Cooke conjures up more karting success

Former world stock rod champion Mel Cooke proved he had lost none of his winning touch by making it three summer series championship wins in a row in the Go-Kart 177 Rotax Max Class.

Former world stock rod champion Mel Cooke proved he had lost none of his winning touch by making it three summer series championship wins in a row in the Go-Kart 177 Rotax Max Class.

The 42-year-old from Norwich competed in a thrilling final round contest at Ellough park Racetrack, where tensions were high as the eight event series came down to the last event. Cooke was 62 points clear leading into the final round, but with double points to play for all was not won yet. He won the first and third heat races convincingly, with a second place sandwiched between having started the heat at the back of the grid. It meant Cooke was on pole for the final race, and he led from start to take the chequered flag, with second place man Calvin Doyle breathing down his neck in what turned out to be a thrilling race. "My tyres were going off towards the end of the race but I managed to hold on," said Cooke.