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COMING UP ....
SEPTEMBER 14/15 .... The first UK Autograss Championship comes
to an end with a televised event at NORTH WALES club's very
popular Broughton track, one of the last opportunities to race
here. The penultimate BAS round meanwhile takes place at SEVERN
VALLEY. MELTON stage their annual two dayer and DOWN AUTOGRASS
have a two day "dash for cash" event. Other Sunday meetings take
place at TRENT, SCOTTISH LEAGUE and CORK, while there's SEGTO
racing at HORNDEAN on Sunday and a Rolling Thunder Show fixture
at ARENA ESSEX on Saturday night. GLOUCESTER's scheduled meeting
has been moved to 29 September.
SEPTEMBER 21/22 ..... One of the few surviving traditional
League Open events, the EAST ANGLIAN OPEN, will feature two
separate days' racing at St Neots' Wyboston track. Other major
events are the third Irish Autograss Grand Prix at CARLOW and
the televised Dash for Cash meeting at SCARBOROUGH. Single day
meetings include the second round of PENNINE's Autumn Showdown,
INVICTA KENT's season closer, RADFORD's Worcestershire
Championship, plus STURTON & STOW, LEEWOOD, LUDLOW, SOLWAY,
SOUTHERN LEAGUE and WEST WALES LEAGUE. SEGTO meetings are at
TONGHAM and STANDLAKE.
Sorry we haven't had much time for updating the website in the last few
weeks. One or two of the downloads on this page aren't actually there
yet, but we'll get up to date soon.
ALL IRELAND FINALS
Possibly the most successful All Ireland
Autograss Series yet ended in the traditional way at West
Waterford's Irish Fastest Person on Grass meeting at
Ballysaggart. Another very strong entry laid on some extremely
close and competitive racing, culminating in a spectacular
series of finals before the on track part of the meeting ended
with the unique dual Champion of Champions races. The Fastest
Person on Grass race, featuring all the class final winners, saw
Aidan O'Neill's class 2 Micra hold off John Wilde's Class 5.
While John upheld his personal tradition of only winning this
trophy in even-numbered years, he compensated by winning the All
Ireland Champion of Champions against all the newly crowned
class champions. The action then continued through the night in
the Lismore House Hotel.
Aidan O'Neill's trophies were presented by
West Waterford club President JP Houlihan; John Wilde's were
presented by AIAS committee members Jen Kelly and Yvonne Kearns.
Ricky Houlihan's Micra headed the CLASS 1
field after the heats, but the final was stopped and rerun after
Barry Lewis rolled his Mini, and that gave the Jess brothers a
chance to get in front, with James winning the final and Matt
taking the championship.
The "boxy Micras" in CLASS 1A aren't
as plentiful as they once were, but the racing was as close as
ever, with final honours going to Shane Farrell while Michael
O'Mahony took the weekend's overall win and the championship.
Aidan O'Neill, fresh from his second
Nationals final, dominated CLASS 2 all weekend, with the
usual close racing behind as Steven White secured the AIAS
Séamus O'Riordan's impressive first CLASS
3 season brought him the AIAS title, but North Wales' Barry
Evans and occasional grass racer Paddy Curran headed the field
on the day.
Kildare Hot Rodder Dave Heffernan's first
full Autograss season saw him take thirteen wins from fifteen
races in the AIAS to take the CLASS 4 title despite being
closely challenged by Mike Fuller's Mini.
The CLASS 5 championship protagonists
were headed in the final by Welsh visitor Bryan Neale while the
AIAS battle was resolved in favour of John Wilde after James
Kent saw the chequered flag a lap too early!
Declan Browne remained firmly in control in
CLASS 6, although challengers such as James Sinnott,
Craig Fenlon and Liam Eyre were getting ever closer.
A full grid of CLASS 7s provided
extremely spectacular action, with amazingly everyone surviving
until the final. Kevin Roche was on top form to fend off
Keith Kelly and Donal O'Brien in both the meeting final and the
You'll never see a closer battle than the
CLASS 8 final between Cierán Creane, Davy Curran and Colin
Byrne, places changing on every corner until Mousey spun it away
on the final turn. Davy won the weekend trophy on a tie break
from Colin, while Mousey took the championship on a tie break
with Davy! Fittingly, it was all decided on the number of race
The CLASS 9s had their share of
dramas before John Fuller took the final, but his regular
sparring partner Shane Houlihan took both the weekend and
One or two incidents reduced the CLASS 10
field but took nothing away from a spectacular drive by Gavin
Tivy, who fended off Derek Leech to win the final and take the
Although FORMULA 600 numbers have
tailed off in Ireland there was a good battle through the season
with Chris Dimond securing the title after an unbeaten weekend
at West Waterford.
After incident packed racing in JUNIOR
CLASS 1, Cian O'Mahony took his "Nationals" Micra to the
weekend's top honour while good results throughout the three
rounds saw the All Ireland title go north, courtesy of Andrew
Cian and Michael O'Mahony had a frantic
weekend keeping two cars running with two drivers each, but Cian
was rewarded with a unique double win as he took JUNIOR
CLASS 1A, also wrapping up the All Ireland title.
Ireland's always been to the forefront in
JUNIOR SPECIALS but this time, as well as the title fight
between Jack Creaven and Liam Roche, the lead battle was joined
by future star Ciaran Behan, only in his third ever event. Jack
held off Liam and Ciaran in a very tight final, which saw Jack
leave the Juniors as a three time All Ireland Champion.
all raced together with the weekend wins
and All Ireland titles in their respective classes going to
Chelsea Brady and Nicole O'Brien.
|Below: Paul Pearce was in the right
place to catch Barry Lewis' exit from the Class 1 final.
Elsewhere this weekend, there was a
concentration of meetings in the East of England, with
SPALDING running the Tony Secker Memorial, plus meetings at
INVICTA, CONCORD, NOTTINGHAM and
SCUNTHORPE (including a British F600 round), while YORKSHIRE DALES'
second two-dayer in three weeks was reduced by rain to Sunday
had the only meeting in the West, following the cancellation of
the South Wales Open. SEGTO racing was at TONGHAM and STANDLAKE.
Main event at CONCORD was the Nick Shorter Memorial, run
for the first time as an Open race, and won by Allan Crowther.
1st C8E Paul Wilson 2nd C97E Peter Hunt 3rd C70E Robert
CLASS 2: 1st C32E Jonny Meare 2nd SP69
Dan Barrow. CLASS 3:
1st C5E Allan Crowther 2nd C279E Neil Bacon. CLASS
1st C87E Peter Hunt. CLASS 6: 1st
C263E Paul Horwood 2nd C522E
CLASS 7: 1st C73E
Todd Horwood 2nd C207E Martin Clay.
1st C12E David Saunders 2nd C30E Richard Turnidge.
STOCK HATCH: 1st C664E Jody Wilkinson 2nd C666E Rob Britchford
3rd C23E Paul Maxim. JUNIORS: 1st
C206E Declan Stansfield 2nd C34E Connor Victory 3rd C29E Aiden Nippress.
LADIES: 1st C13E Sharon Douglas.
Many more Concord photos are available from
Howard at www.facebook.com/hrphotosite
LADIES' & JUNIORS' NATIONALS
The 30th Ladies & Juniors’ National Championships were run in
near perfect weather and track conditions at the St Neots club’s
Wyboston track. The host club received universal praise for the
venue and organisation – the one thing St Neots couldn’t
influence, though, was the number of incidents and controversial
outcomes on the track. A quick analysis shows that, on top of
168 scheduled races, there were 92 stoppages and reruns, of
which 19 were for jump starts, 28 for what used to be called
crossover, 26 for first corner incidents, 16 for other racing
incidents, 2 for rollovers (there were actually three rolls but
one was after a race had already been red flagged!), and
thankfully just one completed race rerun after a complaint. The
worst behaved class (statistically!) was Class 6, with a 114%
rerun rate; the best was Class 5 with 10% (just one rerun of the
final). Only Classes 1 and 3 completed their finals at the first
attempt, although Class 3 earlier saw the weekend’s most
damaging pile-up. Of the 388 cars/drivers entered, 346 turned up
Full results can be downloaded here:
(if the PDF doesn't work you can download the
Excel file here)
|And here's a
quick class by class run down:
most of the incidents in the heats took
place behind the evenly matched front runners. Alice Hughes,
Missy Moseley and Kirsty Empson were joint top scorers and it
was alice who led the final all the way, under great pressure
from Missy until Missy’s last corner bid for the lead (she had
to try it!) opened up a gap for Alice Bevans to steal second,
with Ash Bryan a close fourth.
top scorer Michelle Arnett took the lead
in the short lived final, then had her gearbox break pulling
away at the start of the rerun. However, two more reruns later
she was a clear winner, by which time three more leaders had
come to grief; Laura Canning and Katie Jones dived heavily into
the armco and Beth Tomkinson launched into a massive roll. At
the fourth attempt Sarah Carden chased Michelle home, but a
green flag for hitting cones dropped her to fourth behind Emily
Empson and Jess Roberts.
Four of the thirteen starters were wiped
out in one crash on Saturday, although Lianne Teather’s car was
somehow straightened overnight. Top qualifier Jo Thompson pulled
away in front as Donna Brown spun out of second. Lianne came
through for second but a green flag for cone clipping promoted
the MAP pair of Gemma Fullard and Robyn King to very creditable
second and third places.
Alice Bevans (in Rob Corbett’s Micra),
Donna Forrest and Claire Lancaster all looked very fast in the
heats, while there was as much interest in the battle to avoid
being the unlucky ninth qualifier in the nine car field. Donna
and Claire were both unlucky to be eliminated from the final,
while Alice couldn’t hold off the hard charging Mini drivers.
Katie Benson took the Slimspeed mini to a popular win, just
holding off Nicola Bettoney, while Alice snatched third back
from Claire Blackman on the last corner.
While multiple champions Nicola Jesse and
Sandra Jones battled through the heats, Michelle Phillips
emerged as top scorer. The final was stopped when the armco
jumped out at Sarah Chilvers at the start, leading to a moment’s
panic as the leaders missed the red flags. Sandra Jones led the
rerun all the way; Di Sunley spun out of third and Claire
Winnall lost second on the last corner after losing her exhaust
and Sarah Bateman brought the A-Series powered Mini through to
second with Sarah Chilvers snatching third from Nicola Jesse.
Most others had dramas in the heats, but
Sarah Haigh, at the wheel of the Aaron Cavagin car, didn’t put a
wheel wrong. Sarah Carden was the other favourite, but was
thrown out of the final for a too quick start and after three
reruns Sarah Haigh held off defending champion Katie Sunley,
with Tina Hilton’s Clio spoiling the Yorkshire Dales party as
she took third from Yvonne Dockray.
