KINGS LYNN December 28th
Just nine cars made it to the Norfolk Arena but only eight raced as newcomer 154 Phil Cooper in the 16 Matt Newson hire car experienced terminal clutch problems during his five laps. Matt gave up his own car for Phil to use in the rest of the meeting.
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COVENTRY December 27th
It was cold and snow was still covering the track when I arrived at Coventry. The staff did their best to clear the track but there was only so much they could do prior to the meeting. #505 Rob Tunnah, #388 David Campbell and #313 Gary Ridgeway were all racing for the first time and each did their 5 laps before the meeting began. The track was icy and controlling the cars was difficult but they all did a good job and got the thumbs up from the steward that they could continue with the meeting.
The first race of the day for the formula 1's was a whites and yellows race, 16 cars took part and #388 David Campbell took the lead early on. He managed to keep the lead all through the race and won his first race on his first outing which under the conditions was a massive achievement. He was asked how it felt to win and the drivers response was " unbelievable " he dedicated his win to his late Uncle Harry Smith ex #100. #49 Dave Russo was second and #118 Steve Harrison was third.
The next race was heat 1, 22 cars were on track for this race. #258 Rob Harrad took the lead initally. The cars all struggled to keep control and they all spun out at some point during the race. At the halfway stage #97 Murray Harrison was leading and went on to win the race with #22 Will Yarrow in second and #307 Tim Warwick third.
16 cars took part in heat 2. The yellow flags came out for the first time after only a couple of laps as #40 Steve Smith hit the fence on turn 1 and ended up in the middle of the track. As the race gets going again #49 Dave Russo, #223 Gary Townsend and #138 Daniel Ford were the top 3. Dave Russo 49 got a good lead but after a few laps he got caught up in traffic and #22 Will Yarrow to took the lead just before half way but a few laps later Dave Russo #49 retook the lead and the win with #12 Micheal Scriven in second.
Before the Final the stadium joined in with a round of applause in memory of Stuart Smith Senior and the race was dedicated to his memory. There was 10 cars that took part. The yellow flags came out early due to #22 Will Yarrow and #399 John Lawrence colliding into turn 1, both were ok and as the race restarted #49 Dave Russo, #505 Rob Tunnah and #138 Daniel Ford were the top three. With cars spinning out it was an open race. 97 Murray Harrison took the lead from 49 Dave Russo but Dave was close behind him for the remainder of the race. It finished with 97 Murray Harrsion in first, 49 Dave Russo in Second and 22 Will Yarrow in third.
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BIRMINGHAM Gala Night November20th
The meeting started with the Grand National Championship race and the grid was in point scored order from over the Season. The front row consisted of 1 Andrew Smith on the inside and 91 Tony Smith on the outside, row 2 inside was 488 Mike Kingston jnr and 515 Frankie Wainman on the outside. As the green flag dropped there was a coming together between 1-91 and 515 which put Andrew and Frankie three quarters of a lap behind the leaders. 462 Scott Davids seized the opportunity and ltook the lead and lead for much of the race but 16 Matt Newson over took him and went on to win in the latter stages of the race 322 James Neachell took second place and 462 Scott Davids rounded off the top three.
The first heat off the night had 18 cars and included 4 drivers making there F1 debuts. The yellows were called for on Lap 6 for a big coming together on the back straight involving 37 Chris Cowley and 65 Iain Stirk which resulted in 65 rolling over, just after the half way stage 1 Andrew Smith took over at the front and went on to win from 8 Mick Harris.
Heat 2 had 20 cars and the yellow flags were on lap 2 for 258 Rob Harrad and 361 Steve Reedman being in turn 3-4 Armco. At the restart 234 Terry Pearce led them away but he was soon overtaken by 322 James Neachell who went on to take the win from 515 Frankie Wainman. 462 Scott Davids was second across the line but was docked 2 places for jumping the restart.
Heat 3 was another victory for 322 James Neachell he took the victory from 212 Daniel Wainman and 1 Andrew Smith in 3rd.
The Gala Final was a closed grid but still in graded order and had 25 starters. 515 Frankie Wainman was on a charge and was in the lead just before halfway and 1 Andrew Smith was in second and 462 Scott Davids was in 3rd. With the lap boards out 1 Andrew Smith was catching 515 Frankie Wainman and on the last bend he delivered a hit on 515’s rear bumper and both cars went wide but 1 Andrew Smith got traction first and took the Gala trophy from 515 Frankie Wainman in second and 462 Scott Davids finished 3rd.
This Startrax event, transferred from Belle Vue to Coventry featured the World of Shale final, which doubled as heat two. 4 Dan Johnson put the front runners wide on the first bend and took an early lead. One of them, 1 Andrew Smith, quickly recovered and set off in pursuit of the leader. Dan managed to hold him off for seven laps before the World Champion found a way past. It was then Andrew all the way to the chequered but he could not relax for a moment as Dan was hard on his heels throughout and one error would have been crucial. 515 Frankie Wainman finished third. Earlier the opening heat had many leaders. 470 Rob Farrell led the opening laps, 428 Richard Regan moved ahead on lap four. 138 Daniel Ford went by with five to run but Richard spun him out at the next bend leaving 306 Ian Noden in the lead from 197 Ryan Harrison. Ryan put in a hit at the start of the last and took the win with Ian in second. The consolation saw a first ever win for 351 John Frost who passed 246 Ian Brickley on lap seven, Ian hanging in for second.
In the final Rob Farrell and Richard Regan swapped laces at the front early on but Ian Brickley went by on lap four. Ian opened up a useful lead as 11 Neil Scriven moved into second just prior to half distance. As the laps ticked by Neil was visibly gaining on the leader and was close enough to try a last bender but this was unsuccessful so Ian scored his first final win, Neil second and Andrew Smith was third.
