Honiton driver Kieran Anderson races to third championship title in just four years

PUBLISHED: 17:50 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 18:25 01 October 2018

Honiton-based driver Kieran Anderson on his way to another championship success. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Honiton-based driver Kieran Anderson on his way to another championship success. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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It was a successful weekend for Honiton-based Kieran Anderson, who not only took convincing class wins, but also overall victories on both days of the final ASWMC Southern Counties Autocross Championship.

Kieran Anderson (seen in the red rolled down overalls holding the trophy) together with other drivers from a superb weekend of East Devon motor sport. Picture CONTRIBUTEDKieran Anderson (seen in the red rolled down overalls holding the trophy) together with other drivers from a superb weekend of East Devon motor sport. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Excellent weather made for a great weekend of motorsport at White Slade near Dalwood.

With the kind permission of local farmer Bob Dare, Torbay Motor Club hosted the event that attracted a healthy entry of 50 drivers from all corners of the country.

A wide range of vehicles, from standard production cars to highly modified, four-wheel-drive and single seat specials, took to the track in a bid to set their fastest times.

As the top layer of grass wore down and times tumbled, there was just 0.3 seconds between Simon Ford (Special) and Kieran Anderson (Modified Smart Roadster) in Anderson’s favour overnight.

The battles in several classes were as close and closer with just 0.1 seconds separating father and son, Barry/Aaron Hews (North Devon) in the production class Saxo.

A few alterations were made to the track overnight, to avoid some of the rutted corners, for the second day of competition and times continued to get quicker. Ford suffered mechanical issues early on.

However, Anderson was immediately on the pace and put in a time some four seconds quicker than his nearest rival, John Rigden (Subaru Impreza from Sussex) and went on to increase his lead to 7.2 seconds on his second run.

Luke Holly (Modified Honda Civic), who had been sat ready to snatch the championship from Anderson should he have encountered any problems, put in some awesome drives over the weekend to finish the event third overall and second in the championship.

With class and outright wins on both days of the event, enough points were scored for 20-year-old Anderson to secure his third championship title in the last four years.

To top what has been a terrific season, he was also a member of the ASWMC team that won the MSA Inter Association Autocross Challenge with Simon Ford (Newton Abbot) and Steve Frost as his team mates.

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