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APRIL 28 ... None of the three new NASA tracks was still quite ready for racing, and CAUSEWAY's opening meeting was again postponed, while PAC again joined forces with PENHOW for the West Wales qualifier on Sunday. Other NASA events took place on Sunday at INVICTA KENT, SPALDING, NOTTINGHAM, STAR, NORTH WALES (a closed to league qualifier), YORK and SCARBOROUGH. The changeable weather late in the week caused the cancellation of WEST WATERFORD's and SOLWAY's meetings.
INVICTA KENT has consolidated its position as the biggest single club in NASA, with nearly 200 racing members, and their first event of the year demonstrated the very best of club racing, nearly filling the new pit area at Ivychurch with local racers, plus just one visitor, Essex's Ian Thorndyke, whose Atspeed Mini proved one of the day's most spectacular performers. Shirley Thomas' Micra put one over on the boys in Class 1, while Mitch Wells borrowed his Grandma's "shopping trolley" for one of his last Junior appearances, taking a very close win from Robert Reed. The perfectly prepared track saw just a couple of mishaps, including a spectacular roll for Isle of Wight driver Gary Wetherick in Class 10. Two Class 9 cars caught light during one race, but luckily Ricky Bartholemew was allowed to continue and finish his first race in the class, by which time his merry blaze had blown itself out! The meeting was notable for the superb presentation of nearly all the cars; there was a very long shortlist for the best prepared car awards with the winners showing a bias towards dedicated DIY racers. Doug Godden's Class 1 Mini and Geoff Montgomerie's Class 10 Chevy took the Saloon and Special trophies along with Junior debutant Connor Bishop.
INVICTA KENT RESULTS:
CLASS 1: 1st IK355 Shirley Thomas 2nd IK99 Billy-Jo Driver 3rd IK444 Dee Ward. CLASS 2: 1st IK146 Steve Davis 2nd IK60 James Hyland 3rd IK108 Nathan Peto. CLASS 3: 1st IK32 Steve Carpenter 2nd IK21 John Berry 3rd IK316 Martin Beaney. CLASS 4: 1st IK34 Wez Johnson 2nd IK82 Rich Payne 3rd IK51 Micky Badman. CLASS 5: 1st IK155 Neil Thomas 2nd C28E Ian Thorndyke 3rd IK94 Luke Hall. CLASS 6: 1st IK64 Andy Russell 2nd IK91 Steven Whipps 3rd IK274 David Todd. CLASS 7: 1st IK44 Ken Ward 2nd IK27 Martin West 3rd IK4 Jason Ward. CLASS 8: 1st IK173 Paul Prior 2nd IK116 Mark Weeks. CLASS 9: 1st IK9 David Bird 2nd IK176 Tony Hewett 3rd IK11 Alec Hollingsbee. CLASS 10: 1st IK10 Tony Wilson 2nd IK77 Darren Cornwell 3rd IK777 Kenny Page. JUNIORS: 1st IK355 Mitch Wells 2nd IK170 Robert Reed 3rd IK212 Billy Rummery. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st IK220 Kallum Friend 2nd IK28 Callum Sweatman 3rd IK601 Roy Hyland. CLASS 11: 1st IK236 Kay Mucci 2nd IK334 Toni Humphrey 3rd IK276 Dawn Hewett. CLASS 12: 1st IK92 Sue Whipps. CLASS 13: 1st IK316 Stacey Beaaney. CLASS 14: 1st IK11 Dru Hollingsbee 2nd IK77 Libby Cornwell 3rd IK95 Emma Bullock. MECHANICS' RACE: 1st IK99 George Driver 2nd IK11 Jamie Hollingsbee 3rd IK212 Ivo Rummery.
On the tarmac, the Rolling Thunder Show staged a massive and well supported 33-race programme at ARENA ESSEX on Saturday night, highlighted by the annual visit of the Grand Prix Midgets, whose racing more than lived up to expectations, culminating in a thrilling finish to their final.
ROLLING THUNDER SHOW RESULTS 27 APRIL:
GRAND PRIX MIDGETS: 1st 31 Jonathan Pooley 2nd 8 Pete Dorrell 3rd 10 David Bonser. STOCK RODS LAKESIDE CUP: 1st 183 Malcolm Burton 2nd 94 Richard Haines 3rd 417 Helen Blackman. SUPERSTOX: 1st 566 Jordan Salmon 2nd 12 Vince Foley 3rd 876 Stuart Moss. OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st 172 Steve Kite 2nd 12 Mark Cooke 3rd 265 Ray Harding. NATIONAL SUPER RODS: 1st 46 John Wicks 2nd 57 Dave Willis 3rd 76 Del Featherstone. EURO RODS: 1st 23 Dan Spinner 2nd 217 Joe Smith 3rd 2 Dean Webster. FORMULA FORDS: 1st 122 Richard Norman 2nd 132 Steve Norman 3rd 42 Dan Guidotti. JUNIOR HOT RODS: 1st 68 Lewis Wood 2nd 113 Lauren Simmonds 3rd 217 Harry Smith. STREET STOX: 1st 37 Fred Tebbenham 2nd 636 Gary Reeve 3rd 10 Ben White. RELIANT ROBINS: 1st 4 Brian Killick 2nd 316 Barry Blackman 3rd 26 Cliff Hutchings. MINI SPRINTS: 1st 449 Bradley Green 2nd 128 Josh Prince 3rd 252 Callum Searle.
