Birmingham – August 27th 2011 Meeting Report

Over thirty BriSCA F1 stockcars put in an appearance for the first shootout round of the season including all twelve National Point combatants. New Zealand hard hitter Peter Rees NZ3 was present in Dave Riley’s 422 shale machine and Steve Malkin jnr 308 was also having a run out in the John Gould 491 machine with its unconventionally angled front suspension set up.

the BriSCA F1 stock cars of Dave Riley on track together. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car Shootout drivers roar into battle. Photo Colin Casserley

A two thirds format was decided upon with just over twenty cars taking to the track for the first heat. Chad Evans 392 led the field away but most eyes were focused on the rear of the field where seven Shootout drivers roared into battle. As they argued amongst themselves and sorted themselves out, Frankie Wainman jnr 515 was on a charge being the first to break away.

BriSCA F1 lower graders Rob Harrod 258 and Paul Redfern 252 come to grief. Photo Steve Botham

Andy Smith 1 sent shootout debutant Lee Fairhurst 217 out wide while Paul Harrison 2 nearly ended his race for the flag in a turn one tangle with Dylan Williams Maynard 51. Craig Finnikin 55 tapped Smith wide and it was not long before a recovered Fairhurst gave Smith a nudge. When the yellows came out, Will Yarrow 22 led from Danny Wainman 212 with Frank being neatly situated in third but had Chris Cowley 37 breathing down his neck.

BriSCA F1 stock car Lee Fairhurst 217 in the thick of it. Photo Colin Casserley

As they headed down the backstraight Danny did not get away with brother Frank ruthlessly shoving him aside and setting off to close Yarrow down. With one lap to go, Wainman jnr had Yarrow well in his sights, powering down the backstraight to give Yarrow a big shove going into the last bend and on to take the lead and the win.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Frankie Wainman jnr 515 shoves Will Yarrow 22 aside. Photo Steve Botham

BriSCA F1 stock car heat winner Frankie Wainman Jnr 515. Photo Steve Botham

Just over twenty cars came out for the second heat with Chris Cooke 460 and Nigel Harrhy 45 making up the front row. At the green, Steve Malkin jnr 308 failed to get away properly and trundled round the pitgate bend as the rest of the field flew by at breakneck speed with the yellows coming into play.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Ryan Harrison 197 in the thick of the action. Photo Colin Casserley

Martyn Bamford 43 and Chris Cooke 460 came to grief up the homestraight, with the two cars connecting, getting hooked up together and heading for the infield. The field managed to avoid until Ryan Harrison 197 connected with Bamford’s rear bumper breaking off part of his own bumper ending his night’s racing before it had really gotten started. Harry led the field away with Dan Johnson 4 getting on the tail of Matt Newson 16 who flew into the rumblestrips, with his back end flying up in the air. Scott Davids 462 bulldozered his way into the lead as Mick Sworder’s 150 night also came to an end when he pulled off to the infield.

BriSCA F1 drivers Stu Smith jnr 390 and Robert Broome 41. Photo Steve Botham

Mickey Randell 172 had his hands full with a wayward Harrhy as Danny Wainman thumped into Lee Fairhurst sending him out into Finnikin. It was not long before Finnikin was back up on top of Wainman and sent him out to meet the fence himself.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mickey Randell 172. Photo Steve Botham

A stationary in the fence, Derek Brown 229 drew the yellow flags with Scott Davids leading them away with Dan Johnson hot on his heels. In the kerfuffle Davids thumped into a sideways Johnson gifting Randell the lead as further down the field Paul Harrison and Craig Finnikin duked it out while Lee Fairhurst 217 sent Harrhy flying fencewards. Out front Randell and Danny Wainman were flying and not to be caught as Johnson went in on Finnikin on the last bend with the pair tearing out of turn four neck and neck and drag racing to the line for third place.

Heat three saw twenty cars fill the track with Matt Newson barging passed Frankie Wainman jnr and setting off apace. Dan Johnson got stuck into Dylan Williams Maynard letting Tom Harris 84 slide by.

BriSCA F1 driver Matt Newson 16 gets himself well up the field. Photo Steve Botham

As the shootout drivers fought for position, Newson was already well up the field sticking the bumper into Will Yarrow. Andy Smith and Frankie Wainman jnr were vying for position moving passed Chris Cowley, with Cowley exuberantly getting back involved and putting the bumper into Smith.

BriSCA F1 stock car Andy Smith 1 and Chris Cowley 37 fight for position. Photo Steve Botham

Upfront Newson was having a clear run with the quick Harris moving into second. Smith was still receiving attention from Cowley until Cowley shoved Yarrow aside, letting Smith sneak through and set off at speed, passing Wainman jnr who looked to have slowed down the backstraight on the last lap. Newcomer Chad Evans 392 did well to hold on to take a reputable fourth place.

Twenty four cars came out for the Final with Derek Brown 229 taking up the running as behind, carnage ensued. Chris Cowley got hooked up with Josh Smith 191 with the two limping to the infield together while the shootout drivers piled into each bend at full speed. In the pushing and shoving Dan Johnson got turned sideways into Stu Smith jnr 390 with Craig Finnikin having nowhere else to go but pile into the entangled pair.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Lee Fairhurst 217 had a good run in the Birmingham Final. Photo Colin Casserley

Finnikin at the rear, managed to pull off to the infield but the Johnson and Smith jnr cars were locked fast together and took some extricating. At the restart a fast and furious battle ensued with the remaining shootout drivers, searching for valuable points. Wainman jnr hoofed Andy Smith aside but soon found himself on the receiving end when Tom Harris put in a monster hit sending Newson out into Luke Davidson 464, Andy Smith and Frankie Wainman jnr.

Wainman jnr at the head of the shoving train found himself thumped into the armco. As the crowd roared with excitement and the group sorted themselves out into some semblance of order, Andy Smith and Matt Newson came to grief with Smith getting turned around as the following field piled in.

BriSCA F1 driver Andy Smith 1 coming to grief with Matt Newson 16. Photo Colin Casserley

A nice hard battle ensued with Paul Harrison, Luke Davidson and Wainmnan jnr exchanging hits and places for the remaining laps. Out ahead, Dylan William Maynard was well clear of the chasing pack and along with Lee Fairhurst had managed to avoid most of the trouble but Fairhurst was unable to close him down. Tom Harris was also on his way at speed but there were not enough laps left, leaving Maynard Williams to take his very first Final win and from the star grade as well.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Tom Harris 84 overhauls Will Yarrow 22. Photo Colin Casserley

The Grand National was the last race of the night and due to the amount of carnage in the Final, just under less than twenty cars. Yarrow took up the lead in the early stages while the shootout drivers scrapped amongst themselves.

New Zealand hard hitter Peter Rees NZ3 lines up for the GN. Photo Steve Botham

Tom Harris put in a massive hit on Frankie Wainman jnr sending him head on into the armco with his front bumper being bent back over the wheel. Frank made his way slowly to the infield, out of the race. Finnikin and Fairhurst traded blows while Matt Newson headed towards the front but was unable to reel in Yarrow. Harris moved himself neatly into third by bumpering Cowley aside with two to go but was unable to close down second place Newson and the order for the top three remained. After the race, the cords could be seen on Tom Harris’s OSR tyre where it was completely worn down.

All in all an action packed event with Tom Harris setting a new lap record and with the BriSCA F1 World Final being just around the corner, he must surely be one of the main contenders. But first it is time for Shootout round 2 at Coventry Stadium which is sure to be a lively affair.

Ailsa Haigh

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