The drama here included two final
qualifiers, Vicky Appleton in the Craig Dykes car and Lyndsey
Allen, dropping out after engine problems in the last heat,
while Tracey Victory controversially missed out after her effort
to salvage a finish in her last heat wasn’t recognised. Laura
Blaber’s V8 and Nicolas Mackenzie’s single bike-powered Mini
were both unbeaten but as Nicola was well on her way to a repeat
final win, the reds came out after a collision knocked Laura’s
rear suspension awry. The rerun saw Charlotte Pugh leading all
the way, chased by Nicola and Jo Thompson while Lisa Reynolds
lost fourth to Katie Griffiths on the last lap.
A couple of first corner tangles meant
the final was the last of the day to be completed, but it didn’t
distract Sandra Jones, who was unbeaten in her heats and went on
to claim her second National title of the day. Emily Gill was on
top form all weekend and took a fine second ahead of Katie
Lockwood and Sally Stratton. The only other unbeaten driver was
Vicky Appleton but her bad luck on Sunday continued with a roll
as the red flags were thrown in her last heat, causing her to
narrowly miss out on a final place.
Emily Gill went even better than in her
8, taking father “Wiggy’s” car to three convincing heat wins,
rivalled by Di Jones in the Sam Gould car, who had two wins and
a visit to the armco. Tracey Aldridge brought the reds out when
a clash of wheels spun her out of the final lead. On the rerun
Di Jones led all the way, chased by Emily Gill, with Katie
Lockwood and Tina Hilton also picking up their second trophies
of the weekend, in third and fourth – six of the eight finalists
were contesting their second class.
The heat results were a mixed bag, with
Jade Russell showing the most consistency to head the points.
Second qualifier Nicola Mackenzie, in Liam Evans’
National-winning car, was chucked out after a startline tangle
in the final. Lynn Johnston led the rerun away but was gently
nudged wide as Jade came through to retain her title, and take
the first National win for a diesel-powered car. Lynn took
second from Di Jones and Libby Cornwell.
The 87 starters (61 Minis, 25 Micras and
one AX) were sorted out by 33 heats and 25 reruns before the top
32 went forward to quarter and semi finals (6 races and 7
reruns!). The three favourites, Jake Bartlett, Rhys Griffiths
and Daffyd Jones, all went through their heats unbeaten, but
after the elimination races Jake was the only one who hadn’t
been headed. Then a fractional anticipation of the start saw
Jake thrown out as the final was stopped with Rhys tanging with
cousin Kieran Griffiths. Rhys then shook off a challenge from
Senna Proctor to lead the final all the way, chased by Dafydd,
with Kieran getting the better of Micky Ashby and Senna for
The 57-strong Specials field did better
than the saloons, with only 50% of their races getting stopped!
Jack Joyce, Matt Bishop and Travis Kirk were all unbeaten in
their heats, with Jack Joyce and Jack Creaven winning the semis.
After two stoppages, Matt Bishop took the final lead away from
Jack Joyce and the Wessex boy’s strong title bid ended as his
car ground to a halt, leaving Matt way out in front. Jack
Creaven came through to second, but lost the place in the
scrutineering bay due to a sad mistake by his engine builder.
Dan Chapman then took a creditable second in his first
Nationals, from Ellie Lockwood and Matt Owen.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS:
A disappointing turnout of six cars, with
no Specials coming out, but perhaps they all knew that Sandra
Jones would be uncatchable on her way to her fourth Champion of
Champions title. Michelle Arnett held on well for second ahead
of Charlotte Pugh and Sarah Haigh.
Naturally there was no other NASA racing on
the Nationals weekend, so it was left to SEGTO at HORNDEAN
and BALLYSHANNON Hot Rod Club in Ireland to provide the
FASTEST DIESEL ON GRASS
The 43rd annual
running of the classic Fastest Man
on Grass Championship at Sturton &
Stow Motor Sports Club's Caenby corner track gave Chris Allanson
his fourth win in the main event, but more significantly the
first major championship title for a disel powered car in
Autograss. The Fastest Lady on Grass title went to Laura Makar
in her Class 8 while the Fastest Junior title was won by Jake
Bartlett. The turnout for the event was halved from recent years
following the arrival of a clashing event at Yorkshire Dales,
drawing drivers from the same catchment area, but although the
numbers were down and there were relatively few "big names"
among the entry, the event was none the worse for that, and
proved the most enjoyable for some time. Overnight rain undid a
lot of the Sturton club's good work on the track preparation for
the first day, but by Monday the track was again in perfect
condition and some excellent racing resulted in the warm
Unluckiest family at the Fastest Man were
Robert and Harry Milnes. Robert featured in a double Stock Hatch
roll with Chris Adams, but was back trackside just in time to
see son Harry nudged into a big roll in his Junior Mini. Harry
turned out at the Nationals a week later in Jack Parker's car -
and rolled that too!
additional YORKSHIRE DALES
fixture, that took the Yorkshire Open title from the established
two day meeting that was to be held two weeks later, attracted a
similar turnout to the Sturton event, which meant that by far
the biggest of the Bank Holiday meetings was the BORDER
COUNTIES three day Festival, making a
welcome return to the calendar on possibly the fastest track
ever used for an Autograss meeting.
The usual southern Bank Holiday alternatives
fell by the wayside; the Southern League's event having been
brought forward a week to incorporate a UKAC round, while
INVICTA KENT's meeting was rained off due to rain of monsoon
proportions that fell all day on Saturday. The rain also hit the
Rolling Thunder show's event at ARENA ESSEX where,
despite the flooded pits and infield, the aptly named Lakeside
Cup meeting went ahead with reduced numbers but close racing in
most classes, braving probably the heaviest rain we've ever
witnessed at a race meeting. In Ireland, CARLOW ran their
own take on the Fastest Man on Grass, with Keith Kelly
continuing his successful season in Class 7 to take the main
title, while Louise Browne won the Noel Hutton Ladies' Cup. The
SCOTTISH LEAGUE was also in action and SEGTO meetings ran at
TONGHAM and STANDLAKE.
ROLLING THUNDER SHOW RESULTS 24 AUGUST
SUPERSTOX LAKESIDE CUP:
1st 876 Stuart Moss 2nd 269 Will Brown 3rd 82 Steve Rickard.
OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st
112 Charlie Schembri.
1450 HOT RODS: 1st 313 Lewis Court 2nd 51 Richard Miles 3rd
427 Neil Higgins. EURO
RODS: 1st 2 Dean Webster 2nd 385 Tim Ashton-Jones 3rd 20
Michael Goddard. RTS
PICKUPS: 1st 42 Dan Guidotti 2nd 31 Dave Follett 3rd 157
Matt McMahon. STREET
STOX: 1st 734 Tyrone Goodchild 2nd 181 Andy Reynolds 3rd 119
Tony Martin. JUNIOR HOT
RODS: 1st 764 Georgina Goodchild 2nd 113 Lauren Simmons 3rd
50 Sian Watkins. MINI
SPRINTS: 1st 2 Albert Webster 2nd 311 Jack Simmons 3rd 449
SUPER SOUTHERN SHOW
.... After the cancellation of the Solway
BAS round and Gloucester's club meeting, the Southern League was
left with the only NASA meeting of the weekend, round 4 of the
UKAC at Bearley Raceway. With a rush of late entries, offset by
a few non-arrivals, around 350
drivers signed on, and despite mixed weather conditions the
meeting proved a huge success for organisers, racers and
Although there was also no NASA racing
scheduled in Ireland, there was an alternative as one of the
best established of the many independent dirt Hot Rod clubs in
Ireland, BALLYSHANNON HOT ROD CLUB, were staging a two
day meeting at their very popular and well maintained venue in
County Kildare. With three rounds of racing starting at a
relaxed 5 pm on Saturday, followed by four more rounds on Sunday
afternoon before the main trophy races, the strong turnout of
local racers got plenty of action. The meeting was dominated by
the Juniors, who made up half the total entry and had to be
split into five sub-classes, graded on performance and
experience. David Heffernan took his 1-litre Micra, which has
been doubling very successfully as a NASA Class 4, to victory in
the Martin Callan Memorial Cup race, while Stefan Geoghegan and
Keith Donohue won the main Junior trophies and Vanessa Heffernan took the
BALLYSHANNON RESULTS (UNOFFICIAL):
CLASS 1 (1000cc): 1st 87 David Heffernan
(Micra K11 16v) 2nd 37 Pa Gorman (Micra K11 16v) 3rd 276 Karl
Delaney (Micra K11 16v). CLASS 2
(1300cc): 1st 272 Shane Smuth
(Micra K10 16v) 2nd 19 Dylan Roche (Micra K10 8v) 3rd 420 Eric
Finn (Micra K10 16v). CLASS 3
(1400cc): 1st Nigel Dooley
(Starlet Honda 16v) 2nd 137 Kevin McNamara (Starlet Honda 16v)
3rd 100 Darren Walsh (Starlet Honda 16v).
CLASS 4 (1600cc): 1st 101 Sox
Coyne (Civic Vtec) 2nd 17 Frankie O'Neill (Micra K11 16v) 3rd 11
William Conlon (Starlet Toyota 16v).
CLASS 5 (2000cc): 1st 727 Danny
O'Neill (Honda Prelude) 2nd 24 Evan Curran (Cinquecento Twin
GSXR) 3rd 157 Philip Flaherty (AX Honda Vtec).
SPECIALS: 1st 52 Mickey McManus
(ARD Hayabusa) 2nd 23 Eamonn O'Brien Sr (Leech Twin GSXR) 3rd 66
Eamonn O'Brien Jr (ARD Hayabusa). JUNIORS A:
1st 18 PJ Cronly(Micra K10 16v) 2nd 191 Steven Ryan (Micra K10
16v) 3rd 10 Cillian Gill (Micra K10 16v). JUNIORS B:
1st 22 Stefan Geoghegan (Starlet 70 12v) 2nd 27 Keith Ryan
(Micra K11 16v) 3rd 53 Cecil Doyle (Micra K10 16v).
JUNIORS C: 1st 72 Dillon Broderick
(Starlet 70 12v) 2nd 1110 Jamie Coyne (Seicento Nissan 16v) 3rd
747 PJ O'Neill (Micra K11 16v). JUNIORS D:
1st 176 TJ Doran (Micra K10 16v) 2nd 16 Jamie Lyons (Micra K10
16v) 3rd 824 Shane Duggan (Micra K11 16v). JUNIORS E:
1st 717 Keith Donohue (Micra K11 16v) 2nd 14 Daniel Daly (Micra
K11 16v) 3rd 64 Mark Burke (Micra K10 8v). JUNIOR
SPECIALS: 1st 47 Ciaran Behan.
LADIES: 1st 70 Vanessa Heffernan (Micra
K10 16v) 2nd 7 Chloe Heffernan (Micra K10 16v) 3td 276 Lauren
Delaney (Micra K11 16v). JUNIOR CUP RACE A:
1st 22 Steffan Geoghegan 2nd 18 PJ Cronly 3rd 191 Steven Ryan.