LOTS OF LAPS AT CAMBRIDGE
Nine of the fourteen planned NASA meetings went ahead on April 21, with action at CAMBRIDGE, CONCORD, MELTON, SOUTHERN LEAGUE, GLOUCESTER, NORTH SHROPSHIRE, LEEWOOD, SCUNTHORPE and CARLOW, most of these being well supported National qualifying rounds. Scotland and Northern Ireland weren't so lucky with heavy rain in the previous week wiping out the KING OF DOWN meeting and the SCOTTISH LEAGUE opener at Avonbridge. CWMDU's and EVESHAM's meetings were cancelled and PAC's meeting was postponed to be merged with next week's Penhow event. SEGTO again had clashing meetings at TONGHAM and HORNDEAN.
Cambridge's meeting attracted 99 entries and, aided by ideal weather and an ultra smooth track, provided some of the best racing seen in East Anglia for a long time. The decision to run 6 lap heats and 9 lap finals contributed to many memorable races, with an exceptional number of lead changes by Autograss standards. Highlights included Mike Mackenzie just getting the better of Kerry Pope and Kraig Murley in an epic Class 7 final; Lee Forster winning the Class 9 final in his first home event after a battle with Nathan Lewey and Ian Robins and a last lap pass by Chris Pope to beat Dan Mackenzie in Class 8.
CLASS 1: 1st SN43 Daniel Robins 2nd SN12 Tom Hall 3rd SN164 Alex Hill. CLASS 2: 1st SN450 Tony McKenna 2nd SP69 Daniel Barrow 3rd SN405 Jason Thomas. CLASS 3: 1st SN269 Dave George 2nd SN208 Andrew Empson 3rd CA47 Chris Barrett. CLASS 5: 1st SN123 Ken Smith 2nd SN20 Mark Day 3rd E19 Mark Stallard. CLASS 6: 1st CA285 Sam French 2nd SN133 Tony Reynolds 3rd CA121 Adam Golding. CLASS 7: 1st SP3 Mike Mackenzie 2nd SN82 Kerry Pope 3rd SN145 Kraig Murley. CLASS 8: 1st SN8 Chris Pope 2nd SP44 Dan Mackenzie 3rd SN51 Barry Ashmore. CLASS 9: 1st CA98 Lee Forster 2nd SN3 Ian Robins 3rd CA12 Nathan Lewey. CLASS 10: 1st SN19 Josh Hassell. STOCK HATCH: 1st SN14 Mark Hill 2nd CA120 Richard Golding. CLASS 11: 1st CA181 Rachel Taylor 2nd SN288 Hayley Empson 3rd SN164 Abiee Hill. CLASS 11A: 1st SN668 Vicky Sole 2nd SN47 Sharron Barrett 3rd CA149 Vivienne Chapman. CLASS 12: 1st SN20 Linda Smith 2nd SN14 Abiee Hill. CLASS 13: No finishers. CLASS 14: 1st CA647 Bethany Marjoram 2nd SN3 Shelley Wakelin. JUNIORS: 1st SN201 Jake Bartlett 2nd SN617 Tom Baker 3rd SN79 Mac Wilson. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st SN2 Josh Howard 2nd SN23 Alex Puddiphatt. EAST ANGLIAN OPEN: 1st SN123 Len Smith 2nd SN90 Max Fleckney 3rd CA47 Chris Barrett. JUNIORS’ OPEN: 1st SN2 Josh Howard 2nd SN23 Alex Puddiphatt 3rd SN41 Jessica Browning.
This week’s NASA Autograss fixtures were divided
in two by the weather. Heavy rain towards the end of the week forced
cancellations at INVICTA
KENT, SOUTH WALES
had cancelled their meeting some time earlier.
meeting went ahead with a good attendance but the
rain had moved in before the second heats and the meeting was abandoned
before the finals.
CLASS 1: 1st N53 Lloyd Elliott 2nd L112 Matt Astbury 3rd L6 David Hampson. CLASS 2: 1st N225 Andrew Smith 2nd N200 Lloyd Elliott 3rd N2 Ivan Elliott. CLASS 3: 1st N22 Kev Thorpe. CLASS 4: 1st M60 Nicky Williams 2nd P33EM Jason Clews 3rd E66 Sam Forsey. CLASS 5: 1st P24EM Brian Wright 2nd N582 Joe Martin 3rd M45 Wayne Orton. CLASS 6: 1st N25 Andrew Smith 2nd M247 Martin Hall. CLASS 7: 1st P23EM Phil Barleyman 2nd P502EM Mark Guy 3rd N12 Jake Lee. CLASS 8: 1st NS151 Tom Chadwick 2nd M11 Ben Harper 3rd N8 Simon Reeve. CLASS 9: 1st P5EM Jason Richardson 2nd N54 John Boaden 3rd M5 Julie Walford. CLASS 10: 1st P208EM Andy Hunter. STOCK HATCH: 1st N363 Barry Wasley 2nd N184 Lee Dexter 3rd N483 Darrell Wasley. CLASS 11A: 1st N18 Becky Smith 2nd P205EM. CLASS 13: No finishers. CLASS 14: 1st M11 Barbara Harper. JUNIORS: 1st P56EM Dan Heath 2nd SP125 Philip Hayden 3rd P53EM Shaun Nelson. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st NW45 Tom Borman 2nd NW47 Dan Borman.
