22nd Oct, 2019

Hawksbee a cut above the rest to win second WMLMRA title in a row

Ben Tyler 27th Sep, 2019

CATSHILL racer Richard Hawksbee has retained his West Midlands Lawn Mower Racing Association title following the final race of the season at Much Cowarne last Saturday.

In the final event near Bromyard, Hawksbee raced ‘The Chirotractor’ to a finish of second, adding 113 points to his overall total of 655 for the season – 44 points in front of runner-up ‘Mow Farah’.

The 2019 course introduced tight sections, a jump and two banked corners, meaning even more was demanded of the championship leader in order to keep hold of his crown, with three other teams vying to overtake him on the final day.

And demanding it proved, with several drivers experiencing mechanical faults after landing the jump.

In a close start to the race, Hawksbee and eventual race winner ‘Mow-a-saki’ were locked in battle, with both placing in the top two in the opening sprint races.

But after an excellent showing in the afternoon session, in which the reigning champion won 11 of the 18 sprint races and claimed seven runner-up places, the title remains in Hawksbee’s grasp.

It makes it two championship victories in as many years, having only started competing in competitive lawnmower racing at the beginning of last year.

Hawksbee now looks forward to the NWLMRA six-hour endurance race in October, following the culmination of the main season.

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