Skegness – 6th April 2012 Meeting Report

Good Friday saw the first opportunity of the year for drivers to get some laps in at the 2012 World final venue.
Several new cars were on show along with some in new hands. One of the first on track for hot laps was the superbly presented machine of Luke Davidson (464). He was soon followed out on track by Dean Whitwell (195) who was in Davidson’s 2011 car. Both put down some impressive laps posting second and third fastest laps behind Mick Sworder (150).

the new Luke Davidson 464 machine. Photo Colin Casserley

Dean Whitwell 195 in the old Luke Davidson 464 machine. Photo Colin Casserley

Colin Goodswen (372) was out for the first time in his new Mat Newson (16) built car. Which had been finished only hours before the meeting. Josh Smith (191) looked impressive in his new car that was seen at the NEC in January, Nigel Harrhy (45) made it out on track in the ex Andy Smith (391) tar car and Derek Brown (229) was out in the ex Mark Allen (161) car.

Colin Goodswen's 372 new Newson built machine. Photo Colin Casserley

Nigel Harrhy 45 in the old Andy Smith 391 machine. Photo Colin Casserley

Rain descended on the track prior to heat one. Whitwell grabbed the lead on the third lap from Brown. The Cambridgeshire man held the lead until six laps from the end when Lee Fairhurst (217) took over the lead position. Frankie Wainman, Jr (515), Tom Harris (84) and Sworder were closing on the leader. Wainman pulled off with five to go with engine damage which would cause him to miss the rest of the meeting.

Frankie Wainman jnr 515 in heat 1. Photo Colin Casserley

Frankie Wainman jnr 515 gets a push to the pits after damaging his engine. Photo Colin Casserley

On the final bend Harris got close enough to punt Fairhurst wide and claim the win. Sworder made an unsuccessful attempt to barge his way past Fairhurst but fell one spot further back as Danny Wainman (212)
snuck into third place.

Cecil built F1 stockcars having a battle during one of the heats. Photo Colin Casserley

Tom Harris 84 on his way to a heat win. Photo Colin Casserley

Late arrival Steve Reedman (361) led the first 10 laps of heat two before Harris came through to take the lead, eventually winning by over two seconds from Sworder with Reedman holding on for third. Reedman grabbed the lead in the final from the drop of the green and despite coming under pressure from Harris in the closing stages held on for an impressive win. It was Reedman’s first ever f1 final victory. Sworder claimed the final podium position.

Steve Reedman 361 on his way to his first final victory. Photo Colin Casserley

Lee Fairhurst 217 in action during the final. Photo Colin Casserley

Harris collected his third win of the evening in the Grand National with Danny Wainman having his best race of the night coming home in second. Ed Neachell (321) rounded out the top three.

Colin Casserley

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