Stoke 26th March 2016

Stoke on the 26th March was the second stage of the 2016 calendar and with 30 cars in attendance it was sure to be a great night; with World Qualifying points on the line, it was an important night at stake.

The meeting unfortunately will probably be best remembered for a torrential downpour which affected much of the nights racing; where a shower turned into a monsoon; it was remarkable so many drivers continued to take part, well done to them all.

Heat 1 for the V8’s gridded with all but one of the cars; just as the deluge dropped on the circuit, the race was very much a case of survival of the fittest and slow but steady. Adam Joyce (157) was the one that picked his way through the rain and the shower of shale to take the heat 1 victory; somehow Joyce kept his nose clear and avoided the abundance of spinning cars, ahead of Rob Scriven (117) in second who gave his best shot at holding off the Joyce charge.

Result: 157 117 328 409 575 450 137 26 1 482

Heat 2 was a much better race with the lead changing numerous times throughout. 24 cars took to the challenge with track conditions still tricky on a soaked track. Martin Fletcher (482) kicked off the race from pole position whilst Scott Bodily (500) and Dave Cheetham (182) collided and spun around. Michael Boswell (328) was lunging an attack on Phoebe Wainman (211) in to turn 1, before Wainman would then be spun around in turn 3. Rob Scriven (117) lunged in on Fletcher into turn 1 to take the lead. Adam Joyce (157), Guy Jolly (222) and Darren Cottrill (575) raced in to the first turn together, running out of room, Cottrill collected the infield marker tyres.  Luke Maw (409) and Sam Mee (450) suffered the same fate as the pair collided to the inside. Guy Jolly (222) made a move on Scriven for the lead in to turn 1, however the attempt was botched and both drivers spun around gifting the lead to Kevin Stuchbury (1). Mee, Boswell and Sam Jacklin (137) collided and ended in pile up in turn 3; just before Stuchbury was forced to the infield tyres and a spin. Joyce was then left in the lead; he had a couple of moments where he nearly lost out treading carefully around backmarkers, but he saw the race out to the end to take the chequered flag.

Result: 157 137 222 575 1 117 482 439 450 465

The Final saw the attrition of earlier race casualties draw 18 cars to the challenge of the main race of the night. After the earlier down pour, the inside had become nearly bone dry and enough to slight dust.  Adam Joyce (157) was quick to charge through the field and was soon challenging for the read from Rob Scriven (117) just before the halfway stage. Sam Mee (450) was closing in at the final stages; but a back marker put paid to his chances of a challenge and Joyce duly went on to win the final. The closing stages saw Guy Jolly (222) make a late charge, bumpering his way into the top 5, not close enough to Sam Jacklin (137) to make a serious challenge for the position, Jacklin finishing third behind Mee in second place.

Result: 157 450 137 222 281 575 500 482 117 465
A good night for Joyce, winning three out of three rocketing his way up the points charts, next meeting Coventry 2nd April @ 18:15.

Images

Jonny Goss Photography – Stox Graphics