David Kempton hoping for better luck the next time he is ready for his close-up
PUBLISHED: 14:04 28 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 28 October 2018
Copyright 2018 Jon Elsey
They're very common in athletics, even in horse-racing and rowing, but its not often you see them in motor-racing - although David Kempton will be delighted if he never sees another photo finish again.
The WGC racer was in action at Snetterton in Norfolk in the final two races of the BMWRDC championship.
And things were going well when he stuck his BMW E36 M3 on pole position by over a second.
But the races proved a different matter as he finished on the wrong side of two decisions that needed a camera’s eye to settle.
Race one saw the 51-year-old jump clear of the 26-strong field and an accident on the first lap behind him helped stretch his early advantage even further.
But with two laps to go, and a comfortable three-second lead, he got stuck behind a backmarker, allowing Dave Heasman to close.
And coming out of the last corner, Heasman used the tow to slingshot round and win by 0.02 seconds.
Kempton said: “I can’t believe what happened. The back marker didn’t move over after seeing the blue flags and I lost the speed I was carrying.
“As for the rest, well it’s history. You win some, you lose some.”
Race two saw him start second and after a battle with Heasman and Mike Cutt, the trio crossed the line almost together requiring the camera to come out again.
What it saw was just 0.4 seconds separating them but Kempton down in third.
He said: “I was quicker through the bends and under braking but I just didn’t have the grunt out of the corners.
“But what a race.”
Kempton explained it had been a tough journey to the track.
He said: “I had significant damage that needed to be repaired from the Donington meeting.
“And in the two tests before I suffered a puncture, a fractured fuel tank and the fire extinguisher even went off, filling the engine and inside of the car with foam.
“It’s taken all season with this new car and to get to the point where we’re quicker than anyone else by a second in the damp shows we are finally going places.
“You need to watch this space for next season as I’m sure with a few finishing touches we will be much quicker.”
He thanked sponsors AAWoods, Orton Escalators & Lifts and Chapman Ventilation for their help.