Saturday 9 June, Northampton, Short Circuit Trophy
Report from Short Circuit Magazine, October 1979
June 9th at Northampton stadium saw the first staging of the Short Circuit Trophy. The race provided a field of 16 cars to be raced over 15 laps. With only two white grade drivers present, Harold Lowe soon made it to the front and he and Dan Hornby started to open up a gap over the rest of the field. By half way Harold Lowe was leading by a straight after Dan Hornby had been held up when lapping backmarkers. It looked like curtains for Lowe with three to go when Alan Fretten spun right in front of him, luckily he just missed him and still kept the lead. The now rather wild Dan Horby finally ended up in the second bend fence as he had done in practice. This elevated Geoff Hughes to second place but he could do nothing about catching Harold Lowe. The surprise of the race was Basil Craske who could only manage third and made little headway on the two blue grade drivers.
The second race was a real cracker betwen Geoff Hughes and Basil Craske. The pair of them diced side by side for the last six laps until the last lap when Craske broke the rear suspension on his Midget after clipping the kerb. Geoff Hughes went on to win from Dan Hornby and Basil Craske. Craske was dropped a place for passing under a yellow flag.
Basil Craske was determined to score a win and he did this by taking a comfortable victory in the third race from Harold Lowe and Geoff Hughes.