411 Peter Kaulbarsch led the All Comers race away but 276 Mark Poole overhauled him at the end of lap one. 215 Geoff Nickolls took the lead at half distance with 335 Mark Woodhull close behind. Mark made his move with four to run and moved ahead. Frankie Wainman went second but could not close down the leader so Mark took the flag with Frankie in second
COVENTRY November 6th
Heat one was won by 238 Richard Bryan after 470 Rob Farrell had led the first half of the race. 98 Les Spencer passed Rob late on to take the runner up spot. 246 Ian Brickley took heat two, he led from start to finish with 149 Marc Radforth close behind for much of the race. The highlight was the battle between 97 Murray Harrison and 1 Andrew Smith as they moved quickly through the field. The went second and third with three to run. The third heat had 337 Dave Willis ahead early on until 197 Ryan Harrison went by on lap six. Ryan went on to take the flag with 244 Mick Rogers taking second at the end. After missing out in their heats Shootout contenders 55 Craig Finnikin and 515 Frankie Wainman filled the first two spots in the consolation, 258 Rob Harrad led the first ten laps.
Marc Radforth led them away in the final and held his position until Ryan Harrison passed him on lap eight. There was action aplenty in this one with two race cautions but Ryan did not put a wheel wrong and took the flag with Andrew Smith second and 380 Steven Cayzer third.
Richard Bryan led the first few laps of the GN but was soon passed by 335 Mark Woodhull. 84 Tom Harris and Craig Finnikin were closing and they found a way past with three to run.
KINGS LYNN October 30th
The meeting opened with a white and yellow race, won by 238 Richard Bryan who led throughout, closely followed by 307 Tim Warwick who’s last bend attempt to remove the leader was unsuccessful. On to heat one and it was 267 Graeme Robson who led them away, 380 Steven Cayzer was making good progress and was soon in second spot. Steven took the lead before half distance and romped away to the flag with 244 Mick Rogers and 11 Neil Scriven passing Graeme on the last bend to take second and third. 337Dave Willis passed early leader Richard Bryan on lap four of heat two. 97 Murray Harrison moved up to second late on with World Champion 1 Andrew Smith in third. Andrew removed both of them on turn one of the last lap to take the win, Dave recovering for second. The consolation looked to be heading the way of Richard Bryan as he led from the off but local driver 441 John Lawn was closing the gap and a successful last bender saw John take the chequered with Richard in second.
The white top qualifiers all crashed out on turn one in the final leaving John Lawn the early leader. Mick Rogers slotted into second whilst further back the Shootout drivers jostled for position. Andrew Smith was the first to break away but could not catch the 441 car who took the win, Andrew passed Mick late on to take the runner up spot with Mick coming home in third. 192 Luke Dennis led them away in the GN race, Dave Willis took over on lap three. Steven Cayzer caught and passed Dave on lap ten, taking a lead he would keep to the flag. A late charge from 4 Dan Johnson netted him second place
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NORTHAMPTON October 24th
217 Lee Fairhurst scored his second final of the weekend at this one, it took him until three to go before he was able to pass 253 Robert Braithwaite and Robert was able to hang on for second with 55 Craig Finnikin in third.
Heat one went to 197 Ryan Harrison after 43 Martyn Bamford had set the early pace, 84 Tom Harris finished second. 141 Carl Pickering took heat two, passing long time leader Robert Braithwaite with four laps to go, Robert taking second. 85 Iain Holden looked set to win the consolation as he opened up a useful lead but a late surge from 464 Luke Davidson saw him move the 85 car aside on the last bend to take victory with Iain in second.
The Grand National brought a second success for Carl Pickering. Once again a sterling drive from Robert Braithwaite, racing in only his third meeting, saw him lead until four to run when Carl went past with Robert taking his third runner up spot of the afternoon.
BIRMINGHAM October 23rd
55 Craig Finnikin took the opening heat with 22 Will Yarrow in second after 253 Robert Braithwaite had led for the first half of the race. Heat two had 149 Marc Radforth ahead for ten laps, 488 Mike Kingston led the next lap, 153 James Lund the one after before 217 Lee Fairhurst moved ahead and on to the flag with James in second. 480 Dan Fox led the early laps of the consolation but 464 Luke Davidson moved ahead on lap six. 16 Matt Newson took the lead with five to run and then the flag but was disqualified after failing scrutineering handing the win to Luke with 247 Gary Castell in second.
The final had Marc Radforth in front for four laps before Robert Braithwaite moved to the front. Lee Fairhurst was moving well and he passed the leader on lap thirteen before recording a comfortable win from 84 Tom Harris who passed the 253 car late on to take second, Robert placing third.
Marc Radforth, 85 Iain Holden and 22 Will Yarrow all had spells in the lead in the Grand National event but Tom Harris moved ahead in the closing stages before going on to win with Will in second. James Lund rolled in this one.
COVENTRY October 16th (Originally Belle Vue)
Congratulations to 515 Frankie Wainman on winning his 250th Meeting Final
The meeting started with a parade lap for the newly crowned British Champion 259 Paul Hines. Heat 1 had 23 starters and was a flag to flag victory for 428 Richard Regan racing from white. Second place man was 306 Ian Noden and 3rd was 1 Andrew Smith who had a good mid race battle with 98 Les Spencer and finally overcoming him with 5 laps to go.
