Third time lucky as Anthony takes title after final re-starts

Trophy time: Anthony Hemingway with his spoils of track war
Trophy time: Anthony Hemingway with his spoils of track war

Rastrick racer Anthony Hemingway is the new Stoxkarts British Champion, winning the title in runaway fashion at Mildenhall raceway in Suffolk.

The 33-year-old went to the venue near Ipswich full of hope following a fine start to the season, which included several podium finishes.

He had mixed luck in the heats but a second and a 10th helped him qualify for the final in mid-grid.

Hemingway made a flying start and had moved up to third by the third turn before a pile up meant a restart.

Another good start left Hemingway second after the first lap but another incident brought out the caution flag.

It was third time lucky for the final, and Hemingway. Again he made a decent start and a slight nudge pushed the lead car aside at turn one.

“I could see Sam Pullan close behind and I knew he was quick, so I couldn’t hang about,” said Hemingway.

“By lap four I had a bit of breathing space but the car felt great and wanted to go quicker.”

Hemingway said he had just kept his head down and gone for it. “At halfway the back markers started to become a concern, mainly as I didn’t think any of them would think I was leading. However, all were very sporting and left plenty of room.”

Hemingway said there had been one scary moment when a car spun and rolled down the track but he had avoided it.

“It was an amazing feeling when finally the chequered flag dropped and we’d done it.”

Hemingway thanked his support team and sponsors.