Kings Lynn – May 28th 2011 Meeting Report

Just over forty cars took the trip to Norfolk’s Kings Lynn for the BriSCA F1 stockcars WCQR number 12. With only two weeks until the BSCDA Drivers Championship at the same venue, it was a chance for prized practice and points. Southern saloon stockcar driver Marty Colliver (284) was in Norwich’s own Matt Newson (16) hire car as part of a Saloon stockcar English Championship prize and Dutch F1 stockcar driver, Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga (H17) made a welcome return trip to England in his red top F1 stockcar.

Dutch F1 Stock car driver Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga H17 on track. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Scott Davids 462 in his brand new FWJ 515 built F1 stock car. Photo Colin Casserley

Scott Davids (462) revealed his new Frankie Wainman jnr (515) built F1 stockcar, rivaling Chris Clare’s (394) luminesent chassis by having a luminous orange chassis which matched the soles of his pre-meeting trainers. Adam Slater (214) was present with a new, rebuilt trailor and a completely new front end having replaced his front bumper, the bracing just behind and a new front axle after his last front axle was not just bent, but twisted beyond repair at Coventry.

Southern saloon stock car driver Marty Colliver 284 takes a turn in a BriSCA F1 stock car. Photo Colin Casserley

Marty Colliver completed his five laps pre-meeting in a competent fashion, and came out on track not long after for the Norfolk Arena’s Stars of Tomorrow race with Hiddinga also having a run out with the BriSCA lower graders. Fourteen F1 stockcars in total took the green with Garry Fox (48) being forced to pull to the infield before the start. Dave Riley (422) snatched up the lead, with Adam Slater maneuvering passed Tim Warwick (307) to take second. Neil Scriven (11) slapped John Frost (351) to take third and commenced reeling in second place Slater with the two swapping places with a few laps to go.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Dave Riley 422 leads the Stars of Tomorrow. Photo Paul Tully

The Stars of Tomorrow sort themselves out. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Adam Slater 214. Photo Paul Tully

Paul Spooner (104) sent John Frost into a spin after using his bumper, with Holland’s Hiddinga skillfully avoiding the Frost machine by ducking up the inside. The upfront, Dave Riley took the chequered after putting distance between himself and the rest of the field with Slater spinning out to the infield after the flag, before booting it back on track smoking his tyres. With the Stars of Tomorrow being an extra race in the format, nobody present wanted to risk damage which would negate their opportunity for future WCQR points.

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

Twenty five cars came out for the first heat, with ex-f2 Garry Fox bulldozing his way to the front and shooting off into the distance. Adam Slater and Dave Riley ended in the turn three fence early doors as Michael Scriven (12) briefy headed the red tops while Frankie Wainman jnr (515) scrapped with brother Danny (212) before motoring on to quickly reel in feuding blue tops Joe Booth (446) and James Morris (463).

BriSCA F1 stock car brothers Danny 212 and Frankie Wainman jnr 515 side by side. Photo Colin Casserley

John Lund (53) and Tony Smith (91) were tustling with each other up until the yellow flags came out for John Frost who had tangled with Russell Cooper (415), and it was good news for Paul Spooner (104) as he had spun out on the pit gate turn but was put back into his proper fourth place behind Frank at the restart.

BriSCA F1stock car driver Russell Cooper 415 tangles with John Frost 351. Photo Paul Tully

The track was briefly watered with Fox leading them away again, but with the quick Neil Scriven on his tail. Joe Booth and James Morris continued to scrap, with Morris putting Danny Wainman out as he tried to get involved. Tony Smith and John Lund renewed their battle as Smith gave Lund a punt to overtake but Lund just left it until late in the day to retake his place.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Neil Scriven 11 loses the lead to Frankie Wainman Jnr 515. Photo Paul Tully

Frankie Wainman jnr was making quick progress, soon had new leader Neil Scriven in his sights and was soon motoring passed at speed. Further down the order, Ed Neachell (321), Danny Wainman and Michael Scriven were brawling with Danny sending Newson out into Scriven, Neachell firing into Scriven culminating with Danny releasing Neachell fenceward bound. Ahead, Frankie sailed on out to comfortably take the flag.