Heat 2 had an hectic start with 434 Ivan Pritchard rolling over and landing back on his wheels on the opening lap, 434 emerged from the car fine and a complete restart was required. On the restart the yellows were out on lap 2 when 138 Daniel Ford and 280 Colin Nairn hooked up and hit the turn 3 fence hard, both drivers were okay, 49 Dave Russo led from the restart and held the lead until 5 laps to go when he pulled off to the centre.291 Dan Squire took over the lead and held on to take the win and withstood a last bend challenge from Second placeman 4 Daniel Johnson. Heat 3 was won by another low grader this time 244 Mick Rogers who took over at the front in the early stages of the race and he held on for a popular win but not before he had come under pressure from 97 Murray Harrison and in the latter part of the race 53 John Lund and 515 Frankie Wainman were catching up with him who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The Consolation had 24 cars and had a good battle early on between 198 Nigel Whalley and 415 Russell Cooper and 198 was leading until the lap boards came out and a fast charging 16 Matt Newson was coming through from the back and took the lead and subsequent victory, 198 held on for second place.
The Final had 33 cars and was a fast and furious race and 515 was on a mission and was away from his fellow shootout drivers and set about catching the fast low graders.515 took over the lead with 5 laps to go and went on to record his 250th Final win. The top 10 places were filled with all the star grade drivers apart from two.
The Grand National rounded off a good night racing, the race was yellow flagged on lap 2 when 212 Frankie Wainman lost a wheel on turn 2. 337 Dave Willis led until the lap boards came out and then 446 Joe Booth took over the lead and then with 2 laps to go 1 Andrew Smith took over at the front and went on to take the victory, 515 Frankie Wainman placed 10th from his 1 lap handicap.
SKEGNESS October 9th
Congratulations to 259 Paul Hines on winning the 2010 British Championship. Paul qualified for a row two start in the final, he was ahead by the end of lap one and never put a foot wrong, keeping a good distance between himself and the chasing pack all the way to the chequered. 107 Lee Robinson ran second for the first half of the race, 2 Paul Harrison then went second but with five to run the defending champion 1 Andrew Smith moved up but had to be content with the runner up spot. Lee Robinson finished third.
In the qualifying heats 217 Lee Fairhurst took the opener from 84 Tom Harris after 238 Richard Bryan and 85 Iain Holden had set the early pace. 149 Marc Radforth led heat two until half distance, 488 Mike Kingston then went ahead but he was overhauled in the closing stages by 153 James Lund who took the win with Mike in second. In heat three it was Marc Radforth again who led until half way, this time it was Lee Robinson who passed him on his way to victory with 37 Chris Cowley second. Lee was first past the flag in heat four but was docked two places by the Steward for jumping the restart handing the win to Mike Kingston with 11 Neil Scriven the runner up. Marc Radforth came within a lap of winning heat five, he led until then when Mike Kingston went by at the start of the last lap but Paul Hines put in a successful last bender to take the win with Mike in second.
COVENTRY October 2nd
The meeting opened well with three heats taking place in ideal conditions. Unfortunately the rain came down heavily for the consolation and continued throughout the meeting final, leading to the cancellation of the last race s conditions became impossible.
Heat one for the whites & yellows went to 428 Richard Regan, his first win in F1. 238 Richard Bryan led for much of the race but crashed out with five to run. 307 Tim Warwick came home in second. 351 John Frost led the next heat for a couple of laps before being passed by 496 Neil Holcroft. John regained the lead two laps later with 198 Nigel Whalley in pursuit. Nigel moved ahead on lap ten closely followed by 97 Murray Harrison and with two to run Murray eased by to take the flag with Nigel runner up. Heat three saw Richard Bryan and 337 Dave Willis lead briefly before 338 Chris Brocksopp took over. 390 Stuart Smith was making good progress and he hit the front just before half distance with 515 Frankie Wainman up to second. Frankie went for a last bend hit on Stuart which saw them both delayed allowing 16 Matt Newson through to the flag with 2 Paul Harrison next in line. Stuart and Frankie recovered to take 3rd & 4th respectively. Richard Bryan led them away in the consolation, 158 James Clement and 215 Geoff Nickolls had short spells ahead before Chris Brocksopp moved to the front, going on to win with Geoff in second place.
307 Tim Warwick was first to show in the final, he kept the advantage for four laps before 380 Steven Cayzer went by. 84 Tom Harris was first out of the shootout drivers and he caught and passed Steven at half way. After that it became survival of the fittest and Tom proved to be that man as he took the flag a comfortable distance ahead of Steven with 1 Andrew Smith taking third place.
KINGS LYNN September 25th
The meeting opened with a white & yellow race, won by 244 Mick Rogers after 351 John Frost and 235 John Weldon had led the early laps. 496 Neil Holcroft led them away in heat one. 380 Steven Cayzer moved ahead just before half distance with 335 Mark Woodhull and 259 Paul Hines next in line. They tangled allowing 515 Frankie Wainman into second and Frankie overcame the leader with four to run, taking the flag with 462 Scott Davids passing the 380 car late on to take second. Heat two saw 441 John Lawn ahead by lap three and despite two cautions he finished well clear of 4 Dan Johnson. 137 Rob Jacklin was ahead for a couple of laps in the consolation but then 73 Rob Cowley went to the front chased first by 416 Dave Muckian, then by 446 Joe Booth. Neither could catch the 73 car so Rob took a popular win with 2 Paul Harrison taking second with a couple of laps to run.
The final had 214 Adam Slater as its early leader but he was soon passed by John Lawn with Mick Rogers slotting into second. Paul Harrison was quickest away from the star drivers at the rear of the pack, he moved into second place as early as lap six but it took him until five to run to catch the leader before going on to win with Paul Hines second and World Champion 1 Andrew Smith in third.
The GN had John Frost ahead for three laps before he was passed by 105 Chris Bonner on lap four. Chris opened up a big lead until the field closed up on a caution after a roll by 335 Mark Woodhull. Soon after the restart 55 Craig Finnikin moved into second before catching and passing Chris at the start of the last lap. Craig the winner with Paul Hines runner up.
