Sunday 3rd September 1978, Posterholt, World Championship
Report from Short Circuit, October 1978
The World Grand Prix Midget Championship was held at Posterholt in Holland on 3rd September and Mick Bonner was attempting to retain the title he won on this circuit last year. 11 British drivers made the trip across the channel and again outnumbered the home drivers.
There was only one incident in practice when Brian Forrest went into the bank very hard badly bending the front end. Jan van Rengs kindly gave Brian the use of his workshop to repair his car. Brian was ready for the big race on the Sunday and lined up with 18 others to do the public draw for grid positions. As at Tilburg for the European Championships earlier in the year the British suffered badly in the draw. Malcolm Goodman had the best draw on the grid, four.
The track was in ideal condition for the race and the cars set off on their rolling lap with 20 gruelling laps ahead of them. The race got off to an explosive start when Goodman was forced into the bank on the first bend so putting him out of the race. Brian Harding emerged from all this in the lead and he started pulling away and was 10 lengths ahead after 5 laps from Henk Hanssen and a flying Bonner. Hanssen proceeded to close the gap and made a do or die effort on lap 10 to take Harding, but rode all over the front of Brian resulting, in both cars spinning. Harding retired but Hanssen was able to carry on. This incident left Bonner in the lead but he was now being hassled very closely by van Rengs. Mick was doing a brilliant job holding the faster car at bay but with 10 laps remaining it looked only a matter of time before van Rengs would go through. On lap 16 the Dutchman saw his chance when Bonner slid wide coming out of the bend. The race looked all over at this point with van Rengs pulling out half a straight lead when Bonner was held up in traffic. The race was completely turned upside down in the last 10 laps. First of all nan Rengs had cruel luck when he got a puncture. This left Bonner in the lead once again with Basil Craske right behind. It looked odds on with six laps to go that it would be a British win, at this point Bonner had a rosejoint break in his suspension and Craske could not avoid him. Hanssen was handed the lead with one and a half laps advantage on second place man Jan Litjens these two finishing in that order. John Lowe was the first Briton home driving a steady race into third place with Brian Forrest fourth, Hal Hendricks fifth and Karl Kilianski sixth. Goodman scored a British win later in the afternoon by winning one of the supporting races.
World Championship: 1st Henk Hanssen, 2nd Jan Litjens, 3rd John Lowe, 4th Brian Forrest, 5th Hal Hendricks, 6th Karl Kilianski