After enduring the almost winter like conditions of Saturday on the windswept Skegness terraces it was a pleasure to arrive at a stadium bathed in sunshine.
Skegness lived up to its “bracing” reputation last Saturday and the coastal wind brought in several heavy cloudbursts which made for changeable and challenging track conditions.
Bank Holiday Monday can only mean Belle Vue, and once again the tight and tricky Manchester oval produced high drama and a bumper crop of stock car action.
The 1st meeting of May saw fifty-four cars make the journey to the Brandon shaleway. With a change to the usual format, the first heat was for White and Yellow Grades but drivers who did not qualify were then able to go into either heat two or three and earn full heat points.
The last KL meeting before June’s WCQR attracted an impressive thirty-seven cars and culminated in the best race so far of the 2010 season, an eighteen car Grand National. Half of the top twenty current grading/national points scorers had made the journey, including the soon to be red tops Neil Scriven (11) and Tony Smith (91).
The second leg of Incarace’s F1 weekend saw the Big League make its only visit of the year to Hednesford Hills Raceway.
The BriSCA F1s made their first visit of the year to their top tarmac venue at Birmingham Wheels Raceway on April 17th, and a good field of around 35 cars were in attendance.
The decision to run a meeting at Sheffield on a non Bank Holiday Monday night had raised a few eyebrows when it was first announced, but it turned out to be probably the best meeting to have been staged at the track for quite a few years.
The second tar meeting of season 2010 was staged at Northampton on a dry sunny evening in front of a larger than usual crowd who witnessed history being made as (191) Joshua Smith took his maiden BriSCA F1 final win with room to spare, in only his sixth career meeting in the formula.
Easter Monday saw James Morris take a career first Final win, in what emerged as an absolutely epic stock car race. On a cold but dry night, the track was in superb condition, and with enough cars present for decent grids in all five races, this was a prime example of why Belle Vue is such a great venue.