Kings Lynn – April 30th 2011 Meeting Report

Sensational sunshine and a brisk wind greeted racefans at the Norfolk Arena which in truth is not always the ideal conditons for racing on a shale surface, but the racing strip was as usual in excellent condition having received liberal doses of h2o during the afternoon, this provided an extremely fast surface with minimal amounts of dust.

A respectable 31 cars were in the pits and 9 of them made it out on track for the first F1 event which was for white and yellow roof cars only. The grid set off at a rapid pace and 422 David Riley used his Tom Harris built car to good effect as he established a comfortable lead.

BriSCA F1 stock car Stars of Tomorrow winner Dave Riley 422. Photo Colin Casserley

Further back Graeme Robson 267 and the enthusiastic John Weldon 235 charged at the turn 4 plating, which left 48 Garry Fox and Rob Cowley 73 chasing second placed Tim Warwick 307. By halfway Cowley had lost touch with Fox who pressed on and grabbed second place from the 307 car with 4 laps to go. While Riley maintained a comfortable margin over Fox to grab the win and the trophy.

BriSCA F1 stock car Stars of Tomorrow Garry Fox 48 and Tim Warwick 307. Photo Colin Casserley

The 31 cars present provided ideal numbers for a two thirds format and 19 cars ventured on to a well watered surface for heat one. 235 John Weldon used his front row start to take an early lead chased by rare visitor 105 Chris Bonner. Further back in the pack 55 Craig Finnikin put his tarmac car teething troubles behind him showing lots of pace, but virtually the whole field was by now flying on a drying track and by halfway the 55 car could only manage fifth place behind 235,105, 197 Ryan Harrison and the underated 288 Simon Panton.

BriSCA F1 stock cars three wide down the backstraight. Photo Colin Casserley

As the laps ticked down and the track dried Ryan Harrison found even more speed from his ex Andy Smith/Mark Peters car and surged to the front. Finnikin made his way into second only to receive a heavy hit from 515 Frankie Wainman which relegated him to third. While on the last lap 12 Michael Scriven and the 53 car of veteran John Lund blew their chances of a points finish with a big shunt on turn 4.

BriSCA F1 stock car Frankie Wainman jnr 515 and Simon Panton 288. Photo Colin Casserley

17 chariots emerged to try and grab a slice of the heat two prize money. 267 Graeme Robson led with 16 Matt Newson looking to be the quickest of the starmen. A caution flag halted the field at halfway to attend to a stranded Gary Townsend 223 and remove the 288 car fom the middle of the back straight. 267 led the restart but was soon passed by Norfolk favourite 441 John Lawn. While the 515 car retired to the infield with mechanical failiure the 16 Car of Newson made rapid progress to the front taking the lead from Lawn with 4 laps to go and crusing to victory.

BriSCA F1 stock car veteran racers John Lawn 441 and Geoff Nickolls 215. Photo Colin Casserley

Heat 3 had 21 starters and a very fast but incident free race ensued. Pick of the field was a rejuvinated 380 Steven Cayzer showing the sort of form which took him too superstar grade in past seasons. In the closing laps 84 Tom Harris closed in on the 380 car but was never near enough to apply decisive contact.

The new BriSCA F1 stock car of Mark Woodhull 335. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car Matt Newson 16 and Chris Bonner 105. Photo Colin Casserley

Just 20 cars for the final as 515 Frankie Wainman retired to the infield on the rolling lap. Extra watering made the pace a little slower for the opening laps and lap 3 brought out the yellow caution flag to remove the 351 John Frost car from the turn two fence. Remarkably for a race only 3 laps old star man Matt Newson was already in second place on the restart and he soon dispensed with leader 235 and went on to a comfortable victory. Further back the entertainment was to be found in a battle for third place featuring 380, 4 Dan Johnson and Paul Harrison 2. All 3 used liberal amounts of contact as Harrison barged his way past Cayzer only for retaliation from Cayzer to relegate him back to fourth and into range for Johnson who attacked the 2 car on the last lap and grabbed fourth place.

BriSCA F1 stock car Kings Lynn Final winner Matt Newson 16. Photo Colin Casserley

The Grand National championship qualifying round had 22 starters, the biggest F1 field of the meeting which was perhaps a reflecion on what had been fast but mainly damage free racing. 307 and 422 had a polite skirmish for the lead which 422 won. Lap 5 saw a caution flag for 73 Rob Cowley whose car required removal from the track. On the restart it was still 422 in front from 105 Chris Bonner. The 422 car showed considerable pace and it was not until the 5 laps to go board was shown that Bonner closed in and passed the 422 car. Any chance of an easy win for 105 evaporated as a further caution flag for 335 Mark Woodhull halted proceedings. On the restart 105 shot off leaving the star men some distance behind and reeled of the remaining laps to take the chequered flag, while Dan Johnson found enough extra traction to attack the 515 car and grab third place behind the consistent Paul Harrison. Despite taking the flag the 105 car did not take the trophy as a two place penalty for jumping the restart handed the win and the trophy to Harrison.

BriSCA F1 stock car Grand National winner Paul Harrison 2. Photo Colin Casserley

Damian Noblett

 

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