Buxton – August 11th 2013: BriSCA F1 World Semi-Final #2 Report

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With the first Semi Final completed on the shale of Sheffield, it was up the hills of Buxton for the second Semi Final, this time on Tar, to decide the remaining half of the 2013 World Championship Final grid.

The Semi Final was the first F1 race of the day and prior to this, the practice session had brought about its own fair share of drama. Nigel Harrhy who was not on the semi grid but had turned up to race the regular section of the meeting, had a spectacular engine failure, with the bottom of the sump being damaged and ripped open by the engine internals. An earlier oil pump failure at a previous meeting probably being the cause. A sad and very expensive event for any driver, and we wish the best to Nigel that the engine can be repaired. Also during practice 97 Murray Harrison (who was to start inside of the 6th row of the Semi-Final) suffered engine gremlins in Son Ryan’s tar car, with top end rocker problems. The car being pushed off the track by the 97/197 mechanics and would not make the important semi grid. Also of note, 446 Joe Booth did his practice in the old 235 car, the normal 446 shale machine being left at home.

The Semi Grid began lining up, but minus the 4 Dan Johnson car. A small delay was allowed by the stewards, giving the Johnson team a vital chance to work on the car’s brakes in the pits. The 4 car finally emerged on to the track for a lap of brake testing with Dan at the wheel, before taking his place on the grid. With Murray Harrison not making the grid and also 463 James Morris and 393 Dave Plumbley electing to not take their qualifying places on the grid, the reserve drivers 415 Russell Cooper, 276 Mark Poole and 90 Liam Brown lined up at the back of the pack. On the parade lap the 446 Joe Booth car could not find its gears and was pushed onto the infield before the start, and with that, it was ready for the off.

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On the drop of the flag, pole sitter 84 Tom Harris took the lead with 2nd row starter Dan Johnson following through, outside pole sitter 1 Lee Fairhust settling for 3rd place followed by 21 Mark Gilbank, 212 Danny Wainman and 107 Lee Robinson. On the first bend 51 Dylan Williams-Maynard span before getting going again.

On lap 3 the fast moving Fairhurst pushed Johnson aside for second place and by lap 6 it was 84 from 1, 4, 21, 212 and 107. John Lund who had started from the 3rd row in his new 2013 tar car looked quicker than previous meetings but dropped down the grid, the new tar car seemingly requiring a few more tweaks yet before it finds its ultimate pace.

The race then settled down with gaps between the cars lengthening and few incidents; 90 Liam Brown spinning on the turn 3 wall on lap 10 being the only notable event.

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With 6 laps to go, leader Harris was coming up against the back-markers, and the fast moving Fairhurst was noticeably closing in on Harris. By the point Mr Starter had shown the final lap board to 84 Harris, Fairhurst was on his back bumper. As the crowd held their breath, the question on everybody’s minds was “Settle for a safe second, or go for glory?”. Lee chose the latter option and in a classic last bend lunge, pushed the Harris car into the Armco, keeping the power down to come through for the win. Harris recovering and fish-tailing to the finish line, while 4 Dan Johnson followed home in third place.

After all was finished, Semi-Final #1 winner 197 Ryan Harrison was called to the start grid for the customary toss of the coin to decide pole position for the World Final itself. Lee Fairhurst with luck still clearly on his side, the winner again. Lee has chosen the inside pole for the Final at Kings Lynn on September 21st.

The full World Final grid can be seen on our World Final Information Page

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BriSCA F1 Buxton Semi Result – 1, 84, 4, 21, 212, 107, 12, 318, 11, 172.

Words: Andy Armer
Photos: Colin Casserley

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