3rd May 1987 - Ringwood - Southern Championship
Report by Dave Cox from Motoring News

The Sinclair brothers continued their current dominance of Midget racing at Ringwood on 3 May, Graham winning both heats while Paul turned the tables in the final to win the Southern Championship for the second year running.

Track conditions were made difficult by a strong wind blowing sand onto the surface, but Graham Sinclair coped well, sweeping past race leader John Lowe on lap 3 to open up a half lap margin in the first heat. Paul Sinclair took second place on lap five but made little impression on Graham's lead while Basil Craske was trying everything to pass Lowe for third. Lowe held on grimly with Craske fourth ahead of Dermot McGivern and Harry Sayell.

Lowe set the pace in heat two until Graham Sinclair took up the running with Paul Sinclair soon through to second as a four car battle for third developed between Lowe, Craske, McGivern and Sayell. Sayell spun trying, to pass McGivern whilst Craske outbraked Lowe to go third. Craske rapidly closed on Paul Sinclair and a furious dice for second place eroded the gap to the leader. Time ran out however, Graham Sinclair taking his second win from brother Paul, Craske, Lowe, McGivern and Dave Wesbroom.

The Southern Championship awaited the winner of the 25 lap final with Paul Sinclair the defending Champion. Once again Lowe set the pace until Graham Sinclair took up his customary position on lap 3 as a determined Paul Sinclair rapidly moved through the field into third spot. Paul made short work of passing Lowe and set off after his brother while Craske and Sayell moved in on Lowe. Paul soon caught Graham and a hammer and tongs battle developed for the lead with Lowe busy fending off Craske and Sayell for third. With three laps to run Paul Sinclair summoned up the courage for a successful late braking attempt to take the lead from Graham and retain the title. Graham Sinclair was a close second ahead of Lowe, Craske, Sayell and Wesbroom. Duncan Reed's long journey from Suffolk was in vain for clutch and suspension problems in practice prevented him from racing his new car.