The major event in the south was the first round of the 2013 SEGTO CHAMPIONSHIP, which features four meetings on four different surfaces; dirt, chalk, concrete and tarmac. STANDLAKE ARENA was back on the schedule after missing last year, and had a very busy day with all the local classes in action alongside the SEGTO event. Tongham drivers came out on top in four classes; Peter Tilley made the break from a big field to win the Prod A final. Keri Stockham was the only survivor in Prod B while Craig Mills’ return to racing saw him convincingly win Mod C. A sometimes fraught battle in the 1450 Hot Rods ended with Expo winner Jody Withers having another impressive win as she fought off the local drivers. A varied Super Saloon field ranged from a quick Subaru Impreza through a variety of Hot Rods to the famous Class 7 “Growler”, now in the hands of Laurence Connors. Standlake regular Martin Flaherty won after young Josh Campbell’s spectacular progress ended by being docked a place. A disappointing turnout of Specials ended in a virtual dead heat between the Lock brothers, and home track drivers dominated in the Juniors with Jack Bunyan winning.
The remaining SEGTO rounds are at Horndean (5 May), Tongham (30 June) and Arena Essex (August 11). There was also action at ARENA ESSEX this weekend, with the latest Rolling Thunder Show meeting providing good racing in very wet conditions, including a dominant win for former Class 3 champ Gary Thomas in the Euro Rods.
SEGTO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 RESULTS:
PRODUCTION A: 1st T92 Peter Tilley 2nd X62 Les Hatch 3rd T438 Jason Greener. PRODUCTION B: 1st T132 Keri Stockham. MODIFIED C: 1st T541 Craig Mills 2nd T165 Leanne Page 3rd S200 Paul Gurr. 1450 HOT RODS: 1st T292 Jody Withers 2nd X27 Antony Burton 3rd X313 Lewis Court. SUPER SALOONS: 1st X362 Martin Flaherty 2nd X609 Josh Campbell 3rd X15 Andy Garrod. SPECIALS: 1st S114 Bradley Lock 2nd S114 Ashley Lock 3rd T916 John Smith. JUNIORS: 1st X244 Jack Bunyan 2nd X61 James Watts 3rd X63 Jodie Hemmings.
OTHER STANDLAKE RESULTS:
F2 STOX: 1st 212 Neil Soule 2nd 115 Ben Farebrother 3rd 420 Ade Baker. 1450 PROD RODS: 1st 254 Anthony Ellis 2nd 11 Glenn Mills 3rd 116 Pete King. SALOON RODS: 1st 61 Roland Passey 2nd 9 Olly Adams 3rd 13 Barry Tweddle. JUNIORS: 1st X105 Louis Williams 2nd X296 Michael Barber 3rd X26 David Robins. STREET BANGERS: 1st 6 Mark Holdsworth 2nd 553 Luke Webb 3rd 674.
ROLLING THUNDER SHOW RESULTS 13 APRIL:
JUNIOR HOT RODS LAKESIDE CUP: 1st 68 Lewis Wood 2nd 88 Jayden Anderson 3rd 776 Dan Roots. SUPERSTOX: 1st 21 Sean Smith 2nd 876 Stuart Moss 3rd 874 Neil Moss. OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st 780 Chris Berry 2nd 12 Mark Cooke 3rd 112 Charlie Schembri. STOCK RODS: 1st 183 Paul Hunter 2nd 251 Lee Ribbans 3rd 417 Helen Blackman. EURO RODS: 1st 55 Gary Thomas 2nd 2 Dean Webster 3rd 547 Tony McNeill. FORMULA FORDS: 1st 42 Dan Guidotti 2nd 31 Dave Follett 3rd 7 Tony Bates. STREET STOX: 1st 19 Alex Martin 2nd 181 Andy Reynolds 3rd 634 Tyrone Goodchild. MINI SPRINTS: 1st 299 Harley Burns 2nd 449 Bradley Green 3rd 113 Jack Simmons.
APRIL 6/7 .... The weekend after Easter usually sees the NASA season getting under way in earnest, but this time there were cancellations at CAUSEWAY, SOUTHERN LEAGUE, ST NEOTS, CONCORD, MELTON and NORTH WALES. Seven NASA events did run, though, at RADFORD, SEVERN VALLEY, STAR, SCUNTHORPE, SPALDING, SOLWAY and CARLOW, while SEGTO meetings were held at TONGHAM and HORNDEAN. With the weather at last feeling Spring-like, entries ranged from around 250 at Scunny and 160 at Severn Valley to 40 at Spalding but the Fenland event was nevertheless encouraging. After intensive work to move the track from one side to the other of the club's long established Hurdletree Bank venue, the new layout has great potential to help the club rebuild its local support and attract more visiting racers.
CLASS 1: 1st C60E Dan Perry 2nd SP42 Ken Tomes 3rd CA547 Vic Marjoram. CLASS 2: 1st ST27 Jason Mills 2nd SN90 Max Fleckney 3rd ST91 Oliver Hamp. CLASS 3: 1st SP401 Aaron Mackenzie 2nd CA47 Chris Barrett 3rd SN94 Rhys Puddiphatt. CLASS 4: 1st SP116 Hayden Fletcher. CLASS 5: 1st N102 Marcus Fletcher 2nd SP36 Joe Baxter. CLASS 6: 1st SP114 Stephen Pearsall 2nd M247 Martin Hall. CLASS 7: 1st M87 Bob Rouse 2nd SP141 Vernon Mackenzie 3rd M12 Tim Back. CLASS 8: 1st L791 Shaun Howard 2nd SP98 Mark Willson. CLASS 9: 1st T14 Colin Rogers 2nd T16 Barry Rogers 3rd SP12 Andrew Hill. CLASS 10: 1st ST41 Sam Burbidge. CLASS 11: 1st SP411 Donna Rankin. CLASS 11A: 1st CA47 Sharron Barrett. CLASS 13: 1st SP141 Nicola Mackenzie. CLASS 14: 1st CA647 Bethany Marjoram. JUNIORS: 1st SP791 Thomas Baggaley 2nd C60E Matthew Perry 3rd CA547 Josh Marjoram. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st SP6 Lewis Clayton 2nd SN23 Alex Puddiphatt.
