MOTOR RACING: Garrie is still in the hunt for BMW title

Garrie Whittaker
Garrie Whittaker
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BARNSTONE saloon car racer Garrie Whittaker continued his assault on the BMW Kumho Tyres 2011 Championship in the latest three rounds at Pembrey.

Garrie went to the South Wales circuit as championship leader and posted 1min 9.602sec at 75.30mph for the 1.45-mile track to qualify his BMW M3 on pole position for race one on Saturday.

A good start to the first 20-lap race saw Garrie take the lead going into the first tight hairpin and he was soon up to full racing speed and eventually took the chequered flag, breaking the lap record with a time of 1:02.760 at 83.72mph.

Sunday morning saw Garrie take to the track for his second race of the weekend. After another blistering start things were looking good for another race win but he hit some oil and was lucky to stay on the track, which allowed Colin Wells to nip past and snatch the swin.

Garrie made another good start in race three and was overtaking the slower cars within a few laps. He took the chequered flag for his 16th win out of 18 races in the championship.

The way the championship is structured means that a car in a lower class now leads overall but Garrie is still in the hunt and the outcome will go down to the wire in the final round at Brands Hatch at the end of next month.