Ipswich, 21st June – meeting report and photo gallery

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Local driver Colin Goodswen took the main event at the annual visit to Ipswich.

25 F1 Stock cars made the annual pilgrimage to Foxhall Stadium Ipswich for a World Championship qualifying round and those making the long trip south were rewarded with bright sunshine and an arena which has seen even more investment since last year with seating now extended all down the back straight and a plethora of hospitality units.

Prior to the first F1 heat fans and drivers observed a minutes silence for long time fan Clark Greenwood who tragically lost his life in a car accident when returning home from the British Championship at Birmingham.

With only 25 entries an all in four race format was inevitable and in truth 25 cars is not really sufficient for the huge oval but the drivers did there best to get the adrenaline pumping and even with little deliberate contact the speed and noise of F1 cars around Foxhall does make a refreshing change from some of the shorter tracks.

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Three abreast out of the turn.

 

The 25 cars for heat one included Joff Gibson 249 returning to tarmac racing in a brightly painted motor raced last season by 377 Jamie Jackson. 207 Ben Hurdman had pole position and the Hi Spec powered car of Dylan Williams-Maynard and he put the rapid car to good use charging off into an early lead while the pack got all a little out of shape round turns two and three which left Nigel Harrhy 45 in the fence where he was joined by Scott Davids 462.

Lap three saw Colin Goodswen 372 pass Hurdman for the lead just before yellow flags came out to rescue the 371 car of Paul Rankin who had spun and stalled in turn 3. On the restart 372 was soon under pressure from Paul Poulter 174. Further back in the pack Tom Harris 1 got aggressive with Rob Speak 318 and having disposed of Speak set off to hunt down the leaders. While Speak and Sworder retired with flat tyres Harris waltzed to the front and took the lead with five to go, which was a little surprising as the #1 engine sounded as rough as a badger’s backside. Poulter enlivened the last two laps attacking Goodswen for second and after a couple of polite taps failed to do the job a proper last bend shunt reversed the places.

Just 22 cars for Heat two and no sign of World Champion Harris. 372 led, this time with 94 John Dowson for company while 45 spun again in turn 2. Poulter passed 94 and tried to close on Goodswen while Danny Wainman 212 found an extra gear and began to close on the leaders. Wainman took the lead around halfway for a comfortable win.

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Bumper to bumper at Foxhall Stadium.

A post race visit to the pit area provided the answer to the absence of Harris from Heat two as the engine had rocker cover removed and was receiving intensive care from Tom and his Dad but there was no quick fix and the Harris car was unable to join the 23 others who gridded for the meeting final.

Hurdman and Goodswen contested the lead while early casualties were Sworder 150 and 191 Josh Smith who tangled in turn three. Poulter 174 and 321 Ed Neachell chased the leaders and had an entertaining scrap. Back in the pack Speak 318 picked a fight with 390 Stuart Smith Jnr, a risky and brave policy at any track but Speak survived and pulled away from the King of contact.

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Paul Poulter and Ed Neachell had an entertaining scrap in the Final.

372 continued to lead with Dowson 94 in second and with little incident and thus no yellow flags the stars and superstars failed to make any impression on the leaders. The race continued to a close in a high speed procession with Danny Wainman 212 coming through for fourth behind Poulter whose third place showed he is rapidly getting to grips with F1 racing.

22 made it on track for the Grand National including a repaired Tom Harris car. A little bit more aggression in this race as Speak 318 attacked 217 Fairhurst and Harris scrapped with Wainman 515. Up front Dowson 94 led from Hurdman and 45 Harrhy who kept it out of the fence long enough to hold down third place. As the race approached halfway the leaders were caught by Wainman 212 who soon sailed past. As Hurdman and Harrhy faded Harris roused himself and charged forward into second but he was still to far back on the last lap for any heroics leaving Wainman to take another trophy home in his best tarmac meeting for some considerable time. The last few laps were enlivened by Lee Robinson 107 and Luke Davidson 464 who fought over fourth place, 464 was the aggressor and after several rounds of contact he forced his way past on the final lap.

Words: Damian Noblett
Photos: Colin Casserley

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