Coventry – June 4th 2011 Meeting Report

The first Saturday of the month can only ever mean one thing, a trip to the Coventry shaleway not only for an excellent night of BriSCA F1 stock car entertainment but also to catch up with friends.

The traditional whites and yellow heat was up first with twenty seven lower graders taking to the track with the usual carnage ensuing as BriSCA F1 stockcars flew in all directions. Off pole Nigel Harrhy (45) was very slow away, backing the field up behind him leaving Rich Masterson (103) to roar off into the lead with Adam Slater impatiently barging passed to take second. Slater soon moved in on Masterson with a rejuvinated race enthusiasm after last week’s first race win, taking the lead for himself. Geoff Nickolls (215) was flying through the field to the front and soon Adam saw his mentor Geoff looming in his mirror. Adam was having difficulty bypassing the obstacle of lap down Tim Warwick (307) when yellow grader Richard Regan (428) span 360 degrees right in front of him, with Adam missing him by a whisker. Slater went in on Warwick trying to shift him but ended up going over Warwick’s front end which was all that Geoff Nickoll’s needed, as he gratefully slid by to take the lead and soon after, the chequered flag.

BriSCA F1 stock cars of Adam Slater214 and Geoff Nickolls 215 race side by side. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcar Adam Slater 214 looses the lead. Photo Steve Botham

A further twenty seven cars came out for heat two with a welcome return trackside for North Eastern based Graeme Robson (267) with he and Garry Fox (48) making up the front row. Garry Fox zipped into a lead that he would not relinquish, successfully holding off the rest of the field even when yellow flags closed the field up.

Coventry Heat two winner BriSCA F1 stock car Garry Fox 48. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcar Heat 2 red grades. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 Stock car driver Joe Booth in action. Photo Paul Tully

New red grades Joe Booth (446) and Ryan Harrison (197) had a great little battle throughout the race, starting with Boothy leaning on Harrison, pushing him out wide and the two battling at each end. Flurries of activity occured throuhgout the field with the quick Ryan Harrison making his way swiftly though the pack, dogged every step of the way by the ubiquitous Booth.

BriSCA F1 stockcars Ryan Harrison 197 and Joe Booth 446 do battle. Photo Steve Botham

Booth closed Harrison down and stuck the bumper in but Harrison was able to put down superior traction power to pull slightly ahead coming out of the bends. This created an exciting battle for positon that had the whole crowd shouting, culminating in a last bend fight to the finish with Booth charging in on Harrison, with both going fencewards with lower grader Colin Nairn (280) being caught in the crossfire and Paul Spooner (104), Paul Harrison (2) and Dan Johnson (4) benefitting while the trio untangled themselves.

Heat three saw a smaller field of just under twenty cars with the ever improving Mike Williamson (111) leading them away with solo yellow grader Richard Bryan (238) bringing up the rear guard until he span, catching Will Yarrow (22) and Murray Harrison (97) out, with Bryan dropping to the rear. Scott Davids (462) tustled with Chris Fort (3) who was once again in Ivan Pritchard’s (434) car as they both tore towards the front, reeling in Williamson.

BriSCA F1 stockcar drivers Scott Davids 462 and Chris Fort 3 in Heat 3. Photo Steve Botham

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Frankie Wainman jnr 515 and Mark Gilbank 21. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Craig Finnikin 55 and Frankie Wainman jnr 515 tustle during Heat 3. Photo Steve Botham

A return to shale for Mark Gilbank (21) saw him get off to a flying start, racing Frankie Wainman jnr (515) with Frank pulling ahead up the homestraight. Frank’s good fortune soon came to an end after an erratic line from Nigel Harrhy also took Wainman jnr to the infield with Frank getting back in the race as quickly as possible but half spinning on the bend catching Tom Harris (84) out. Chris Fort took up the running, successfully holding off the downgraded Scott Davids to take the win.

Occasional BriSCA F1 stock car driver and Coventry Heat 3 winner Chris Fort 3. Photo Paul Tully

The consolation saw a heavy mix of lower graders with only Tom Harris, Paul Hines (259) and Danny Wainman (212) making it out for the reds. Graeme Robson led the charge with Rich Masterson swiftly slotting into second. For the first few laps the lower graders sorted themselves out with a fair few spinning themselves out of contention.

