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Two in a row for Four Stroke’s Nichols
5 October 2010
Adam Nichols successfully retained his Senior TKM Four Stroke Super One title thanks to a pair of runner-up finishes at a rain soaked Buckmore Park as his main rival Luke Graver fell foul of the torrid conditions at the Kent venue.
Nichols arrived at Buckmore holding the championship advantage over Graver but couldn't relax as conditions changed from dry to wet to damp, back to full wet before starting to dry out for the last race.
Neither of the main protagonists eked out an advantage over the other during the heats with both taking a win apiece with Michael West claiming the third victory. However it was Graver's finishes in his two other heats that were enough to give him pole for the first final with West and Nichols next in line.
However Graver's kart wasn't suited for the dreadful weather that blighted the first final and he slithered back to eighth, his title aspirations being all but washed away in the process.
West was untouchable in the race itself, taking the lead on the opening lap and pulling out an eleven second lead over Nichols before the chequered flag. Joel Saunders finished half a second behind Nichols in third with Chris Needham and Michael Rich rounding out the top five.
Second place for Nichols meant he just had to stay out of trouble in the second final to secure the crown and with Graver starting from the fourth row there would need to be a major twist to deny Nichols a second straight title.
Even though conditions were slightly better than for the first final West was still in a class of his own, reeling off another ten second victory as Nichols focused on keeping his nose clean in second place. Despite a charging drive from Graver Nichols crossed the line in second place to secure the title by 48 points.
Graver made up five places in the first two laps as he tried to end his season on a high but came up two seconds short of challenging Nichols for second. Even so third place in the conditions was a fine result and a much needed one as it turned out with West's double win bringing him to within two points of Graver in the overall standings.
Miles Murphy and Emyr Honeybun followed Graver home in fourth and fifth places respectively while Rich and Honeybun completed the top five in the overall standings.
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