SEVERN VALLEY (UNOFFICIAL) RESULTS
CLASS 1: 1st SV101 Conner Griffiths 2nd SV69 James Mayo 3rd NW125 Lee Powell 4th LUD48 Adam Smith. CLASS 2: 1st PAC81 Will Elford 2nd PHD84 Bob Sawyer 3rd LM96 Lee Buckley 4th C13 Adrian Saunders. CLASS 3: 1st WS22 Adrian Joyce 2nd BC11 Tom Lewis 3rd LUD9 Stewart Moore 4th LUD5 Richard Moore. CLASS 4: 1st H31 Mike Jones 2nd TA36 Trystan Daniels 3rd SV9 Kev Barnett 4th TA38 Adam Jones. CLASS 5: 1st TA451 Lewis Richards 2nd S79D Nick Creed 3rd LUD8 Jabez Smith 4th 38F Mark Ashmead. CLASS 6: 1st NW41 Darren Owens 2nd BC5 Martin Bowen 3rd H25 Darren Paskell 4th BC13 Simon Roberts. CLASS 7: 1st SV20 Lee Cox 2nd NW110 Huw Jones 3rd B40H Gerald Bennetto 4th 62F Mike Hockly. CLASS 8: 1st C9 Cameron Mills 2nd C15 Richard Herdman 3rd C10 Steve Mills 4th BC55 Tom Lewis. CLASS 9: 1st ARC7 Sean Power 2nd PAC4 Derrick Brown 3rd BC70 Phil Matthews 4th PAC104 Richard Tipping. CLASS 10: 1st BC22 Lance Bowen 2nd 12F Carl Ray 3rd BC19 Colin Court 4th PAC14 Graham Davies. JUNIORS: 1st SV212 Rhys Griffiths 2nd PAC222 Sophie Lewis 3rd SV68 Connor Green 4th WS48 Jordan Hancock. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st 11F Dan Ray 2nd WS2 Jack Joyce 3rd NW20 Jay Colegate 4th LUD4 Brynley Powell. CLASS 11: 1st H110 Molly Neville 2nd H95 Amy Jones 3rd SV24 Emily Thomas. CLASS 11A: 1st LM96 Taylor Yates. CLASS 12: 1st CM25 Danielle Phillips 2nd S2 Leanne Lewis 3rd 38F Janet Murray. CLASS 13: 1st BC11 Becky Shaw. CLASS 14: 1st PAC4 Kath Brown 2nd H250 Jodie Paskell 3rd LM19 Taylor Yates 4th 160F Cat Mumford.
An early Easter date always plays havoc with fixture planning and the continuing wintry wether didn't help. The NASA fixture list promised the usual Easter choices; for the Midlanders the traditional Hereford two dayer; for the Welsh a double header at West Wales on Sunday, moving on to South Wales on Monday. For the northerners a choice of Leewood or Scarboroughon Sunday followed by York on Monday; for the Irish a Saturday/Sunday event at Down and West Waterford on Sunday. But it didn't turn out like that! ...
Only four NASA meetings survived. WEST WATERFORD expected a freezing day in the mountains, but it turned out to be a very wet one as well, in which they successfully ran two heats and finals to get the Irish season off to a muddy start. The only English club to succeed in getting their meeting on was SCARBOROUGH, but the two Welsh Leagues both escaped the worst of the weather to put on well supported meetings. With the new St Florence track not quite ready to go, PAC's planned meeting became a WEST WALES LEAGUE event on Penhow club's Magor track. The popular venue attracted just under 200 drivers from as far afield as Somerset and Scotland, and even more remarkably brought out the sun! A fine day's racing was enjoyed by all. A colder day on Monday greeted the 97 drivers who raced at SOUTH WALES LEAGUE's meeting at Red Roses.
WEST WATERFORD RESULTS:
CLASS 1: 1st MA25 Trevor Cusack 2nd WW3 Kieran Cashel 3rd WW215 Kayne Cunningham. CLASS 1A: 1st CW501 James Boland 2nd CK224 Shane Farrelll 3rd WW147 Willie O’Dwyer. CLASS 2: 1st WW373 Damien Houlihan 2nd MA30 Aidan O’Neill 3rd CW346 Aidan Murphy. CLASS 3: 1st MA6 Paul Cusack 2nd CW25 Ed Sheehan 3rd MA211 Seamus O’Riordan. CLASS 4: 1st WW59 Michael Fuller 2nd CW16 John Cunningham. CLASS 5: 1st CW49 James Kent. CLASS 6: 1st MA183 Declan Browne 2nd WW261 Paul Devine 3rd CW174 James Sinnot. CLASS 7: 1st CW247 Keith Kelly 2nd WW998 Patrick Sheehy 3rd WW194 Alan Long. CLASS 8: 1st WW319 Jessica Browne 2nd CW43 Joe Kehoe 3rd CW127 Fergal O’Brien. CLASS 9: 1st WW399 John Fuller 2nd WW252 Shane Houlihan. CLASS 10: 1st WW5 JP Houlihan. FORMULA 600: 1st WW77 Kevin Keating. LADIES: 1st CW12 Chelsea Brady 2nd MA257 Claire Parker 3rd MA48 Nicole O’Brien. JUNIOR CLASS 1: 1st CK6 Jamie White 2nd WW217 Michael Daly 3rd CW2 Courtney Brady. JUNIOR CLASS 1A: 1st CK296 Eoghan O’Neill 2nd MA290 Dylan Browne 3rd MA20 Tia Crowley. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st MA155 Jack Creaven 2nd CW160 Liam Roche 3rd CW11 Cillian Doherty.