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SCUNTHORPE September 11th
Shootout round two saw victory in heat one go to 2 Paul Harrison with 55 Craig Finnikin a close second. 53 John Lund looked likely to challenge until he suffered a puncture in the closing stages. 235 John Weldon had led for the first half of the race. Heat two saw 76 Lee Smith as the early leader before being passed by 338 Chris Brocksopp. World Champion 1 Andrew Smith moved ahead around half distance with 97 Murray Harrison in second. Murray kept pace for a few laps but Andrew pulled away over the final few laps to win comfortably. 415 Russell Cooper, 48 Garry Fox and 13 Andy Ford all had short spells ahead in the consolation before 462 Scott Davids took over, Scott going on to win with 212 Danny Wainman in second.
John Weldon led them away in the final but 463 James Morris went by him on lap three. James was in top form and romped away to win with Andrew Smith a distant second and Craig Finnikin third. 390 Stuart Smith was in a ‘take no prisoners’ mood in the Grand National race, he passed early leader 238 Richard Bryan on lap six and won by almost half a lap from 4 Dan Johnson.
NORTHAMPTON September 5th
84 Tom Harris took the opening heat with 4 Dan Johnson in second after 428 Richard Regan and then 141 Carl Pickering had set the early pace. Heat two went to 259 Paul Hines who passed 197 Ryan Harrison with five to run, Ryan taking second. It came right for Carl Pickering in the consolation, he won by a big margin from Richard Regan.
The meeting final provided a bizarre and close finish. Paul Hines had taken the lead from Carl Pickering just past half way, 55 Craig Finnikin moved into second before a last bend challenge on the leader saw his front wheel tangled in Paul’s bumper and the pair crossed the line tangled together. Tom Harris was third.GN race went to 37 Chris Cowley with Dutchman H007 Dave Schaap second
COVENTRY September 4th
Congratulations to Andrew Smith who successfully defended his World Title and in doing so joined just two other drivers who scored three consecutive wins. The race had to be re-started after a first bend pile up which saw 4 Dan Johnson roll. On the re-start 259 Paul Hines was first around turn one but Andrew had found a way past to lead at the end of lap one. Andrew’s biggest challenger throughout the race was Dutchman 217 Ron Kroonder who ran second for a long spell. Around three quarter distance Andrew had a scare when he momentarily tangled with a back marker, he was delayed sufficiently for Ron to take the lead but Andrew was back ahead by the end of the lap. Ron faded then and was passed by 515 Frankie Wainman and 55 Craig Finnikin who took second and third with Ron placing fourth.
The meeting opened with the consolation semi-final race where the last two places on the World Final grid were on offer. 198 Nigel Whalley was the winner of this, although he worked hard for victory as four times during the race he was passed by other drivers but each time Nigel fought back to regain the lead. Runner up was 21 Mark Gilbank.The UK heat went to 416 Dave Muckian who took the lead from 238 Richard Bryan around half distance. 3291 Dan Squire finished second. The heat for Dutch drivers went to H477 Martijn Oudhuis who led from lap six after H60 Henk Maris had led the opening laps, Henk placing second at the flag. The first consolation event was won by 415 Russell Cooper who led throughout with the second one going to Mark Gilbank who took the lead with three to run from 13 Andy Ford.
Russell Cooper opened up a big lead in the meeting final but had to pull off with overheating problems at a mid race caution. This left 98 Les Spencer ahead but a fast moving Dan Johnson went by him with three to run on his way to victory and Les was relegated to third by 515 Frankie Wainman on the last bend. The meeting finished with the Grand National. 457 Scott Chambers was the early leader before 446 Joe Booth took over. Mark Gilbank was chasing hard, eventually overcoming Joe with a well times hit on the last bend, Joe hanging on for second.
BELLE VUE August 30th
A good Bank Holiday crowd witnessed an excellent meeting which included two drivers from New Zealand and one from Australia who all gave a good account of themselves. NZ58 Peter Bengston led heat one for a number of laps but was overhauled by 84 Tom Harris around half distance. Tom went on to win from 55 Craig Finnikin. White top 238 Richard Bryan put in a sterling drive in heat two, he led for over half the race and when passed by 4 Dan Johnson did not give in and successfully challenged Dan to regain the lead briefly. 1 Andrew Smith then appeared on the scene and was swiftly past both of them, going on to take the flag with Dan second and Richard third. Richard also led for a long spell in heat three, this time it was Craig Finnikin who got the better of him in a race that was stopped on the last lap after a roll over by 91 Tony Smith. Craig took the victory with Dan Johnson second.
Final time and it was 111 Mike Williamson who led hem away, Mike kept his advantage until lap thirteen when he was passed by a group of star men, headed by Andrew Smith. It was Andrew still there at the chequered, Dan Johnson recorded his third runner up spot of the day and Tom Harris finished third. NZ52 Scott Joblin was the early leader in the Grand National, 191 Josh Smith, 462 Scott Davids and Craig Finnikin all had turns in the lead until 515 Frankie Wainman hit the front on lap eleven. Tom Harris found a way past next time round but Frankie regained the lead on the next lap and that is how they stayed to the flag.
BIRMINGHAM August 28th
The meeting opened with the Under 25’s Championship race. This was won in fine style by 84 Tom Harris. First to show was 397 Stuart Smith but he was passed by 488 Mike Kingston on lap four. Tom was making good progress and was up to third at this point. He passed Mike two laps later and raced away into a commanding lead. 4 Dan Johnson and 16 Matt Newson moved to second and third in the closing stages and that’s how they finished.
