Hednesford – April 21st 2013 Meeting Report

After the Saturday night tar meeting at Birmingham it was off to Hednesford for WCQR number 8 on the Sunday for the second Incarace meeting of the weekend at the fast banked Cannock track.

27 cars were in attendance for a two heat, final and grand national all in format with a good show of star drivers.

Upside down Daz Kitson 532. Photo Colin Casserley

Upside down Daz Kitson 532. Photo Colin Casserley

Heat 1 started with 377 Jamie Jackson leading from the front, but after 3 laps the yellows were brought out as 532 Daz Kitson rolled spectacularly down the back straight ending on the roof with the roll cage facing the oncoming pack. Most avoided the stricken car but an unsighted Danny Wainman hit the car at full pace fortunately on Kitsons bumper pushing the car aside, very very fortunate for Kitson who got out unharmed but the 212 car was tractored off with wrecked axles, shockers and bumpers, another busy period for the Wainman repair team as this car was also heavily damaged at first Skegness meeting of the year.

More damage for Daniel Wainman 212. Photo Colin Casserley

More damage for Daniel Wainman 212. Photo Colin Casserley

Ed Neachell alongside Rob Speak and Colin Goodswen. Photo Colin Casserley

Ed Neachell alongside Rob Speak and Colin Goodswen. Photo Colin Casserley

On the re-start 321 Ed Neachell was excluded not obeying waved yellows, 252 Paul Redfern led them off but soon retired and by lap 7 a fast charging Rob Speak was into third from Redfern and 221 Shaun Blakemore. Ryan Harrison span and ended up at the back of the pack and with 5 to go it was Speak in the lead from Mick Sworder and Paul Harrison. The top 3 remained the same at the chequered but Speak then failed the post race weight scales and the win was awarded to Sworder.

Jamie Jackson 377. Photo Colin Casserley

Jamie Jackson 377. Photo Colin Casserley

Heat 2 started with 3 laps under waved yellows due a banger dropping its sump oil on the main straight and the early leader was again Jamie Jackson who made a fast start. Waved yellows were out on lap 5 for 108 Peter Hobbs who had ended hard in the face and on the re-start Jackson, who had lost a healthy lead led off 221 Blakemore from 372 Colin Goodswen and a fast moving Ryan Harrison in 4th. Two laps later Harrison was leading, Jackson going fencewards and with 4 to go it was Harrison from 107 Lee Robinson and 464 Luke Davidson, these positions remaining to the end, further back Sworder and 1 Lee Fairhurst having a good exchange of bumpers.

Luke Davidson and Dylan Williams Maynard. Photo Colin Casserley

Luke Davidson and Dylan Williams Maynard. Photo Colin Casserley

The final saw 20 cars gridded including 515 Frankie wainman who had had gear box repairs after retiring from heat 2. The start was red flagged after an unsatisfactory start and on the green it was again 377 Jackson who made a rapid start but by lap 3 197 Harrison was again flying and was up to third with Robinson, Speak, Fairhurst and Sworder battling hard further behind. By halfway Harrison was in the lead from Jackson and 161 Mark Allen with Fairhurst 4th further back Sworder and Speak exchanging blows.

Eventual Final winner Tom Harris 84. Photo Colin Casserley

Eventual Final winner Tom Harris 84. Photo Colin Casserley

However it was in the last half that 84 Tom Harris came alive with a very fast charge from 7th to finish 2nd after moving Robinson aside on the last bend.

Tom Harris and Mick Sworder. Photo Colin Casserley

Tom Harris and Mick Sworder. Photo Colin Casserley

The Grand National had a confused crowd watching 84 Harris take the lap handicap, it later being announced that 197 Harrison had been the second victim of the day to the post race scales. With Harris taking the handicap 197 Harrison was on a charge after his final disappointment and at halfway was 2nd to 372 Goodswen, Harrison finally taking the chequered from 107 Robinson and 1 Fairhurst 3rd.

Ryan Harrison 197. Photo Colin Casserley

Ryan Harrison 197. Photo Colin Casserley

A fine end to the day at the only Hednesford meeting of 2013, the forcasted rain even staying away until fortunately half an hour after the meeting ended.

Reported by: Andy Armer

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