JUNIOR CUP RACE B: 1st 717 Keith Donohue
2nd 136 Charlie Devine (Starlet 70 12v) 3rd 14 Daniel Daly.
MARTIN CALLAN CUP: 1st 87 David Heffernan
2nd 51 Nigel Dooley 3rd 119 Dylan Roche.
WEST WATERFORD WINNERS
August meeting is
always one of the best supported single day meetings in Ireland,
with the Nicky Hannigan and Sheila Oakham Memorial Trophies to
be raced for. This year the lure of the big trophies attracted a
much better turnout than recent Irish club meetings have seen,
and an excellent day's racing ensued, in fine conditions with
dust being the main problem. This meeting's seen as a warm-up
for Ireland's biggest annual event, the All Ireland Finals and
Irish Fastest Person on Grass, taking place on West Waterford's
Ballysaggart track on September 7/8.
WEST WATERFORD RESULTS
1st MA358 Ricky Houlihan 2nd WW215 Kayne Cunningham 3rd WW216
James Daly. CLASS 1A: 1st CW7 Ryan Mulroy 2nd CK123
Michael O’Mahony 3rd CW501 James Boland. CLASS 2: 1st CK7
Steven White 2nd CW346 Aiden Murphy 3rd CK96 Stephen O’Neill.
CLASS 3: 1st WW821 Yvonne Kearns. CLASS 4: 1st WW59
Mike Fuller 2nd WW921 Brian Kearns 3rd WW50 Jim Hayde. CLASS
5: 1st CW35 Gerard Masterson 2nd WW325 Dermot Kelly.
CLASS 6: 1st MA183 Declan Browne 2nd WW261 Paul Devine 3rd
WW89 Michael Kelly. CLASS
7: 1st CW162 Kevin Roche 2nd WW998 Patrick Sheehy 3rd CW135
Eamonn Kelly. CLASS 8: 1st DA117 Davy Curran 2nd DA52
Mike McManus 3rd CW43 Joe Kehoe. CLASS 9: 1st WW399 John
Fuller 2nd WW252 Shane Houlihan. CLASS 10: 1st WW318
Martin Browne 2nd WW143 Gavin Tivy 3rd WW194 Alan Long. F600:
1st WW323 James McNamara . LADIES: 1st WW319 Louise
Browne 2nd CW12 Chelsea Brady 3rd MA48 Nicole O’Brien.
JUNIORS CLASS 1: 1st CK6 Jamie White 2nd CW2 Courtney Brady
3rd WW217 Mikey Daly. JUNIORS CLASS 1A: 1st MA290 Dylan
Browne 2nd CK123 Cian O’Mahony 3rd WW180 Ciaran Nugent.
JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st MA155 Jack Creaven 2nd CW11 Cillian
Doherty 3rd CW160 Liam Roche.
WINNERS RACE: 1st
CW162 Kevin Roche 2nd MA183 Declan Browne 3rd CK7 Steven White.
Friends and family of Nicky Hannigan presented the trophy
to Kevin Roche, and Dylan Browne received the Sheila Oakham
Memorial Trophy from West waterford president JP Houlihan.
SEGTO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
The 2013 SEGTO championship reached its climax at
ARENA ESSEX on
Saturday night. This year’s series comprised four rounds on four
different surfaces, starting on concrete at Standlake Arena, and
moving on via Horndean’s chalk and Tongham’s dirt to the Essex
tarmac. A good turnout from all the SEGTO clubs resulted in a
hectic and action packed night’s racing – all the regular
Rolling Thunder Show classes were also in action, giving
effectively two meetings for the price of one, with an amazing
39 races crammed into the evening.
Production A was close fought, but nobody
could catch Jordan Beardsall, newly promoted from the Juniors.
Ricky Wareham won the Prod B final, although points leader Keri
Stockham took a close win in her first heat. A smaller entry in
Mod C saw Jonathan Chappell hold off points leader Leanne Page.
A combined grid of 1450 Hot Rods and Super Saloons produced fast
and furious racing all night, which got a little too fraught at
the end, resulting in the exclusion of Standlake pair Andy and
Jason Garrad’s rapid FWD Novas, leaving Martin Faherty at the
head of a Super Saloon result still dominated by the Standlake
drivers. Jody Withers defended her position at the head of the
1450 points by battling all night with brother Ian. The Specials
provided plenty of sideways action with the NASA-style car of
John Smith holding off Bradley Lock. The Juniors saw a great
battle between the Minis of the Standlake drivers and the Novas
that dominate on the dirt tracks, with Michael Barber’s
immaculate Mini making a last corner bid for the win.
SEGTO CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS:
1st T22 Jordan Beardsall 2nd T14 Jason Woodgate 3rd X62 Les
Hatch. PRODUCTION B:
1st T608 Ricky Wareham 2nd S312 Macaulay Johnsey 3rd T109 Pete
Barber. MODSALOON C:
1st T136 Jonathan Chappell 2nd T165 Leanne Page 3rd T16 Barney
Hayhoe. 1450 HOT RODS:
1st T154 Ian Withers 2nd T292 Jody Withers 3rd S60 Mick Worrall.
SUPER SALOONS: 1st
X362 Martin Faherty 2nd X61 Keith Passey 3rd X517 Darren
1st T916 John Smith 2nd S114 Bradley Lock 3rd T2 Sam Hartley.
JUNIORS: 1st X296
Michael Barber 2nd T24 Archie Terrill 3rd X808 Robert Wakelin.
ROLLING THUNDER SHOW RESULTS:
EURO RODS THAMES GATEWAY CUP:
1st 96 Aaron Osborne 2nd 599 John Hendy Jr 3rd 100 Peter
1st 566 Jordan Salmon 2nd 874 Neil Moss 3rd 82 Steve Rickard.
OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st
12 Mark Cooke 2nd 287 Greg Moore 3rd 112 Charlie Schembri.
SUPER RODS: 1st 711
Danny Ellis 2nd 32 Wayne Hearn 3rd 341 Jason Osborne.
STOCK RODS: 1st 17
Michael Benstead 2nd 30 Mark Martin 3rd 135 Tony Rolfe.
RTS PICKUPS: 1st 135
Clinton Groom 2nd 212 Richard Ambrose 3rd 42 Dan Guidotti.
JUNIOR HOT RODS: 1st
217 Harry Smith 2nd 223 Harry Richardson 3rd 71 Dylan Ellis.
STOX: 1st 96 Dave Measday 2nd 734 Tyrone Goodchild 3rd 181
Andy Reynolds. MINI
SPRINTS: 1st 299 Harley Burns 2nd 24 Corben Lord 3rd 842
Note: Euro Rods 96 and 100 have been excluded after post race
scrutineering; only official result is 1st 599.
The NASA racing programme was heavily biased towards the south
east, with events scheduled at
Spalding opted out of clashing with all their neighbours.
Despite only half a dozen out of league cars, Cambridge
attracted a good 80-strong entry and, although the humid but
breezy conditions meant the track had to be heavily watered,
nobody opted to test the newly installed armco.
Unfortunately a few did visit the remainder of the fence,
while Anna Sheward’s Class 7 completely cleared the fence in a
massive roll – best wishes to Anna for a speedy recovery.
also ran a well attended club meeting, but the weekend’s biggest
event was PENNINE’s
Keith Kent Memorial, which as the only meeting in easy reach
from the more westerly clubs attracted a record 162 entries,
with entries ranging from Yate & Sodbury to Yorkshire Dales, and
including a guest appearance by new class 9 Champ Sam Gould in
John Gaffney’s Class 10. The
enjoyed maybe their most successful event yet at Avonbridge, and
CAUSEWAY had a
another very promising meeting at the new Bond’s Glen Raceway,
while WEST WATERFORD
staged their annual memorial trophy meeting; the Nicky Hannigan
Trophy went to Class 7 man Kevin Roche while the Sheila Oakham
Trophy was won by Junior Class 1A contender Dylan Browne.
1st SN12 Thomas Hall 2nd SN203 Nathan Teather 3rd SN164 Alex
Hill. CLASS 2: 1st SN450 Tony McKenna 2nd SN31 Chris
Parsons 3rd SN405 Jason Thomas. CLASS 3: 1st SN269 Dave
George 2nd CA546 Adam Saint 3rd SN208 Andrew Empson. CLASS 4:
1st CA242 Gary Pemberton . CLASS 5: 1st CA41 Ady
Green 2nd SN123 Ken Smith 3rd CA56 Darron Williams. CLASS 6:
1st SN207 Tony Teather 2nd CA121 Adam Golding 3rd SN51 Aly
Ashmore. CLASS 7:
1st SP141 Vernon Mackenzie 2nd SN166 John Newland 3rd SN11 Ash
Howard. CLASS 8: 1st 2nd 3rd . CLASS 9: 1st SN73
Matt Tibbitts 2nd T14 Colin Rogers 3rd CA98 Lee Forster.
CLASS 10: 1st SN19 Josh Hassell. STOCK HATCH: 1st
CA120 Richard Golding 2nd CA60 Brandon Forster. CLASS 11:
1st SN18 Gabby Tillson 2nd SN288 Hayley Empson 3rd SN64 Abiee
Hill. CLASS 12: 1st SN123 Linda Smith. CLASS 13:
1st SP141 Nicola Mackenzie 2nd C266E Lianne Teather. CLASS
14: 1st NS120 Nicola Mackenzie 2nd CA647 Beth Marjoram.
JUNIORS: 1st SN201 Jake Bartlett 2nd SN617 Rob Baker 3rd
CA66 Andy Golding. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st SN2 Josh Howard
2nd SN23 Alex Puddiphatt. EAST ANGLIAN OPEN: 1st SN10
Mark Empson 2nd SN19 Josh Hassell 3rd SN286 Clint Platfoot.
JUNIORS’ OPEN: 1st SN2 Josh Howard 2nd SN23 Alex Puddiphatt
3rd CA30 Jasmine Randall.
1st P28EM Phil Barleyman 2nd P65EM Steve
Heath 3rd P37EM Lyndsey Allen. CLASS 2: 1st P7EM Ben
Gadsby 2nd P12EM John Gadsby 3rd T8 Jay Neville. CLASS 3:
1st NW49 Paul Cosby 2nd R388 Lee Wakefield 3rd P505EM Graham
Gregory. CLASS 4: 1st NW666 Jody Hardman 2nd P33EM Jason
Clews 3rd E151 Chris Young. CLASS 5: 1st C5 Barry
Williams 2nd P24EM Brian Wright 3rd S97Y Josh Simpson. CLASS
6: 1st N10 Martyn Janes 2nd P112EM Ben Gadsby 3rd P70EM
Jordan Hampson. CLASS
7: 1st SC99 Andy Kershaw 2nd ARC91 Gary Moore 3rd P26EM John
Cottrill. CLASS 8: 1st ARC18 Ian Spencer 2nd M111 Ben
Harper 3rd NW105 Paul Jones. CLASS 9: 1st ARC19 Ian
Spencer 2nd SR98 Chuck Jones 3rd N54 John Boaden. CLASS 10:
1st SC21 Alex Kershaw 2nd ARC9 Gareth Hankey 3rd P187EM
Gareth Stokes. STOCK HATCH: 1st P119EM Ady Bennett 2nd
P616EM Andy Whitmore 3rd N363 Barry Wasley. F600: 1st N25
Ian Smith 2nd N55 Andy Clarke 3rd LM75 Dave Littler. CLASS
11: 1st L15 Lisa Branston 2nd L5 Carla Branston 3rd L254 Mandy Cashmore.