Heat two looked to heading for a win for 253 Robert Braithwaite in only his second meeting. He was chased down by 153 James Lund and crashed out under pressure. 390 Stuart Smith passed James at the start of the last lap before taking the flag ahead of 515 Frankie Wainman. World Champion 1 Andrew Smith had suffered a puncture in his heat and was forced to race in the consolation which he won. It took him until the last bend to catch and pass long time leader Robert Braithwaite but this time Rob held on for second.
There were several leaders in the final before 107 Lee Robinson moved ahead with five laps to run. 259 Paul Hines moved up to second but in a chaotic last lap he was relegated down the order as Stuart Smith finished second behind Lee Robinson with 37 Chris Cowley in third.
The last race of the evening had another good performance from Robert Braithwaite, he led until four to go when he was passed by James Lund who went on to win with Chris Cowley the runner up.
NORTHAMPTON August 21st
464 Luke Davidson was in top form for the first two heats. In heat one he was ahead after just six laps, going on to win from 55 Craig Finnikin in second. 143 Adam Bamford and 195 Dean Whitwell were the early leaders in heat two before 51 Dylan Williams-Maynard took over. Luke was on a charge again though, taking the lead with five to run and the flag with 107 Lee Robinson in second. In heat three Adam Bamford led until almost half distance when 1 Andrew Smith went by. The World Champion went on to win comfortably. There was a good battle for second spot between Lee Robinson, Craig Finnikin and 259 Paul Hines with Lee taking the place.
Adam Bamford was first to show in the final but was passed by 488 Mike Kingston on lap six. Lee Robinson moved ahead briefly but just before half way Andrew Smith hit the front and romped away to the flag with Lee Robinson second and Tom Harris third. 390 Stuart Smith was first across the line in the GN race but failed post race scrutineering, handing the win to Tom Harris with Andrew Smith placing second from the lap handicap.
VENRAY August 15th
Day 2 was a real mixed bag of weather with the heavens opening for the latter races of the day. The Gold Cup was the first F1 race of the day and 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr and 84 Tom Harris were on row 3 as they were the quickest Uk Drivers in timed qualifying. 3 Chris Fort and 212 Daniel Wainman were on Row 6. 105 Chris Bonner
460 Chris Cooke were on Row 9 and 434 Ivan Pritchard was on Row 12.
H247 Gary Castell led from the start and had a large lead but with only 2 laps remaining there was a caution for a pile up on turns 1 and 2, this allowed the field to close up and H217 Ron Kroonder was up to second position and had only a back marker between him and the leader. On the restart H247 Gary Castell led away and H217 Ron Kroonder dropped down the positions H247 was followed across the line by H22 Louw Wobbes in second and 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr was third. The next Englishman to finish was 460 Chris Cooke in 15th. 84 Tom Harris retired after only 1 lap with him climbing up and over H399 Jessy De Bruyn.
The next race included the new Gold Cup Champion and it was raining for this one and was won by H217 Ron Kroonder. 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr was the first Englishman home in 5th and 84 Tom Harris was 6th.
Heat 2 was run in wet conditions and was the first win of the weekend for the English with 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr taking a popular win from H22 Louw Wobbes in second.
The last race of the day was the final and was ran in awful conditions and the race had to be red flagged and restarted for a pile up on the first lap which involved the majority of the red top and Superstar drivers. 14 drivers made the restart and the race was won by H22 Louw Wobbes who mastered the wet conditions the best from H6 Geert Jan Keijker in second and H65 Hans Baegen in third 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr finished 6th and 84 Tom Harris was 7th.
VENRAY August 14th
33 cars raced at Day 1 of the Venray Gold Cup weekend with 7 UK drivers in attendance #3 Chris Fort, #84 Tom Harris, #105 Chris Bonner, #212 Daniel Wainman, #434 Ivan Pritchard, #460 Chris Cooke and #515 Frankie Wainman Jnr. The first victory of the weekend went to H22 Louw Wobbes, there was yellow flags early on in the race for H57 climbing over the front end of 105 Chris Bonner, 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr was well on the pace and after a long race battle with H22 Louw Wobbes finished a well deserved 3rd.
Heat 2, 21 cars were on track and there was a caution early on for H219 who was stranded on the home straight. The victory went to H217 Ron Kroonder but 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr went one better than his previous race and this time finished second, the next Englishman home was 212 Daniel Wainman in 7th position.
The 3rd heat was a Dutch 1-2-3 with H007 Dave Schapp winning from H461 Michel Haarlem Van and H217 Ron Kroonder in 3rd.The best Englishman placing was 84 Tom Harris in 12th position.
The Final was the last race of the day and was won by H247 Gary Castell with H007 Dave Schapp in 2nd position and H217 Ron Kroonder in 3rd 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr was the first Englishman home in 9th and 434 Ivan Pritchard rounded off the top 10.
COVENTRY August 7th
The meeting opened with the now traditional white & yellow heat. 330 Graham Wagstaff was soon ahead and looked on course for the win until 415 Russell Cooper moved him aside at the start of the last lap. Russell went on to win with 238 Richard Bryan in second. 111 Mike Williamson was the early pacesetter in heat two, he held the advantage until five to run when 306 Ian Noden passed him. 97 Murray Harrison was on a charge and found a way past on turn one of the penultimate lap to take the win with Ian hanging on for second. 98 Les Spencer was the long time leader of heat three but Paul Hines and Andrew Smith were gaining, getting the better of Les with two to go. 301 Mark Allen led off the consolation race, 73 Rob Cowley had a brief spell ahead and then 380 Steven Cayzer took over at the front. Will Yarrow was his challenger and Will got by with two to run, Steven taking second spot.
The final was an action packed affair with several early leaders. Murray Harrison was making good progress from near the rear of the field and he eventually got to the front on lap fourteen. Andrew Smith moved up to second around the same time but could not close the gap so Murray took the win, Andrew second and 2 Paul Harrison third. The last race of the day went to 338 Chris Brocksopp who took the lead on lap six, taking victory well clear of second placed man Paul Hines.