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Michael Scriven 12 and Matt Newson 16 tangle. Photo Colin Casserley

Heat two soon trooped on track with nineteen cars making up the grid. Adam Slater led the field away while further back Murray Harrison (97) and Craig Finnikin (55) dueled for position. Halfway down the backstraight Les Spencer (98) momentarily lost control, went head on into the armco plate before rebounding out, collecting Will Yarrow (22) , both piling into the infield before crashing into the turn three fence. From there the pair scrabbled over to turn four where Yarrow was ditched and Les Spencer carried on as if nothing had happened with no apparent damage.

The quick Ryan Harrison (197) was soon on Dave Willis (337) with leader Adam Slater just ahead. Towards the rear, Finnikin and Murray Harrison continued to do battle with Harrison sending Finnikin sharply to the fence. Ryan Harrison snatched up the lead and set about creating a healthy distance from his competitors. Tom Harris (84) quickly bypassed the warring Harrison and Finnikin as Norfolk’s own John Lawn (441) bobbled up over John Frost’s wheel and was soon on the receiving end of Mark Woodhull’s (335) bumper.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver John Lawn 441 bobbles over the front of John Frost 351. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car star Grades do battle. Photo Colin Casserley

Finnikin hoofed Harrison out into Harris as the war continued. Dan Johnson (4) was soon also in the thick of it, having a dig at fellow young gun rival Tom Harris. World Champion Andy Smith (1) also got involved, thumping Finnikin out into Harris as all the star men fought for position. Upfront, wayward leader Ryan Harrison was clear of the field and it looked like it might be a Harrison one-two but Dave Willis (337) was not taking it lying down and fought Murray for second place until he clipped the backstraight armco and Harrison gleefully pulled ahead. Willis hotly persued Harrison, going in on Harrison with Harrison getting half turned and the two piled into the armco dropping them down the order as the starmen sailed by.

BriSCA F1 stock car star grades with Tom Harris 84 on the inside. Photo Paul Tully

The two extricated themselves but not quickly enough to gain a qualifying position. Will Yarrow, whose race had come to an early end, saw his woeful F1 Stockcar car tractored off to the pits by two tractors with the Yarrow team flying into action to get ready for the consolation. Andy Smith, still suffering after Skegness with his ribs, took the sensible decision to load his F1 up and allow himself more time to recover.

BriSCA F1 stock car Heat two winner Ryan Harrison 197 alongside Marty Colliver 284. Photo Paul Tully

Just as the lights came on, the consolation stockcars came out for another roll of the dice, looking to qualify for the final. From pole, Adam Slater roared off as behind, blue grades Les Spencer, Garry Townsend (233) and Tony Smith (91) clattered to the homestraight infield in a tangle but scrambled to get themselves back into it. Murray Harrison after the disatisfaction of the heat, got straight into Scott Davids, giving him a clout. Richard Bryan (238) and John Lawn were embroiled in their own tustle for position until Ed Neachell made his presence known.

Dutch F1 stock car Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga H17 comes up against Richard Bryan 238 in the consolation. Photo Paul Tully

Neachell and Lawn got hooked up together and dropped to the rear of the field, where upon being freed, Neachell was forced to retire with a flat. Danny Wainman felt the rough edge of Scott Davids bumper with Murray Harrison joining in as the three fought it out for second place. Adam Slater was keeping his head out front and keeping a tidy line as those behind scrapped it out.

BriSCA F1 stock car consolation winner Adam Slater 214. Photo Colin Casserley

Wainman thumped Murray Harrison as the two continued their race with Harrison catching Wainman on the nerf to push him out wide to take second. Adam Slater went onto take a joyful first win and it looked like Murray would easily take second until he slowed coming out of the last bend and crawled to the finish line forced to watch as half the field raced by. The issue turned out to be a MSD failure but the main focus of attention was a jubilant Adam Slater on his first win parade lap, soaking up the applause.

