King’s Lynn, 19th May 2018 – Meeting Report and Photos

The F1 cars made a welcome return to Saddlebow Road just three weeks after their last session here. Last time out it was a world championship qualifying round, this time the Mo Jones Memorial trophy would go to the final winner and this meeting always holds a special place in drivers’ hearts. Add in the 1300 Saloons European championship and V8 Hotstox and you have the recipe for a hot night of contact racing on BriSCA’s premier shaleway.

A white, yellow and Dutch drivers race started proceedings with Willem Zwerver (H295), Jelle Tesselaar (H410) and Patrick Tersteeg (H447) included in the 22 runners. Aaron Cozens (76) made it a flag to flag victory, pulling out a half-lap lead at one stage until he received the unwelcome attentions of Bryn Tootell (232) with around four to go, losing time and allowing second placed Joe Booth (446) to attempt a last bender. Booth missed and spun out but it was a nice try – Cozens won from Tesselaar with Richard Ahern (18), in my current favourite car, coming home third.

Aaron Cozens – Whites and Yellows winner

Twenty-two for heat one, with Mark Adkins (24) taking the lead at the green then driving straight on into the fence on turn three! Undeterred he bounced off and increased his lead over second placed Ahern until the Romford man spun on the pit bend. Nigel Harrhy (45) was spun out by Frankie JJ (555) – whatever happened to respecting your elders, eh Nige – as Adkins went ever deeper into the bends allowing James Morris (463) to close and pass but a caution for Phoebe Wainman (211) stuck on the back straight showed that Morris was a lap down. The restart was led by Mark Tesselaar (H40) with Geoff Nicholls (215) and Zwerver in pursuit until the H295 car pan-caked (or should that be cow-patted?) on the pit turn.

Mat Newson (16) was making good progress but Tesselaar looked to have enough of a lead until another caution, for 463, three laps from the end ruined his chances. Despite a rough sounding motor, Newson had enough speed at the restart to take Tesselaar on the last lap for victory. Most impressive was Frankie JJ, driving with confidence and determination to take the runner-up spot ahead of Tesselaar and Brad Harrison (25).

Heat 1 went the way of Mat Newson

Just 18 cars for heat two which saw the return of Tom Harris (84) to the King’s Lynn shale and he wasted no time in forging a path to the front while his fellow superstar Frankie Wainman Junior (515) became mired in traffic. Will Hunter (220) led from Harris while Booth launched ever stronger attacks on the rear of the Paul Spooner (104) car, eventually shifting him wide for third place. With four to run and with a handsome lead, the 220 car slowed with yet another flat rear tyre handing the race to Harris with Booth second and FWJ making hard work of his third place.

Tom Harris makes a triumphant return

Twelve went through from the consolation but in the event only 11 of the 21 starters went the distance. It was a funny old race – France (216) and Cozens tangled before crossing the line, Nairn (280) spun trapping Rogers (244) and Tootell as Bill Fenwick (57) led. Nairn received a head-on from Sam Makim (93), Makin recovered then tangled with Bobby Griffin (166) on the back straight.

Wayne Marshall (483), in a different Newsonstock, now held sway at the front but he slowed dramatically on the home straight and was hit hard by first Zwerver then Scriven (11), removing the top three in one go as they all found the pit bend fence. The inevitable caution saw Sarge (326) now at the front ahead of Morris and Johnson (169) but the East Coast Legend’s outside rear lost the will to live down the back straight and Morris took over.

A lap down Griffin scuppered Morris’s chance of victory handing the lead to Billy Johnson. The 169 car was understeering badly on the bends but he would not be moved despite the efforts of Michael Scriven (12) to shift him. Scriven finally applied enough pressure with five to run to take the lead then backed it into the fence on turn one along with Moore (127) putting Johnson back in front, coasting leisurely around the bends to take the win ahead of Mick Rogers (244). Griffin’s never say die attitude to the race saw him last to finish, with a flat tyre, but he still made the final.

Billy Johnson (169) and Mick Rogers (224) were first and second in the consolation

Twenty-nine for the Mo Jones Memorial Trophy final and a bit of a scrappy start to be honest with the back of the pack up to speed before the front half had got going. A scrimmage on the pit bend claimed several cars as Tootell led from Ahern while Harris made another lightning fast start. Tootell hit the fence, Ahern spun, on the home straight, oddly and Harris almost lost it on the pit bend. Rogers went top of the pile from 232, 463, 313 and incredibly 515 who had clearly found the answer to his earlier traction problems.

It was a fast race with Rogers out in front and Wainman disposing of Tootell and Roberts in one hit to take second with Morris third. Harris spun Booth and Wainman went for the lead one lap after the half-way flag, belting Rogers wide on the road bend and remaining untroubled to the chequered to take his second KL final on the trot with Harris second and Morris third. Can Frankie make it three in a row in August? I can think of one man who will make sure he doesn’t!

Final top 3: Frankie Wainman Junior, Tom Harris and James Morris

Twenty-eight for the National, an early caution for a nasty looking clash between Marshall and Zwerver on the pit bend giving FWJ a chance to make up the one lap handicap. Leader Fenwick found the plating on the restart, courtesy of Booth but another caution, for Scriven (11) parked against the back straight fence did the 446 pilot no favours.

Booth kept the rolling lap steady on the second restart then streaked off into the distance as Harris took second off Newson and started to reel in 446. Into the last bend, with Booth a couple of car lengths ahead, Harris launched his attack, sending the 446 car hard into the wall. Joe kept his right foot in, rattling around the plating and scything across the bows of the 84 car just before the line to take a deserved win.

Joe Booth taking the last win of the night

Another excellent King’s Lynn meeting. Roll on August 4, for the F1 Semi-Final with 2litre saloons and F2s in support.

Words: Mick Jenkins
Photos: Colin Casserley

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