Mid-Season Round up

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Mid-Season Round Up

Apologies for the lack of meeting reports online; the following is a meeting summary from the end of May to the start of July.

The traditional end of May Bank Holiday and it was to Skegness Sunday 29th May for the start of the annual National Pairs event and racing for important WQ points. With 36 cars racing it was the biggest turnout of 2016 so far and the highest for Skegness in a long time. The idea of the National Pairs is to pair two drivers together for the weekend to form a ‘team’. The pairing with the most points at the end of both days earns the National Pairs Trophies; the aim is to generate some camaraderie between drivers who they might not necessarily associate with in the pits and lend a helping hand to one another with repairs and setup etc… A number of drivers returned to racing for the first time in a while: Rob Barber (42) – with a brand new car, Anna Williams (102) and Terry Hawkins (275), plus we welcomed Matt Barnard (69) after graduating from the junior Ministox formula, only turning 16 years old the day before. Kevin Stuchbury (1) opened up the weekend with a storming drive in heat 1 to take the win – his first victory of 2016, Marc Radforth (149) picked up the second win – his first victory in a while and Simon Sykes (64) picked up the third heat. The Final saw 33 cars on track and as expected was chaos. Cars everywhere, battles throughout the order, all made for it being race of the day, the last 100 yards in particular being a frantic squabble after a last bend pile up tripped up most of the field. Adam Joyce (157) picked up the win in front of Marc Radforth (149) in second and Simon Sykes (64) in third.

A few cars sidelined from damage from the day before, saw 34 cars racing on the Bank Holiday Monday. Adam Joyce (157) and Kevin Stuchbury (1) enjoyed a mid-race scuffle in the first race; Joyce just edging ahead of Stuchbury enough for the win, Joyce taking victory again in the second heat too and Simon Sykes (64) charged through to win the third heat. Going in to the final the National Pairs was going down to the wire:

157 & 286 = 59pts

64 & 102 = 55pts

1 & 69 = 54pts

149 & 160 = 52pts

298 & 376 = 50pts

The top 5 pairs separated by 9 points, it was going to be close. The final was again a frantic affair with the biggest grid of the day. The race started with the Superstars taking the fight to one another in the opening laps; Stuchbury, Joyce and Bryan Andrew (355) bumpering one another in the bends swapping positions, before culminating in a heap in the turn 3 armco after Joyce lined up Stuchbury and Andrew lined up Joyce. All three out of the running at this point, leaving the attention to focus on up the order. Joyce and Stuchbury now out of contention for the National Pairs. Sykes was quite far up the order at this point and picked off the top ten one by one to take the win, Tom Spencer (298) was awarded second and Marc Radforth (149) third, rounding off a great weekend of racing in front of a good crowd both days. Simon Sykes (64) and Anna Williams (102) awarded the National Pairs title for 2016 after a long weekend of gruelling, tough race action, congratulations both!

Back to Skegness Stadium, Saturday 11th June 2016 saw the V8 Hotstox contest the British Championship alongside the BriSCA F1’s and Minis; a massive evening of Stock Car action, racing for the second biggest championship in the game. The biggest turnout of the year for the formula with 37 cars, raced through a two thirds format before lining up in point’s position order for the Feature race. Phoebe Wainman (211) opened up the evening carving through the field superbly to take the win, Marc Radforth (149) took on World Champion Kevin Stuchbury (1) in heat 2 to take the win, followed by white grader Dean Laird (469) taking victory, more or less flag to flag, in heat 3. Wainman got a second in her other heat meaning she took pole position; leading from the off taking a flag to flag victory, it wasn’t easy with two fast and aggressive drivers not too far behind; Adam Joyce (157) followed Phoebe home in second and defending champion Kevin Stuchbury (1) was behind in third, both were never more than a handful of car lengths away, so Wainman couldn’t ease off. Well done Phoebe on a fantastic, mature drive!

