After the overwhelmingly positive reviews of the opening Stoke meeting the previous month, there was high hopes for the September session, and once again the most demanding of tracks on the BriSCA calendar delivered some top quality stock car action.
The traditional Masters meeting took place the day after the World Final with Ivan Pritchard 434 winning the Meeting Final with Shaun Blakemore 221 and Paul Hines 259 rounding out the podium places.
For the second year in a row, Lee Fairhurst 217 qualified for the World Final grid as a Consolation Semi Finalist reserve when father Derek 218 was unable to take his place on the starting grid due to mechanical gremlins.
Coventry kicked off amid rumours of closure with a parade lap for Tom Harris 84 proudly displaying the Dutch Gold Cup he won at Venray. The Gold Cup was last won by a Brit back in 2006 when Frankie Wainman jnr 515 took the title.
Bank Holiday Monday traditionally means Belle Vue, and the Manchester weather was traditionally cold and wet.
The first Shootout round of 2012 took place at Birmingham Wheels with Tom Harris 84 displaying the Gold Cup he won at Venray before going on to win the final and take the top spot of the twelve Shootout competitors.
The first F1 meeting at Stoke since November 2001 was a trip back in time for many, and it quickly became apparent that the veterans had remembered what it was like and had come prepared.
Craig Finnikin 55 made it two Coventry Finals in a row with another determined performance at the Brandon shale way.
The second of the 2012 World Championship Semi-Finals was staged at Birmingham on Saturday 28th July, with Mick Sworder claiming a the win and with it front row start in the World Final at Skegness.