Cruel times for pair as glory hopes fade

At times motor sport can be cruel as two young Norfolk racers, James Blyth and Daniel Laddiman, have recently found out.Blyth made a spectacular start to the Mini Challenge season to lead the Novice Championship and hold down second place in the main contest by mid-season.

At times motor sport can be cruel as two young Norfolk racers, James Blyth and Daniel Laddiman, have recently found out.

Blyth made a spectacular start to the Mini Challenge season to lead the Novice Championship and hold down second place in the main contest by mid-season.

Sadly for the Brundall racer his form during the final three meetings slipped and he fell back to second in the novice series and fifth overall, both places to be confirmed.

The last meeting in the championship took place at Brands Hatch and in open practice the local racer headed the timesheets but in qualifying he was unable to repeat the feat.

"Disappointed and mystified" was the response from the local Advent Motorsport camp as the timesheets saw Blyth line up in 12th place for both races.

In the opening race Blyth made a good start to be tenth by the end of the opening lap.

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However his progress was foiled when he ran wide on a corner and picked up loose rubber on his tyres, which saw him fall back to ninth by the finish.

Blyth made another two places on the opening lap of the second and longer race. He then progressed to eighth place by the finish.

"My season seemed to have fallen apart since the Donington Park meeting" confirmed Blyth whose plans for next year remain fluid.

Daniel Laddiman also encountered problems, retiring from both the latest Ginetta Championship races at Rockingham.

"It turned out to be a nightmare" said the Horstead youngster who uncharacteristically qualified down in 13th and 14th for the two races.

It got no better for Laddiman during the grid formation lap for the first race when a driveshaft snapped clean in half so was unable to take the start.

The family run team replaced the broken component for race two but Laddiman was tapped into a spin at Tarzan Corner which broke a suspension bottom ball joint.

He dragged the crippled car back to the pits, and hree laps from the finish Laddiman returned to the Corby track but, as he was seven laps down, he remained unclassified.

The two non-finishes have dropped the youngster down to third place in the championship table, just six points from second place but equally only seven ahead of the fourth place racer.

"It's all down to the final two races this weekend at Thruxton," said Laddiman who will have a new engine installed into his car.

"Thruxton is very fast so it should give me an edge."