SKEGNESS August 5th
Twenty cars made it out to the East Coast to entertain the holidaymakers as well as the regular fans. The record books will show two wins each for 1 Andrew Smith and 259 Paul Hines with one of Paul’s being the meeting final.
287 Sean Willis and 372 Colin Goodswen were the early leaders in heat one before Paul Hines moved ahead on lap seven on his way to victory with 464 Luke Davidson only a couple of car lengths behind in second. Andrew Smith took heat two after a good battle with 4 Dan Johnson and Paul Hines. 22 Will Yarrow finished second.
Sean Willis, 393 David Plumbley and 191 Josh Smith all had spells in front in the final but once Paul Hines hit the front just after half distance the result was not in doubt, Paul taking the flag well clear of 464 Luke Davidson and Will Yarrow. 143 Adam Bamford led the Grand National event for the first six laps, Luke Davidson had three laps ahead then Andrew Smith went ahead and onto victory with 515 Frankie Waihnman the runner up,
BUXTON August 1st National Points Series Round 32 (Final Qualifying Round For The Shootout Series)
The main race of the day was the second World Championship Semi-final which was won by 1 Andrew Smith. There were four cautions in a hectic race which resulted in only ten finishers.
Andrew led from start to finish, 84 Tom Harris ran second until just past half distance when he was involved in a pile up. 259 Paul Hines inherited second spot and that is where he finished with 53 John Lund in third place.
Earlier 515 Frankie Wainman had won heat one. It took him until the last lap to catch leader 484 Craig Utley but having been passed Craig was in no mood to concede, putting a last bender which Frankie held to take the win, 37 Chris Cowley came through for second. Craig Utley led the consolation race until the closing stages when 153 James Lund went by on his way to victory.
149 Marc Radforth led away the final, 48 Garry Fox chased in second before James Lund went second just after half distance. James went on to take the flag with 217 Lee Fairhurst and Chris Cowley the next two across the line. Although those three will feature on the photograph Lee and Chris failed post race scrutineering, elevating Marc Radforth to second and 55 Craig Finnikin to third.
Marc Radforth and Craig Utley led the Grand National for much of its distance but Andrew Smith was closing, he moved to the front with three to run, taking the flag with Tom Harris in second
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SHEFFIELD July 25th National Points Series Round 31
The main race of the day was the first World Championship Semi-final which was won by 515 Frankie Wainman. Frankie led for all but the first three quarters of a lap, heading home 2 Paul Harrison and 4 Dan Johnson.
Earlier 21 Mark Gilbank had taken the opening heat after 463 James Morris and 35 Neil Shenton had led earlier, James finishing second. The consolation had 111 Mike Williamson ahead until half distance when 415 Russell Cooper went by. Russell took the flag with 215 Geoff Nickolls moving into second late in the race.
Mike Williamson was a long time leader in the final, closely followed by Russell Cooper. 259 Paul Hines overhauled them on lap thirteen with 212 Danny Wainman close behind. With two to run Danny put the bumper in on the 259 car to take his first ever final win, 55 Craig Finnikin was second.
84 Tom Harris rounded things off with a win in the GN with Craig Finnikin again second, Mike Williamson had once again set the early pace.
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NORTHAMPTON July 18th National Points Series Round 30
The first race of the day was for the European Championship. 51 Dylan Williams-Maynard led them away with Colin Goodswen tucked in behind. Dylan continued to lead as 153 James Lund moved up to second on lap eight. Luke Davidson moved into second just before half distance and set about chasing the leader, whom he eventually caught and passed on lap eighteen. Luke could not relax for a moment as Andrew Smith moved up to second with James Lund being in third whilst Dylan was spun out in heavy traffic. Andrew could not get near enough to mount a challenge so the title went to Luke, Andrew second and a late charge from 37 Chris Cowley saw him finish in third spot.
Dylan made no mistake in heat one, leading from start to finish to record his first ever victory with Andrew Smith the runner up. Heat two had Netherlands visitor 365 Joep Hendricks ahead with 105 Chris Bonner in second for much of the race. Chris found a way past late on to take the win, 60 Ian Venables also got through in second with the Dutchman the third driver home. The consolation had a number of leaders before 305 Carlos Perez moved ahead with five to run. Chris Cowley went second before executing a last bender on the 305 car which saw both cars cross the line side by side, Carlos just getting the verdict.
The final saw another flag to flag win for Dylan Williams-Maynard. Ian Venables chased him for much of the race without success and when Andrew Smith moved into second with four to run he was too far adrift to make the challenge. 84 Tom Harris took third. Ian Venables showed well in the Grand National but the new Euro Champ Luke Davidson was moving well, passing Ian on lap ten before taking the flag with Ian hanging on for second.
NORTHAMPTON July 17th National Points Series Round 29
Day one of the European weekend featured 54 cars including three drivers from Holland. Heat 1 featured 23 cars, and was lead by yellow top 141 Carl Pickering who’s car seems suited to the tarmac here he was eventually overcome by a fast charging 84 Tom Harris on the last bend. Special mention must go to white grader 488 Mike Kingston jnr who followed up his first win last weekend by finishing 4th in this race. Ht 2 featured 31 cars and it required a complete restart as there was an incident with 280 Colin Nairn but everything was okay with the driver. This race victory, his first ever, went to 372 Colin Goodswen who took over the lead very early on and in second was H482 Peter Van Den Bosch with 4 Daniel Johnson being the first of the superstars home. The consolation was all about the yellow grade as they filled the first 4 places with 347 Steve Hopkins taking the win from 60 Ian Venables in second and 191 Joshua Smith in third.
