Motor sport: Disaster strikes poor Streather
Paul Streather suffered a disastrous day at Thruxton in round 10 of the MG Trophy Championship.
It all started so brightly for the Hinckley driver, though, when he produced a late, flying lap to take pole by six-tenths of a second from Chris Bray.
Streather made a great start of the race and instantly shot into the lead.
He started to open a slight gap on the rest of the field until his gear linkage sheared and he was unable to continue.
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Streather managed to limp back to the pit lane but the damage was done.
Dan Neaves went on to win, with Doug Cole second and Ollie Neaves third.
"I was really pleased with my qualifying position, especially as I had never raced there before," said Streather.
"But I am gutted with the race.
"I showed real pace in qualifying and was really excited.
"I could never have predicted that this would happen. I am now focusing on the final rounds at Snetterton, where I aim to challenge for the championship."
The final two rounds of the season are at the Norfolk circuit on October 13 and, despite his latest result, Streather still has a chance of being crowned champion.
At present, he lies in third place on 152 points, and second in Class B.
Bray (Class B) is in second place with 170, with Paul Savage (Class C) in the lead on 172.