BriSCA F1 stock cars of Rich Masterson 103 and Graeme Robson 267 lead the Consolation away. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcars of Mark Woodhull 335 and Tom Harris 84 fight it out. Photo Steve Botham

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mark Woodhull 335 comes under pressure from Tom Harris 84. Photo Paul Tully

Mark Woodhull (335) made speedy progress, matched wheel for wheel by Tom Harris with both BriSCA F1 stock cars slicing through the order. Robson initially had backmarkers Steve Malkin (208) and Nigel Harrhy protecting him but it was not long before the duo of Woodhull and Harris barged passed. A turn four pile up started by Paul Hines (259) running into a stationary Chris Clare (394) allowed the fleet Harris to take the lead and the chequered flag by cutting passed the incident via the inside line while Woodhull took the longer outside.

The full thirty six BriSCA F1 stockcars came on track for the final for a brutal altercation that saw Rob Cowley (73) fail to make his place after suffering engine problems and being replaced by first reserve Dan Squire (291). The reds fought amongst themselves at the green with Ed Neachell (321) being left behind as he clattered the armco up the homestraight.

Coventry Final BriSCA F1 Stock car Star grades get straight into action. Photo Paul Tully

the BriSCA F1 stockcars of Joe Booth 446, Luke Davidson 464 head down the backstraight. Photo Steve Botham

BriSCA F1 stock cars of Joe Booth 446 and Dan Squire 291 racing in the Final. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Murray Harrison 97 tackles Dan Squire 291 and Will Yarrow 22. Photo Paul Tully

Richard Bryan also came to grief, connecting with the fence as the following F1 stockcars all piled in. The yellows were quickly shown after Geoff Nickolls tangled hard with Paul Spooner (104) with Garry Fox leading them away again at the restart. The field was by now all bunched up with Ryan Harrison being the first red and he meant business knocking the lower graders in front aside.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Mark Woodhull 335 tries to hold off Ryan Harrison 197. Photo Steve Botham

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Ryan Harrison 197 races with Garry Fox 48. Photo Paul Tully

The yellows soon came out once again for Graeme Robson who went hard head on into the armco with the flying Fox once again leading the field away. Ryan soon barged passed to take the lead from Fox, with Fox dropping down the order. Frankie Wainman jnr was steadily closing in on Harrison and an electrifying race ensued with Wainman jnr thumping Ryan aside to take the lead but soon had the favour repaid with full interest with Ryan Harrison going on to take his third shale final win. Adam Slater (214) held on to take a creditable tenth place as the solo lower grader amongst a field of star men.

BriSCA F1 stockcars Garry Fox 48 and Ryan Harrison 197 duke it out. Photo Steve Botham

BriSCA F1 Stockcar Final winner Ryan Harrison 197. Photo Steve Botham

The last race of the night for the BriSCA F1 stockcars saw Harrison take up his handicap position in front of the two Matt Newson (16) hire cars of Lee Warner (290) and Steve Anderson (120). Dust and bumpers flew in thick and fast amongst the reds while Joe Booth had trouble and was hugging the armco as tightly as he could, nearly flipping his machine down the backstraight before pulling upto the relative safety of the armco. Paul Harrison waded into Scott Davids, with Davids soon feeling the steel of Tom Harris with Wainman jnr soon getting involved, dishing it out as well. Craig Finnikin (55) headed the field of star drivers and soon bulldozed his way up the order before going onto take the victory from Paul Harrison who battled behind, sending Paul Hines out into Wainman jnr. Lower grader Luke Dennis (192) successfully kept himself out of trouble to be the only lower grader to make it into the top ten.

Another top night of entertainment from the Brandon bowl, setting the scene nicely for the next meeting, Saturday’s Kings Lynn BSCDA British Championship.

Ailsa Haigh

Photo Extra

BriSCA F1 stock cars of Joe Booth 446 and Dan Squire 291 racing in the Final. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Colin Nairn 280 goes for a spin. Photo Paul Tully

The Northern BriSCA F1 duo of Paul Spooner 104 and Graeme Robson 267. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Ryan Harrison 197 passes Geoff Nickolls 215. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 British Champion 2010 Paul Hines 259 and James Neachell 322. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Mark Poole 276 ends up facing the wrong way. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 Coventry track specialist Dan Johnson 4 faces oncoming traffic. Photo Paul Tully

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