Coventry – April 4th 2009 Report

Andy Smith (391) had an excellent start to the season

Andy Smith (391) had an excellent start to the season

The first point scoring meeting of the season at Brandon stadium saw a plethora of new cars and new paint jobs in the pits. The meeting itself started with a parade lap by Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) with his New Zealand World 240’s trophy. This was followed by the rest of Team GB; with Stu Smith jnr (390), Tom Harris (84), Mick Harris (8) and team organiser Guy Parker taking the applause.

The 1st heat then got underway with Richard Bryan (238) and Hayley Parkinson (54) swapping for the lead but further back down the field Frankie Wainman jnr was not in the mood to take any prisoners. He drove forcefully to the front to take the win from Hayley on the very last bend. Heat 2 followed straight away with Dave Nickolls (242) taking the early lead but Andy Smith (391) made swift progress through the field, took the lead and never looked back. Heat 3 saw Geoff Nickolls (215) being pressured late on by Steve Cayzer (380) but he held on well to take the chequered flag.

The consolation saw the ‘young guns’ battling it out with Tom Harris (84) finally getting the better of Lee Robinson (107) to take the win. The Final itself saw 34 cars take to the track; the opening laps of which which were absolute mayhem; most cars got involved in some way and stranded cars littered both bends drawing the yellow flags.

The frenetic pace continued at the restart with the reds jostling for position resulting in John Lund (53), Paul Harrison (2) and Craig Finnikin (55) getting tangled on turn 4. Andy Smith however, drove an assured race, successfully avoided trouble and outpaced the rest of the field to take the first point scoring final of the 2009 season. Seasoned entertainer Rob Cowley (73) claimed a deserved second place and Mark Gilbank (21) drove cleanly to take the last place on the podium.

After a mature drive, Mat Newson took the Grand National after keeping out of trouble as Andy Smith’s luck finally ran out. He had been making good progress through the field until Paul Hines (259) got hooked up on the front end of his car and once freed Andy then went on to be launched onto the turn 1 marker tyres which forced him to retire to the infield.

Some excellent drives seen throughout the field but man of the moment was definitely heat and final winner Andy Smith who kick started his 2009 campaign in style. All in all, a great start to the season at an action packed Coventry which can only bode well for the forthcoming season.

Full Race Results | Video: Heat 1

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