Skegness, 14th September 2018 – Overseas Meeting Report and Photos

The “night before the World” overseas meeting has become an essential part of the championship weekend and long may it continue as the racing, in my opinion often eclipses the title event itself. With support from F2s (their second shoot out round) and two litre saloons 29 overseas F1s took to the track in a two-thirds format presentation, the evening was unfortunately marred by some un-forecast rain and unwanted delays caused by fence damage. The latter was the result of some full-bloodied saloon action with the 2 litre boys seemingly determined to out-shine their V8 powered counterparts.

Fifteen for heat one on a decidedly greasy track with William Humphries (NZ1) and Adam Joblin (NZ2) tangling right at the start while Lourens De Vries (79) overhauled Sierd de Vries (54) for the lead. Geert Jan Keijzer (6), no stranger to UK tarmac, sent Lee Robinson (177) to the wall with a big hit before relieving Hans Baegen (65) of second place then taking the lead on the home straight, finishing well clear of 79 and 65 at the flag. An expected victory from the number 6 pilot maybe but all credit to Lourens De Vries (79) in taking second spot on an unfamiliar racing surface. Likewise youngster Tsjalle Greidanus (229), back racing in the UK after competing in the F2 World Final at Bristol last weekend, showed good form with a sixth place finish behind Maessen (400) and Tesselaar (410).

William Humphries (NZ1) and Adam Joblin (NZ2) tangle in Heat 1

Eighteen for heat two including Peter Bengston (NZ58) but it was his fellow countryman Humphries who set the pace as the rain fell, driving the loaned 422 car as though Ben Riley himself was at the wheel. Maessen closed on the kiwi and used the bumper – nothing doing. A harder hit next time around saw the NZ1 car hook bumpers briefly with Nigel de Kock (525) coming off turn four, letting 400 and 6 by with Ron Kroonder (217) in fourth. Maessen turned up the wick over the remaining laps to take a comprehensive win from Keijzer with Speedy (217) in third and Humphries fourth.

Peter Bengston (NZ58)

Heat three raised 19 cars, no white tops amongst them so it was De Kock and Matt Schreurs (107), in a former Huntapac car, to lead them away. De Kock led the early laps chased by Pascal Spigt (T6) and Joblin as Kroonder gave it too much right foot coming off turn two and spun on the still very greasy track. Joblin took over at the sharp end until a tap from Johan Catsburg (99) sent him wide letting De Kock back in until both NZ2 and 525 tangled, handing the lead to Greidanus (229) with Spigt, Christiaan Weyenberg (380) and Evert van der Berg (12) closing fast. Weyenberg took the lead with a couple to go to take victory from 229 with Jordy Lemmens (B197) moving un-noticed (at least by me) into third.

The track was damp but drying as the 25 cars lined up for the all-in final at around 11pm with De Kock again in the hot seat until a back straight pile up on lap three saw Baegen hooked on top of the armco with Catsburg jammed underneath. They were joined by NZ1, T6 and Albert Sikkema (215) and with the track almost blocked a caution was necessary. Joblin wasted no time in taking the lead with Kroonder up to second then back to third as he slipped wide on turn two.

Joblin was pulling away and a New Zealand final win looked on the cards but Kroonder regained his composure to retake second, then as Joblin became mired in back-markers and with the lap boards out Rocket Ron made his move, hammering into the back of NZ2 on turn one as Joblin tangled momentarily. Joblin held firm but another big hit from Kroonder sent him wide around the plating and let Weyenberg into second. The Superstock ace was having none of that and reclaimed the runner-up spot with Weyenberg and Maessen crossing the line inches (or should that be centimetres?) apart in third and fourth. A cracking race and blooming fast given the conditions.

Final Top 3: 1st – Ron Kroonder; 2nd – Adam Joblin; 3rd – Chris Weyenburg

Sadly there was no time for an F1 grand national and to be fair the time was marching towards midnight by the conclusion of the last race – those saloon boys really did a number on the track shop bend fence!

I cannot finish without sending commiserations and get well soon to Carl Waterfield (Saloon #360) who suffered a broken pelvis in a typically heavy shunt on the home straight earlier in the evening.

Saloons: 1 Skegness fence: 0

Words: Mick Jenkins
Photos: Colin Casserley

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