Scunthorpe: A Fans-Eye-View

Saturday 25th July 2009 saw another chapter in the history of BriSCA Formula One Stockcars when the big league debuted at the new venue of the Eddie Wright raceway in Scunthorpe. Fifty-five Formula One stockcars attended this opening meeting for G P Promotions and Eddie Wright Scunthorpe Raceway.

Three-a-breast at Scunny! While the 391 car get's it sideways!! Photo Colin Casserley

Three-a-breast at Scunny! While the 391 car get's it sideways!! Photo Colin Casserley

The raceway has very good access routes from the M180 via one of two routes, either from Junction 3 or Junction 4; and is located just on the outskirts of town.

A £1 fee is charged for parking in the main car park which is split roughly half and half as the pits area. Overflow car parks are made available once the small main car parking area becomes full.

On entering the raceway I was greeted by pleasant and polite staff. £13 was the full adult price and immediately in front of the turnstiles is a small wooden shed where meeting programs can be purchased. If you require a pit pass you can exit to the left here, where your hand is stamped ‘Scunthorpe Raceway’ allowing you unlimited access to and from the pits.

Onto the main raceway itself; Scunthorpe is a small speedway stadium consisting of (at time of visit) two main (small) grandstands on the home straight and three metal containers that have been constructed into a ‘metal shed’ going into turn one. The overall trackside viewing is good but as the ground level is very flat so shorter persons / children may have restricted viewing. Access to the whole track is available: only place you cannot view is from behind the pit gate as is normal at all raceways.

Frankie Wanmain Jnr getting it Sideways at Scunny. Photo Chris Clark

Frankie Wanmain Jnr getting it Sideways at Scunny. Photo Chris Clark

Catering: there is a small food outlet on the home straight; I did not myself purchase any food but from reports the food was good and fairly priced. A licensed bar can also be found up behind turns one and two. A small children’s play area is also available at the rear of turn two (slides & swings). There are two (that I could see) toilet blocks, one being by the main entrance and second behind turn one. There is also a trackshop selling mainly speedway items (at present) on the home straight.

The track is a small wide shale oval with turns one and two being of different size and tightness to three and four. There is also a difference in camber between both sets of turns and indeed the small straights themselves are not level with the home straight raising to a small ‘hump’ on the start finish line and sloping down into turn one.

Click to Zoom - Track view from Turn 1&2 - Photo: S Cording

Click to Zoom - Track view from Turn 1&2 - Photo: S Cording

The racing itself is fast, full contact, sideways action getting faster as the track dries during the evening. The cars are pretty much sideways for the entire lap! There did appear to be plenty of bumper action going into turn one, exiting turn two, going into turn three, and exiting four. Along with the wide bends giving drivers more than one line of attacking each corner; allowing for plenty of overtaking, nerf-on-nerf side-by-side racing action both in the turns and down the straights! In short, the opening meeting produced awesome stockcar racing.

Photo Paul Tully

Photo Paul Tully

As the evening progressed the track did become quite dusty but this is shale racing in the summer, so don’t wear your Sunday best. Unable to comment of floodlighting as it being a July evening the full effect could not be seen under a summer twilight sky. But from observation I don’t think there would be a problem. The PA system was very clear and easy to follow at all points around the track. Once the meeting ended there did not appear to be much of a problem exiting – though I admit that I did spend approximately 30mins talking in the stadium/pits before leaving.

Joe Booth and Steve Cayzer come-together at Scunny. Photo Colin Casserley

Joe Booth and Steve Cayzer come-together at Scunny. Photo Colin Casserley

All in all Scunthorpe produced a fantastic night of racing on a very tidy small raceway that has the potential and space for improvement. Overall the experience was very good (verging on excellent); from the politeness of the stadium staff to the washing off of the shale in the shower once home. The meeting was run swiftly and without unnecessary delay all of which easily overshadowed the few teething problems that can only be expected when a new raceway and promotion hosts the big league for the first time.
And a superbly priced souvenir badge to take home as well.

S.Cording

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