CLASS 12: 1st LM610 Mandy Kennedy 2nd L681 Rachel Hinton. CLASS 14:
1st M11 Barbara Harper 2nd NW81 Sheena Thompson 3rd ARC25
Charlene Hankey. JUNIORS: 1st P170EM Chloe Hampson 2nd
P56EM Dan Heath 3rd E12 Jake Bailey. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st
NW45 Tom Borman 2nd NW47 Dan Borman 3rd NS115 Matt Owen.
The 2013 National Autograss Championship, hosted by the
Wiltshire League on the “borrowed” Severn Valley Withington
track, was a meeting of two halves. Saturday’s racing was
delayed to allow the track to dry out from the torrential storms
that hit the venue on Friday night, but once away everyone
enjoyed a day of fast and furious action, in warm sunshine, on a
track that was at its very best – never over-watered but never
too dusty. The time lost at the start was soon made up but later
on inevitably the careful track watering cost time, and the
number of reruns generated by the Class 2s and 8s in particular,
meant that time ran out and the Class 10s’ second runs were
deferred until Sunday.
The local weather experts had been right on Saturday, as the
forecast rain never reached the track, but they weren’t so
optimistic about Sunday. The rain started falling just before
the racing started and continued with only the briefest respite
until long after the trophies had been presented and the
scrutineering tent cleared. For all we know, it’s probably still
raining at Withington now!
Sunday got off to a slightly chaotic start when many of the
Class 10s weren’t ready to be out early, but after a spate of
reruns early on, the rain got worse and from Class 5 onwards
every heat was a survival challenge, mostly with drastically
thinned out grids. At one point eventual Class 9 Champ Sam Gould
completed five laps all on his own!
For a while there was a fascination in watching drivers
experiment with lines that varied from a slow trickle round the
outside, to bouncing as hard as possible off the armco, but
eventually the standing water on the track got so deep that a
steady line round the cones was the only way to go. By then, the
track had shrunk to its shortest ever configuration, and the
finals were cut to six laps.
However, in the end we had deserving new Champions in
nine of the classes, only Huw Jones in Class 4 succeeding in
defending his 2012 title.
The weather can’t hide the fact that the
Wiltshire League did a superb job of hosting the event in a
friendly and relaxed style, helped along by the close
co-operation of Severn Valley’s track experts. The marshalling
team and other officials were the other heroes of the event for
their feat of endurance in seeing the meeting through to a
successful, if soggy, finish.
Here's a quick run down of the classes:
CLASS 1: Craig Bagley was fairly dominant throughout ,
only beaten in his second heat by defending champ Josh Fowler.
Sarah Trott also stood out with wins in both her dry
heats. Sarah headed the final away but came unstuck on the first
lap. The race was rerun without Sarah
or Arron Sharp and Craig held off Daniel Robins all the
way. Josh was black flagged for hitting cones and when he pulled
off he took Matt Scourfield with him, leaving Ash Robinson and
Ollie Burley third and fourth.
CLASS 2: Shropshire pair Mat Morris and Lee Evason were
unbeaten in their dry heats and survived their wet ones to
sandwich Jonny Barber at the head of the points, while late
entry Aiden O’Neill was close to reproducing last year’s form.
Mat Morris was in a safe looking lead when the final was
eventually stopped after a first corner incident involving Jonny
Barber. Mat led the rerun away but came to a temporary halt,
after which Jonny Barber ran away to win. Matt Sawyer pulled out
of second in the closing stages and Lee Evason took the place
from Mat Morris and Aiden O’Neill.
CLASS 3: Although Martin Gould was unbeaten in the heats,
hot on his heels was Adrian Joyce, putting in his usual strong
Nationals showing, while crowd favourite Ed Lloyd in the V8 A35
brought back memories of the early ‘90s as he battled with Ged
Power. The final was stopped on the first corner, with a
halfshaft ripped out of Martin Gould’s car, and the multiple
champ was missing from the rerun. At last Adrian Joyce’s luck
held and Joycer took a popular win as Paul Cusack just snatched
second from impressive Nationals debutant Andrew Empson, with Ed
Lloyd wrestling the A35 to fourth.
CLASS 4: The expected battle of the Micras was thwarted
when Rob Corbett’s super-reliable car dropped out of the first
race thanks to a new rose joint breaking. How Jones, however,
came through his heats in good shape despite a few problems on
Saturday afternoon, while Nicky Williams’ Fiat headed the
standings. In the final Huw fought off Nicky’s challenge to take
his second title, while Adam Henley was best of the five Minis
to make the final, taking third from local boy Mike Jones.
CLASS 5: Jabez Smith looked unbeatable in his two dry
heats and took a more steady win in his wet one, while the other
star of qualifying was St Neots club racer Ken Smith, who took
wins in both dry and wet heats. The final ran its distance at
the first attempt, with Jabez leading away but quickly losing
out to Graham Cleal, who then held off the local star all the
way. Young James Kent repeatedly closed in to challenge the
leaders; there was no way past but it was a great result for
Ireland with the Wexford boy in third followed home by Donegal’s
CLASS 6: Ben Gould and Andrew Smith headed the points,
but ten different drivers won heats, including Martyn James,
whose two wins didn’t get him into the final, and Class 6 new
boy Andy Russell, who was also among the five double winners.
Andy was among several who lost out in a chaotic first lap;
Andrew Smith emerged in front but young Nicky Newton squeezed
past and then held on for an extremely impressive win, while a
penalty for hitting the cones dropped Andrew to fourth behind
Ben Gould and defending champ Jason Ballantyne.
CLASS 7: After winning the best turned out car award,
Andy Holtby was on top form all weekend, looking unstoppable in
both wet and dry conditions after some great battles with Jake
Roberts. Mark Grice was also unbeaten through the heats, while
Phil Cooper would have done likewise if he hadn’t been up
against Holtby in his third heat! Afie Smith was on top form on
home ground, Graham Blackburn was typically always there and
Lyndon George put in maybe his best Class 7 showing to make the
final. In the end, though, it was all about Andy Holtby, who
didn’t put a wheel wrong, keeping his head when he came up
behind fourth placed Gareth Thomas on the last lap; Phil Cooper
and Graham Blackburn closed right up in second and third while
Gareth Thomas held onto fourth.
CLASS 8: There was plenty of wheel banging and numerous
reruns through Saturday’s heats, while over half the field opted
to stay dry on Sunday. Taking an unbeaten run at the front was
Cameron Mills, with Mike Holroyd qualifying second, Bryn Hawkins
having an impressive run to third in the points and Steve Mills
close behind his flying son in fourth. After a messy start to
the final, they all got away on the second attempt, with Cameron
Mills leading all the way to win, despite constant pressure from
Phil Cooper. Daz Mullen came home third from Mike Holroyd.
CLASS 9: Sam Gould’s solo run on Sunday just added to two
hard fought wins on Saturday, to put him at the top of the
points chart, just, from defending champ Andy Hornshaw. Ian
Spencer was looking good with dry and wet wins, although John
Whitehouse was within yards of an assured final place when his
car cut out in the last heat. An outstanding showing came from
Matty Jones who qualified with three seconds and two engines –
Andy Kershaw coming to the rescue with a spare engine that was
fitted to the Welshman’s car overnight. Mike Liddiatt did well
to make the final, but was sent spinning at the start. Jason
Richardson briefly led, but Sam Gould took over, chased by Matty
Jones and Andy Hornshaw, who soon pulled out. Sam went on to win
with Matty second from Mike Liddiatt and Ian Spencer.
CLASS 10: The Tens drew the short straw, only getting one
heat in Saturday’s fine weather. The qualifying points were
hence all over the place, apart from Lee Seareaves topping the
charts with three wins. Paul Coles was a double winner and Andy
Hornshaw made it with two wins and a black flag. Unluckiest of
all was probably Phil Young, who took a fine win in his last
heat only to miss the final by one place thanks to a green flag
that he’d been unaware of from his first race. However, come the
final Liam Evans shot into the lead and controlled the pace
thereafter to win from Lee Seagreaves. Richard Merrick took his
“vintage” car to third, but Dickster picked up a green flag,
while the others gave the lap scorers an impossible task. A
result was eventually forensically reconstructed with Lance
Bowen in third from Paul Coles.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS: The laps were reduced and only
eight out of eleven cars came out, but there never seemed to be
any chance of Craig Bagley being caught. Liam Evans made short
work of the rest, taking second within two laps, but then
dropped back as Graham Cleal took second from Huw Jones and
CIAN'S JUNIOR CUP
JULY 27/28 ... CORK’s
“Fastest Junior on Grass” meeting has a history of controversial
finishes, and this year was no exception with Cian O’Mahony
having to win the title race twice before claiming the trophy.
Cian, after making his name in Class 1A, had acquired a “bubble”
Micra which will be his ticket to this year’s Junior Nationals
and used the new car to win the final race of the weekend, only
to be called back to do it again as the original race hadn’t run
the full number of laps. Eoghan O’Neill beat Cian in the “boxy”
Micras in Class 1A while Eoghan, another Junior doing double
duty, was also runner-up in the Junior specials to Liam Roche,
who was unlucky to crash out of the final rerun.
the weekend was all about the three closely contested Junior
classes, there was plenty of interest among the small but select
field in the other classes. Eamon Kelly’s trip to Cork involved
two ferry crossings, a visit to Hereford to purchase the
ex-Endaf Owens Class 7 Mini Traveller, a three hour delay at
Pembroke, a stop-off at Jimmy Keating’s Wexford premises to
replace all the missing bits on his new acquisition and finally
a class win that earned him a very special trophy – a bag of
Clonakilty black puddings and sausages that should help him
recover from the gruelling weekend. Bozena Jodlovska’s first
ever meeting brought two visits to the fence, but a first place
trophy as well.
Otherwise the main topic of conversation
was the weather. After a week when the south of Ireland had
experienced totally unpredictable combinations of hot sunshine
and torrential rain, the Castletown-Kenneigh track successfully
avoided the downpours until Saturday, when four heats were
completed on a fine evening. Two hours of torrential rain on
Sunday morning changed all that, but the track still produced
excellent racing despite the programme being interrupted by
another prolonged downpour during the finals.
1st CK123 Michael O’Mahony 2nd CK456
Barry McCarthy 3rd CK32 Gary Shannon. CLASS 2: 1st CK7
Steven White 2nd CK96 Stephen O’Neill 3rd MA30 Aiden O’Neill.