Photo by courtesy of Tina Lee
WEST WALES LEAGUE RESULTS:
CLASS 1: 1st SV101 Conner Griffiths 2nd SS10 Dev North 3rd PAC5 Michaela Bevans. CLASS 2: 1st 51F Matt Sawyer 2nd PAC81 Will Elford 3rd P4 Jade Morgan. CLASS 3: 1st WS82 Jon Napier 2nd NS334 Martin Gould 3rd R70 Dean Guy. CLASS 4: 1st PAC3 Rob Corbett 2nd M60 Nicky Williams 3rd SV9 Kev Barnett. CLASS 5: 1st PAC16 Bryan Neale 2nd E152 Matt Manning 3rd WS42 Russ Cashion. CLASS 6: 1st P169 Nicky Newton 2nd NS434 Ben Gould 3rd SC50 Chris Juggins. CLASS 7: 1st Y34 Mark Grice 2nd SC61 Andy Holtby 3rd ST307 Tony Goodsir. CLASS 8: 1st C10 Steve Mills 2nd SP44 Dan Mackenzie 3rd C9 Cameron Mills. CLASS 9: 1st BC70 Phil Matthews 2nd CS5 Keith Matthews 3rd PAC4 Derrick Brown. CLASS 10: 1st SS166 Paul Coles 2nd NS120 Liam Evans. CLASS 11: 1st PAC83 Chloe Parry 2nd H110 Molly Neville. CLASS 13: 1st PAC53 Michaela Bevans. CLASS 14: 1st E15 Sally Stratton 2nd S10D Maisy Phipps 3rd S6D Liz Stowe. JUNIORS: 1st SV212 Rhys Griffiths 2nd SV4 Kieran Griffiths 3rd NS207 Tom Pipe. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st YS73 Matt Bishop 2nd SS11 Dex North 3rd NS65 Travis Kirk.
For those who prefer the hard stuff ARENA ESSEX hosted another Rolling Thunder Show event on Saturday night and STANDLAKE ARENA and GRIMLEY RACEWAY both held their traditional Easter Monday meetings. Grimley's meeting featured a guest appearance by the Grand Prix Midgets, who provided some of the weekend's very best racing.
RTS RESULTS 30 MARCH
SUPERSTOX: 1st 88 James Gray 2nd 151 Andrew Enright 3rd 566 Jordan Salmon. OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st 84 Darren Christie 2nd 6 Andy Tully. V6 SUPER RODS: 1st 57 Dave Willis 2nd 12 Rob Tinto 3rd 41 Graham Osborne. STOCK RODS: 1st 93 Andy Taylor 2nd 40 Gary Staines 3rd 417 Helen Blackman. EURO RODS: 1st 7 George Morris 2nd 116 Dan Smitherman 3rd 547 Tony McNeill. FORMULA FORDS: 1st 38 Danny Saint 2nd 138 Sean Groom 3rd 132 Steve Norman. JUNIOR HOT RODS: 1st 47 Chloe McNeill 2nd 223 Harry Richardson 3rd 88 Jayden Anderson. STREET STOX: 1st 96 Dave Measday 2nd 734 Tyrone Goodchild. RELIANT ROBINS: 1st 26 Cliff Hutchings 2nd 104 Billy Kavanagh 3rd 6 Stuart Weaver. MINI SPRINTS: 1st 252 Callum Searle 2nd 2 Albert Webster 3rd 421 Jim Cogger.
GRAND PRIX MIDGETS: 1st 31 Jonathan Pooley 2nd 83 Darren Clark 3rd 44 Dave Dollin. F2 OUTLAWS: 1st 42 Ashley Greening 2nd 7 Lee Robbins 3rd 740 Martin Snee. HOT RODS: 1st 800 Martin Dean 2nd 280 Mike Hill. 2 LITRE RODS: 1st 21 John Steele 2nd 15 George Rollins 3rd 116 Steve Bishop. HOT 1600s: 1st 205 Carl Slater 2nd 623 Marcus Bessant 3rd 26 Mark Cullen. JUNIOR MINIS: 1st 92 Brad Tout 2nd 244 Callum Churn 3rd 747 Bradley Dee. 1600 BANGERS: 1st 290 2nd 296 3rd 291.
For the second week running the entire Autograss schedule was wiped out by the weather; most events were cancelled in good time due to persistently wet conditions, so when a much of the country was blanketed by snow over the weekend, it didn't make much difference. NASA events were cancelled at CONCORD, EVESHAM/RADFORD, SEVERN VALLEY, NOTTINGHAM, NORTH SHROPSHIRE, TRENT, YORK, YORKSHIRE DALES, CAUSEWAY and CORK. SEGTO suffered cancellations at HORNDEAN and TONGHAM.
