Sheffield, 9th November – meeting report and photo gallery

Sunday 9th November saw the Shootout Finale contested at Sheffield, which attracted 25 cars and a two/thirds format. A number of drivers were still in the Shootout silver roof hunt prior to the meeting star; on paper it had the makings to be a great evening, in front of a packed Owlerton Stadium.

15 cars took the track for Heat 1; Roger Bailey (165) leading the pack round and hurtled into the lead at the first corner. Frankie Wainman JNR (515) was first Shootout racer to make a move, lunging at Paul Harrison (2) only to come under fire from Mick Sworder (150).

At the next bend, Shootout leader, Rob Speak (318), muscled his way by Sworder. John Brown (134) found a fence post in Turn 1, when he was squeezed out into the rough by the chasing pack. Mark Sargent (326) was your early leader, followed closely by Bobby Griffin (166).

Mat Newson (16) had moved Speak aside in Turn 3, dropping him back behind most of the Shootout runners. Sworder saw an opportunity and lunged at FWJ, which in turn shunted Newson off line, with Wainman coming off unscathed. This left a momentarily held up Newson and Sworder to recover, with Speak sneaking underneath to claim back a few places.

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Shootout contenders, Sworder, Speak and Wainman, looking for maximum points in Heat 1.

Griffin was next to take a trip to the wires, courtesy of a hard charging Will Yarrow (22). Griffin bounced back out; rejoining down the order. Backmarker Bailey held up leader Sargent down the back-straight, which allowed Yarrow to close in enough to attack the back of Sargent into Turn 3.

Yarrow took the lead; Mal Brown (34) snuck underneath to follow into second and Chris Brocksopp (338) also gained and went third, just before the halfway stage was signalled. Brocksopp felt the bumper off Speak into Turn 3, with Wainman also pushing Speak; 318, 515 and 150 all slipping by.

Into the next bend, Speak came under attack from Wainman; nerfing the 318 machine out wide towards the wires. Sworder then offered the same treatment to Wainman. The lap boards were signalled to leaders. Brown made a couple attempts at nudging Yarrow wide; Wainman closing in all the time.

The last lap board went out and the top three were all together and Brown made a more aggressive move to take the lead; Yarrow right back in the thick of it took to the outside and went round Brown, Wainman lunging at Brown; and Sworder also attacked the back of Wainman. Sworder and Wainman momentarily hooked up allowing Yarrow and Brown to drag race to the line, Sworder recovered first to take third; a reeling Wainman then had out race Speak to the line; to round off a great opening race.
Result: 22 34 150 515 318 338 16 2 326 45

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Red tops, Brown and Yarrow, outdid all of the superstars in the first Heat.

Heat 2 saw 18 cars take to the track, Russell Cooper (415) was the man to lead them off, but he was quickly muscled into second by Tim Farrell (467). Karl Roberts (313) and Roger Bailey (165) were the first casualties, with a trip to the Turn 1 fence. Sargent was bundled into the fence at the hand of James Morris (463) and Yarrow, just as Danny Wainman (212) and Mick Sworder (150) felt the force of Craig Finnikin (55) in to Turn 1.

The stricken Sargent car prompted a caution; with the leaders at the restart: Farrell, Cooper and Joff Gibson (249). Gibson was shunted to the fence at the drop of the green. Silver roof chaser, Tom Harris (84), attacked the series leader Speak into Turn 3 whilst Wainman, Finnikin and Sworder were still fighting for position.

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Heat 2 started with trouble for Karl Roberts.

Sworder launched at Harris in to Turn 1 allowing Speak through; the Shootout drivers starting to make inroads up the order. Farrell still your leader, followed by Richard Bryan (238) in second and John Lund (53) had got himself up to third. Lund though was under attack from Finnikin and the former was snookered into Bryan in Turn 1.

Bryan spun around, scattering the chasing pack; as they recomposed, Lund had Finnikin on his back bumper down the back straight; Wainman joined the back of Finnikin and pushed Lund and 55 into turn 3 and both duly collected the fence as a result. Farrell was demoted in to second as Wainman took over the running of the race.

As the lap boards were presented; Mat Newson (16) took a dive at Speak into turn 1; taking third place; Newson quickly set off after Farrell for second place. Farrell spun around in turn 3; promoting Newson into second and Speak into third. Wainman taking the win and adding to his Shootout tally.

Result: 212 16 318 150 84 152 55 463 238 467

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Danny Wainman (212) claimed victory over 55 and 150 in Heat 2.

Heat 3 saw 14 cars return; long white grader Farrell leading them off. Danny Wainman got himself hooked up on brother Frankie’s front inside at the start and the pair collected a fence post in the home straight. The pack scattered coming round a lap later to take avoiding action; Brocksopp getting most out of shape he collected John Lund and Paul Harrison as he found himself left broadside across the track, Harrison spinning in the process.