All 32 cars made it on track for the Final but this was stopped early on for a rollover to 41 Robert Broome he hit the banking/tyres going into turn 3 and went up and over, thankfully he was uninjured in the incident. The win went to 1 Andrew Smith from 37 Chris Cowley in second and 515 Frankie Wainman Junior in third. The Grand National rounded off a good nights racing and was won by 464 Luke Davidson who had obviously found the right setup for the car for what was to follow the following day……..
SKEGNESS July 11th National Points Series Round 28
Day Two of the speed weekend was another great day of racing in the Summer sun.
Heat 1 started with 21 cars and there was action early on with 91 Tony Smith and 462 Scott Davids colliding on the first lap, there was also a caution for 393 Dave Plumbley who collided with the Armco. The race was won by 347 Steve Hopkins who won the same race the previous day.
22 cars took part in Heat 2, and this was won by another yellow top 191 Joshua Smith who took over at the front early on in the race and went on to a comfortable win.
Heat 3 was another victory for 191 Joshua Smith who used his mini stox experience to his advantage as 259 Paul Hines was breathing down on his back bumper on the last lap but Josh braked heavy into the turn and this resulted in Paul being unable to move him and he went on to take his Second Victory.
The Final saw 28 cars take part and was another fast and frenzied affair with a stoppage early on when there was a stray tyre on track when there was a coming together and 445 Dick Gladden lost a tyre and tube. 60 Ian Venables led for a long time but was only overcome by eventual winner Paul Hines, 84 Tom Harris was third.The Grand National rounded off a excellent weekends racing and was won by 464 Luke Davidson from long time leader white top 488 Mike Kingston Jnr.
SKEGNESS July 10th National Points Series Round 27
Day one of the speed weekend turned into one for the young guns of the sport in the final with the top 3 all sons of racing drivers.
Heat 1 started with 22 cars and was lead off by lone white top 488 Mike Kingston. He was overtaken by 347 Steve Hopkins who went on to win with 4 Dan Johnson in 2nd and 259 Paul Hines in 3rd.
21 cars took part in Heat 2, where there was a caution on lap 3 for 212 Danny Wainman who was facing the wrong way on the home straight. On the restart 84 Tom Harris was well into his stride and went on to win.
Heat 3 was all about white top 488 Mike Kingston Jnr. He lead from start to finish and although the cars of 84 Tom Harris and 16 Matt Newson were closing in on him they could not catch him.
The Final saw 30 cars take part and was a fast and frenzied affair with a stoppage early on when 197 Ryan Harrison went into the Armco hard. The victory went to 84 Tom Harris who won from 217 Lee Fairhurst and Dan Johnson.
The Grand National rounded off a good nights racing with Matt Newson as the race winner.
COVENTRY July 3rd National Points Series Round 26
The meeting opened with the race for the Golden Helmet. 84 Tom Harris took a well deserved victory in this. He was chased hard by 21 Mark Gilbank, the bumper going in on every bend and in fact Mark go ahead briefly but Tom came back and regained his lead. Tom then had a bit of breathing pace and 4 Dan Johnson challenged Mark for second. The pair had a good battle with Dan going second in the closing stages.
Heat one saw a first ever win for former F2 racer 416 Dave Muckian. Dave passed early leader 111 Mike Williamson on lap six and took the flag ahead of 35 Neil Shenton. 235 John Weldon led off heat two but 337 Dave Willis was soon past him. 73 Rob Cowley ran second for much of the race and was involved with 16 Matt Newson and 197 Ryan Harrison in the tussle for second which Matt eventually claimed. 215 Geoff Nickolls won heat three, he moved ahead just past half way and won with 12 Michael Scriven in second. 415 Russell Cooper was making his first appearance of the season but when he caught and passed the early front runners Mike Williamson and 496 Neil Holcroft he pulled away to win comfortably.
The Final was action packed and full of incident. 362 Lionel Shaw led them off before being passed by Dave Muckian on lap six. Dave looked to be heading for the win but was closed down and passed by 322 James Neachell with five to run. Dan Johnson also passed Dave and across the finishing line it was James, Dan & Dave. James was then docked two places for jumping the start and subsequently disqualified for failing to attend post race scrutineering. Thus Dan Johnson took the honours, Dave Muckian finished an excellent second and 53 John Lund was third.
There were several leaders in the early part of the Grand National event before 55 Craig Finnikin took the lead just before half distance. Tom Harris moved into second soon afterwards but could make no impression on Craig’s lead and that is how they stayed.
BELLE VUE June 27th National Points Series Round 25
The opening heat went to 158 James Clement who led from the second lap. Andrew Smith was closing late on but James held on to win. Heat two also looked to be going the way of a yellow top driver as 276 Mark Poole led for much of the distance. 4 Dan Johnson had other ideas though, catching and passing the leader on turn one of the last lap and taking the flag with Mark second. The consolation saw a comfortable win for 2 Paul Harrison. He passed leader 424 Mike Heywood just after half distance and took the flag well clear of second placed 321 Ed Neachell.
111 Mike Williamson was the early leader in the final but 13 Andy Ford was soon ahead with 446 Joe Booth close behind. Andy retired with a flat tyre on lap ten leaving Joe ahead from 335 Mark Woodhull. Craig Finnikin and Andrew Smith took up the chase late on but neither could make any impression on the 446 car so Joe took the win from Craig and Andrew. Andrew was the winner of the Grand National, it took him until two laps to run to catch leader 76 Lee Smith before taking the flag with Ed Neachell in second.
