King’s Lynn, 2nd September 2017 – Meeting Report and Photos

This Coventry Stox promoted meeting at the Adrian Flux Arena had a disappointing turnout of F1s (32) and spectators (didn’t count them) but with a couple of big weekends coming up maybe not all that surprising. Highlight of the event was the first appearance of New Zealander Jordan Dare (NZ2), driving the Ben Hurdman (207) car.

Jordan Dare on track for his first UK race.

After his compulsory five-lap test he gridded at the back of the 14 car whites and yellows race and finished a creditable fifth after winner Martin Spiers (451), in his first shale race since November 2016, was denied victory following the post-race check on his car. Rob Cowley (73) inherited the win from Aaron Cozens (76) and Mick Rogers (244).

BriSCA’s oldest driver inherited the Whites & Yellows win after 451 failed post-race scrutineering

Heat one proper gridded 24 including former F2 man Bryn Tootell (232, ex-F2 600) in the Robert Plant car and Will Yarrow (22) in a return to UK racing. Spiers again led the way with Frankie Wainman Junior (1) making good progress from the back of the pack to be in second spot when a caution came out for Ben Riley (422) who had tangled with Eliot Smith (293), climbed the pit bend fence and tipped on his side.

The restart, on a newly dampened track, saw FWJ scoot around the outside of Spiers for the lead, a position he held until 3 to run when his gearbox gave out, gifting the win to Stuart Smith Junior (390) after new leader Spiers lost it on the final bend.

Ex-F2 man Bryn Tootell on track in Heat 1

Twenty-four again for heat two, with Smith on a charge and FWJ crashing out early on after tangling with Newson and Green. Cozens led from Cowley and Harrhy but Paul Harrison (2) was flying, easing by Smith with Craig Finnikin (55) in tow and going after new leader Cowley. Harrison took the win with Finnikin, Cowley and Smith crossing the line almost three-wide.

Paul Harrison took the win in the third heat.

Spiers again took charge in the 28 car final, powering away to an impressive half-lap lead and looking an outside bet for victory while Harrison, Finnikin and Wainman (1) were quickly into the top six – a close finish was on the cards. With the length of a straight to the good, Spiers lead was demolished when Geoff Nickolls (215), facing the traffic on turn one, sought refuge on the centre, crossing the track in front of the hard charging 451 car. Spiers could not avoid Nickolls, hitting the 215 car hard and spinning off into the fence. Geoff was in need of medical attention and the race was brought to a halt.

After some anxious minutes, Geoff climbed from his car and was driven to the medical room for a check-over and the race resumed after a lap behind the water cart. Harrison led from Finnikin, Wainman and Spiers, the top three all going deep on the wet track. Into turn three the Gold Top made a decisive move, launching 55 into number 2. Harrison spun, trapping Finnikin and Wainman was away to take the union flag that signified the half-way stage. On a slick, drying track, Nigel Green (445) made in-roads into the Wainman lead but after two disastrous heats the World Champion was not going to be denied again. Green finished second with James Morris (463) third.

After mechanical gremlins in the heats, FWJ went on to win the final

After a twelfth place finish in the final, Jordan Dare drove an absolute blinder in the grand national. Starting off the front of the yellow tops, he took the lead on lap one and began pulling away, only to find himself facing waved yellow flags after Paul Hopkins (278) hung his car on the pit bend plating. Fourteen cars took the restart with Dare away at the drop of the green flag, chased by Harrison, Finnikin and Green.

Dare resisted attacks from the 2 and 55 cars, using the outside of the track to his advantage to stay just ahead until a punt by Harrison gave the Rotherham man the lead. Dare stayed second until the combined weight of Finnikin and Green forced him out into the fence, but he got right back on the gas to claim a fantastic fifth place by the chequered flag. Paul Harrison won and made his feelings known about mid-race watering in no uncertain terms in his post-race interview!

A fifth place finish for NZ2 Jordan Dare in the Grand National

Words: Mick Jenkins
Photos: Colin Casserley, Mick Jenkins and Ant Jenkins

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