Alex Hawley has taken out the 2017 Manfeild Winter Series, proving consistency is key when fighting for a championship. However, it was Callum Crawley who took the round win, taking two wins on his way.
Crawley’s dominance started from qualifying, smashing out an impressive 1:24.089 near the end of the session before moving onto back to back wins in race two and three.
Qualifying did not go so smooth for the drivers of Crawley’s car from yesteryear as Taylor Hurst suffered an engine failure with less than two minutes to go. The Sabre Motorsport crew had their work cut out with only 50 minutes available to change the engine for the opening race but despite their hardest efforts, they missed out on getting Taylor out by only two minutes!
Reece Hendl-Cox returned for a shakedown before the National Championship next month and took the opening race ahead of Crawley and Hawley. Blake Evans recorded a solid fourth place ahead of Conrad Clark and Nathan Sudiono.
Race two saw Crawley return to the winner’s circle this time in front of young Blake Evans who put in a stellar drive to finished P2 from Clark. Hawley finished just off the podium in fourth with Paul Butler behind him. Reece Hendl-Cox did not finish the race due to a mechanical issue.
Crawley would again take the win in the final race ahead of Clark who narrowly pipped Hawley for second place. Sudiono recorded fourth with Butler fifth and Hurst sixth. Evans would fail to finish after running off the road at turn one and nudging the tyres while running in second place.
But it was all about Alex Hawley who took the Series win, proving again the consistency is key after the driver dubbed ‘Big Mac’ did not score a win throughout the series. However, he did finish on the podium 75% of the races.