Skegness, 14th May 2016 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery

Saturday at Skegness Stadium attracted 47 cars – all in search of more World Championship qualifying points and the opportunity to get their cars dialled in for Sunday’s UK Open Championship. A dry and mild afternoon gave way to a windy and cold evening but the temperature on track was at a totally different level, with every race featuring speed, action and some brutal hitting.

Heat One should have been run on ‘Bank Holiday Tuesday’ as it featured an extremely rare event, with a tarmac win for the 55 car of former World and Points Champion Craig Finnikin. Lee Fairhurst eventually escaped the bumper-banging pack to chase down Finnikin but the 217 car has yet to reproduce last year’s dominance on the Skegness tarmac and never really threatened the 55’s victory.

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Craig Finnikin takes his first Heat win of 2016.

Sunday’s events were once again sponsored by the Kaleta family but it’s possible that Saturday Heat Two should have been sponsored by Frank Warren or the WWE.  It was not so much Heat Two as a high-speed bantamweight clash with title chasers, Luke ‘Feel the Force’ Davidson taking on Nigel ‘boy’ Green over 16 rounds.

These two had done a little bit of sparring at the last Skegness meeting on Good Friday. It did not take long for the two to get reacquainted and, after one or two polite taps, Green went for a knockout blow in turn two. All credit to Luke – the 464 car managed to avoid terminal contact with the fence and chased Green down the back straight. Davidson then scooped up the 445 car and followed it directly into the turn four fence. The impact had the 445 car airborne before coming down to rest on the 464 bonnet. Yellow flags saw both cars retire to the infield where hostilities briefly continued, but only in a verbal manner.

Plenty more action after the restart as Speak (318), Newson (16) and the Wainman brothers dished out plenty of contact. Of course when the star men play rough, life is often a little easier for the lower grades and thus this race proved to be an easy win for Joff Gibson (249).

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It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.

Post-race, it was all frantic action down in the pits as the 464 and 445 teams set to work sorting mangled bumpers, bent axles and damaged radiators. Both cars made it out on track for the Consolation but the 464 engine refused to start. Thus no resumption of Heat Two aggro. Still, there was plenty more action from the remaining drivers and a win for the 202 car of Henry Hunter.

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Blue top Henry Hunter made his way to the front in the Consolation.

Final time and with the floodlights now replacing sunshine the speed and action seemed even more intense. The stars and superstars all seemed determined to wreck each other’s chances; all except one that is, as Ryan Harrison 197 shot off from the star grade to chase down the leaders. Ryan caught and passed teammate Paul Carter in the 300 car and then had an easy run to the flag. Elsewhere action continued all round the raceway with far too much incident to detail here.

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Ryan Harrison celebrating his first Final win since his enforced time off.

A relatively quiet Grand National closed proceedings at a pleasantly early hour. Newson (16) won from Paul Harrison, with a rejuvenated Nigel Green in third.

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Mat Newson takes the last win of the night.

Words: Damian Noblett
Photos: Colin Casserley

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