Saving the weekend was the only hard surfaced SEGTO affiliated track at STANDLAKE ARENA. A week after an unexpected snow storm caused a very rare cancellation, Standlake's re-arranged fixture took place in bitterly cold, but dry, conditions, with the snow retreating to the spectator banks. Not surprisingly, driver and spectator numbers were well down on Standlake's norm, but as ever the Oxfordshire venue laid on an excellent show, highlighted by a fantastic battle in the F2/Superstox final. Close finishes were the order of the day in the non-contact classes, while the light entertainment came from a particularly daft bunch of Street Bangers.
As far as we know, just one NASA team found somewhere to race; Barnsley based Mickey Ashby made a surprise appearance in the Standlake Juniors and, despite being upgraded after each race, took a clean sweep of three wins, while brother Andrew forsook his Class 2 for a Tigra Banger, with rather less success.
F2/SUPERSTOX: 1st 205 Gary Jacobs 2nd 420 Ade Baker 3rd 87 Jack West. HOT RODS: 1st X668 Brian Cornock 2nd X4 Tracey Cotton. PRODUCTION A: 1st X74 Aaron Charles 2nd X442 Jessica Phillips 3rd T92 Peter Tilley. 1450 PROD RODS: 1st 75 Michael Hayes 2nd 128 Daniel Allen 3rd 90 Paul Bartlett. SALOON RODS: 1st 32 Dave Lumsdale 2nd 121 David Oxlade 3rd 77 Mike Watson. JUNIORS: 1st S124Y Mickey Ashby 2nd X808 Robert Wakelin 3rd X608 Harry Watson. STREET BANGERS: 1st 111 Joe Cotton 2nd 295 Dean Tilbury 3rd 325 Adam Wickson.
Nine NASA Autograss fixtures were listed for week two of the 2013 season, and not one took place. GLOUCESTER, PENHOW, RADFORD, STAR, PENNINE, LEEWOOD, SCUNTHORPE, SCARBOROUGH and WEST WATERFORD were all cancelled and Congratulations to all those clubs for making their cancellation decision in good time, because as it turned out the weather only got worse!
Even STANDLAKE ARENA succumbed to Sunday morning's snowstorm. At 8.30 am, with everything ready to go, the snow started and two hours later the arena was under two inches of snow, forcing an unprecedented cancellation, with many drivers already in the pits. Standlake's meeting has been rescheduled for next Sunday, March 24.
The only grass roots racing that went ahead was the Rolling Thunder Show season opener at ARENA ESSEX, where the programme was rushed through in changeable conditions to give the RTS regulars a good Saturday night's racing.
RTS RESULTS 16 MARCH:
SUPERSTOX: 1st 874 Neil Moss 2nd 566 Jordan Salmon 3rd 876 Stuart Moss. OUTLAW HOT RODS: 1st 49(1) 2nd 12 Mark Cooke 3rd 780 Chris Berry. STOCK RODS: 1st 30 Mark Martin 2nd 135 Tony Rolfe 3rd 417 Helen Blackman. EURO RODS: 1st 55 Gary Thomas 2nd 7 George Morris 3rd 2 Dean Webster. FORMULA FORDS: 1st 42 Dean Guidotti 2nd 38 3rd 132 Steve Norman. JUNIOR HOT RODS: 1st 50 Sian Watkins 2nd 113 Lauren Simmons 3rd 223 Harry Richardson. STREET STOCKS: 1st 734 Tyrone Goodchild 2nd 181 Andy Reynolds 3rd 19 Alex Martin. RELIANT ROBINS: 1st 316 Barry Blackman 2nd 26 Cliff Hutchins 3rd 6 Stuart Weaver. MINI SPRINTS: 1st 421 Jim Cogger 2nd 299 Harley Burns 3rd 599 Harvey Hendy.
A CHILLY START
Opening weekend of the 2013 NASA season saw meetings at NOTTINGHAM and SOUTH WALES while SEGTO's dirt track season got under way at TONGHAM. CARLOW's planned opener was postponed to April 7.
The Nottingham meeting was dominated by the weather; the track and the new pits area were affected by rain the previous day, but of more immediate concern were the snow showers and the arctic wind that made the day a test of endurance for everyone. 126 drivers signed on and two heats and finals for all were turned round within five hours. The highlight of the day was an incredibly close four-way scrap for F600 honours; Gary Shaw led the pack all day but a good run off the last corner by third placed Gav Waby saw Gav snatch the win on the line.
The first round of the JAC Exhausts Northern Super Saloons Series disappointingly saw the promised field decimated by the weather; Andy Holtby took top honours, but only after overcoming a strong challenge from local man Dan Barnett.
South Wales fared better with the weather, and also managed an early finish for their 74 competitors. We'll post the results from this one as soon as they come our way.
