Coventry – Trust Fund Race June 5th 2010

In the glorious sunshine at Coventry, first race of the night, and separate from the main meeting was the Trust Fund race. All twenty-three star and superstars present made it onto the track, with Kevin Shinn (121) and Mick Rogers (244) making up the front row. Notable absenties were Lee Fairhurst (217) whose shale car is not quite ready, and Lee Robinson (107) who debuted his new car last month. Only Will Yarrow did not make the start, unfortunately pulling onto the infield before the green.

The Super-Stars roar into action. Photo Paul Tully

Ed Neachell (321) took up the running straight away when Shinn half spun on turn one of the closed grid affair.

Kevin Shinn get's spun early on. Photo Colin Casserley

The cars raced closely on, until last year’s Trust Fund winner Murray Harrison (97) half spun on turn three and most of the field piled in with John Lund (53) and Frankie Wainman (515) being the only ones who did not get straight back into the race.

More cars get spun-to-the-armco. Photo Paul Tully

Neachell, Scott Davids (462) and Neil Scriven (11) remained the order as a short way behind, Tom Harris (84), Stu Smith jnr (390) and Paul Harrison (2) tustled for position.

Scott Davids #462 & Tom Harris #84 battle while Stuart Smith #390 is just behind. Photo Colin Casserley

By halfway, the cars were quite evenly spaced out, with a few pockets of two cars racing neck and neck. Young Harris was gaining swiftly on Davids and when he got up alongside, tried at first to pass him cleanly but upon failing, deftly used his bumper on the last bend.

The battle for second place intensifies. Photo Paul Tully

Ed Neachell (321) had spent most of the race since his break to the front creating a comfortable lead for himself and went on to take the chequered unimpeded.

Ed Neachell 2010 BSCDA Trust Fund Winner. Photo Colin Casserley

n 1976 the Drivers Benevolent Fund was formed to help those having to take time away from work with racing injuries. This was registered as a Charity in 1984 and became known as the BSCDA Trust Fund. While no-one wants to see a driver injured, in full contact racing unfortunately they can occur from time to time. The recently injured Dave Nickolls (242) presented the Trust Fund Race trophies.

2010 BSCDA Trust Fund Top three, injured driver Dave Nicholls presenting. Photo Paul Tully

Result: 321 – 84 – 462 – 390 – 2 – 11 – 1 – 322 – 212 – 12

Craig Haworth has contacted us on behalf of the BSCDA to say:

Trust Fund collection on Saturday at Coventry was £1,767.35, a record collection as far as I am aware. I thought that bucket was heavy !

So a big pat on the back for all members of the crowd who contributed, every little helps and makes a big difference to drivers who are forced to miss work due to injury from racing.

Ailsa Haigh

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