Round five of the Shootout series at Skegness marked the last time the F1s would be at the Fun Coast this season. It also marked the last F1 meeting to be promoted by Hazel Cooke. Hazel accomplished many things at the stadium, with perhaps the highlight being the 2012 World Final – a race that produced arguably the best World Final in the history of the sport with many incidents, including a rollover by new Skegness Stadium owner/promoter Rob Speak (318), and a win from the back of the grid by Lee Fairhurst (217).
A rain shower prior to the meeting did little to dampen the action. Luke Davidson (464) sliced through the field in the opening heat to record the first of three wins he would have during the evening. Tom Harris (84) followed Luke home in second with Todd Jones (186) in third. Jones was making his debut in the ex-Paul Poulter (174) machine that was built by Tom Harris.
Davidson won the second heat ahead of Dan Johnson (4). The defending Shootout champion is beginning to find some form, and looked good again in the final until a mechanical problem with the power steering forced him to retire.
Harris won heat three with Nigel Green (445) following him home in second. Green is returning to the form he showed at the start of the season which elevated him to Superstar status.
In a hectic final, Green forced his way to the front on the pack, taking the lead from Lee Fairhurst with two laps to go. Lee struck back on the final turn but was unable to shift the race leader. “I had good race with Fairhurst, we raced each other hard, but with respect. He could have taken us both out on the last bend at Skegness, he gave me a good hit, but I managed to hold onto it, as far as the Shoot out goes, I just have keep doing what I can and see how it pans out,” said Green.
Luke Davidson rounded out the evening by winning the Grand National. Green came home third despite his one lap handicap for winning the final.
Words and photos: Colin Casserley