CLASS 1: 1st NW125 Lee Powell 2nd Y280 Joe Vaudin 3rd N444 Scott Holmes. CLASS 2: 1st N840 Clint Fowles 2nd SC122 Craig Conway 3rd B12H Scott Cheshire. CLASS 3: 1st NS205 Andy Pipe 2nd N22 Kev Thorpe 3rd N13 Al MacFarlane. CLASS 4: 1st ST314 Rob Taylor 2nd E66 Sam Forsey 3rd ST4 Andrew Wood. CLASS 5: 1st S60D Stuart Deacon 2nd YD916 Wes Green 3rd NW151 Mark Stevenson. CLASS 6: 1st NS434 Ben Gould 2nd P70EM Jordan Hampson 3rd ST204 Stu Bull. CLASS 7: 1st SC61 Andy Holtby 2nd N75 Dan Barnett 3rd N60 Paul Bacon. CLASS 8: 1st LM1 Dean Barnes 2nd 7F Graham Bennett 3rd NS344 Sam Gould. CLASS 9: 1st CS5 Keith Matthews 2nd N54 John Boaden 3rd SC14 Russ Thompson. CLASS 10: S202D Pete Bott Jnr. CLASS 11: 1st N19 Zoe Warrener 2nd SV24 Emily Thomas. CLASS 11A: 1st SC122 Jess Roberts 2nd N18 Becky Smith 3rd N840 Rachel Sims. CLASS 12: 1st YD62 Diane Sunley. CLASS 13: 1st N60 Sue Thom. CLASS 14: 1st SC17 Clare Horner. JUNIORS: 1st N37 Louis Jackson 2nd Y216 Brad Ellison 3rd NS294 Ben Dorsett. JUNIOR SPECIALS: 1st YD24 Abi Shields 2nd S104Y Dan Chapman 3rd CS4 Joe Matthews. STOCK HATCH: 1st N363 Barry Wasley 2nd WR36 Steven Faunch 3rd WR600 Kevin Lewis. FORMULA 600: 1st ST42 Gav Waby 2nd N41 Gary Shaw 3rd N115 Pete Sinclair.
SOUTH WALES RESULTS:
Watch this space!
STANDLAKE SET THE PACE
With the season about to start in earnest for NASA and SEGTO racers on March 10, the SEGTO-affiliated Standlake Arena has already staged two very well supported meetings. The Oxfordshire track opened on February 17 with a lovely sunny day greeting full fields of cars for all the regular classes, with only the F2/Superstox grids being a little below average. Two weeks later on March 3 a cold and overcast day again featured full grids, especially for the Juniors and the budget Saloon Rods. Novice Junior James Hall took five wins from six races over the two meetings, before his winning streak ended in the 3 March final. New Prod A racer John Hawkins took his Corsa to final wins at both meetings, while the Hot Rods saw the FWD Stock Rod spec cars faring well against the full spec Hot Rods; Dan Phillips' 106 won the 17 February final, while on 3 March Jake Perry's Stock Rod Saxo was only beaten by Brian Cornock's Jag V6-powered Corsa.
STANDLAKE RESULTS 17 FEBRUARY:
HOT RODS: 1st X204 Dan Phillips 2nd X15 Andy Garrod 3rd X73 Trevor Harvey. PRODUCTION A: 1st X71 John Hawkins 2nd X56 Ryan Mulloy 3rd X442 Jessica Phillips. JUNIORS: 1st X31 James Hall 2nd X7 Aaron Charles 3rd X105 Louis Williams. F2 SUPERSTOX: 1st 750 Ricky Jacobs 2nd 56 Paul Webb 3rd 822 Graeme Parrott. 1450 PROD RODS: 1st 128 Daniel Allen 2nd 661 Tony Green 3rd 75 Michael Hayes. SALOON RODS: 1st 121 David Oxlade 2nd 137 Steve Goldup 3rd 49 Jonathan Thorn. STREET BANGERS: 1st 54 Tom Davey 2nd 442 Little Messer 3rd 803 Thomas Clark.
STANDLAKE RESULTS 3 MARCH:
HOT RODS: 1st X688 Brian Cornock 2nd #47 Jake Perry 3rd X4 Tracey Cotton. PRODUCTION A: 1st X71 John Hawkins 2nd X7 Charlie Napper 3rd X7A Aaron Charles. JUNIORS: 1st X31 James Hall 2nd X7 Aaron Charles 3rd X105 Louis Williams. 1450 PROD RODS: 1st 128 Daniel Allen 2nd 403 Steve Horne 3rd 661 Tony Green. SALOON RODS: 1st 522 Kevin Allaway 2nd 100 Gary Stafford 3rd 772 James Potts. MONDEO STOX: 1st 74 Kelvin Passey 2nd 77 Matthew Hook 3rd 146 Pete Simmonds. 2 LITRE BANGERS: 1st 391 Adam Bligdon 2nd 231 3rd 287. UNLIMITED BANGERS: 1st 528 Alan Hunt 2nd 358 Sonny Sherwood 3rd 427 Dean McPhilimey.
Standlake's next meeting is on 17 March.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
The innovative Scunthorpe & District club staged their second annual practice day for NASA racers at Blyton Raceway on 24 February. Having worked the track into perfect condition, the Scunny team were rewarded by a cold day with the occasional snow flurry; ideal conditions as far as the track surface at least was concerned, meaning that the strong turnout of drivers could run all day long without getting their cars dirty. 186 car/driver combinations had booked in for the day; 87 of those failed to appear but were compensated for by 35 late entries, which meant that the startline was packed with cars from around 11 am to 4 pm, with around eight cars running in each session and the keener drivers managing at least half a dozen turns on track.
EXPO 2013 - WORTH WAITING FOR
A week after being postponed due to snow and ice, the eighth annual Oval Racing Expo took place in typical Expo conditions – a mild and sunny January afternoon. The Rolling Thunder Show promoters decided to cram virtually the whole of the planned two-day programme into one day, resulting in an ambitious 42 race programme – which was eventually completed an hour ahead of schedule in under five hours!
Quite a few drivers were unable to make the rescheduled date, but despite smaller than usual grids, most of the races produced first class action, none more than the five classes of NASA/SEGTO Autograss cars.
