Simon Sheridan – DDMC champion 2018

Simon Sheridan took the title as the Darlington and District Motor Club Northern Saloon and Sportscar Championship wrapped up its season at its annual Croft finale.

The Honda Civic Type R driver came into the final round fourth in the standings, 31 points down on leader Paul Lightburn and 24 behind Scott Hubel.

With third-placed Ford Falcon racer Andy Robinson away on a cruise, it was down to those three to battle for class victories and take into account dropped scores to decide who would collect the Grinton Picnic Trophy for 2018.

A pair of D class victories added to his dropped points from failing to finish at Snetterton put Sheridan into the top spot during race two on Sunday. A trip through the gravel and a drop down the class order for Peugeot 205 T16 racer Hubel ended his tilt at the title and cemented the crown for the Northwich driver.

Daniel Irving and Bill Addison battled hard in a wet opening encounter on Saturday afternoon as the A1 class cars stretched their legs and left the rest of the field trailing.

Despite being beaten off the line by the Mitsubishi Evo 4 of Mike Williamson, both Irving and Addison pulled clear of him and took the lead on the first lap.

The pair were less than a second apart with the Caterham Superlight R400 of Addison managing to stay ahead of the heavier Ginetta over the first few laps. The Caterham was able to pull away exiting the corners, while the Ginetta struggled to find grip but made up time along the straights.

After only five laps the duo had built up a 23-second gap to third-placed Andrew Morrison in his Seat Leon TCR The Scotsman settled for third after passing Williamson leaving the lead pair to duke it out for the win.

On the sixth lap, Irving got a run out of the chicane and pulled alongside Addison before passing into the right hand Tower Bend. Once past the Caterham Irving was able to unleash the might of the Ginetta and cruise to the flag.

Irving pulled his machine into the pits from pole position at the end of the race two formation lap leaving the way clear for Addison to pull away from the field when the lights went out.

With race two taking place on a dry track Addison wasn’t able to pull as large a gap to Morrison as he had in race one. The Seat driver did fall back from the Caterham but inherited the lead when Addison pulled off at the halfway point.

Morrison brought the car home first with David Brewis binging his Darrian T90 home in second and Neil Finnighan completing the podium in his Caterham R400.