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Was Fathers the WHT’s unluckiest man?

Privateer entrant Adam Fathers suffered as much bad luck as you could imagine in one weekend at the Walter Hayes Trophy.

Competing in only his second year of car racing, Fathers qualified 16th for heat three but his race came to an abrupt end on lap one through contact with another driver.

After the frustration of only lasting two corners in his heat race, Fathers was raring to go for the progression race and his determination was clear to see as he made up several places at the start.

Unfortunately for Fathers, his luck again ran out as a car spun in front of him just a few corners later and he had nowhere to go. This time, the crash not only ended his race but also his weekend as Fathers suffered a dislocated toe from the impact.

“Obviously I was at the back of the grid, had a really good start, went round the outside of Copse and overtook a good few cars,” he recounted.

“Then I see someone slow in front, someone else had also spun off on the left going into Maggots/Becketts and then come back onto the track; obviously with the wet grass it accelerates you. I had nowhere to go really and I just smashed right into them.

“Luckily enough, it would have been worse had I hit his gearbox but I think my nose where it’s crumpled, my foot has hit his wishbone.

“It was a shame really as I’d had a good start. The idea was to stay out of trouble and pick them off as I go, but before I knew it I was straight to the scene of the accident.”

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