Sunday 29th May, Ringwood, Southern Championship

Ringwood saw a good entry of Midgets at this popular raceway for the Southern Championship.

Race one turned out a very close one with Frank Boyles showing Rod Tanswell over the line followed by Bob Elson (National Champ.) who now seems to have his car going really well, but still often dogged by bad luck. The first twelve drivers qualified for the big race of the afternoon.

Race Two was another Boyles benefit, for Rod Tanswell went out with trouble after just taking the lead. Derek Johnson then took up the challenge along with Dick Waldock and Glenn Baker, but the three of them couldn't catch Frank Boyles who won by quite a margin. The race finished in that order. A further six drivers were taken from the result and qualified for the championship, race three, the Midget Southern Championship. The cars lined up in graded order, non-qualifiers starting at the rear. Just at this time the rain started to fall, not much, just enough to make the track damp. However the flag dropped and the cars were away on the 25 lap race. What a duel there was between Rod Tanswell and Frank Boyles!

Frank tried everything in the book to get past Rod, but he certainly met his match that day for Rod didn't falter, it was a treat to see those two drivers fight it out. They took the field in roughly six laps and continued at a hell of a pace. Rod Tanswell won in superb style from Frank Boyles half a car's length down. To give an indication of their speed the both lapped the third place man, Bob Elson, who certainly was not hanging about. Fourth place went to Mick Fairweather, the only East Anglian to finish in the first six, fifth place went to Gerald Ames and sixth to Glenn Baker. All in all a fine race.