ENGINE BLOW UP PUTS PAY TO CLASS VICTORY
Donington Park, UK, Sunday 1st September 2002: Earl Goddard smashed the
all-time Donington lap record on his way to an impressive win in the
final British round of NDS EuroBOSS at Leicestershire's Donington
Park circuit in his Benetton Ford HB V8.
It was the 22 year old South
African's fourth successive win and yet despite a dominant
performance in the race he could not prevent Klaas Zwart securing the NDS
EuroBOSS RAC MSA Championship title.
The battle for second place, and vital Championship points, was closely
fought between leading contenders Phil Andrews and Dutchman Zwart.
Andrews seemed to have the upper hand in the early stages and kept Zwart
at bay until the fifth lap when the Dutchman's determination paid
off and he passed the local man. Zwart has been consistent in all five
Championship rounds, gaining podium places in each race proving a worthy
Mortlock, Stirling and Wakefield demonstrated that overtaking is alive
and well in NDS EuroBOSS as they wrestled for positions from start to
finish, with Mortlock in a Footwork Judd V10, the eventual victor of the
three way tussle finishing in fourth. The Stirling Indy Car, in
it's original Miller Lite livery, proved once again that on the
right circuit it is formidable competition.
If Klaas Zwart was the star of the Championship, the star of the day was
definitely Earl Goddard who set a sensational lap record, in his Robin
Hooker prepared Benetton, of 56.900 seconds on the 1.957 mile National
The winner of the NDS EuroBOSS 3000 class was Belgian driver Kamiel de
Brue who finished in 9th place overall. De Brue battled throughout with
16 year old Scott Mansell from Tamworth, in a Reynard Mugen, the
youngster was looking for a strong performance on his local circuit.
Scott finally managed to pass de Brue on the fifth lap only to suffer an
Zwart sealed the closely fought Championship by five points from Andrews.
Although NDS EuroBOSS consists of eight rounds throughout Europe, the RAC
MSA Championship is based on five races at Donington Park (2), Brands
Hatch, Mondello Park and Zandvoort.
With two of the eight races remaining
the hotly contested Series can still be decided by four drivers; Zwart,
Andrews, Goddard and Toivonen, all with a chance to secure honours.