Saturday 2nd September 2001, Swaffham
Robinson's first trophy by Anne Sayell

Nigel Robinson was delighted to take home the National Championship trophy from the Yarmouth Bank Holiday meeting as a result of his first win in the formula.

He held off fierce competition from Jonathan Pooley who despite his best efforts was not able to pass the BMC Dart. Nigel saw off competition from Steve Brattan and Cliff Bunn to take the lead fairly early on and drove a faultless race whilst Jonathan Pooley made his way through the rest of the field. Passing his father Gordon Pooley and Harry Sayell quickly Jonathan found little resistance until he met the 2007 newcomer but Nigel held his nerve to win in a dash to the flag by a whisker. Neil Clarke had his best race for some time to finish third just ahead of Harry Sayell who ran out of time to be able to do anything about the Stealth.

The support heats once again belonged to Jonathan Pooley. His father Gordon had a dire evening with retirements in the main event and collecting Dave Smith as suspension failed for a second time in the next race. Neither car made the final race of the night.

Jonathan's younger brother Daniel had an excellent last race however with only Jonathan able to find a way past. Daniel had started the main event as a non qualifier but with pole position starts for both heats made the most of an early lead. Robinson faced with two duelling Dastles in the form of Andrew Hinch and Daniel could only hope for one of them to make a mistake as he followed in their wake. In race 2 it was Daniel who spun off leaving Andrew Hinch to take second. In race 3 it was Hinch who went out as a result of a collision with Clarke, after a very long dice with Daniel and the Pooley brothers then headed the field all the way to the flag. Robinson tried everything possible to overtake but eventually had to settle for third.

Jason Carnwell had a very disappointing round having travelled down from Cheshire only to go home after practice having been sidelined with hub trouble. Jonathan Pooley's success having narrowed the championship lead to just 12 points - the closest the championship has been going into the final 3 rounds for quite some time. All eyes now will be on Buxton to see if Pooley's Scorpion can overpower Carnwell's Cheetah on Jason's home turf.