All six rounds of the Carpet Wars series has been dominated by Mirage team drivers this winter, with Hot Bodies team driver Olly Jefferies already securing the modified title with one round to go. The final round took place at the weekend and Mirage drivers continued to lead the way.
With the modified title sewn up the focus of attention switched to the runners up spot, Elliott Harper struggled at the first two rounds and if not for those early rounds would have been higher up the order and in contention for a top three place, never the less the Xray driver was on excellent form after wining the last round of the Rug Racers series the previous weekend.
The final round of the series saw another good quality entry with national champion Chris Grainger back in the fold; Glen Doman and Lee Woodhams were also on hand to take the challenge to the Mirage team.
Most of the top modified drivers went to the new Maritime Raceway on Saturday for some testing, something that has become the norm prior to moving across to the Black Lion Leisure Centre on Sunday for the Carpet Wars round, Chris Grainger, Olly and Elliott were all putting in some quick laps as the times improved during the Saturday shakedown.
Sunday morning and it was business as usual for Olly as the Orion/Nosram/HB Cyclone led the field after round one, Olly improved his time in round two and stayed top of the time sheets. Round three and Elliott took over with a quick run as Olly started to struggle on old tyres. The final round of qualifying saw both Hot Bodies drivers come together and loose time, Chris Grainger got on to FTD pace but dropped off towards the end of the run leaving Elliott top of the pile in front of Olly, Chris Kerswell, Glen Doman and Lee Woodhams.
Sam Smith was another Mirage driver on good form and he sneaked the last spot in the A final with his Xray. Unlucky was Ben Ingram who took pole in the B final.
From the buzzer Olly was keen to make up for his lack of FTD and crawled all over the back of Elliott’s Nosram powered Xray in the early laps, Elliott stayed cool despite Olly pushing the nose of the Cyclone up the inside at every opportunity, just before the mid way point Olly set Elliott up for a move which he could not defend, Olly got along side, the pair did touch but Olly was through, from there he cruised to yet another A final win.
So another title for Olly in what has been a fantastic winter series, wins at the Rug Racers series and the two day Carpet World Cup has seen Olly dominate winter carpet racing, Elliott too has really shone since Christmas and if not some for early unfortunate results would have been right up there challenging with Olly, as it was Elliott had to settle for top junior, just outside the top three overall at Carpet Wars.
Ben Ingram is another driver that has developed since switching to Xray, as has Brian Aldridge, Xray driver Dave Reece was another star performer in the 19 turn class. Overall the Mirage team performed superbly well and professionally throughout the winter and were rewarded with some top results, well done to them all and best wishes as they now start to focus on the BRCA nationals.
Source : Mirage Racing