The final round of the Essex Winter Series season took place last weekend. Elliott Harper held a four-point lead going into this final round, with his nearest challenger Olly Jefferies taking the win last time out whilst Elliott was on international duty at the GP3F.
Olly got proceedings off to the best start, topping the opening qualifier, before Elliott fought back to head Q2 and Q3 with his Schumacher Mi6. 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, 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. Out front, the one mistake came, and it was from Elliott. Getting his car slightly 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 but knew second in the race was more than enough to clinch the championship. Elliott remained on Olly’s bumper, but didn’t want to risk an incident and so whilst Olly ran out the winner by a few tenths of a second, it was Elliott who lifted the overall EWS Scorpion Modified Championship for the second consecutive year.
ESSEX WINTER SERIES SCORPION MODIFIED OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
1 Elliott Harper – 599 – SCHUMACHER
2 Olly Jefferies – 595
3 Alan Bickerstaff – 580
4 Chris Grainger – 576
5 Matthew White – 575
6 Harley Eldridge – 574
7 Paul Pinkney – 558 – SCHUMACHER
8 Alex Thurston – 556
9 Stefan Chodzynski – 542 – SCHUMACHER
10 Phil Chambers – 542
Full results from R5, along with the Championship standings and Tech Charts which will follow shortly, can be found here: http://www.ewsevents.co.uk/race-results
The Organisers would like to thank all the series sponsors for their support, and most importantly all the drivers for being part of another successful year and the fantastic levels of competition this season.
The EWS Events team now have a short break before returning for the EWS International, (http://www.ewsevents.co.uk/2017-ews-international.html) which takes place 31 March to 02 April to round out the UK and European carpet season.