Team A.R.C. dominated proceedings at the final meeting of the N.E.M.C.R.C.'s 2017 championship, retaining the "Ian Bell Memorial Trophy" and also winning the "Michael Anderson Trophy". Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie took four clear wins from the same number of starts, taking the chequered flag not only in the F2 class, but overall against the open and F1 class machines.
Taking pole position, Lee and Scott were rarely headed all weekend, chased home in the F2 class by Dave Lillie / Ben Chandler each time. The 750 Suzuki of Gordon Shand / Ross Hutchinson briefly led on three occasions as they got the holeshot at the start, although Team A.R.C. quickly took control by the end of the opening lap. The fastest times were set in the early stages of each encounter, with slower machinery caught by lap four, so it was a surprise that in the last outing of the weekend, Lee and Scott were only seven hundredths of a second away from the lap record held by Ian / Carl Bell, set back in 2013.
Lee and Scott have enjoyed an excellent run of form in meetings north of the border, taking the F2 honours in every race they have contested. Despite being unable to participate in fifty percent of the rounds, owing to clashes with the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship, and events at Oliver's Mount, they still accumulated sufficient points to land the S.S.R.C. Championship, and also the inaugural "Marin Cup" series. This year, Team A.R.C. were unable to defend their N.E.M.C.R.C. championship, as a clash in May meant they could not compete at East Fortune. Instead, they finished as runners up to veterans Kenny Minns / Mark Henderson, who saw consistent finishing in the top four land them a well deserved title.
With only one event remaining for Team A.R.C. this season, the "Sidecar Bash" at Cadwell Park on the 28th and 29th October, Lee and Scott would like to express their thanks to their pit team and supporters; and also to all those who have given practical and / or financial assistance over the year, without whom their success on circuit would not have been possible. In no particular order: P.G. Legal; KC Computer Repairs; Pete Alton (O.T.C. Dyno) Walker Tyres; Motul; Pagid Rennsport; Dean Banks Engine Management; Happy Dog Image Solutions; PMH Promotions; Tony Baker; Dirk Wharton Photography; Elite Meat; SJH Bodyworks and A.R.C. Newton Aycliffe / Binchester.