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Pittingale resumes Heavyweight title march
23 August 2010
After three rounds of the 2010 season the Heavyweight class of the Easykart UK series looked like heading Barnaby Pittingale's way with several rounds to spare but after his undefeated streak ended at Llandow and then continued at Whilton Mill Pittingale arrived at Rowrah with his points advantage trimmed to less than 20 thanks to the consistency of Tim Hill.
Both Pittingale and Hill had to give best to Adrian Batty in Saturday's final as Batty led all 20-laps and showed everyone a clean pair of heels for his first win of the year. Pittingale ran second throughout but couldn't get within five seconds of Batty, who missed the Llandow round of the series but could still feature strongly in the final standings once dropped scores are taken into account.
Hill's race, and perhaps his season as a whole took a major dive just prior too half distance when his battle for third with Mark Lawrence and Jack Bruce ended with all three off-track and Will Gibson, running seventh at the time, inheriting third place. Gibson held on to third until the end with Glen Beard and Kevin Owen completing the top five. Hill could do no better than ninth.
After padding his points lead on Saturday Pittingale potentially dealt his rivals a mortal championship blow on Sunday by leading the final from start to finish to record his fourth win of the year. After watching Batty and Mark Lawrence scrap for second place in the early stages Pittingale pulled out a small gap before Batty came back at him, almost wrestling the lead away in the final moments.
However Pittingale held on, crossing the line a mere one tenth of a second ahead of Batty with Lawrence and Bruce five seconds back in third and fourth places. Gibson took fifth with Hill a disappointed and distant sixth, finishing more than 15-seconds behind his closest title rival.
Thanks to his Rowrah performances Pittingale now holds a commanding 37 point lead over Hill in the points standings with just one round to go although Batty, despite running only 13th in the points table, moves up into second place once dropped scores are taken into account but still more than 20 markers adrift of Pittingale.
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