Adam Slater 214 with wife Libby and son Andrew. Photo Paul Tully

Twenty six cars pulled onto track for the Final with only two qualifiers not taking part; World Champion Andy Smith had retired for the night and Murray Harrison had suffered terminal MSD failure. Garry Fox led them away at the green while behind him chaos reigned as the reds all vied with each other. Richard Bryan and James Morris tangled down the backstraight with Ryan Harrison lumping in before cutting across the infield, bumping passed marker tyres on his merry way. Will Yarrow tangled with Scott Davids and John Lund, with Lund motoring down the backstraight at half speed before getting his foot back in.

BriSCA F1 Kings Lynn Final winner Joe Booth 446. Photo Colin Casserley

Young gun Joe Booth (446) heading to the front, gave North Eastern based driver Paul Spooner (104) a punt aside as Frankie Wainman jnr dealt Ryan Harrison a telling blow. Ryan then found himself under fire again as Tom Harris (84) whacked Dan Johnson (4) into the now orange Harrison machine. Frankie Wainman jnr made his way through the war to get behind Luke Davidson, with Dan Johnson sending Frank out wide along with Davidson. Luke was straight back into the race and soon returned the favour to Johnson. The star drivers continued hurtling forward at breakneck speed while still trying to batter each other into submission.

Paul Harrison was also in the thick of it, bumpering Geoff Nickolls back down the order, with Dan Johnson and Frankie Wainman jnr moving just ahead. Luke Davidson span on turn one, and was soon joined by Adam Slater pirouetting to a halt. Upfront Frankie Wainman barged passed yellow grader Paul Spooner, sending sparks flying into the night. Paul Harrison soon gave Wainman jnr something to think about, sending him sailing out to make contact with the fence as Johnson, Harrison, Harris and Wainman jnr all continued to vie for the same piece of track, knocking lumps out of each other on the way.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Paul Spooner 104. Photo Paul Tully

Johnson went in on Harris while trying to avoid the looming FWJ bumper, sending Tom into a spin and as Johnson struggled to get his car under control, Harrison and Wainman momentarily tangled letting Matt Newson saunter casually passed them all to claim third place for himself. Johnson extricated himself and kept going slowly round, obviously suffering damage but hoping to get a few points for his trouble. Joe Booth went on to take a fine victory, followed by lower grader Paul Spooner who had driven an impressive race to take home second. Over the PA Booth commented that his car was fantastic and how he wanted to get a bit higher up in the semi finals held later in the year.

Joe Booth 446 celebrates his Kings Lynn Final win. Photo Paul Tully

The last race of the night saw twenty seven BriSCA F1s take to the shale way for their last chance of WCQR points of the night. Richard Bryan (238) half span with the fresh from success Paul Spooner ploughing in, followed by several cars who were rushing to break free of the field. Scott Davids and James Morris (463) hooked up, with Craig Finnikin briefly tangling with Davids before Steve Cayzer (380) got fixed on Davids down the backstraight. Frankie Wainman jnr and brother Danny were racing hard for position as Paul Hines (259), came to grief, tangling alongside Neil Scriven and Josh Smith (191) up on the pitgate bend with Danny getting caught out not long after, with he and Paul being momentarily stranded across the track.

BriSCA F1 stock cars Danny Wainman 212, Frankie Wainman jnr 515 and John Lund 53 do battle. Photo Paul Tully

Cars were struggling to keep out of trouble with the yellows eventually being shown after Luke Davidson was left stranded near the pitgate and Ryan Harrison had fired Frankie Wainman in the same direction. Geoff Nickolls led them away but had the ultra quick Tom Harris loitering behind and it was not long before Tom found himself out in front with Wainman jnr trying to track him down and sticking the bumper in but being unable to pass. Tom took the well deserved victory with final winner Booth not only claiming his five bonus points for finishing but also double points for getting into the places.

BriSCA Kings Lynn Final winner Joe Booth 446. Photo Paul Tully

All in all a good night’s entertainment courtesy of the Norfolk Arena. The focus will be back at Kings Lynn in the middle of June for the prestigious British Driver’s Championship.

Ailsa Haigh

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