Northampton, 28th October 2018 – Meeting Report and Photos

More overnight rain left Northampton Shaleway looking decidedly boggy for round eight of the 2018 Shoot Out, sponsored by Teng Tools. Just 37 cars made the trip to the South Midlands track, with 17 of them lining up for heat one. Will Hunter (220) made his intentions clear from the start, whacking James Morris (463) wide, the Warrington red top then tangling with Hines (259) and Wainman (211). Russell Cooper (415) led as the cars of Scriven (11) Harrhy (45) and Nickolls (215) piled into the back of the stricken 211 car on turn three.

Kyle Gray (124), after an earlier visit to the fence was on a charge, tapping first Hines and then Hunter wide before depositing Karl Roberts (313) into the unfortunate Phoebe, still stuck on turn three. Gray took the lead, as Cooper also went to say hello to Phoebe W, pulling out several car lengths on ‘Unter and ‘Ines until the 220 car closed down the back straight with two to run. Gray charged hard into a backmarker and carried on into the fence leaving Hunter to take his second heat win of the weekend. Frankie JJ (555) claimed second with Cooper third.

415 and 478 leading away Heat 1

Twenty for heat two including the top four in the Shoot Out, Smith, Wainman F, Wainman D and Newson along with Harry Steward (126), making his shale debut and Dutch visitor Yoren Winands (H575) in a very smart machine. The track condition seemed better but going into turn three Michael Scriven (12) appeared to hit a large puddle on the inside edge, dumping water onto the clay track. The following pack had no chance and Johnson (169), Adkins (24), Woodhull (335), Harrison (197), Sargent (326) and Howarth (495) all piled into the fence, joined then by Smith and Wainman. The top two in the shoot out both had severely damaged cars and Stuart looked to need some medical assistance.

Just 10 survived for the restart with Jake Harrhy (345) leading the way while Danny Wainman made heavy work of the whole race. Brad Harrison (25) took over before the half way as Jake went wide to take the flag ahead of 212, 12 and 345.

Billy Johnson was a casualty of the Heat 2 pile up

Just 13 for the consolation and all credit to the 390 and 515 teams for getting their drivers back on track. Sam Makim (93) led from Winands as Newson got the better of FWJ and Smith closed on both. The Dutchman took over at the front and looked a good bet for the win while our other Netherlands visitor, Sierd de Vries (54) lost out to Sarge (326). With the laps winding down Winands lost it, spinning on turn three while, having closed on Newson FWJ blew a back tyre, losing place after place. Sargent won from Newson and a below par Smith while Wainman limped around for eighth place.

Sarge had better luck in the Consolation

Twenty-three for the Dave Peters Memorial trophy with Newson, Smith and FWJ trading blows right from the start. Harrhy (345) led from Malkin (308) and Nickolls (242) but it was Hunter and Newson making the best progress. Having shaken off Smith’s attentions Wainman turned up the heat on Newson as Hunter tried to narrow the gap between himself and Harrhy.

Past the halfway stage and Jake was still out in front while Newson resisted the 515 front bumper. With just three to run Hunter passed the flying white top while Malkin had a bite at the 390 rear bumper. Newson was too far back to mount a challenge on Hunter who took a fine heat and final double with FWJ third and Harrhy fourth, unfazed by having the gold top car close behind.

Will Hunter taking another win around the Shaleway

Twenty-two for the last F1 race of the Northampton season with Newson now 13 points behind leader Smith. Racing under the lights on shale for the first time was a fine sight and it was that man Harrhy (345) who again led while Newson two wheeled on the home straight. Smith wanted this one badly but a flat rear tyre scuppered any chance of more points. Harrhy, Roberts and de Vries held the top spots with Fairhurst, having sorted his earlier engine problems, closing until he hit the back straight plating.

As the lap boards appeared, Jake was way out in front but, in quick succession, the 345 car blew a rear tyre, de Vries spun and new leader Roberts tangled with Fairhurst leaving Frankie Wainman Junior to pick up the pieces. Incredibly, when the points were totted up, Stuart and Frankie were tied at the top of the shoot out table on 294 apiece, just 4 ahead of Newson. Next stop, the unforgiving Stoke Stadium and the penultimate round of the 2018 series.

By the end of the meeting, Stuart and Frankie were tied at the top of the shoot out table

Words: Mick Jenkins
Photos: Dave Bastock

 

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