Ipswich – June 18th 2011 Meeting Report

Photo Colin Casserley

The annual trip to the Foxhall Stadium Ipswich saw the penultimate WCQR entice 27 cars to the Suffolk venue with a last chance for drivers favouring tarmac to clinch those all important points towards this season’s Semi Final races. A four race format, consisting of two heats, Final and Grand National saw this season’s unstoppable force on the hard stuff, Tom Harris (84) take another double race win success notching the opening heat and the feature race with another dominant display.

BriSCA F1 stockcar blue grades line up. Photo Colin Casserley

The heavy showers prior to racing thankfully stayed away once proceedings got under way, and after a practice session and preliminary heat for the National Hot Rods, 27 BriSCA F1 Stock Cars rolled out onto a fast drying tarmac track offering plenty of grip which allowed the Big League to display the awesome power that these cars possess.

BriSCA F1 star grades line up. Photo Colin Casserley

Tony Smith (91) pulled off on the slow lap rolling start and son Joshua’s (191) car started bellowing smoke from the rear, although he did see the green flag fly. Lone white grade driver Paul Redfearn (252) in the Mat Newson (16) hire car, lead away the opening lap until a fast moving Dean Whitwell (195) relieved him of top spot into lap 2. Carl Pickering (141) turned it around on turns one and two and was clobbered by Dylan Williams-Maynard (51) which resulted in both cars becoming stranded on the racing line so an early caution allowed that obstruction to be cleared.

BriSCA F1 stockcar red grade Dylan Williams Maynard 51. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stockcar of Ian Brickley 246 bypasses Paul Redfern 252. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 Paul Carter 300 leads Will Yarrow 22 and Mickey Randell 172 at the off. Photo Colin Casserley

Whitwell and the returning Ian Brickley (246) lead away the restart with Will Yarrow (22), Mick Sworder (150) and Lee Robinson (107) in close proximity. Sworder laid the bumper on the #246 car into turn one on resumption, but this just caused the #150 machine to lose power and he drifted onto the centre green and out of the race. Robinson was quickly into second spot, but couldn’t relax as Harris was all over him, and by half distance had relegated the Leicestershire man down to third as he set about reeling in the flying #195. As the 5 laps to go board was shown, Harris made his move down into turn one and eased through to a victory which looked as comfortable as it was possibly predictable, such is his dominance of the early/mid season tarmac scene. Robinson claiming runners up spot late on with Whitwell finishing a fine third place.

BriSCA F1 Lee Robinson 107 has Tom Harris 84 all over him. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stockcar drivers Scott Davids 462 and Paul Redfern 252. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Tom Harris 84 takes the chequered flag. Photo Colin Casserley

25 cars for heat two which was quickly red flagged as Colin Goodswen (372) had stalled on the back straight causing the field to scatter around him. #372 missed out on the complete restart as did Whitwell who retired to the infield before the race commenced. Brickley again got a good start and snatched the lead on lap two, as further back Sworder got into Yarrow on turn one, the compliment being returned with interest on turn three.

BriSCA F1 stockcar Dan Johnson 4 tails Will Yarrow 22. Photo Colin Casserley

Brickey, Yarrow and Sworder filled the top three positions at halfway, with Robinson again showing well and was soon swapping bumpers with the #150 machine. Once free of Sworder, Lee turned his attentions to the #22 machine and moved him aside with four to run. Now it was just Brickley that stood between the 107 driver and victory. Going into the last lap he dived at the lead car around the first turn but didn’t quite connect – however the decisive hit was delivered on the final turn with the 246 car being spun backwards towards the armco as Robinson roared to the flag. Surprise visitor Mark Gilbank (21) followed Sworder over the line for third spot with a decent drive from the back of the grid.

BriSCA F1 stockcar brothers James 322 and Ed 321 Neachell. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver James Neachell 322 passes Paul Carter 300. Photo Colin Casserley

the Spedeworth pace car. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stockcar star grades ready for the the Final. Photo Colin Casserley

The feature final saw a field of 21 cars contest 20 laps of racing with no white grade drivers available to race – it was Carl Pickering who lead as the flag dropped with Micky Randell (172) and Paul Hines (259) making the top three early on. Hitman Harris was into 4th spot by lap 4 and soon found himself flying passed the 172 car into third.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Mickey Randell 172 showers some sparks. Photo Colin Casserley

Further back, Robinson was dishing out the bumper, both Pickering and Hines feeling the steel as Lee made up three or four places in quick succession. Up front Hurricane Harris had decimated his challengers and built up a straight’s lead over 107-259 and Dan Johnson (4). The only worry Tom had was mechanical failure but no such bad luck was going to befall him and he went on to record another commanding win from Robinson and Hines. Newson just failing to connect with Sworder on the final turn in a frenzied finish.

BriSCA F1 stockcar Ipswich Final winner Tom Harris 84. Photo Colin Casserley

The last race of the night saw 20 runners with Harris again taking the challenge of the lap handicap. Pickering and Brickley set the early pace before the waved yellows were required to assist Paul Carter (300) who had been rifled into the fence on turn two. Pickering had Sworder casting an ominous shadow behind him and as the restart got under way the former F2 slid through to take the advantage. Robinson again was driving in a muscular fashion, piling the bumper into Brickley on turn one as Sworder began to stretch his lead to half a straight over Yarrow and Chris Cowley (37).

BriSCA F1 Cecil built stockcars of Luke Davidson 464 and Mick Sworder 150. Photo Colin Casserley

The 107 machine had been thumping the front end in all night and this time it was Dan Johnson on the receiving end into turn three with four to run as the battle for second and third increased. Yarrow was next in line for some punishment and he got clattered by Robinson into turn one for the final time, the 22 car also taking a big heave ho from Johnson on the final turn to claim fourth spot. Sworder taking a comfortable win from Robinson and Cowley. Final winner Harris finished one place outside the top ten.

BriSCA F1 stockcar Ipswich GN winner Mick Sworder 150. Photo Colin Casserley

So another tarmac triumph for Tom Harris, and with just one qualifier remaining at Belle Vue, a few of the shale specialists will be hoping for similar success to launch their assaults on the semi finals later in the season.

Andre Zang

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