KINGS LYNN June 26th National Points Series Round 24
The top man at King’s Lynn was 197 Ryan Harrison who took victories in heat and final. 55 Craig Finnikin ran him close after a third place and three runner up spots. The meeting opened with a white and yellow, which is the usual start at the Norfolk Arena. This was won by 2009 Novice of the Year 192 Luke Dennis with local man 441 John Lawn in second. Heat one went to 288 Simon Panton from Craig Finnikin with the second heat being won by Ryan Harrison from 215 Geoff Nickolls. 212 Danny Wainman performed a spectacular roll in this one and although the car was extensively damaged thankfully Danny walked away unhurt
There was controversy in the final when the track was watered during a late race caution. Ryan Harrison was the leader with Craig Finnikin second and 84 Tom Harris third. Both Craig and Tom were adamant that they would have caught Ryan over the closing laps had the watering not taken place but the result stayed the same as it had been at the caution. World Champion 1 Andrew Smith rounded things off with a win in the last race of the evening with Craig Finnikin again second.
NORTHAMPTON June 20th National Points Series Round 23
In stark contrast to Ipswich the sun shone all afternoon at Northampton. 73 Rob Cowley won heat one after 460 Chris Cooke had led for much of the race, 217 Lee Fairhurst finished second. 84 Tom Harris recorded a comfortable victory in heat two, he moved ahead before half distance and was well clear of 429 Gareth Wildman at the flag. 295 Wesley Goodwin led the consolation from flag to flag. 41 Robert Broome was close behind the whole race but could not mount a challenge.
The meeting final had to be re-started after a spectacular roll by 191 Josh Smith on lap one. 460 Chris Cooke and Gareth Wildman were the early pacesetters but Tom Harris was on top form. He took the lead on lap eight, around the same time World Champion 1 Andrew Smith moved into second but Tom made no mistakes and kept a good distance between him and the number 1 r. Tom the winner, Andrew second and a good drive from 498 Spencer Taylor saw him home in third. The Grand National was all action. Spencer Taylor moved ahead early on chased by 464 Luke Davidson. Luke passed Spencer with five to run but Spencer was not in the mood to concede and he regained the lead on the next lap. 37 Chris Cowley and Andrew Smith joined the mix over the last few laps and it was anybody’s race from these four. Experience told in the end as Andrew took the flag with Chris in second.
IPSWICH June 19th National Points Series Round 22
The weather was unkind for the only visit of the year to Foxhall for the F1’s with plenty rain coming down. 197 Ryan Harrison took the opening heat with 12 Michael Scriven in second. The second heat went to 295 Wesley Goodwin from Netherlands visitor 482 Peter van den Bosch. Local driver 372 Colin Goodswen was first past the flag but he failed post race scrutineering handing the win to 107 Lee Robinson. European Champion 217 Lee Fairhurst finished second.
The final provided a close finish with Lee Robinson, 105 Chris Bonner and 321 Ed Neachell crossing the line almost side by side. Chris failed the post race scrutineering meaning the top three were Lee Robinson, Ed Neachell and Michael Scriven. The Grand National provided a Wainman 1-2, 515 Frankie was first with younger brother 212 Danny the runner up.
COVENTRY June 5th National Points Series Round 21
The meeting opened with the Trust Fund Red Top race which was led from start to finish by 321 Ed Neachell. There was plenty going on behind him, 462 Scott Davids ran second for much of the race and was involved in a good battle with 84 Tom Harris as they fought to gain the right to challenge the leader. By the time Tom found a way past in the closing stages Ed was well clear and that is how they finished. Good to see Dave Nickolls, who was badly injured at Coventry in November 2009, on hand to assist with the presentations.
Heat one for whites & yellows went to 215 Geoff Nickolls. The early leader was 416 Dave Muckian but he lost his advantage when there was a caution after a roll by 41 Robert Broome. Geoff was on hand to take the lead shortly afterwards and then the flag with 158 James Clement in second. 362 Lionel Shaw led the opening laps of heat two when 306 Ian Noden went by. 97 Murray Harrison was moving quickly through the field, shadowed by 1 Andrew Smith. Murray took the lead on lap twelve, Andrew put in a last bend hit and the cars powered down the home straight side by side with Murray just getting the verdict. 235 John Weldon led the first half of heat three, 335 Mark Woodhull passed him at this point before taking the win with 55 Craig Finnikin going second late in the race. The consolation had numerous leaders but at the end it was Tom Harris with the win from 197 Ryan Harrison.
98 Les Spencer led the final for the first nine laps and then 338 Chris Brocksopp took over. 16 Matt Newson was going well in his new car and he hit the front just past half distance. Matt took the victory with Tom Harris runner up and Chris Brocksopp in third. 380 Steven Cayzer and Mark Woodhull led most of the GN but 515 Frankie Wainman was on a mission, he gradually reeled in the 335 car before going ahead on the last lap, Mark hanging on for second.
BELLE VUE May 31st National Points Series Round 20
55 Craig Finnikin was the top man on Bank Holiday Monday with heat and final victories plus a sixth place in the GN from the handicap. 463 James Morris took the opening heat, passing long time leader 76 Lee Smith in the closing stages, 53 John Lund was second. 446 Joe Booth took the lead before half distance and won heat two comfortably with John Lund again the runner up. Craig Finnikin moved ahead with four to run in heat three after 158 James Clement and 84 Tom Harris had led earlier. 515 Frankie Wainman finished second.
James Clement showed strongly in the final until Craig Finnikin found a way past around half distance. Craig went on to take the flag with 1 Andrew Smith second and Frankie Wainman third. It was a lively race, packed with incident and only 7 of the 24 starters completed race distance. Tom Harris won the last race of the night, he passed leader James Clement on lap six before himself being passed by Frankie Wainman with five to run. On the next lap Tom put in a big hit on Frankie which saw the 515 car sidelined and Tom on his way to victory with 4 Dan Johnson claiming the runner up spot.