1 May 1988, Ringwood, Southern Championship
Report from Motoring News by Dave Cox

In a thrilling finish to the Southern Championship at Ringwood on May 1, Harry Sayell held off a determined challenge from defending champion Paul Sinclair to take a well deserved and popular win. Sinclair and David Wesbroom won the supporting races.

The Southern Championship opened the meeting with John Weston the initial leader. Sayell rocketed through from the blue grade to take the lead on lap two of the 25 lap race and pull away from his pursuers, now led by Phillip Retchless. Wesbroom overtook Retchless who was soon in trouble with low oil pressure, while Sinclair moved rapidly through to challenge for second place, passing Wesbroomon the pit bend. Sinclair nibbled away at Sayell's advantage until they were nose to tail with Basil Craske soon joining them in a three way dice for the lead. Despite the intense pressure Sayell kept his head to take a fine win with Sinclair a nose in front of Craske. Wesbroom was fourth ahead of Harry Lowe and Anthony Brewer.

John Weston set the pace in race two until Wesbroom. and Sayell went by in quick succession, Sayell challenging for the lead. Weston held off Sinclair for a couple of laps but once by Paul soon caught the leaders. Wesbroom opened up a small lead as

Sayell fended off Sinclair but Craske looked to be the fastest man on the track and was now fourth and closing rapidly on this trio. However, Craske's engine was beginning to smoke and his challenge evaporated with a blown piston. Wesbroom maintained a slight advantage to the flag from Sayell, Sinclair, H.Lowe, J.Lowe and Marcus Retchless.

A downpour prior to the start of the final left the track awash and it was Wesbroom who led the depleted field away. Sayell appropriately took the lead after a couple of laps but was soon under pressure from Brewer, a quick spin relegating Sayell to fifth, as Brewer took up the running. Overtaking was difficult in the conditions and Brewer was delayed by a backmarker, allowing Sinclair to close up and challenge for the lead. These two raced side by side for several laps before Sinclair slipped by to win by a safe margin. Brewer was second ahead of Wesbroom, J.Lowe, Sayell and M.Retchless.