CLASS 4: 1st CK53 Sean Leahy. CLASS 5: 1st CK50
Declan McCarthy. CLASS 6: 1st CK138 Lian Eyre.
CLASS 7: 1st CW135
Eamon Kelly 2nd CW247 Keith Kelly. CLASS 8: 1st CW43 Joe
Kehoe. CLASS 9: 1st CW37 Sean Lambert. FORMULA 600:
1st WW323 James McNamara. LADIES: 1st CK456 Bozena
Jodlowska 2nd CK43 Orla Galvin. JUNIORS CLASS 1: 1st
CL321 Cian O’Mahony 2nd CW96 Lee Mulroy 3rd CK6 Jamie White.
JUNIORS CLASS 1A: 1st CK296 Eoghan O’Neill 2nd CK123 Cian
O’Mahony 3rd CK51 Fionan Leahy. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st
CW160 Liam Roche 2nd CK36 Eoghan O’Neill 3rd CW935 Kevin
JUNIOR ON GRASS: 1st CK321 Cian O’Mahony 2nd CK296 Eoghan
O’Neill 3rd CW935 Kevin O’Donohue.
Elsewhere - the week
before the Nationals normally features the King of the Hill
meeting at BREDON HILL, but planning restrictions meant
that didn't take place this year. MELTON's Junior Challenge
meeting was also cancelled due to track improvements in progress.
NORTH WALES cancelled to conserve water supplies and
SOLWAY cancelled when too much water arrived.
PENHOW had a good attendance for their 50th anniversary meeting at Magor;
TRENT welcomed the F600s to the busiest meeting yet at their superb new venue and
SCARBOROUGH also had a successful meeting, featuring the
final round of the Northern Super
Saloons series. This week's SEGTO action was at TONGHAM.
THE ARAGLIN CARNIVAL
is a unique event in current Autograss
racing, when the West Waterford club once a year leaves its home
track in Ballysaggart and moves a few miles further up into the
Knockmealdown Mountains to join in the ten day long Carnival,
now in its 55th year. The long, narrow track running around the
community sports field always provides entertaining racing for
the big crowd of spectators who gather to watch from the bank
high above the track. This year's event proved that large
numbers of cars aren't necessary to produce exciting racing, and
a full day came to a dramatic close when Stephen O'Neill's Class
2 Micra, James Sinnott's Class 6 and Shane Houlihan's Class 9
went three-abreast into the last corner of the Champion of
Champions race; Shane briefly took the lead but ran out of track
as James Sinnott took the flag, and the coveted Tim Barry
Trophy. Carlow also took the main Junior trophy, which went to
1st WW36 John Fuller 2nd WW216 James Daly 3rd WW215 Kayne
Cunningham. CLASS 1A: 1st WW300 Nicholas O’Leary 2nd
CK123 Michael O’Mahony 3rd CK32 Gary Shannon . CLASS 2:
1st CK96 Stephen O’Neill 2nd WW53 Paddy Nugent 3rd CW22 Shane
Farrell. CLASS 3: 1st CW777 James Lee 2nd WW821 Yvonne
Kearns 3rd MA211 Séamus
O’Riordan. CLASS 4: 1st WW59 Mike Fuller 2nd WW50 Jim
Hayde. CLASS 5: 1st CW12 James Brady. CLASS 6: 1st
WW261 Paul Devine 2nd CW174 James Sinnott 3rd WW89 Mike Kelly.
CLASS 7: 1st
WW998 Patrick Sheehy 2nd WW194 Alan Long. CLASS 8: 1st
WW43 Sean O’Grady 2nd WW10 Martin Feeney. CLASS 9: 1st
WW252 Shane Houlihan. CLASS 10: 1st WW5 JP Houlihan.
FORMULA 600: 1st WW77 Kevin Keating. JUNIORS CLASS 1:
1st CW2 Courtney Brady 2nd WW217 Mikey Daly 3rd MA495 Dean
Browne. JUNIORS CLASS 1A: 1st CL123 Cian O’Mahony 2nd
MA290 Dylan Browne. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st CK36 Eoghan
O’Neill 2nd WW192 Aaron Long 3rd WW196 Corey Mackessy.
UNMODIFIED HANDICAP: 1st CK96 Stephen O’Neill 2nd CK123
Michael O’Mahony 3rd WW215 Kayne Cunningham. MODIFIED
HANDICAP: 1st WW89 Mike Kelly 2nd WW252 Shane Houlihan 3rd
WW261 Paul Devine. JUNIORS HANDICAP: 1st CK123 Cian
O’Mahony 2nd MA290 Dylan Browne 3rd WW217 Mike Daly. JUNIOR
SPECIALS HANDICAP: 1st CK36 Eoghan O’Neill 2nd WW192 Aaron
Long 3rd WW196 Corey Mackessy. WINNERS’ RACE: 1st CW174
James Sinnott 2nd WW252 Shane Houilihan 3rd CK96 Stephen
O’Neill. JUNIOR TROPHY
RACE: 1st CW2 Courtney Brady 2nd MA290 Dylan Browne 3rd CK36
SCUNTHORPE's third running of the
"Moonlight Madness" Saturday evening meeting again attracted
entries from far and wide for one of the best attended
non-series events of the year, with the majority of visitors
staying on for another full day of racing on Sunday. DOWN
AUTOGRASS also had a two dayer, although the SCOTTISH
LEAGUE's planned two day meeting was trimmed to Sunday only
to conserve water supplies. There was a wealth of other NASA
meetings on Sunday including LEEWOOD's Tony Jones
Memorial, with the F600s contesting the title race, plus club
events for SOUTHERN LEAGUE, INVICTA, CONCORD,
SPALDING, GLOUCESTER, LUDLOW, PENNINE
and YORKSHIRE DALES, while SEGTO had meetings at
HORNDEAN and STANDLAKE.
1st NW125 Lee Powell 2nd P28EM Phil Barleyman 3rd P65EM Stephen
Heath. CLASS 2: 1st
P7EM Ben Gadsby 2nd P12EM John Gadsby 3rd
N2 Lloyd Elliott.
CLASS 3: 1st N22 Kev
Thorpe. CLASS 4: 1st
P33EM Jason Clews 2nd P405EM Andrew Paterson.
CLASS 6: 1st P112EM
John Gadsby 2nd P70EM Jordan Hampson.
CLASS 7: 1st P26EM
John Cottrill. CLASS 8:
1st NS155 Matt Berrisford 2nd M1 Ben Harper 3rd NS18 Drew
Butters. CLASS 10:
1st P208EM Andy Hunter.
STOCK HATCH: P669 Neil Leeray 2nd N184 Barry Wasley 3rd L644
Mick Wood. CLASS 11:
1st L254 Mandy Cashmore.
CLASS 14: 1st M11 Barbara Harper.
JUNIORS: 1st P56EM
Dan Heath 2nd P53EM Stuart Nelson 3rd P170EM Chloe Hampson.
1st C210E Aaron Mason 2nd C8E Paul Wilson.
1st C5E Allan Crowther. CLASS 5:
1st C28E Ian Thorndyke.
CLASS 6: 1st C522E
CLASS 7: 1st C129E
1st C10E Mark Thomas 2nd C21E Lynn Thomas 3rd C12E David Saunders.
STOCK HATCH: 1st C666E Rob Britchford 2nd C66E Luke Dale 3rd
C664E Jody Wilkinson. JUNIORS: 1st C34E
Connor Victory 2nd C29E Aiden Nippress 3rd C206E Declan Stansfield.
OPEN: 1st C28E Ian Thorndyke 2nd C10E Mark Thomas 3rd
C210E Aaron Mason. JUNIOR OPEN: 1st C8E Billy Wilson 2nd
C16E Michael Perry 3rd C60E Matt Perry.
THE HEAT'S ON
The two major travelling series reached
round 3 on the hottest weekend of the year so far, with the
British Autograss Series at YORK (the last "closed" round
of the series) and the UK Autograss Championship at RADFORD.
Both host clubs once again benefited from a realistic number of
entries and managed to control the dust as far as possible.
Unfortunately, however, Radford weren't able to complete their
meeting after a major accident for Luke Watts in the Junior
Special final, although Luke was later confirmed to have escaped
with severe whiplash.
BAS and UKAC results can be found on the links below;
we'll post the Radford meeting results when we receive them.
Unlike previous UKAC/BAS weekends
there are no UK NASA alternatives although Irish racers were
catered for at CARLOW, where the major trophy, the Jim
Dimond memorial, stayed in the family thanks to F600 racer Chris
There was a Rolling Thunder Show
event at ARENA ESSEX on Saturday night and SEGTO racing
at TONGHAM on Sunday. The main event of the Arena Essex
meeting was the Superstox "World Cup" which attracted a good
field and proved rather hectic after Concord Class 8 racer Bill
Edwards' string showing ended up with a blown engine and a full
sump of oil on the track. Jordan Salmon came through to win.
Tongham laid on a very enjoyable meeting at their Four Marks
ROLLING THUNDER SHOW RESULTS:
SUPERSTOX WORLD CUP:
1st 566 Jordan Salmon 2nd 150 John
Enright 3rd 12 Vince Foley. OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st 112
Charlie Schembri 2nd 12 Mark Cooke 3rd 287 Greg Moore.
NATIONAL SUPER RODS: 1st 56 Dave Leeks 2nd 341 Jason Osborne
3rd 46 John Wicks. STOCK RODS: 1st 30 Mark Martin 2nd 51
Richard Miles. EURO RODS: 1st 55 Gary Thomas 2nd 599 John
Hendy Jr 3rd 196 John Hendy Sr. RTS PICKUPS: 1st 135
Clinton Groom 2nd 42 Dan Guidotti 3rd 1 Geoff Rogers. JUNIOR
HOT RODS: 1st 217 Harry Smith 2nd 776 Dan Roots 3rd 9 Sammy
Mileham. STREET STOX:
1st 636 Gary Reeve 2nd 181 Andy Reynolds 3rd 734 Tyrone
Goodchild. MINI SPRINTS: 1st 2 Albert Webster 2nd 599
Harvey Hendy 3rd 252 Callum Searle.
1st T50 Jamie White 2nd T92 Peter Tilley
3rd T9 Ian Shearman. PRODUCTION B: 1st T608 Ricky Wareham
2nd T134 Laura Chappell 3rd T116 Emily Hayhoe. MODSALOON C:
1st T42 Andy Williams 2nd T16 Barney Hayhoe 3rd T127 Jon
Byrne. 1450 HOT RODS: 1st T492 Graham Goddard 2nd T154
Ian Withers 3rd T34 Robert Gray. SUPER SALOONS: 1st T74
Laurence Connors 2nd T17 Kev Ambrose 3rd T203 Charlie Froggatt.
