Northampton – September 10th 2011 Meeting Report

BriSCA F1 stock car Consi Semi Final grid. Photo Colin Casserley

The BriSCA Consi Semi Final grid gets ready to roll. Photo Steve Botham

In front of a full house, the first race up on BriSCA F1 stock car World Final night was the Consolation Semi Final; Mick Sworder 150, by not taking his place at BV had sadly negated his opportunity of being in the race. Dave Willis in Michael Storry’s 30 car was outside pole alongside fellow shale driver Mick Rogers 244. At the green Willis shot into the lead with Ian Venables wiggling a bit up the homestraight causing the blue grades in the closed grid to bunch up behind. Craig Utley 484 dealt Dylan Williams Maynard a blow sending himself into a half spin on turn two with the rest of the field clattering in with Mark Allen 161 and Colin Goodswen 372 piling in and creating a threesome of tangled cars.

BriSCA F1 stock car Dylan Williams Maynard 51 receives some attention from Craig Utley 484. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Colin Goodswen 372 ploughs into Craig Utley 484. Photo Colin Casserley

Neil Turner 126 was struggling with his car, sliding sideways into the bends, burning rubber while at the opposite end Paul Carter 300 lamped Ian Noden 306 into the fence. The yellows were soon shown for an unfortunate Mark Woodhull 335 who crashed heavily into the armco with all four wheels lifting off the ground en-route to the fence.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mark Woodhull 335 is tractored off. Photo Steve Botham

The restart bunched the field up with Dave Willis leading them away from Mal Brown 34 and Ed Neachell 321. Neachell snuck by Brown but got a bumper hit for his trouble with Matt Newson sliding by. Willis was working hard, as not only did he have to contend with his fellow competitors, but his car did not have the ideal set up and only the World Finalists themselves had been allowed any practice time on the day.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Ed Neachell 321 gets the better of Dave Willis 337. Photo Colin Casserley

Willis’s wayward line gave Ed Neachell the only opportunity he needed, and he and Newson both barged passed on the bottom bend. Neachell was unable to stick with Newson as Willis found himself bumped down the order with Mal Brown 34 renewing his attack on Neachell’s rear bumper. Scott Davids 462 and Robert Broome 41 slammed into the armco together as Lee Fairhurst 217 gave Carl Pickering 141 a taste of the bumper to move up the order before moving past Brown into third place.

Ed Neachell 321 was unable to keep up with Matt Newson 16. Photo Colin Casserley

Of course, on the next bend Brown gave it straight back in typical fashion but was unable to pass. Newson was absolutely flying out ahead and there was no way Neachell was going to be able to reel him in in the remaining laps and he was forced to settle for second. Lee Fairhurst just missed out on automatic World final qualification, but was fortunate enough to benefit from Ivan Pritchard 434 being unable to take his place on the BriSCA F1 World Final grid. For BriSCA F1stock car World Final 2011 race report see HERE.

Matt Newson 16 accepts the trophy for winning the Consi Semi Final. Photo Steve Botham

Matt Newson 16 celebrates his Consi Semi Final win with his family. Photo Colin Casserley

Heat one saw Rich Masterson 103 hitting absolutely everything in sight until the quick Mick Sworder 150 bulldozered his way to the front in typical ebullient fashion and never looked back. Eleven white graders scrapped amongst themselves with a fistful of Dutch visitors also getting in on the action.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mike James 417 takes in a spin. Photo Colin Casserley

F1 stock car driver Gosse Hoekstra H44 tangles with Peter Kaulbarsch 411. Photo Colin Casserley

The singing cornishman Mike James 417 span with Gosse Hoekstra H44 tearing in and one time leader Rich Masterson tangled with John Frost 351 with Frost flopping over onto his side. Evert van der Berg H12 moved himself neatly into second but had the quick Lee Robinson 107 travelling towards him at high speed to take second.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Rich Masterson 103 gets involved with John Frost 351. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Rich Masterson 103 gets involved with John Frost 351. Photo Colin Casserley

Due to the car numbers present, two consolations were scheduled with five cars from each making it through to the meeting final. At the green, Chad Evans 392 set off into the lead but soon succumbed to pressure, and Chris Cooke 460 took up the running out front. Dave Willis 337 and Colin Goodswen 372 clashed up the homestraight with Goodswen going up over the Willis machine and continuing while Willis retired.

Dylan Williams Maynard 51 was making swift progress towards the front but Cooke had built up a fair head of steam and was unlikely to be caught. Lee Fairhurst was also flying up the order but was unable to reel in Williams Maynard before the flag with Cooke going from tragedy (at the last Birmingham meeting) to triumph taking the chequered flag and winning a race on World Final night.

Consolation two soon followed with Mickey Randell 172 picking up the baton and tearing into the lead but had Murray Harrison 97 hot on his heels. An ever improving Danny Wainman 212 was racing through the field but Luke Davidson 464 soon found the lead and took the chequered unopposed with John Lund and Craig Finnikin bumping Scott Davids down the order and out of the qualifying top five.

BriSCA F1 stock car star graders straight into action in the Final. Photo Colin Casserley

A brutal feature Final saw Chris Cooke lead them away only for Chris Cowley 37 to take over at the front of the field. The star of the show however, was Mal Brown 34 in his shale car with no set up or tyre changes since the Belle Vue Meeting two weeks previous. Brown worked his way up the field and was holding second place well from tarmac racer Chris Cowley until the yellows came out bunching the field up. Unfortunately for Brown, his backend came out and overtook his front and he was unable to hold on, spinning and being collected by the following star graders.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mal Brown 34 spins out. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Mal Brown 34 and Andy Smith 391/1 meet. Photo Colin Casserley

Stu Smith jnr 390 and Lee Robinson 107 were battling hard, exchanging hits and places until Stu settled it once and for all with a huge hit firing Robinson heavily into the armco. Tom Harris 84 was on song on tarmac and he flew through the field to the flag for yet another stylish final win.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Lee Robinson 107 meets the armco courtesy of Stu Smith jnr 390. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock cars of John 53 and James 153 Lund. Photo Colin Casserley

Due to car numbers, two Grand Nationals were scheduled with Lee Fairhurst 217 looking to be the winner until taken to the infield by a retiring Dutch man gifting Michael Scriven 12 the lead back with Fairhurst doing well to get back in the action for third place. The second Grand National saw Stu Smith jnr 390 bulldozer his way to the front, reeling in long time leader Carl Pickering 141 who sensibly went wide. An action packed meeting with big hits going in all through the field with the focus now being on the race for the silver roof through the Shootout.

F1 stock car driver Gary Castell H247 finds the Northampton armco once again. Photo Colin Casserley

New Zealander Scott Fredrickson NZ 8 alongside Craig Utley 484. Photo Colin Casserley

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