Skegness – July 30th 2011 Meeting Report

The Skegness semi final meeting drew a bumper crowd to the seaside to witness an entertaining race with Paul Harrison 2 emerging victorious. The BriSCA F1 stock car Semi-Final competitors commenced events with some pre-meeting practice which saw Josh Smith 191 tractored off with father Tony’s 91 car being quickly installed as a replacement with Josh managing to get some more practice in.

BriSCA F1 Semi-Final pre-meeting practice for Frankie Wainman jnr 515. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car Semi-Final practice for Stu Smith jnr 390. Photo Colin Casserley

Mickey Randell 172 was already penciled in as Steve Cayzer 380 had scratched from the race and Dave Riley 422 was also going to be alongside him on the back of the Semi-Final grid when Lee Robinson 107 withdrew. Semi-Finalist James Lund 153 was working on his car pre-meeting as Andy Smith 1 replaced a half shaft.

BriSCA F1 stock car star graders grid up for heat 1. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Danny Wainman 212 and Mick Sworder 150 behind Mark Gilbank 21. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Danny Wainman 212 and Mick Sworder 150 bypass Mark Gilbank 21. Photo Colin Casserley

The meeting itself commenced with just under twenty cars taking to the track for heat one with Sean Willis 287 initially leading them away but being soon overcome by the quick yellow grader Iain Holden 85. Towards the rear of the field, European Champion Mick Sworder 150 and Matt Newson 16 vied for position.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Dan Johnson 4. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Ivan Pritchard 434 and Rob Cowley 73 in heat 1. Photo Paul Tully

Neil Turner 126 was quick into the action bumpering Mark Allen 161 but soon tasted armco when on the wrong end of Will Yarrow 22 and Lee Fairhurst 217 on the seaside turn with Turner retiring to the infield being the only F1 to fail to finish.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Dylan Williams Maynard 51 passes Ian Brickley 246. Photo Colin Casserley

Holden was under pressure from Ian Brickley 246 who stormed passed to take the lead. Dylan Williams Maynard 51 barged passed all the yellow graders with Lee Fairhurst 217 also making his way concisely up the order but was unable to reel in Maynard Wlliams in the remaining laps.

Heat 1 winner BriSCA F1 stock car driver Dylan Williams Maynard 51. Photo Colin Casserley

See Semi-Final report HERE

Less than twenty cars came out for the Consolation with white graders Chris Stafford 157 and Sean Willis clattered the turn one armco leaving Nigel Harrhy 45 as a solo white grader to lead the field away. Chris Cowley and Craig Utley gave the race some entertainment with the two exchanging bumper hits while Neil Shenton 35 purposefully reeled in Harrhy.

Consolation entertainment came from Chris Cowley 37 and Craig Utley 484. Photo Paul Tully

Dave Riley 422 came to grief clattering the turn two armco along with Mark Allen 161 and popular shale racer Mal Brown 34. Shenton moved into the lead, taking the win with Utley getting the better of Cowley to take third.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Dave Riley 422. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mal Brown 34 in action. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers Mal Brown 34 and Dave Riley 422 come to grief. Photo Colin Casserley

The full thirty cars came out for the Final with lone white grader Nigel Harrhy leading the field away while behind complete chaos commenced. Chris Cowley got straight into Murray Harrison with Mick Sworder 150 also using his bumper liberally. Frankie Wainman jnr 515 dispatched Tom Harris 84 with Harris limping to the infield once the yellows were shown when Danny Wainman 212 thumped into Lee Fairhurst 217 sending him slamming into the armco. Two tractors took the stricken Fairhurst machine to the infield with Sworder and Murray Harrison 97 retiring to the infield.

Nigel Harrhy led them away again with Rob Cowley 73 right on his rear and it was not long before Cowley took up the running at the front of the field. Matt Newson 16 and John Lund were slowed, having got themselves hooked up together momentarily. Ian Brickley and Iain Holden were going at it hammer and tongs thumping each other for position while at the rear a freight train of star drivers headed by Andy Smith and Dan Johnson 4 was recklessly launching itself into each bend. An awesome sight, with only a high level of skill and experience keeping Andy Smith out of the fence.

Skegness F1 stock car Final winner Stu Smith jnr 390 alongside John Lund 53. Photo Paul Tully

A furious flurry of activity took place with Wainman jnr thumping Paul Harrison into Smith before moving onto Dan Johnson. Stu Smith jnr was heading towards the front with steely purpose and barged by leader Cowley to take up the running for himself. Dan Johnson and Frankie Wainman jnr were embroiled in their own battle with big bumper hits being exchanged right until the chequered flag. A bit of last bend carnage saw Rob Cowley spin with Robert Broome 41 running into him and Ian Brickley thumping into the pitgate. Craig Utley bounced over the stationary Cowley but it was not enough to prevent him from holding onto his third place.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Stu Smith jnr 390 overhauls leader Rob Cowley 73. Photo Colin Casserley

Twenty cars rolled out for the Grand National which saw Chris Stafford 157 immediately spin out in a tangle of cars with Dylan Maynard Williams and Dave Riley ploughing in down the backstraight with the yellows being shown and Maynard Williams and Stafford retiring to the infield. Nigel Harry led the field off at the green but succumbed to the more experienced Iain Holden as Danny Wainman 212 gave Andy Smith a hit. Stu Smith jnr had seen his lap handicap disappear with the yellow flags and started pushing his way to the front for double points, making his way well into the top ten by the halfway point.

BriSCA F1 stock car GN winner Andy Smith 1 overhauls Craig Utley 484. Photo Paul Tully

Andy Smith was making his way through the field purposefully relegating Holden to second place by the halfway point with Craig Utley catching up with Holden not long after, dropping him down to third. Andy Smith cleared Utley and went onto take the victory with brother Stu Smith jnr taking the five bonus points and double points to make him the top point scorer of the meeting.

BriSCA F1 stock car GN winner Andy Smith 1. Photo Colin Casserley

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