SPECIALS: 1st T170 Daryl Ambrose 2nd T174 David Baigent
3rd T172 Mick Baigent. JUNIORS: 1st T266 Brad Wells 2nd
T37 Andrew Whitall 3rd T13 Josh Cole. NOVICE JUNIORS: 1st
T84 Thomas Connors 2nd T216 Ellie Anne Hayhoe.
ALLCOMERS: 1st T92
Peter Tilley 2nd T16 Barney Hayhoe 3rd T14 Jason Woodgate.
THUNDER RODS: 1st 466 Ginny Baker 2nd 522 Trev Arrow.
NUDGE & SPIN: 1st 266 Matt Wells 2nd 885 Daniel Wild 3rd 770
A GIANT STEP
Autograss returned to North West Ireland
after a six year break when CAUSEWAY Autograss club
opened the very impressive new Bond's Glen Raceway. The most
ambitious track construction project ever undertaken by an
Autograss club had absorbed six months' hard work by Causeway's
members and their landlord John Wilde, but the result, a long
and wide track carved into the forest, with the spectators all
looking down on the whole layout from the top of the hill, has
the potential to be one of the very best venues available to NASA
The opening weekend was kept low-key, with
Causeway's own members supplemented by a handful of visitors
from Down on Saturday, but despite the small number of cars, an
encouraging number of spectators filled the venue and it's
likely that the club's ranks will be swelled by returning
drivers and newcomers. The location not only serves the club's
existing catchment area around Derry, but also, for the first
time, puts Autograss within reach of the motorsport mad
population of Donegal.
Saturday's races were run on the oval layout
of the track, but Sunday saw the full track in use, with the
hairpin first corner and following left hand kink both adding an
interesting challenge and slowing the entry to the
long downhill straight. The honour of the first ever race win at
Bond's Glen went to F600 driver David King in his sister's Class
1 Micra, while the champion of the weekend was Class 5 man John
Marley. The entry included a guest appearance by legendary
former rally driver Cyril Bolton.
CAUSEWAY SATURDAY RESULTS:
1st CY81 Mark Johnston 2nd CY12 Mark McMullen 3rd CY401 Matthew
Mayne 4th CY18 Sarah McKee 5th CY323 David King 6th CY321
Kenneth Dougherty. CLASS
2: 1st CY26 Kenny McGranaghan 2nd CY46 Robert Townley.
CLASS 3: 1st DA19
Neil Priestley 2nd CY8 Ivor McKee.
CLASS 4: 1st CY104
Jason Gibson 2nd CY601 Andy Brown 3rd CY322 Davon Henry.
CLASS 5: 1st CY71
Aaron Wilde 2nd CY70 Cyril Bolton 3rd CY27 John Marley 4th NS70
John Wilde. CLASS 6:
1st CY22 Malcolm Graham 2nd DA116 Andrew Greenaway 3rd DA21 John
Paul McCann 4th CY1 Jonathan Gamble.
CLASS 7: 1st CY50
Dessie Orr 2nd DA38 Chrisy McCracken.
CLASS 8: 1st DA84
Cat Milligan/Paul Moore.
CLASS 9: 1st DA37 Jonny McCracken.
LADIES: 1st CY323
Rachel King 2nd CY321 Shona McCready.
JUNIORS: 1st DA252
CAUSEWAY SUNDAY RESULTS:
1st CY323 David King 2nd CY401 Matthew Mayne 3rd CY81 Mark
Johnston. CLASS 2:
1st CY46 Robert Townley 2nd CY26 Kenny McGranaghan.
CLASS 4: 1st CY322
Davon Henry 2nd CY601 Jason Gibson.
CLASS 5: 1st CY27
John Marley 2nd CY71 Aaron Wilde 3rd CY70 John Wilde.
CLASS 6: 1st CY22
Malcolm Graham 2nd CY1 Jonathan Gamble.
CLASS 7: 1st CY50
Dessie Orr. LADIES:
1st CY71/CY70 Rachel Wilde 2nd CY27 Jennifer Wilde 3rd CY70/CY71
Martina Wilde. CHAMPION
OF CHAMPIONS: 1st CY27 John Marley 2nd CY26 Kenny
McGranaghan 3rd CY323 David King 4th CY322 Davon Henry.
The best supported English meeting was ST
NEOTS' Bob Robins Memorial charity meeting, with the always
popular "retro-style" racing on Saturday followed by the main
trophy meeting on Sunday. HEREFORD also staged a
successful a 2-day meeting, taking the place of the defunct West
Midland Open, while Sunday club meetings took place at
CORCORD, STURTON & STOW, NOTTINGHAM,
SCARBOROUGH, YORKSHIRE DALES and SCOTTISH LEAGUE.
The only SEGTO fixture was at STANDLAKE ARENA. We hope to
publish more results and details from the weekend as we receive
1st C210E Aaron Mason 2nd C8E Paul Wilson 3rd C99E Tyler
1st C5E Allan Crowther.
CLASS 4: 1st C3E Mike Sullivan.
CLASS 5: 1st C260E
Nigel Richardson 2nd C84E Richard Crowther.
CLASS 6: 1st C73E
Todd Horwood 2nd C669E John Turner.
CLASS 7: 1st C129E
1st C12E David Saunders 2nd C10E Mark Thomas 3rd C74E Bill
Edwards. CLASS 9:
1st C702E Keith Tatam.
STOCK HATCH: 1st C33E Chris Page 2nd C66E Luke Dale 3rd
C612E Calum Staines.
LADIES: 1st C260E Sharon Douglas.
JUNIORS: 1st C34E
Connor Victory 2nd C206E Declan Stansfield 3rd C29E Aiden
UP WITH DOWN
staged round two of the All Ireland Autograss Series and the
immaculately prepared Maghaberry track as expected delivered
racing every bit as good as we’d seen at the Carlow opener. 117
entries meant that all but a couple of classes were well
supported, and even the Class 4s and F600s, with two entries
each, proved extremely close fought. Unfortunately, after the
threatened light rain had kept blowing away during the weekend,
it turned properly wet an hour earlier than forecast on Sunday,
causing the finals to be abandoned with the Ladies, Junior
B-finals, reruns of Classes 2, 7 and 8, and the Champion of
Champions still to run. The fate of the superb Champion of
Champions trophy was determined by the highest overall points of
the weekend, and deservedly went to Class 10 flier Derek Leech.
The Minis of the Jess Brothers and lone Welsh entrant Barry
Lewis fought off the Micra hordes in
CLASS 1, with a last
lap move putting Matt Jess ahead of Barry and James Jess,
handicapped by not being able to mount his ignition switch far
enough from his knee!
CLASS 1A featured a tight four car battle with Cork club
chairman Michael O’Mahony coming out on top.
CLASS 2 was action
packed until the final was stopped by a tangle between Steven
White and Becky Coyne; with conditions preventing a rerun, Spud
Murphy took the win on points. In
CLASS 3 Séamus
O’Riordan battled with Paul Cusack but was left a lonely winner
after Paul’s new car problems continued.
David Heffernan’s Micra took another close
CLASS 4 win over
Mike Fuller’s Mini.
CLASS 5 ended up dominated by the Wilde team with John Wilde
having to work hard to keep his son Aaron behind him.
CLASS 6 featured too
much excitement, including rolls for James Sinnott and Peter
McCann, but Declan Browne was as usual safely ahead of all the
action. After some epic battles in
CLASS 7, a coming
together between Hairy Hamilton and class debutant Junior Kent
brought out the reds and sadly the rerun was rained out, leaving
Kevin Roche as overall winner.
Davy Curran, Ciaran Creane and Jess Browne were all on top form
in CLASS 8 with Davy
ahead when a three-car tangle stopped the final; Davy took the
win from Mousey and Jess on points.
CLASS 9 started with
a heavy roll for Noel Cunningham and continued with a big
blow-up for John Fuller before Shane Houlihan fended off Jonny
McCracken in the final. Derek Leech was unbeaten in
CLASS 10 but the
result was only settled when Martin Browne spun out in the very
wet final. Chris Dimond won all the F600 heats, but Kevin
Keating turned the tables when the rain came.
Micras dominated the
JUNIOR CLASS 1 field, but a Mini was the car to have in the
torrential rain that hit the final, and Evan Curran pulled out a
massive lead in the Mini borrowed from Amy Heffernan. Alexander
Weir showed great promise with a heat win in only his second
meeting. The JUNIOR 1As
went to another regular from the Ballyshannon Hot Rod track,
making his NASA debut, P J Cronly. The
final, the last race to be run in almost zero visibility, ended
controversially when leader Liam Roche was brought to a halt by
a spinning car, handing the lead to Jack Creaven, only for the
result to be taken from the previous lap, putting Liam back in
front. However trophies are awarded on overall meeting points so
Jack just beat Liam on a tie breaker for the official win. The
LADIES’ classes went
to Laura Farrell, having her first taste of a Class 1 Mini, and
Louise Browne, who took out Jessica’s Class 8.
After another great All Ireland event, West Waterford have a lot
to live up to in the final on September 7/8, but we know that
Unfortunately though it was a very sad
day for Irish Motorsport with the news of the tragic accident to
popular Rally competitor Paul Mulcahy, who had many friends and
supporters in the Autograss and Hot Rod fraternity.
Noel Cunningham experienced the ups and downs of
Autograss over the weekend; up and over in the first Class 9 heat and
down to earth by being voted in as the new Chairman of Down Autograss.
Hard luck, and good luck to Noel!
Motor Club staged round three of the 2013 SEGTO Championship,
with a 60 car entry. The results give a clue as to why SEGTO
don’t run separate ladies’ racing – three of the six senior
classes were won by Emily Hayhoe, Leanne Page and Jody Withers
respectively, while Jody and Leanne both lead their championship
classes along with Keri Stockham. The SEGTO Championship, which
comprises four events on four different surfaces, comes to an
end on tarmac at Arena Essex on Saturday 10 August.
1st T92 Peter Tilley 2nd T612 Rob Salter
3rd T493 Alan Goddard.
PRODUCTION B: 1st
T116 Emily Hayhoe 2nd S312 Macauley Johnsey 3rd T109 Pete
Barber. MODIFIED C:
1st T165 Leanne Page 2nd T42 Andy Williams 3rd T16 Barney Hayhoe.
1450 HOT RODS: 1st
T292 Jody Withers 2nd T274 Nicky D’Souza 3rd T34 Robert Gray.
SUPER SALOONS: 1st
T17 Kev Ambrose 2nd T10 Dave Bullen 3rd T74 Laurence Connors.
SPECIALS: 1st S347
Danny Stafford 2nd T172 Mick Baigent 3rd S114 Bradley Lock.
JUNIORS: 1st X296
Michael Barber 2nd T750 Jay Pearce 3rd T120 Archie Thurlow
The other major NASA event was Solway’s
sadly being held for the last time at the much loved Hay Close
track. The major trophy went to Rachael Davis which could be a
unique achievement as, just from memory, we have an idea she’s
also won this event in both Ladies’ and Junior classes! Another
big meeting in the North West was
LEEWOOD’s “Wars of
the Roses”, which again caught the imagination of large numbers
of Northern racers. This time the White Rose of Yorkshire came
out ahead of the Red Rose of Lancashire.
