Birmingham, 17th October 2015 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery

Twenty-four cars for Heat One in this, the seventh Shoot Out round in the series and the third consecutive tarmac one following on from Skegness and Buxton the previous weekend. Former F2 champion James Rygor (783) lined up amongst the reds in the Billy-Tom O’Connor (316) car, numbered 78 for the evening, while Derek Brown (229) made a welcome return to racing, starting with the white tops. Sadly, Derek’s return was short-lived, lasting only until the first bend when he spun and got clobbered by a couple of cars, bringing out the yellow flags and the ambulance.

The restart lasted only a few laps before the caution flags flew again, this time for Frankie JJ (555) who was in the fence at the start of the home straight. With the 555 car removed, racing recommenced with Graeme Robson (267) in front and (46) flying into the banking on the home straight. Dan Johnson (4) took the lead before the half-way, running out a clear winner from Speak (318) and Hines (259).

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A return to racing for northeastener Derek Brown

With white tops cars allowed to race in both heats, Frankie JJ was an early front runner in Heat Two before Steve Whittle (183) moved ahead for a convincing victory, in a race which saw Shoot Out contenders 515, 84, 16, 150 and 464 struggle, with, Davidson sending the Sworder machine hard into the first bend fence and out of the race.

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Heat 2 winner, Steve Whittle (183)

Smith (390) and Fairhurst (217) made up for their early exit from Heat One by taking first and third places respectively in the twenty-two car Consolation after Frankie JJ made all the early running. Paul Ford (388) had slotted into second place by the chequered flag with the Silsden youngster coming home a very creditable fourth.

The 555 machine again led the twenty-nine cars away in the Final with Wainman the elder (515) making rapid progress until tangling with 183 and 25 coming off turn four; retiring to the infield immediately after. Rob Cowley (73) moved 555 aside for the lead as Smith scorched through the field. 212 and 217 made slow progress while, with five to run, Todd Jones (186) closed on Cowley but couldn’t quite get close enough to land a blow before losing second spot to Smith on the last bend. Rob Cowley went on to make F1 racing history by becoming the oldest ever final winner, showing son Chris (37), winner at Coventry last weekend, that the old boy still had it in him!

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Rob Cowley making BriSCA history as the oldest final winner.

The Grand National rounded off a good night for the Jones boys – Todd claimed a heat fourth and final third and Murray (196) took the flag in a race which saw the Shoot Out boys getting stuck in to each other. Having closed to within six points of series leader Fairhurst after the final, Smith (390) limped across the line, out of the places, after previously being in with a chance of taking the lead.
Fairhurst had maintained his lead, now on 232 points but Smith had jumped into second on 220 with Danny Wainman (212) third on 215. Defending champion Rob Speak was fourth on 208 points, by no means out of the picture. Fans were left ready and waiting for Round 8 at Northampton.

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Lee Fairhurst left another meeting on top of the points table, with defending champ, Rob Speak, in fourth.

Words: Mick Jenkins
Photos: Colin Casserley

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