Northampton, 26th October 2014 – meeting report and photo gallery

The Shoot Out circus moved on to the South Midlands mecca for Round 9, the penultimate round in the series, sponsored by Tengtools. Only Dan Johnson was missing from the previous night’s contenders, five of whom lined up in Heat One. Harry Fowkes (206) and Mark Adkins (24) shared the front row with Mark Cooper (204) in a Scriven racing team car starting off the back.

Danny Wainman got shuffled to the rear as car 51 hit the front spot and pulled out a healthy lead until the race was stopped for Paul Carter (300) who was launched into the fence and careered onto the infield, seemingly unconscious. The 51 car was removed from the race for moving during a red flag situation and Scriven (11) led the restart, proving almost impossible to catch. Paul Harrison (2) connected on the last bend but failed to shift the flying blue top. Shoot Out drivers filled second to sixth places, faring better than the night before.

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Harry Fowkes in Heat 1.

Twenty four cars gridded for Heat Two, including Tom Harris in the 464 car, points leader Rob Speak (318) and perennial visitor Daniel van Spijker (H231).  Ben Hurdman (207) rattled around the third bend plating as Speak got the better of Harris but up front it was again Dylan Williams-Maynard (51) who held the lead, no doubt hoping for a clear run to the flag.

It was not to be – Birmingham winner Pritchard tangled with Paul Ford (388) on the home straight, climbed the wall and rolled over, severely denting both car and hopes of a repeat win. Williams-Maynard was not going to lose this one, pulling out sufficient lead on the restart to win at a canter, ahead of 150,318,212 & 84.

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Harris and Speak battling in Heat 2.

Just 20 cars for Heat Three, the 305 car failing to get going and necessitating a complete restart. Chad Evans (392) led the way until Bobby Griffin (166) took over, while Harris had made the 464 car more to his liking and made rapid progress through the field.  Griffin won his third race of the weekend ahead of Nigel Green (445) with Harris third and Speaky fourth.

The 27 car, all-in Final was all about one man, our Netherlands visitor Daniel van Spijker (H231), finally getting the success he deserves, blasting around the Northampton oval and blasting the 166 car into the fence, bringing out the caution. At the restart, van Spijker used the front bumper to good effect on the pit bend, taking the lead from 183 and 11.  Harris would move into second place by the chequered flag ahead of Sworder but van Spijker kept his foot to the floor to record his first, long overdue UK final win and boy did he look pleased.

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Daniel van Spijker celebrates his victory in the meeting Final.

Twenty-four cars for the Grand National including all nine Shoot Out contenders. FWJ wellied the 84 car early on as 512 pulled off. Speak had the bit between his teeth, moving up the field as Sworder skidded onto the infield minus a back tyre and smouldering nicely around the exhausts, bringing out the caution. Chad Evans led the restart from 51 as Harris attacked Speak, joined by 55. Dylan Williams-Maynard hit the front as cars 84 and 318 again traded bigger and bigger hits.

Paul Harrison, now in second place, waited until the last bend to move 51 aside to take the win, with Scriven (11) third from 318, 84 and 16. Harris was removed from the results and when the dust had settled, Speak was still top of the Shoot Out on 281 points, from Newson, hanging on in there with 270 and Harris on 262. Only 30 points separate the top 5 drivers – with double points on the final round at Sheffield the destination of the 2014 silver roof is still wide open.

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Speak and Newson are top of the Shoot Out going into the last round.

Words: Mick Jenkins

Photos: Anthony Jenkins

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