Belle Vue – November 13th 2011 Heats Report

BriSCA F1 stock car Shootout finale competitors in a pre-meeting presentation. Photo Colin Casserley

Anticipation was high for the Shootout finale, once again held at the Belle Vue shaleway. With double points up for grabs it was still all to play in the chase for the silver roof. It was also poignant that it was to be the last meeting for long term campaigner Dave Berresford 260 and Andy Smith 391. It also saw a return trackside for Derek Fairhurst 218, using the Dylan Williams Maynard 51 machine.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Andy Smith 391 waves goodbye to the crowd. Photo Paul Tully

The first race in the Shootout finale saw twenty cars take to the track with Mike Heywood 424 leading them away at the start. Dave Berresford 260 graced the track with his presence for his final meeting proclaiming atop his red roof ‘Goodbye from Dave Bezz’.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Dave Berresford 260 gets ready for his final meeting. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Derek Fairhurst 218 and Dave Berresford 260. Photo Paul Tully

The shootout competitors got straight down to a tactical affair with Andy Smith heading the Shootout drivers with Matt Newson 16 tailing Smith, letting him do all the hard work. Craig Finnikin 55 slid by Tom Harris 84 with Harris then getting the better of Finnikin with the duo almost coming out of the bend three wide with World Champion Paul Harrison 2.

Shootout drivers Paul Harrison 2, Tom Harris 84 and Craig Finnikin 55. Photo Carl Hesketh

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Matt Newson 16 tails Andy Smith 391. Photo Colin Casserley

Finnikin hoofed Harris into Harrison in an effort to clear his fellow star competitors. Mal Brown 34 found himself on the receiving end of a Murray Harrison 97 assault that saw the pair visit the wires with Harrison being left pinned while Brown himself extricated carried on. Newson was still determinedly sticking with Smith as Mike Williamson 111 took up the running out front and Finnikin found that a lap down Mal Brown is not always the easiest thing to deal with as Brown span and Finnikin clattered in.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Craig Finnikin 55 clatters into Mal Brown 34. Photo Colin Casserley

Newson had suffered a similar fate, being held up by Phil Whitaker 88, allowing Smith to move clear. Smith purposefully reeled in Williamson, taking the lead with five to go and racing on to the chequered flag unopposed.

Heat two soon followed as part of a two thirds format, with overseas visitor Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga H17 also taking part. John Lund 53 had noticeably tried to avoid getting involved with the main Shootout competitors in the first race, but clearly did not appreciate being told to line up with the star graders by Startrax official and ex-BSCDA chairman Stu Milnes.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver John Lund 53 alongside Michael Scriven 12. Photo Paul Tully

Lund dutifully joined the back of the star graders but as they started to roll, respectfully slowed to create his own solo superstar grade. Tom Harris snapped into the lead of the Shootout drivers until sent into a spin by Ryan Harrison 197 with Dan Johnson 4 bobbling up over Harris to continue, with Harris being forced to pull off, his hopes of gaining any points dashed. Johnson and Finnikin diced with each other, the two charging up the homestraight side by side. Frankie Wainman jnr 515 and Joe Booth 446 renewed old rivalries until Wainman sent Booth into a spin.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Tim Warwick 307 in the Chris Stafford 157 car. Photo Paul Tully

Murray Harrison and lower grader Tim Warwick 307 tangled through turn four with the two setting off down the homestraight conjoined until James Clement 158 forcefully separated the pair by way of a hefty punt on the Harrison back bumper, which sent Warwick’s shattered nerf rail off into the distance. The yellows were called for soon after, for a turn two pile up which saw Neil Turner 126 head a group charge into turns one and two.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver James Clement 158 finds a marker tyre. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Craig Finnikin 55 clatters into James Clement 158. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Dan Johnson 4 tries to keep out of trouble. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers pile into turns one and two. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers pile into turns one and two. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Neil Turner 126 belches flames. Photo Colin Casserley

At the off Wainman jnr presented a wide back end to rival Dan Johnson as leader Neil Shenton 35 shot off like he had been scalded. Lap down Hiddinga H17 found himself under pressure in the press for the front with Wainman jnr looking like he was going for a last bend hit but went up over the inside kerb which kerbed his speed letting Shenton take the flag with ease.

With Heat three came the news that Tom Harris 84 had done a gearbox, an unfortunate outcome for the wayward uncatchable leader of the Grading Points who was outside the top three in the hunt for the precious silver roof. Frankie Wainman jnr 515 maintained his previous heat stance, dropping back and picking up the pieces. Ryan Harrison got straight into Smith bypassing him to be the leader of the Shootout competitors.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Frankie Wainman jnr 515 bypasses Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga H17. Photo Paul Tully

Matt Newson found the rough edge of Joe Booth’s bumper forcing him to pull to the infield while Hiddinga and Nigel Whalley 198 found the fence with the yellows being shown after only a couple of laps. Mike Heywood led them away from Ryan Harrison and Andy Smith, and soon succumbed to the pressure with Harrison taking charge until coming under pressure himself from the more experienced Smith who charged off ahead.

Dutch F1 stock car driver Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga H17 in action against Ryan Harrison 197. Photo Paul Tully

Paul Harrison bumpered Mike Heywood 424 but in the press of cars, tangled, with the pair heading into the fence while Richard Bryan 238 bobbled over Chris Clare 394 but kept driving, giving the World Champion some outside assistance with a mid race push start.

BriSCA F1 World Champion Paul Harrison 2 tangles with Mike Heywood 424. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 World Champion Paul Harrison 2 gets a mid race push start from Richard Bryan 238. Photo Colin Casserley

John Frost 351 and Chris Clare 394 came to grief with Frost spinning and the up to yellow Clare clattering in. Upfront, Frankie Wainman continued to purposefully reel in second place Ryan Harrison but was unable to gain on wayward leader Smith who went onto take his second win of the day in his final meeting.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Andy Smith 391 takes the flag . Photo Paul Tully

The report from the rest of the meeting (Final and Grand National) is available HERE.
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