well in testing before this event both Kirstie and Andy were confident going into qualifying. Chalking up a number 1 spot, Andy was only .009 off dial-in going into eliminations. Kirstie secured a 4th in qualifying running a 16.13 on a 16.11 dial-in.

Eliminations on Sunday brought Kirstie up against newbie this year Elaine Hancock, both Kirstie and Elaine have yet to win a round in competition, so it was a question of who would get their first round win. Sadly for the team, it went to Elaine, and although a double break-out the lesser went to Elaine.

Andy drew long time Sportsman ET racer Stephen Cherrett slow but consistent Vauxhall Astra. That race however was won instantly when Stephen red-lit giving Andy a chance to run the 50 Shades of Red Camaro out the back door getting a time for the next round against Elaine. Having just taken team mate Kirstie out, Andy made short work of Elaine, catching her by 1000’ and just keeping a wheel in front. With a bye into the final the APIRA Championship now came down to whoever won the event.

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​Whilst Kirstie was on the trailer early, Andy in the Hutchinson and Dibley Ltd / backed 50 Shades of Red Racing Camaro battled through the rounds to meet friend and now rival Tom Atkinson in his daily driven 1964 Ford Ranchero. Tom, who normally races a Ford Cortina Estate in Super Pro was causing upset through the field, taking out regulars in the Sportsman ET championship in a one off appearance at Bug Jam. With the better RT Andy was quickly able to take out Tom taking the stripe and his first ever event win.

With one event left in the Sportsman ET National Championship the 50 Shades of Red Racing Camaro is currently sitting on top of the National and SPRC Championship points table. Here is a little write up of the latest in the season.

Bugjam 30 has always been a good event for the team, last year the 50 Shades of Green Racing Camaro made it to the finals and lost out to reigning champion Craig Wright in his consistent Honda Civic. This year saw both cars entering the packed 31 car field. Qualifying was spread over the two days, making Sunday a great chance to gauge dial-ins for the first round of a eliminations that afternoon.

Kirstie in the 50 Shades of Green Camaro faced her brother, former VWDRC Champion Spencer Tramm in his daily driver VW Polo for the first round. Sadly that race was won on the line with Spencer pulling a .1 light to Kirstie’s .3 Nevermind Kirstie you’ll get him back one day!