The yellow flags were called for Danny Wainman who was still left across the home-straight. 467 was your leader on the restart, followed by Richard Bryan (238) and Steve Reedman (361). At the drop of the green, Lund was shunted wide by 55, but Finnikin got out of shape in the backstraight and Lund retook the position.

Finnikin was then lunged wide by Tom Harris. A lap later, Lund retired with a clutch problems; catching out Harris, who clipped the 53 car and was then spun around by Finnikin at the same time as Bryan taking a trip to the fence in Turn 1.

At the halfway stage, Farrell still held his lead over second place, James Morris, and Mal Brown in third. The race settled down, with just a handful running, the lap boards were soon out for Farrell who hadn’t been reeled in by the pursuing Morris. At the last bend, Morris made an ambitious attempt for the win, which saw him collect the wires allowing Brown into second and Finnikin into third.

Result: 467 34 55 463 2 84 45 515 NoF

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Tim Farrell, Heat 3 winner.

The Final attracted the biggest field of the day with 19 cars on track; Roger Bailey (165) taking up pole position. Nigel Harrhy (45) collected the fence in Turn 1, narrowly missed by Mick Sworder, who was also out on the outside loose.

Into Turn 3, Finnikin struck the back of Wainman JNR, as Finnikin was also attacked by Speak, Finnikin and Speak momentarily tripping over each other allowing Wainman to get away. Newson tried to take a dive at Sworder, but carried too much momentum and spun around.

The stricken Harrhy machine was then joined by Bailey and Neil Scothern (152) were both bundled into the first turn wires. Mal Brown then came under attack from a hard charging Speak in Turn 3. Farrell the pace setter in front, followed by Russell Cooper in second and Bryan in third.

Finnikin took Wainman (212) to the wires, repaying the favour from an earlier race. Wainman coming to rest with significant damage in the fence, joining Harrhy and Bailey. Second place Cooper was coming under fire from Brocksopp, who was now in third and Cooper was bundled into the Turn 1 wires. Shootout leader Speak was took wide by Tom Harris, dropping Speak to seventh, but Speak was then demoted further after an attack from Sworder in Turn 3.

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A hard hit from Finnikin left Danny Wainman stuck in the fence, minus a back wheel. 

Finnikin bumpered Speak wide into Turn 3, Speak narrowly missing the wires. Speak quickly recovered and set after Finnikin down the home straight; Finnikin was duly sent hurtling into the turn 1 fence by Speak to join the car park of stricken machines. In the skirmish Brown had also been sent into the pile up by Harrison.

The lap boards were out for leader Farrell, Brocksopp second and James Morris in third. Sworder made an uncharacteristic mistake when he put himself away into the stricken Harrhy car, ending his chances of a good finish. At the last lap, 515 had caught up to third place Morris, and FWJ planted Morris into the first bend pile up, allowing the 515 machine into third. He was closely followed by Harris, who was a couple of car lengths behind. Farrell took the win, his first F1 feature final, Brocksopp second and Wainman third.

Result: 467 338 515 84 22 318 16 2 34 238

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The Final top 3: 467, 388 and 515, with Farrell taking his first final victory. 

18 cars returned for the Grand National event, with Rob Speak just needing to get a 7th or higher to clinch the silver roof and Harris and Newson still in the hunt. Final winner, Timmy Farrell, took up the half lap handicap and John Brown started pole position.

Sworder set off like lightning and never looked back, the 150 machine picking off the opposition one by one to get to the front. Much of the focus was on the triple threat National Series showdown. Newson was picked off first by Speak and couldn’t retaliate, nor could Harris when Speak punted him wide; as long as he finished Speak had done enough.

Newson and Harris, however, didn’t settle and fought each other for position to the end.  Sworder failed off to the win, Paul Harrison having his best run of the day to finish second; Farrell getting 10th off the handicap to his credit. With Speak getting third, he was crowned 2014 National Series Winner.

Result: 150 2 318 463 515 34 84 22 16 467

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Following the Grand National, Rob Speak was crowned National Points Champion, with Tom Harris second and Mat Newson third.

To round off the night a rare dash for the cash was programmed for non-shootout competitors, which saw 5 cars return from the pits; Tim Farrell, Richard Bryan, Chris Brocksopp, Will Yarrow and Mal Brown. Farrell got the jump and pulled out a lead at the green flag, with Yarrow, Brocksopp and Brown fighting amongst themselves for much of the race.

Brown managed to finally get the break and set off after Farrell, leaving Brocksopp and Yarrow to continue their squabble. With two laps to go Brown had caught Farrell and shunted the white grader aside. Yarrow suffering with clutch problems dropped back to last. Brown took the win and the £1000 cheque to conclude proceedings.

Result: 34 467 338 238 22

Words: Keith Organ

Photos: Anthony Jenkins

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