Utley fourth in world final

ROTHERHAM stock car ace Craig Utley just missed out on a podium place in the F1 World Final after a typically gritty drive at Skegness.

Starting on the tenth row, the racer from Kimberworth Park avoided a first-lap pile-up to pick his way through the field to finish fourth.

His appearance completed a remarkable comeback having only returned to the sport a year ago after being the victim of an arson attack that wrecked his car and transporter.

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The former Wingfield Comprehensive School pupil risked his life to save his vehicle, collapsing in the process, and he has carried that determination back into racing.

Craig can also take heart from the performance of new champion Lee Fairhurst.

He won the battle for the Gold Roof and in doing so became the first driver ever to achieve the feat from dead last on the grid.

He takes the crown from another Rotherham racer, Paul Harrison, who was taken out after starting fourth on the grid.

The town's third representative, Mark Gilbank, finished tenth.