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MOTOR SPORT: McPhilimeys on song in Heavy Metal Classic
10:40am Saturday 12th January 2013 in Sport
Dean McPhilimey stormed to a thrilling victory as his family dominated the Heavy Metal Classic at Standlake Arena.
McPhilimey, from Bourton on the Water, won the unlimited class in a Ford Ultima, with his father, Pat, third in the same model and his brother, Neil, fourth in a Bentley.
Pat, who won the event in a Jaguar in 2000, was making his first appearance in the Classic since 2001.
The McPhilimeys were only denied a one-two-three in the 12-lap final by Londoner Sonny Sherwood, who took second spot in a Ford Grenada.
Sherwood led at one stage, but got spun out before fighting his way back to be runner-up.
With a bumper crowd in attendance, victory in the under 1800cc final went to Chris Bridger, from Lifton in Devon, driving a Vauxhall Vectra.
He just held off a determined challenge from Southampton’s Matt Nutley in a Nissan 100NX, with Mark Whittaker, from Cambridgeshire, completing the podium in a Nissan Primera.
Around 180 drivers took part in 20 races.
And organiser Keith Hook said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere. Everyone loves the meeting and they come from far and wide to watch it.” The next meeting at Standlake is on February 17.