Kings Lynn – April 27th 2013 Meeting Report

The second scheduled race at Kings Lynn for 2013 but the first race proper after the inclement weather cancelled the March meeting took place on 27th April and had a Final which many will remember for a long time.

Whites and Yellows. Photo Colin Casserley

Whites and Yellows. Photo Colin Casserley

The first race was the Whites and yellows final cancelled from March with 19 cars including 4 blues that had been upgraded. 330 Grahan Wagstaff and 223 Garry Townsend led off the field with 45 Nigel Harrhy being the first victim spinning on the first bend. By lap 3 it was Wagstaff leading from Townsend with 307 Warwick in 3rd, by lap 5 Townsend took the lead from Wagstaff , Warwick retiring with a flat osr tyre.

Graham Wagstaff going up. Photo Colin Casserley

Graham Wagstaff going up. Photo Colin Casserley

Wagstaff then went to the wayside hooking up with Harrhy on the the 1st bend whilst 248 Sam Redman went out on bend 2 with a collapsed osf wheel, Redman remaining stranded on the bend till the end of the race. Townsend then remained in the lead till the flag from 496 Neil Holdcroft and 104 Paul Spooner in third.

Heat 1 saw 19 cars including car H17 from Holland. 245 Carl Swift was the early leader but the yellows were out on lap 3 with 2 Harrison and 16 Matt Newson locking together on the pit bend the Newson car being stranded on top of Harrison, Newson retiring to the infield after being separated. On the re-start 197 Ryan Harrison made a blinding start from 8th, mainly due a major hesitation from the lead cars and was third after the first lap with 150 Sworder retiring to the infield. At halfway it was Harrison from 4 Johnson and 55 Finnikin, these positions remaining to the finish with 191 Josh Smith finishing 4th after running the last half of the race with smoke from the rear of the car and 2 Harrison recovering well to 5th.

Arjan Bouwe Hiddinga H17. Photo Colin Casserley

Arjan Bouwe Hiddinga H17. Photo Colin Casserley

Heat 2 saw a grid of 22 cars with 330 Wagstaff being an early victim and spinning and later 40 Steve Smith, 280 Colin Nairn and 307 Warwick having a coming together with one of the in field tyres. At halfway it was 267 Graeme Robson from 223 Glenn Lord with 104 Paul Spooner running third before the yellows were thrown on lap 9 for 40 Smith stranded on turns 3 and 4, the Smith car being collected by Carl Swift just as the yellows came out.

Lee Fairhurst and Frankie Wainman Jnr. Photo Colin Casserley

Lee Fairhurst and Frankie Wainman Jnr. Photo Colin Casserley

On the re-start Robson led off the pack from Lord and Spooner, 259 Paul Hines retiring to the in-field before the re-start. With 4 to go Robson was still leading but behind them Danny and Frankie Wainman were exchanging blows with each other, Frankie coming out on top and on the last bend the 515 car placed a well timed hit on Robson pushing him aside for the win with Robson finishing second from Danny Wainman in third.

Daniel and Frankie Wainman Jnr. Photo Colin Casserley

Daniel and Frankie Wainman Jnr. Photo Colin Casserley

The consolation saw 150 Sworder, 16 Newson and 1 Fairhurst the star men who had not qualified for the final but it was 245 Carl Swift who led for most of the race running very wide and sideways into the smooth Lynn corners and at halfway was still leading but with Sworder and Newson charging behind. Swift held on well until with 3 to go Sworder pushed him wide for the lead spot and Newson bumpering the Swift car wide on the last bend for second place, further back behind Swift, 51 Maynard and 1 Fairhurst having a good old battle for the 4th and 5th placings.

Carl Swift and and Dann Spijker. Photo Colin Casserley

Carl Swift and and Dann Spijker. Photo Colin Casserley

The Final had a 29 car grid and could be said to be a race to remember with waved yellows truly bringing the race alive. In the early stages it was again Swift who made a rapid start and had built up an early lead until the first yellow on lap 5 with 276 Mark Poole rolling the car on the results board bend after tangling with cars. On the re-start Swift led off the pack from Hurdman and 306 Ian Noden but 197 Ryan Harrison was flying and by halfway was leading from 94 John Dowdson but Dowdsen keeping in touch with Harrison with 55 Finnikin behind showing his usual Lynn pace. The yellows were then out again for H17 and an in-field tyre stranded on turns 1 and 2 which evaporated the healthy lead 197 Harrison had built up. On the re-start 197 led from Dowdson and Finnikin the lead cars being led by the water bowser leading to a greasy track.

Ryan Harrison and Mick Sworder. Photo Colin Casserley

Ryan Harrison and Mick Sworder. Photo Colin Casserley

The greasy track took many by surprise and yellows were out again for Harrhy going into turns 3 and 4 very hard on the slippery track. The re-start had Harrison again losing a good lead from Finnikin, Sworder, Dowdsen, 84 Harris, 4 Dan Johnson and 515 Wainman, the leads changing soon with Harrison and Finnkin drifting wide and Sworder taking the lead but Harrison put a well timed hit on Sworder on turns 1 and 2 the result being the 150 doing the `wall of death` route around the Armco finally coming off the wall and being collected by the pack on the pit straight, 198 Whalley collecting the 150 car, Sworder coming to rest on the in field. After a couple of laps the yellows were out again for Sworder stranded in the car and after Mick was removed from the car with 1 lap to go it was Johnson from Finnikin, Harris and Harrison. On the re-start Finnikin pushed Johnson aside on the results bend for the win followed by Harris third. Probably one of the best Finals we will see in a long time and who says waved yellows can ruin a race.

Karen Barker Memorial final winner Craig Finnikin. Photo Colin Casserley

Karen Barker Memorial final winner Craig Finnikin. Photo Colin Casserley

The Grand National was again a fast and hectic race with a major pile up on the second lap with half the pack involved and on lap 5 the yellows were out for a stranded wheel on turns 1 and 2, on the re-start it was 248 Sam Redman from 262 Pete Bott but 197 Harrison in 4th was soon in the lead and intended to win this one. Newson and 515 Wainman retired to the in field and with 5 to go it was Harrison from 2 Paul Harrison, Harris, Finnikin and 53 John Lund. Finnikin was on a mission though and after pushing Harris aside did the same with Paul Harrison on the last bend to finish a superb 2nd from the lap handicap but could not catch the 197 Harrison car.

Craig Finnikin and Tom Harris. Photo Colin Casserley

Craig Finnikin and Tom Harris. Photo Colin Casserley

A fantastic night racing at the Norfolk arena and it can be safely said most of the crowd went home with a meeting it is doubt full they will forget for a long time.

Andy Armer

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