Kings Lynn – April 28th 2012 Meeting Report

King’s Lynn’s second BriSCA F1 meeting of the season was staged in distinctly autumnal conditions with a cold wind and persistant rain providing a testing backdrop for the officials and raceteams that had converged on the Norfolk Arena.

a new stock car for Henk Maris h60. Photo Colin Casserley

Bouwe Arjan Hiddinga H17 alongside Garry Townsend 223. Photo Colin Casserley

Pre meeting work carried out on the track which saw a hefty layer of wet shale removed from the race strip provided an excellent surface for racing, even factoring in the rain which fell later on during the evening. Before the rain came, the traditional opening event for Whites and Yellows saw a 17 car field which was enhanced by three visitors from Holland – Henk and Koen Maris (H60 & H61) and Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga (H17). Martyn Walton (243) headed the field away into the early laps until Russell Cooper (415) relieved him on number one spot into lap 4, before a race suspension was called after Geoff Nickolls (215) had connected with a marker tyre on turn three and been collected by Hiddinga (H17). Cooper and John Weldon (235) took turns at leading the restart, before a hard charging John Lawn (441) went marauding though into top spot in the closing stages. Lawn taking his almost customary win at Lynn with Weldon and Cooper completing the podium positions.

Koen Maris H61 and Paul Spooner 104. Photo Colin Casserley

23 cars on track for heat two, although that soon became 22 as Ed Neachell (321) pulled off before the start with a flat rear Goodyear. Russell Cooper (415) again made a good start tussling with Luke Dennis (192) for the lead, which the Cambridgeshire based man held until half distance when Paul Spooner (104) showing up well from the yellow grade took up the running. The North Eastern man showed an impressive turn of speed to hold off Cooper and the strong finishing challenge from World Champion Paul Harrison (2) to claim the second yellow grade victory of the night.

Paul Spooner 104 on his way to a Heat win. Photo Colin Casserley

Another 23 car field for the third heat which saw an early race suspension to remove the 441 and 12 cars from the racing line after which Walton (243) and Weldon (235) took turns to lead until experienced campaigner and KL specialist Geoff Nickolls (215) went through inside five laps. Despite a fast closing Paul Hines (259) looking large in the 215 rear view mirror, the Melton Mowbray man held on for another popular race victory. A high attrition rate in this one with only 8 of the original 23 starters going the distance.

Bouwe Arjan Hiddinga H17 rides the wall. Photo Colin Casserley

The feature final saw a 21 car field on track which saw an early race suspension as Scott Davids (462) and Paul Hines (259) tangled on the exit to turn four and also Koen Maris (H61) was statonary across turn two minus a front inside wheel. Weldon, Dennis and Spooner took turns to lead until National Points Champion Craig Finnkin (55) looking at home on the wet shale went charging into lead position just before half distance.

Mick Sworder 150, Mat Newson 16 and Craig Finnikin 55 . Photo Colin Casserley

Another bout of yellows were required after Tom Harris (84) had despatched the World Champion Paul Harrison (2) into the parked Paul Hines (259) on turn three, however, this didn’t unnerve the leading Silver Roof man and he took a commanding win from Hitman Harris and Norfolk’s Mat Newson (16). Paul Spooner (104) followed up his heat win with a fine fourth spot.

Final winner Craig Finnikin 55. Photo Colin Casserley

The 15 car Grand National saw Billy Johnson (169) make a great start from the white grade and burst into the lead which he held until the closing stages when Ryan Harrison (197) went through, Johnson suffering a flat outside rear tyre which put paid to his challenge. A subdued Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) followed Harrison over the line with Tom Harris (84) third. Final winner Finnikin (55) coming home in 4th spot from the lap handicap – another fantastic drive from the Leek based driver.

Mick Sworder 150 under attack from Scott Davids 462 in one of the Heats. Photo Colin Casserley

So with Mick Sworder crowned ‘King of Lynn’ after the first meeting, his crown very much belongs to National Points Champion Craig Finnikin who displayed a masterclass in wet shale driving to take maximum points in the final and consolidate his position near the top of the points chart.

Andre Zang

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