The Schumacher team were once again on the road and in attendance at the 4th and penultimate round of the BRCA Touring car nationals at Halifax this weekend. Championship leader Chris Grainger knew going into the round that a win would secure him his 2nd consecutive national series win with Schumacher and the Mi4. He also knew a win wasn’t going to be easy with Elliot Harper, Andy Moore and Olly Jefferies all on top form after the recent European and World championships results.
At the end of Saturday Chris’ chances of claiming the title looked a long way off with only one 3rd place score on the board after the three rounds. The rest of the team were looking pretty strong in the Modified class with Schumacher’s own Chris Ashton and Matt White having strong top 5 runs throughout the day.
In the Pro Stock Class the demands of the Halifax circuit were great, trying to keep the motors cool being the number one aim! After the Saturday running, Andrew Robson, David Hall and James Hart were all in the top 4, with Lee Price also standing in 6th.
Overnight Chris changed his car quite a lot, in line with the some of the other Mod runners and the result worked well, managing to have 2 safe and fast runs to ensure he lined up second on the grid behind Olly Jefferies and his championship rival Elliot Harper.
The finals were a tense affair with Olly, Chris and Elliot going at it big stye to take the win. The second leg was a cracker of a race with Olly holding off Chris for the full 5mins to take the win under extreme pressure with Chris unable to find a clean way by. So overall Chris finished up 2nd behind Olly with Elliot third and a good set of finals saw Chris Ashton bringing home 4th and Matt White 6th with their Mi4LP’s.
This result means that the only person who can stop Chris winning the Championship is Elliot, however he would have to win the final round at West London and all three legs of the A final due to the tie break rule.
The Pro stock finals saw a win for Jonny Bowden with Andrew Robson, David Hall, James Hart, Lee Price and Sam Clifton all making the ‘A’ with their Mi4LP’s finishing in midfield positions.
So the final round in a month’s time at West London see’s Chris hot favourite to retain his crown for the second year with Elliot needing to win the race and all three legs of the A main.