EXPO GRASSTRACK RESULTS: JUNIORS: 1st SN201 Jake Bartlett 2nd S124 Caine Silk 3rd X808 Robert Wakelin. PRODUCTION A: 1st T92 Peter Tilley 2nd S369 Ashley Mantelow 3rd S273 Adrian Treagus. PRODUCTION B/C: 1st T208 Gary Clarke 2nd X4 Tracey Cotton 3rd S200 Paul Gurr. SUPER SALOONS FWD: 1st T292 Jody Withers 2nd S120 Mikee Habicht 3rd SN207 Tony Teather. SUPER SALOONS RWD: 1st IK32 Steve Carpenter 2nd IK21 John Berry 3rd IK316 Martin Beaney. SPECIALS: 1st T2 Sam Hartley 2nd IK11 Jamie Hollingsbee 3rd C10E Mark Thomas.
AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2013
An impressive array of Autograss machinery was on show at Birmingham’s NEC over the weekend of 12/13 January, in the Oval Racing section of Autosport International 2013. Featured either on NASA’s own stand or among the show promoters’ invited exhibits were the Class 1s of Daniel Robins (BPG Mini) and Dave Tasker (Micra); Class 3s from Paul Cusack (Almond Starlet), John Shorter (Almond C2); Noddy Roberts (Outlaw Hyundai Accent) and Trevor Almond (Starlet); Rob Lancaster’s new Class 4 C2; Dan Lewis’ Class 5 XCWorx Mini; James’ Lewis Class 6 Davis Corsa; Class 7s for Tony Goodsir (XCWorx Seicento), Karl Taylor (Pope 126) and Mark Grice (Full On Pickup); Terry Cox’s British Championship winning F600; Ben Harper’s home built Class 8, the radical new Ducati Class 8 of Antony Ross, other 8s for Jordan Blore, Anthony Read and Stu Whitehouse; new ARD built cars for Chas Edley (Class 9) and Julian and Diane Heath (Class 10); Liam Evans' 10 and Molly Smith's Junior Special.
The only constructor with an official presence was Graham Bennett, showing Ant Lee’s sensational Fiat 500-bodied class 7 and Max Lewis’ Class 8.
In the Live Action arena a team of ten Class 8s performed throughout the four days of the show; Lance Bowen, Ben Reade, Jack Gibbons, Tom Chadwick, Geoff Berrisford, Chris Atkinson, Dan Mackenzie, Daz Mullen, Stu Whitehouse and Tom Bendell all survived twelve daytime shows as well as the two “Oval Racing Spectaculars” that closed the show on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday also featured, for the third year running, the ever-popular Juniors, with Mitch Wells, Scott Holmes, Chloe Parry, Sophie Lewis, Jake Bartlett, Tom Baker, Kieron Griffiths, Rhys Griffiths, Hannah Johnson and Dafydd Jones providing the colourful spectacle.
THE HEAVY METAL CLASSIC
The 2013 racing season opened, as ever, with a bang – the Heavy Metal Classic at Standlake Arena reinforcing its position as the top Banger racing event of the year, this time attracting a field of 172 cars and a capacity crowd to the Oxfordshire oval to enjoy the action on an unseasonably warm and sunny afternoon.
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SUICIDE AWARENESS RACE
We hadn't been planning to cover any more racing in 2012, but when Carlow Class 2 racer Shane Farrell had the idea to stage a one-off charity event on December 30, in aid of a cause close to the hearts of many people in the Autograss community, we resolved to support the event if we possibly could.
But as well as being a very worthwhile charity fund raiser, this was above all a fun day at which racers from both the Irish Hot Rod and grass racing scene could blow away a few winter cobwebs. It was truly a "back to basics" grasstrack racing event, with a great atmosphere and entertaining racing. All the facilities and help had been donated, so every Euro raised during the day went straight to the charity.
Shane had found a well drained stubble field on a hillside in the village of Ballinkillen, near Bagenalstown in County Carlow, which, despite torrential rain early on Sunday morning, proved ideal for racing after everyone had either been towed through the lower unloading field, or unloaded out in the lane. As forecast, the rain that swept across Ireland during the afternoon managed to miss this corner of Carlow and the racing was run in bright and breezy conditions. With cars grouped loosely according to the Irish Hot Rod classes, everyone had the chance of three heats of up to eight laps before the three Cup races completed the day. The Men's Cup race provided a spectacular win for Mick Boland in his Class 9 grasser; the Ladies' Cup went to Wexford Hot Rod racer Joan Redmond after battling all day with Carlow grasser Laura Farrell, and the Junior Cup to Jack Byrne, who brought his Special through from the back of the field in all his races.
More details of the charity can be found at www.suicideaware.ie
There weren't any class results, but if there had been, they
might have looked something like this:
There weren't any class results, but if there had been, they might have looked something like this:
CLASS 1A (Hot Rods): 1st 101 Andy Foley 2nd 354 James Sinnott 3rd 19 Dylan Roche. CLASS 1B (Grassers): 1st 88 Vincent Hutton 2nd 211 Shane Farrell 3rd 300 Nick O'Leary. CLASS 2/FWD HOT RODS: 1st 196 Paul Boland 2nd 280 Colm Bulger 3rd 615 Billy Clince. RWD HOT RODS/SPECIALS: 1st 126 Daryl O'Connor 2nd 300 Mick Boland 3rd 777 James Lee. JUNIORS: 1st 97 Jack Byrne 2nd 101 Kyle Martin 3rd 111 Sean Foley. LADIES: 1st 74 Joan Redmond 2nd 1 Laura Farrell 3rd 615 Claire Boland.
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