Santa Pod played host to the 2018 Doorslammers Championship with 7 different entry classes from pro race cars through to road legal. SPAL sponsored the 27 car Front Wheel Drive category with drivers coming from France, Germany and Holland to join the entrants from England and Scotland.
Saturday allowed the teams to lay down some test runs and make whatever changes needed to complete a full 1/4 mile pass. With temperatures of 22⁰C and a brand new track, the Front Wheel Class set new PBS and records were broken. Unfortunately so were some of the cars.
Round 1 kicked off Sunday first thing, seeing the fire up lane full. Focused drivers and teams waited to be called forward to take their place on the start line. As the day went on, more PBS and European records were broken and from 27 in we were down to the top eight.
Eight soon became 4 and then with just two drivers remaining, the final race was set. Stephen Rea in his Astra van took on Adrian Solly in his Audi A3.
The lights went green and two front wheel drive monsters went flat out down the quarter mile. Crossing the finish line in a time of 10.863 seconds at 129 miles per hour, Stephen Rea was crowned 2018 Doorslammers Front Wheel Drive Champion.
Photo credits: Iain Phillips, 2018.