40th anniversary meeting and
attracted good turnouts considering all the clashing events.
Further south EVESHAM’s
Alf Cope Memorial meeting recaptured much of its traditional
magic with Mark Barker’s Class 9 and Sally Stratton’s Class 8
taking the major trophies. Other meetings on a busy weekend were
staged by GLOUCESTER,
SOUTHERN LEAGUE and
NORTH SHROPSHIRE 40th ANNIVERSARY RESULTS:
1st R183 Will Henry 2nd NS63 Josh Evans 3rd NW50 Lee Hynes 4th
SR44 Derek Tracey. CLASS
2: 1st SR15 Mat Morris 2nd NW97 David Owen 3rd NW46 Mark
Ratcliffe 4th SR177 Paul Hanks.
CLASS 3: 1st NS334
Martin Gould 2nd SR55 Bob Matthews 3rd NS293 Leon Dorsett 4th
NS41 Steve Goodwin.
CLASS 4: 1st NW12 Paul Tyrrell 2nd SR50 Andy Whittingham 3rd
SR10 Brad Jarvis 4th NS206 Joe Pipe.
CLASS 5: 1st NS46
Jake Williamson 2nd NS36 Mark Downing 3rd SR84 Win Jones 4th
S226D Keith Woodward.
CLASS 6: 1st NS434 Ben Gould 2nd SR100 Matthew Clark 3rd
SR63 Gareth Hockly 4th. NS61 Trevor Morris.
CLASS 7: 1st SR2
Dave Law NS243 Wayne Farringdon 3rd NS50 Paul Evans 4th BC49 Sam
Gwilliam (dnf). CLASS 8:
1st NS55 Geoff Berrisford 2nd NS151 Tom Chadwick 3rd NS344 Sam
Gould 4th C118 Leigh Hughes.
CLASS 9: 1st NS343
Sam Gould 2nd SR98 Chuck Jones 3rd NS105 Adrian Jones.
CLASS 10: 1st NS120
Liam Evans 2nd NS11 Warren Davis 3rd NS252 Henry de Prez 4th
NW11 Dai Jones. CLASS
11: 1st R183 Missy Moseley 2nd NW28 Jenny Tyrrell 3rd NS226
Dawn Faulkner 4th SR61 Julie Whittingham.
CLASS 12: 1st NS219
Angela Evans 2nd NS36 Holly Downing 3rd SR6 Jodie Faulkner (dnf).
CLASS 13: 1st P307EM
Lyndsey Allen 2nd SR22 Sally Shorter.
CLASS 14: 1st NS55
Clare Cockerill 2nd NS1 Di Jones 3rd NW181 Vicki Lamb.
1st NS207 Tom Pipe 2nd NS95 Tom Henry 3rd NW28 Dylan Tyrrell 4th
NS294 Ben Dorsett.
JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st NS115 Matt Owen 2nd NS65 Travis Kirk
3rd NS88 Jordan Arrowsmith 4th S225D Chris Woodward.
MEN’S CHAMPION of
CHAMPIONS: 1st SR15 Mat Morris 2nd NS115 Dan Owen 3rd NS434
Ben Gould. LADIES’
CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS: 1st NS55 Clare Cockerill 2nd R183
Missy Moseley 3rd NS1 Di Jones.
ROLLING THUNDER SHOW
was in action at Arena Essex on Saturday, with the English
Championship trophies up for grabs in all classes. Unfortunately
the two well known Autograssers who’ve been dominating the Euro
Rods, Gary Thomas and Joe Smith, fell foul of post race
scrutineering; hence Sean Merchant was promoted to the win and
second and third places weren’t filled, but on the road results
1st 196 John Hendy 2nd 350 Patsy Enright 3rd 12 Mark Cooke.
SUPERSTOX: 1st 974
Neil Moss 2nd 876 Stuart Moss 3rd 35 Big Stuart Moss.
STOCK RODS: 1st 30
Mark Martin 2nd 45 Dave Oliver 3rd 417 Helen Blackman.
EURO RODS: 1st 55
Gary Thomas 2nd 217 Joe Smith 3rd 240 Sean Merchant.
RTS PICKUPS: 1st 42
Dan Guidotti 2nd 31 Dave Follett 3rd 371 Ciran Carton.
JUNIOR HOT RODS: 1st
69 Harry Panton 2nd 776 Dan Roots 3rd 88 Jayden Anderson.
STREET STOX: 1st 181
Andy Reynolds 2nd 734 Tyrone Goodchild 3rd 636 Gary Reeve.
RELIANT ROBINS: 1st
5 Steve Hilton 2nd 4 Brian Killick 3rd 9 David Weaver.
MINI SPRINTS: 1st 9
Lewie Weaver 2nd 842 Keaton Ivins 3rd 449 Bradley Green.
CLEGGY'S STOCK HATCH CHAMP
Pete Clegg took a
well deserved win in the tenth running of the
Stock Hatch National Championships,
held for the first time at York.
meant that we couldn't attend the Stock Hatch Nationals, but we
managed a quick visit to TRENT's new track at Hougham,
which more than lived up to the excellent reports its been
receiving from all its visitors. The fourth meeting at the new
venue, with several clashing meetings, attracted 61 entries, who
all enjoyed some very competitive racing with the opportunity
for four heats, finals and an open. One car, the Class 7 of
Nottingham's Paul Bacon and Sue Thom, completed eleven races!
TRENT RESULTS (unofficial):
CLASS 1: 1st T37
Mike Greaves 2nd SP67 Carl Secker 3rd SP41 Callum Rankin. CLASS 2:
1st ST231 Conrad Noble 2nd L254
Neil Cashmore 3rd L1 Simon Overty. CLASS 3: 1st SC291 Tina Leary. CLASS 4: 1st T199 Steve Olive 2nd ST18 Chris Wood
3rd ST13 John Howseman. CLASS 5:
1st T4 Dan Neville 2nd S806Y Steve Hare 3rd N102 Marcus
Fletcher. CLASS 6: 1st SC707
Stephen Jackson 2nd SC88 Jonathan Jobson 3rd SP114 Stephen
Pearsall. CLASS 7: 1st N60 Paul
Bacon 2nd N52 Jamie Cox 3rd T121 Diesel Dan. FORMULA 600: 1st SC152 Martin Keenan 2nd SC154 Paul
Keenan 3rd SC153 Clarice Keenan. CLASS 8:
1st SC120 John Hornby. CLASS 9:
1st T14 Colin Rogers 2nd SC23 Jane Bonsall 3rd T16 Barry Rogers. CLASS 10: 1st SP2 Ken Beals 2nd
SP1 Bill Shaw. JUNIORS: 1st T30
Megan Daw 2nd SP791 Thomas Baggaley 3rd T630 Chloe Reynolds. CLASS 11: 1st SP57 Lisa Chenery
2nd SC32 Carly Williams 3rd T32 Hannah Fletcher. CLASS
11A: 1st ST474 Tina Hilton 2nd M254 Mandy
Cashmore. CLASS 12: 1st S806Y
Louise Rothera. CLASS 13: 1st N60
Sue Thom 2nd N4 Cath Weston. CLASS 14:
1st SC120 Kelly Hornby. OPEN: 1st
T8 Jay Neville 2nd SC152 Martin Keenan 3rd N60 Paul Bacon.
The other major event
was the WEST WALES OPEN, the last
survivor of the traditional Western Region Opens being
transplanted to East Wales, on the Magor track. Other NASA
meetings were held at CONCORD,
CAMBRIDGE, PENNINE, NORTH WALES
while SEGTO meetings were at HORNDEAN and
Pennine got the worst of the weather,
with just 35 entries opting to brave a very wet day, while Cork
worryingly only attracted 15 entries, just one more than
Spalding the previous week.
There were six NASA events over the
weekend of June 15/16, including the second rounds of the
British Autograss Series, at
CWMDU, and the UK
Autograss Championship, at
proved successful, despite wet conditions for the finals at
Cwmdu, with around 300 drivers racing at Nottingham and 450 at
Cwmdu. Encouragingly there were four alternative club meetings,
SCOTTISH LEAGUE and
where a 43 car turnout had a rather wet day. The main race, the
Michael O’Sullivan Cup, was won by Carlow’s Shane Farrell.
WEST WATERFORD RESULTS:
1st WW215 Kayne Cunningham 2nd WW216 James Daly 3rd WW3 Kieran
Cashel. CLASS 1A:
1st CK123 Michael O’Mahony
CLASS 2: 1st CK96
Stephen O’Neill 2nd CW22Shane Farrell.
CLASS 3: 1st CW25 Ed
Sheehan and 2nd WW821 Yvonne Kearns 3rd WW81 Gerard Kelly.
CLASS 4: 1st WW59
Mike Fuller 2nd WW50 Jim Hayde.
CLASS 6: 1st WW89
Michael Kelly 2nd WW261 Paul Devine.
CLASS 7: 1st DA127
David Hamilton 2nd WW194 Alan Long 3rd MA404 Mark Dolphin.
CLASS 8: 1st WW178
Tom Buckley 2nd CW17 Paul O’Brien and 3rd WW43 Sean O’Grady.
CLASS 9: 1st
WW252 Shane Houlihan 2nd WW399 John Fuller.
CLASS 10: 1st WW5 JP
Houlihan. F600: 1st
WW77 Kevin Keating.
JUNIOR CLASS 1: 1st CW2 Courtney Brady 2nd WW106 Brian
Meagher 3rd Dean Browne.
JUNIOR CLASS 1A:
1st MA290 Dylan Browne 2nd CK123 Cian O’Mahony 3rd MA15 Cian
Fagan. JUNIOR SPECIALS:
1st CW11 Cillian Doherty 2nd CK36 Eoghan O’Neill 3rd WW192 Aaron
Long. LADIES: 1st
CW12 Chelsea Brady.
MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN CUP: 1st CW22 Shane Farrell 2nd WW261
Paul Devine 3rd WW216 Kayne Cunningham.
A completely different event, catering for
SEGTO and Rolling Thunder Show racers, was held at LYDDEN
HILL, where the Oval racers shared the bill with the BARC
South Eastern Centre's three popular circuit racing saloon
championships and some of the stars of the British Truck Racing
Championship, who staged a series of "demo" races. Adding
international flavour to the oval section of the programme were
the CAMSO V8 European Late Models, while further American style
action was provided by the UK Sprint Cars. The sun shone on the
varied programme and everyone involved relished the opportunity
to mix with other branches of motorsport.
LYDDEN HILL RESULTS – SATURDAY
SPRINT CARS ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP:
1st 69 Duncan Panton 2nd 10 Dean White 3rd 6 Vince O’Connor.
