Last weekend saw the SXS train again at its spiritual home, PAR Raceway. Paul and the PAR homes team again were the impeccable hosts. The weather was perfect for a great weekend of racing and that’s exactly what we got. A fantastic weekend with some of the best wheel to wheel action we have seen all year. Its tight at the top and the last round will be an absolute cracker.
This class is now one of the most competitive in the sport and this weekend proved that once again. Lewis Scotney set the bench mark early on and as predicted his main rival Mack Preistwood was right on his back bumper taking second. The margin was just over a second and that must equate to just over a buggy length. Unbelievably close and great to watch. Alfie Davies bagged third spot with Joe Chilvers and Rio Longdon spilt by nine tenths in fourth and fifth, again proving the depth of talent in the class. Fred Tarrant was the best of the rest in sixth place with the ever-improving Jacob Tomblin coming home in seventh. Newcomer Ben Mason managed a solid eighth surprising many and showing he may be one to watch going forward. Stanley Whitmore made his return to the Youth Class with a decent ninth spot a position he would certainly look to build on. Jude Scotney beat Sophie Bird to tenth spot which closed off a great race one grid.
Race one saw a sprint at the front, the early laps were fierce up and down the field with some great driving from the flying youngsters. Lewis Scotney broke away at the front and slowly built a gap to Mack Preistwood, the race never seemed over until the flag as any mistake would have seen dramatic changes. The lead remained with Lewis and the gap was only three seconds at the final flag. Great race at the front with Lewis managing to take the spoils. Something told us this battle wasn’t over yet. Joe Chilvers got the better of Alfie Davies for third in another great little battle between the two friends and rivals. Rio Longdon managed to set a faster lap than fourth place but wasn’t able to build on that speed, Fifth for Rio. Fred Tarrant remained solid holding his place in the pack to cross the line in sixth. Seventh place was Jacobs and most people watching this class agree that he will definitely be on the move up the pack if this level of improvement continues. Stanley Whitmore managed to build on his qualifying performance to take eighth ahead of newcomer Ben Mason in ninth. Sophie Bird got the better of Jude Scotney at the back of the pack, a battle that was by no means over. Great race one for the entire field and a joy to watch, well done everyone.
Everyone watched on as the flag raised for race two, the battle at the front was the one everyone was watching and early on the reason why was clear. Mack Preistwood grabbed his chance and early on the race lead was his, could he make it count? The answer was yes, lap after lap he held onto his lead and crossed the line in top spot followed home by rival Lewis Scotney. We were back to where we started, all square going into race three. Joe Chilvers again placed a solid third, unable to catch the front two but able to hold of the challenges of his rivals behind. Alfie Davies was next home in fourth, followed home again by Rio Longdon in fifth. Jacob Tomblin moved up the field again with a mid-pack sixth place finish, with Stanley Whitmore not far off in seventh. Ben mason continued his solid rookie weekend with a good eighth, well done Ben and great performance. Fred Tarrant was unfortunate after an early mistake saw his race ruined, ninth for Fred. Jude Scotney won the battle with Sophie Bird for tenth with Sophie closing off the grid in eleventh place.
The tension was evident for this one, not sure if it was more visible on the drivers or the family’s, but this is what racing is all about. Away they went and the race wasn’t going to disappoint. The early laps were exactly as we predicated an absolute battle! Lewis Scotney forced his way to the front and actually started to build a solid lead, something wasn’t right with young Mack Preistwood. A great drive from Lewis saw him finally bag the overall at PAR pushing hard every lap even after the victory seemed nailed on. Great result for the winner but not a disaster for Mack, mechanical problems saw his challenge dwindle in the final race, but a solid second means the battle for the championship is still very much on. Well done both the top drivers a great display of racing. Joe Chilvers again held off all challengers to make third his own a great day for Joe. Rio Longdon was on the move upwards and fourth spot was his, consistency was finally rewarded. Jacob Tomblin was the other car on the move climbing up to fifth place ending a great day for the youngster on a high. Alfie Davies dropped to sixth spot a result he will be disappointed with, but with four drivers setting fastest laps all on the same second the smallest mistakes will always be punished. Fred Tarrant hit the reset button after a difficult race two and crossed the line seventh not where he wants to be but good enough for today. Stanley Whitmore and Jude Scotney were next home in eight and ninth with Sophie Bird and Ben Mason closing off the grid.
1st – Lewis Scotney #11
2nd – Mack Preistwood #73
3rd – Joe Chilvers #74
4th – Alfie Davies #21
5th – Rio Longdon
Fastest Lap Bonus Point – Lewis Scotney #11
Clerks Driver Of The Day – Lewis Scotney #11
To see the full standings see our results page HERE.
What a great days racing for the Youth Class. Thank you to everyone who made it possible. Also, a huge thank to our hosts PAR Homes and our class sponsors Anglia UK 😊