Skegness – July 30th 2011 Semi-Final Report

the BriSCA F1 Skegness Semi-Final grid lines up. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car Semi finals can sometimes be processional affairs but this was not to be the case at Skegness with the on track action taking place at both ends, and it being very hard to keep up with all the action. After the introductions, at the flag Andy Smith 1 seemed to drop off as Frankie Wainman jnr 515 snapped into the lead but Paul Harrison immediately got on his bumper as Stu Smith jnr 390 pulled in behind Harrison, and Joe Booth 446 in his shale car and John Lund 53 got on the rear and all gave a big push into the first bend. Wainman jnr, anticipating, scooted round the armco coming out still in the lead and roaring off into the distance with his front bumper being bent round on the offside negating any further heavy contact.

BriSCA F1 stockcar drivers Joe Booth 446 and John Lund 53 get ready for a big push. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Frankie Wainman jnr's 515 front bumper during the race. Photo Colin Casserley

Ryan Harrison 197 took his opportunity and flew up the field, motoring his way into third place. Luke Davidson 464 was pressuring current World Champion Andy Smith 1 and eight times World Champion John Lund 53 found himself squeezed out wide at both turns and dropped down the order to the rear looking for the meantime like he was well out of the running.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Ryan Harrison 197 flies up the field. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock driver Luke Davidson 464 pressuring Andy Smith 1. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Carl Pickering 141 on his side. Photo Paul Tully

A huge impact on the trackshop turn saw James Morris 463 tangle heavily with Carl Pickering 141 with both cars going up in the air and Mick Rogers 244 in his first time out this season also charging in. The yellows were immediately shown with the ensnared machines of Morris and Pickering being eventually disentangled with the Morris car woefully being tractored to the infield with a tractor at both ends.

BriSCA F1 stockcar Skegness Semi-Final restart order. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car Semi-Final top four start to roll into turn one. Photo Colin Casserley

Chris Cowley 37 sitting in his car waiting for the restart had his hopes dashed when Richard Kaleta walked over and handing him what looked like his propshaft. Cowley immediately got out to look and lay down on his race car in disbelief that his race was over. Restart top ten order of 515 – 2 – 197 – 12 – 1 – 464 – 390 – 484 – 97 – 153. After the opening frantic few laps, at the restart the train was off tearing into the first bend.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Craig Utley 484 burns some rubber. Photo Paul Tully

As they tore into the pitgate turn Craig Utley 484 span out and kept his foot down sending big plumes of smoke into the air, spinning wildly. James Lund 153 came out of the smoke and limped slowly to the infield cutting across the racing line at slow speed. Michael Scriven 12 up in fourth fancied improving his chances and lamped Ryan Harrison to take his place while further back Luke Davidson 464 thumped Murray Harrison 97 aside.

BriSCA F1 stockcar drivers Paul Harrison 2 and Frankie Wainman jnr 515 do battle. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car stars Frankie Wainman jnr 515 and Paul Harrison 2 fight for the lead. Photo Paul Tully

Upfront, Paul Harrison had reeled in Wainman jnr and was breathing down his neck before setting him up for a good hit, taking the lead. Wainman jnr initially tried to reclaim the top slot but had to reinforce his position to be successful. The two diced with each other presenting a stockcar masterclass until Harrison stuck the bumper in one last time and retrieved the lead for the final time, trying to put space between himself and the rest of the field.

BriSCA F1 stockcar drivers Paul Harrison 2 and Frankie Wainman jnr 515 do battle. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car stars Frankie Wainman jnr 515 and Paul Harrison 2 fight for the lead. Photo Paul Tully

The two had pulled clear of the chasing pack until the chequered fell with Michael Scriven tailing them but being unable to gain ground as he had current World champion Andy Smith 1 on his back bumper to occupy his mind.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Mickey Randell 172 gives James Neachell 322 something to think about. Photo Paul Tully

While Michael duked it out with Andy, further back Mickey Randell 172 was duelling with James Neachell 322 which came to a head when Randell leathered Neachell sending him out to clatter the pitgate fence. Smith dealt Scriven a blow to take the place but Scriven was not going to take that lying down and dished it back to take the place and go onto take a creditable third place and his best semi final finish to date.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Michael Scriven 12 in action. Photo Paul Tully

The legendary John Lund had quietly and composedly been working his way through the back of the field to sneak into the top ten and onto the world final grid. Stu Smith jnr 390 had been racing hard in the latter stages and on the final bend went in on Ryan Harrison, almost making contact but not quite, having to settle for sixth.

BriSCA F1 stockcar Semi-Final winner Paul Harrison 2. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stockcar Semi-Final winner Paul Harrison 2 takes the chequered flag. Photo Paul Tully

An impressive semi final race with Paul Harrison taking the chequered to rapturous applause saying how pleased he was that Frankie had used his loaf and the pair had been able to drive away from the rest of the field.

BriSCA F1 stockcar Skegness Semi-Final podium top three. Photo Paul Tully

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