In other news from the latest meetings; we had a rare opportunity to race a ‘Double’; normally we race on one surface with a couple of weeks gap between, but the middle of June saw a Saturday shale session at Coventry before heading to Northampton on the tarmac for a World Qualifier Sunday 19th June. At Coventry Adam Joyce (157) took the opening race with Terry Hawkins (275) winning the second. Joyce stepped up again in the final to take the flag, winning ahead of Dean Laird (469) and Sam Mee (450). The Grand National saw a storming victory with a win again for Joyce from the handicap; albeit probably aided by a couple of yellow flags, nonetheless still impressive; the first time for a long while this has been done in V8’s.

The Sunday saw vital WQ points on the line plus the annual Jon Maw memorial trophy. The Saturdays racing saw 7 cars drop out of the running, but a good field of 26 in attendance. White grader Tristan Jackson (101) took a great win in both of the opening heats in his new car. Olly Spencer (498) was then awarded victory in the Jon Maw memorial final after Adam Joyce (157) was deemed to overtake on the waved yellows and thus penalised; Tom Spencer (298) followed in second and Michael Scriven (12) third. After a disappointing day including having the back axle out of the car, Simon Sykes (64) took victory in the Grand National. A big thank you to MSF Stoxpics and also to Bulk Group Waste and Metal Recyclers for the sponsorship across the meeting final.

The first meeting of July kicked off in great style with a 5 races format allocated to accommodate the full pits chasing WQ points. The top 8 finishers from the heats and then 10 from the consolation progressed through, creating an excellent build up to a savage Final and Grand National. It was a great meeting! Adam Joyce (157) was first to the chequered in heat 1 with Luke Maw (409) taking the win in heat 2 – the back end of the car virtually rebuilt following a trip to the Northampton wall two weeks prior making the win all the more impressive. Sophie Maynard (154) then drove a controlled, mature race for victory in the Consolation. George Shone (414) did exactly the same in the final, taking the Belle Vue Bowl, not an easy win with the volume of cars littered around the race way, Shone driving superbly to pick his way round the track. Incidentally, well done to Sophie Maynard 154 and George Shone 414 on their maiden V8 Hotstox victories! Adam Joyce (157) closing the day with a determined win in the Grand National.

Skegness Sunday 29th May – National Pairs day 1 + WQ Round – 36 cars

Ht1: 1 298 275 64 498 376 469 409 149 352

Ht2: 149 157 409 355 288 328 222 439 478 211

Ht3: 64 324 1 275 160 352 355 498 482 328

Final: 157 149 64 1 275 298 211 376 288 439

 

Skegness Monday 30th May – National Pairs day 2 – 34 cars

Ht1: 157 1 64 298 409 498 149 352 324 469

Ht2: 157 298 149 211 409 355 328 222 376 288

Ht3: 64 1 275 211 324 355 352 288 498 328

Final: 64 298 149 69 352 288 324 478 328 409

 

Skegness 11th June – British Championship – 37 cars

Heat 1: 211 288 101 309 12 69 376 64 478 575

Heat 2: 149 157 298 101 409 288 154 275 328 376

Heat 3: 469 211 1 149 157 12 160 498 154 439

British Final: 211 157 1 328 288 64 160 275 575 324

 

Coventry 18th June – 26 cars

Heat 1: 157 450 414 136 328 498 469 275 478 69

Heat 2: 275 450 1 154 157 478 414 288 298 69

Final: 157 469 450 275 1 281 478 288 154 298

Grand National: 157 414 298 281 1 275 222 450 328 469

 

Northampton 19th June – Jon Maw Memorial + WQ Round – 27 cars

Heat 1: 101 64 157 498 12 469 409 154 275 478

Heat 2: 101 275 157 498 409 12 324 298 328 176

Jon Maw Memorial Final sponsored by Bulk Group Waste and Metal Recyclers: 498 298 12 101 157 469 211 176 40 139

Grand National: 64 101 157 275 211 176 324 469 12 298

 

Belle Vue 3rd July – Belle Vue Bowl + WQ Round – 33 cars

Heat 1: 157 469 1 414 352 535 64 450 498 376
Heat 2: 409 275 101 394 355 288 438 222 154 298
Consolation: 154 117 298 376 333 465 482 182 nof
Belle Vue Bowl Trophy Final: 414 465 450 64 157 1 469 409 288 222

Grand National: 157 1 101 211 154 439 288 469 355 333

       

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