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National Hot Rod World Championships runner-up spot pleases Chris Haird

There was no fourth title for Chris Haird, but the Red Lodge racer was nevertheless pleased with his runner-up finish at the National Hot Rod World Championships at the weekend.

After qualifying in third at the Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich, Haird soon managed to move himself up to second place.

However, despite making up ground on race leader Robert McDonald – who qualified on pole – the 35-year-old was forced to settle for second place.

Chris Haird celebrating in 2017. Picture: Martin Kingston
Chris Haird celebrating in 2017. Picture: Martin Kingston

“It was a good weekend and I cannot be disappointed with the result,” he said. “It would have been nice to win it again but I could not have asked for much better.

“I was held up by the car in second for a while and that created a gap between me and Rob.

“I managed to close it but then got stuck behind some back markers. I closed the gap again after that but I just ran out of laps.

“There is no shame in that and Rob is my best mate on the track so if anyone else was to win it I wanted it to be him.”

Haird’s focus will now switch to the National Championships in Hednesford – an event he has won twice before – over the weekend of August 3.

“It is the hardest meeting of the year. The way the qualifying works, there are 32 cars in every race and the draw is done out of a hat. You need a good bit of luck,” he added.

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