Blake-Baldwin holds off the challenge of Henderson & Chandler

Brian Chandler made sure James Blake-Baldwin had to work for his victories. Photo: Jon Elsey

James Blake-Baldwin emerged from the testing Croft triple-header with his championship lead increased by what could prove to be a very valuable six points. The Farnham driver overcame the challenge of local racer Alan Henderson, the hard charging Brian Chandler and Reigate’s Simon Baldwin, to take a hat-trick of race victories.

Brian Chandler threw down the gauntlet by beating Blake-Baldwin to pole for the first race with Alan Henderson third. However, the championship leader quickly redressed the balance once the race started to take the lead on the first lap and it was one he wouldn’t relinquish. Chandler and Henderson did all that they could, indeed the former finished just .269 seconds behind James, but both had to be satisfied with completing the podium in that order. In fact, Henderson didn’t lose any ground on Blake-Baldwin as the two extra points he scored for the fastest lap gave him the same points return as his rival.

The second race proved to be more comfortable for Blake-Baldwin with a ‘lights to flag’ victory. Simon Baldwin muscled in on the Chandler/Henderson party, overtaking the pair on the first lap. Try as they might they couldn’t get passed Baldwin. Henderson held off Chandler to take P3 and again took some consolation by claiming the two additional points for the fastest lap.

Round fourteen proved to be an even more serene win for Blake-Baldwin, although it didn’t start out that way. Continuing his good form from race two, Simon Baldwin was first away and held the lead until Blake-Baldwin overtook him at the hairpin on lap 6. From there on in James was untouchable driving away from the opposition to win by over six seconds. Baldwin hung on gamely in fourth after being passed by Chandler and Henderson, but some mechanical problems on the penultimate lap eventually meant a sixth place finish. Chandler finished second and was the beneficiary of the extra points for the fastest lap, while Alan Henderson had to settle for third.

The meeting finished with a free ‘Trophy’ race for those who wanted an extra outing. Twenty drivers took up the opportunity and at the end of the twelve lap race Stephen Craggs took the victory laurels ahead of James Harris and Clive Powles.

To sum up, James Blake-Baldwin is now odds on to win the title and Alan Henderson will head to the Rockingham double-header in just two weeks’ time knowing he has very little margin for error.

Jon Elsey's full meeting report will appear on this website shortly.

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