Crawley’s Hook shows his star quality to win London title

Craig Hook is presented with the London Championship Trophy SUS-150316-171337002

Craig Hook is presented with the London Championship Trophy SUS-150316-171337002

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Sunday night’s meeting at Wimbledon Stadium was a double header for the Bangers with drivers scrapping for every point in round 14 of the Winter Banger League, and also competing for their London Championship in the final race of the evening.

Crawley’s Craig ‘Nippy’ Hook proved once again that when there is a title on the line in a one-off race, he has the pure speed and the necessary guile to roll despite chaos behind him.

Crawley’s Craig ‘Nippy’ Hook proved once again that when there is a title on the line in a one-off race, he has the pure speed and the necessary guile to roll despite chaos behind him.

The night did not start well for Arlington’s young gun Hook though as he failed to finish in the top ten in both of the heats.

It all came together for him in the Championship Final, where he started at the back of a 30-car field.

After six laps he had worked his way through the field up to tenth place, when the race was halted for safety reasons.

The restart meant the field was bunched up again, playing right into Hook’s hands. Quickly up to fourth, he then chased down the leaders like a greyhound after a hare.

Lap 13 saw him move into the lead, from where he went on to win the trophy.

Just as with the Suffolk title last year at Ipswich, when it comes to the final reckoning, not only is he in the mix, but more often than not it is him taking the chequered flag.

With a performance way beyond his young years, the former kart racer showed a clean pair of heels to his more experienced peers, to lift the trophy for the first time.

With just one regular round remaining this Sunday (15th), and then the Grand Final next week, where double points will be available on every race.

The Dreamers new boy Reece Priestly has a virtually unassailable lead at the top of the league and surely now must be the certain winner, barring a personal catastrophe.

Spedeworth have just announced a bumper fixture list for Arlington Stadium, Eastbourne in 2015 that includes not one but two mouth-watering Saturday night meetings.

The popular charity meeting in aid of The Royal Alex Children’s Hospital, hosted by The Bears is on 11th July, whilst going back in time over 100 A60’s will be racing on a speciality night a fortnight later on 26th.

These are in addition to the usual programme, in what promises to be an exciting season for oval racing fans in Sussex.