CAMSO V8: 1st 89 Wim
Verloo 2nd 6 Frank Wouters 3rd 99 Chris Richardson.
OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st
285 Trevor Ward 2nd 25 Keith Woods 3rd 172 Steve Kite.
SUPER RODS: 1st 46
John Wicks 2nd 341 Jason Osbourn 3rd 57 Dave Willis.
STOCK RODS: 1st 44
Lee Rogers 2nd 30 Mark Martin 3rd 19 Alex Martin.
EURO RODS LONG TRACK
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 55 Gary Thomas 2nd 217 Joe Smith 3rd 23
Dan Spinner. SEGTO:
1st S159 Iain Fraser 2nd S280 Luke Stonehouse 3rd S60 Mick
Worrell. RTS PICKUPS:
1st 1 Geoff Rogers 2nd 257 Chris Reeve 3rd 42 Dan Guidotti.
RELIANT ROBINS: 1st
5 Steve Hilton 2nd 26 Cliff Hutchins 3rd 6 Stuart Weaver.
FORMULA FOCUS: 1st
10 Dalton Scarlett 2nd 7 Marcus Hopkins 3rd 4 Chris Scutton.
LYDDEN HILL RESULTS – SUNDAY
1st 6 Frank Wouters 2nd 73 Wim Moonen 3rd 89 Wim Verloo.
SPRINT CARS LONG TRACK
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 69 Duncan Panton 2nd 10 Dean White 3rd 191
Ashley Boam. OUTLAW HOT
RODS LONG TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 30 Matt Simpson 2nd 3 Jeff
Simpson 3rd 172 Steve Kite.
SUPER RODS LONG TRACK
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 46 John Wicks 2nd 341 Jason Osbourn 3rd 57
Dave Willis. STOCK RODS
LONG TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 44 Lee Rogers 2nd 30 Mark Martn
3rd 51 Richard Miles.
EURO RODS KING OF THE HILL: 1st 217 Joe Smith 2nd 55 Gary
Thomas 3rd 23 Dan Spinner.
SEGTO LONG TRACK
CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st S159 Iain Fraser 2nd S280 Luke Stonehouse
3rd S60 Mick Worrell.
RTS PICKUPS LONG TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 1 Geoff Rogers 2nd
135 Clinton Groom 3rd 42 Dan Guidotti.
RELIANT ROBINS LONG
TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 5 Steve Hilton 2nd 26 Cliff Hutchins
3rd 16 Bobby Weaver.
FORMULA FOCUS LONG TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st 7 Marcus Hopkins
2nd 8 Sue Tandy 3rd 2 Roger Clift.
JULY 9 …
With the deadline looming for nominating National qualifiers,
several leagues were running their final qualifying meetings.
Among these, the West Midland League enjoyed a spectacular day’s
racing at LUDLOW’s
scenic Pencombe track. All eyes were on the Class 8s, who had a
particularly close qualifying battle, but although fireworks
were expected nobody quite anticipated the fracas that involved
most of the tightly packed final field, with Dek Traylor being
launched into yet another spectacular roll, and another leading
contender, Tom Lewis, getting in the way of Dek’s landing. Other
highlights included a spectacular debut by Sean Stanley’s XCWorx
Chevy V8 Class 7. Other NASA events were held at
ST NEOTS (the final
East Anglian League qualifier),
STURTON & STOW,
SOUTH WALES and
1st C3 Craig Bagley 2nd SV69 James Mayo 3rd SV11 Dylan Evans 4th
H66 James Williams. CLASS 2: 1st C63 Ian Harvey 2nd SV151
Andrew Jones 3rd C13 Adrian Saunders 4th C49 Peter Stahl.
CLASS 3: 1st BC11 Nick Shaw 2nd C12 Pat smith 3rd C14 Brian
Payne 4th LUD5 Richard Moore. CLASS 4: 1st H31 Mike Jones
2nd BC32 Kiah Stevens 3rd SV9 Kev Barnett 4th BC27 Josh Thomas.
CLASS 5: 1st LUD8 Jabez Smith 2nd SV200 Ryan Griffiths
3rd C5 Barry Williams 4th S60D Stuart Deacon. CLASS 6:
1st BC5 Martin Bowen 2nd LUD92 James Lewis 3rd BC13 Simon
Roberts 4th C666 Jamie Newman.
CLASS 7: 1st SV20
Lee Cox 2nd BC59 Simon Bentley 3rd BC9 Gareth Thomas 4th C28
Gary Morris. CLASS 8: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th . CLASS 9:
1st LUD93 Derek Warren 2nd BC70 Phil Matthews 3rd LUD3 Marcus
Mills 4th C155 Jay Preece. CLASS 10: 1st BC19 Colin Court
2nd SR46 Matt Booth 3rd BC52 Trev Stead 4th BC92 Richard Lewis.
JUNIORS: 1st R84
Chris Ashwin 2nd NASA20 Jack Lovegrove 3rd SV68 Connor Green 4th
R16 Elysia Juggins.
JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st LUD4 Brinley Powell 2nd BC18 Ellie
Court 3rd C11 Shane Sparks 4th C96 Millie Morgan. CLASS 11:
1st C3 Ella Hughes 2nd C60 Donna Howell 3rd H95 Amy Jones
4th H110 Molly Neville. CLASS 12: 1st SR84 Claire Hickly
2nd H2 Melissa Perkins 3rd C121 Mandy Newman. CLASS 13:
1st BC11 Becky Shaw 2nd C12 Penny Smith. CLASS 14: 1st
LUD1 Shelley Tipton 2nd C155 Shirley Preece 3rd S5D Tracey
Aldridge 4th H250 Jade Dyke.
ROLLING THUNDER SHOW RESULTS 8
1st 566 Jordan Salmon 2nd 48 James
Forrest 3rd 151 Andrew Enright. OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st 17
Dennis Patten 2nd 12 Mark Cooke 3rd 84 Darren Christie. STOCK
RODS: 1st 30 Mark Martin 2nd 51 Richard Miles 3rd 427 Neil
Higgins. EURO RODS: 1st 217 Joe Smith 2nd 196 John Hendy
3rd 55 Gary Thomas. RTS PICKUPS: 1st 1 Geoff Rogers 2nd
42 Dan Guidotti 3rd 31 Dave Follett. JUNIOR HOT RODS: 1st
455 Rhys Kuhler 2nd 99 Ash Braim 3rd 47 Chloe McNeil.
STREET STOX: 1st 181
Andy Reynolds 2nd 96 Dave Measday 3rd 636 Gary Reeve. RELIANT
ROBINS: 1st 2nd 3rd . MINI SPRINTS: 1st 2 Albert
Webster 2nd 299 Harley Burns 3rd 842 Keaton Ivins.
TOP MARKS FOR CARLOW
If Carlow's opening round is anything to go
by, this year's ALL IRELAND AUTOGRASS SERIES looks set to
be the most competitive yet. Three main factors contributed to
the success of Carlow's event; a decision by the majority of
Ireland's top racers to support their home series in priority to
travelling overseas, a weekend of fine weather, and more than
anything a superb effort by the host club to get everything in
place for an ideal meeting - covering every angle from superb
track preparation to some highly imaginative overnight
entertainment, and ending with a dinner and prizegiving in the
local pub. The track proved smooth and durable but never lost
its loose and grippy surface, which produced tremendously close
and fast racing throughout. By Sunday the competitive racing was
resulting in plenty of reruns, nearly all deemed to be for pure
racing incidents, while the finals contained more than enough
drama for a whole season, and will certainly keep the Irish
grassers buzzing with excitement in the run-up to round two, at
Down Autograss on June 29/30.
CLASS 1 saw the Jess brothers score a
1-2 after fighting off Ricky Houlihan, whose barely finished new
car proved quickest of the Micra hordes. Despite the growing
popularity of the bubble Micras, there was still a full grid of
"boxy Micras" in CLASS 1A where young Ryan Mulroy bounced
back from a first corner pile up to win the rerun of the final.
CLASS 2 was too close to call all weekend but after Curly
Galvin came off worst in a first corner shunt, Steven White held
on for a final win. CLASS 3 saw the debut of Paul
Cusack's new car after a last minute overnight delivery, but it
was Paul's old shell that took top honours, with new owner
Seamus O'Riordan showing great form.
CLASS 4 had the
smallest entry but some of the closest racing with the three
competitors racing three-abreast for much of the weekend before
David Heffernan's new Micra took the advantage. A full grid of
CLASS 5s produced hectic action all the way; Cecil Haffey
had the early advantage but ultimately had too much damage to
make the final, where Junior Kent once more hit top form.
CLASS 6 is growing with even more converts on the way from
the local Hot Rod scene, but as usual nobody could beat Declan
Browne. CLASS 7 provided wild action all the way,
culminating in a sensational final when Keith Kelly spun his
Pickup over the line to win, while Kevin Roche's new Pickup
collected the finish line post and flew upside down over the
line to claim second!
CLASS 8 was at its best on a track
that allowed an infinite choice of fast lines. After a
spectacular roll for Colin Byrne on Saturday, Colin was soon up
and running again to vie with Cieran Creane for top honours; CB
took the final and overall win over Mousey. A full grid of
CLASS 9s ended with one car running as John Fuller took
the honours while Sean Lambert went missing in a cloud of dust,
to be found nose up in a densely wooded ditch in the next field
- with no injury to the driver and minimal damage to the car! Martin
Browne won CLASS 10 easily in the end, although Gavin
Tivy had put up a strong challenge, and the F600s of
Chris Dimond and Kevin Keating raced side by side virtually all
The Micra-dominated JUNIOR CLASS 1 was
eventually headed by Lee Mulroy, although any one of the
competitors could have won, while the CLASS 1A Junior
honours went to Cian O'Mahony. Only in Ireland could the
JUNIOR SPECIALS produce the biggest field of the weekend,
and after a very tight battle, BAS winner Liam Roche scored
another triumph by beating Jack Creaven. The LADIES
enjoyed some well handicapped races with close finishes between
Chelsea Brady's Class 5 Mini and Nicole O'Brien's Class 8.
Maybe saving the best to the end, the
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS produced a sensational three abreast
finish with the hard charging Keith Kelly's Class 7 taking the
verdict by inches from Chelsea Brady and John Fuller.
The UK racing scene
was dominated of course by the SEVERN VALLEY SUMMER
SHOWDOWN. replacing the cancelled MAP
Open. Despite dire predictions of unmanageable entry numbers,
the meeting actually attracted a very healthy 439 entries and
with the weather on their side Severn Valley were able to
deliver a superb meeting, highlighted by the British Junior
Championship won by Jake Bartlett, with Matt Bishop winning the
Two other NASA events
took place on Sunday.
continued to receive a very positive reaction from drivers
sampling the new Marston track, while the sun at last shone
north of the border to get the SCOTTISH LEAGUE
underway at the Babbithill raceway. SEGTO clubs ran
clashing meetings at the two Hampshire venues of TONGHAM
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