Coventry – 1st Nov 2008 Report

Rain stops play!

Rain stops play!

What should have been a spectacular end to the Coventry season turned out to be a damp squib, with rain starting before the meeting and gradually getting heavier as the evening progressed. By the time the F1s came on, the track was heavy with water and despite the best efforts of the promotion, the racing surface was reduced to a mud bath and eventually became waterlogged to the extent that the meeting was abandoned.

About 64 cars turned out, including Dutch visitors Dave Schaap (H007), Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga (H17), Pablo Brandenberg (H51), and Sandor Mantje (H535), while making history were Hayley and Ike Parkinson, who became the first brother and sister to race F1 at the same meeting since Lisa and Dan Harter in the early 1990s.

Tim Warwick (307) led the first heat until the lap boards, with Geoff Nickolls (215) closing up but unable to find a way past until Murray Harrison (97) charged past both and went on to win.

Steve Malkin (308) led the first heat from start to finish, apart from about ten yards when Mark Allen (301) nerfed him wide and went past, only to then spin out, leaving Malkin to give a steady drive to win.

The third heat was the BSCDA Trust Fund Trophy, and the luck of the draw put Dan Squire (291) on pole position with Timmy Aldridge (257) alongside. Conditions were by now absolutely awful, with the inside line offering considerably more grip than the outside, which was very slippery deep wet shale. Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga (H17) span coming off the first turn, with Mark Woodhull (335), Michael Scriven (12), and Dave Schaap (H007) spinning as they tried to avoid him. Frankie Wainman (515) made some progress but span out a few times. Aldridge, driving a borrowed Falding car, ran second for the first five or six laps before spinning out. This left Mark Gilbank (21) in second and Andy Smith (391) third behind Squire, who was almost the length of the straight ahead, and that’s the order they finished, with Squire adding his name to the prestigious trophy.

After his mishap in the heat, Aldridge looked to be on terms with the horrible conditions in the Consolation, taking an early lead and pulling clear. But with three laps to go, Aldridge took the wrong way around the spinning 335 car, which let Dave Nickolls (242) through to take the win.

Nickolls was leading the Final when the yellows came out for Malkin, who had stopped on the back straight and been hit by the passing traffic. On the restart, Gilbank bumpered Nickolls wide, with Smith (391) then closing in on the 21 car. With Smith right behind him, Gilbank put the bumper in on a backmarker, putting both wide and Smith went past to take the lead. But Gilbank came back at Smith and put him out wide, and with the 391 car then sounding like it was misfiring, Gilbank pulled away to take the win.

The meeting was then abandoned due to the conditions.
Results:
Ht1: 97,215,307,13,98,136,330,41,246,198
Ht2: 308,121,303,152,338,244,276,493,35,249
Ht3: 291,21,391,2,16,53,515,380,84,4
Cons: 242,257,33,259,194,212,415,462
Final: 21,391,515,380,242,84,257,249,2,212

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