Skegness, 3rd April 2015 – Meeting Report and Photo Gallery

Just twenty cars made it to Skegness Stadium on a somewhat damp Good Friday and, while the afternoon rain departed prior to start time, the track remained in a greasy state for most of the meeting.

Despite the moderate quantity of entries, there was plenty of interest in the pits with a variety of new cars and drivers. Two former National Saloon stock car World Champions, Shaun Webster and Stuart Shevill, were having their first taste of racing with the big league. Shevill debuted a car formerly owned by Ivan Pritchard (434). The car had also spent some of the winter in the workshops of Tom Harris Motorsport; and it seemed like time well-spent as the car looked immaculate in Team Shevill colours.

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Former National Saloons Champions Shaun Webster (48) and Stuart Shevill (518) line up in their first F1 meeting

Yorkshireman Webster had purchased an ex-Craig Utley car and spent the evening keeping out of trouble, while adjusting to an extra 400 or so bhp. No doubt Webster and Shevill will enliven future meetings, once they find their feet in the world of ‘big boys’ toys’. Although one does hope that the on-track performances of the Webster car turns out to be somewhat better than its paintjob.

Elsewhere in the pits, one found a new self-built car for Micky Randell (172) while 224 Mark Gray had managed to get his hands on an ex-Frankie Wainman Jnr tarmac car.

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Mark Gray (224) in his new tarmac car

19 for Heat One, including ex-banger driver 499 Dave Allen, in a well-presented car, formerly raced by 393 David Plumbley. With the track damp in parts and greasy in others, this race was more about control than speed and aggression. Gray (224) led 300 Paul Carter until a stranded 51 car in turn 2 brought out the yellow flags. On the restart, Carter soon took charge at the front and headed off for a comfortable victory. Further back, the Wainman brothers, Frankie (515) and Danny (212), had a brief skirmish, with the 212 car getting the better of big brother with a well-timed hit in turn 2, securing second place.

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Heat 1 winner Paul Carter

Another 19 for Heat Two and a similar story to Heat One, except this time the driver taking advantage of a very generous yellow grade starting spot was not Carter (300) but 172 Randell. The 172 car was soon past 224 and built quite a lead. Despite two yellow flag restarts closing up the field, Randell had way too much pace for the rest and was well clear of the 515 car when the chequered was waved.

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Despite a couple of cautions, Frankie Wainman Junior was unable to catch Heat 2 winner Randell (172).

18 cars for the Final, and with the track now almost dry, there was an increase in speed – although not much of an increase in action. 224 led early on, but Frankie Wainman Jnr made a quick break from the pack and was in a commanding lead by halfway. 464 Luke Davidson did his best to close down on the 515 car but was still well adrift at the flag.

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Final Top 3: Frankie Wainman Junior, Luke Davidson and Mat Newson

13 returned for the Grand National and yet another trophy for an under-graded yellow top, as 51 Dylan Williams-Maynard finally managed to stay away from the fence long enough to cruise round for an untroubled 16 laps to secure a flag to flag victory. Davidson was again the pick of the stars in second, while Wainman (515) found the final winner’s handicap a big ask coming home in a distant eighth place.

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After trouble in the Heats and Final, Dylan Williams-Maynard dominated the Grand National event.

Words: Damian Noblett

Photos: Colin Casserley

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