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CARL BOARDLEY REPEATS AS WINNER
IN WORLD HOT ROD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT IPSWICH

7-13-07
Carl Boardley (#41) battles his way to the win in the National Hot Rod's World Final at Ipswich the past weekend.IPSWICH, UNITED KINGDOM (July 7-8, 2007) -- The National Hot Rod Series contested the World Finals last weekend with Carl Boardley repeating as the event winner. For Boardley, the victory was a little less controversial than last year. In that event, Boardley made contact with race leader Andy Steward on the final lap which paved the way for his first win. This year, Boardley left no doubt as to his talent winning the World Finals for a second consecutive time. The victory also reinforces Boardley's status as one of series' top drivers. 

On Saturday, 32 cars were on hand for qualifying at the 1/4-mile Foxhall International Raceway. Carl Boardley set fast time of the day with a lap of 14.743 seconds (61.046 mph). Malcolm Blackman, the 2004 race winner, was second fastest in qualifying.   

On Sunday, it was finally time for the big event. The 75-lap race featured five leaders among four different drivers and had eight of 32 starters finishing on the lead lap.

Despite starting up front, Carl Boardley fell back to fourth before making his late-race charge to the front. But Boardley methodically made his way through the pack to finally be in position to challenge for the win. 

In the closing laps, Boardley made his move passing John Christie for the lead. Boardley, despite a late-race caution, held on the rest of the way to capture the win. 

Chris Haird finished in second place with John Christie settling for third place. 
 

Carl Boardley (3rd from left) enjoying his win with the other top finishers.Boardley commented after the race, "Hoosier (tires) are a good tire and they've proven time and again that they're durable enough for a long race." 

The event winner added, "During the qualifying rounds, I've sometimes used tires which are months old and still had no problems. That's what I call good value."

Hoosier is the official tire of the National Hot Rod World Series and co-sponsor of the World Final event. 

Members of the Hoosier Tire UK staff which serviced the annual event included; Andy and Looby Postance, Martin Lamb, Anne and Kim Fish and Graham Rutherford.      

The series now travels to Ballymena and Nutts Corner in Northern Ireland on July 21-22 for the British Championship.

For more race details or information about National Hot Rod racing visit www.nationalhotrod.com

      

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