Skegness – May 11th 2013 Meeting Report

Final winner Murray Harrison

Final winner Murray Harrison

All roads lead to the East for Skegness Stadium’s traditional May speedweekend, with the first title of the 2013 season up for grabs on the sunday, the UK Open Championship. Saturday night’s session was a WCQR and also featured the Mo Jones Memorial Final.

Just under 40 cars had arrived to contest the evenings events and 19 drivers gridded for Heat One which included H6 Geert-Jan Keijzer over from the Netherlands, 483 Adam Barrett in the 394 Chris Clare machine and 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr driving his shale car.

287 Sean Willis surged into the early lead from 229 Derek Brown as from the blue grade 97 Murray Harrison and 212 Danny Wainman both made rapid starts. Former World Champion Harrison tore through the pack like a hot knife through butter and ripped into the lead on turn three well before half distance. Wainman was on his coat tails with fellow A grader 464 Luke Davidson completing the podium places as the Union flag was shown. Into the lap boards and Wainman Jnr 515 made it into the top four but it was a blue top train over the line with Harrison – Wainman and Davidson making their temporary down grades to blue look very short lived indeed.

Photo call of the current F1 & F2 world champions.

Photo call of the current F1 & F2 world champions.

18 cars for Heat Two which saw another visitor from the Netherlands, 365 Joep Hendriks and 422 Dave Riley debuting a new Tom Harris Motorsport built tarmac special, amongst the line up. 377 Jamie Jackson lead the pack into 16 racing laps from George Heppenstall 189 and Mark Allen 161 temporarily down to the yellow grade in third spot. Allen made the most of his enhanced starting position to take the lead on turn three of lap three, but by halfway had the returning 37 Chris Cowley looming large in his rear view mirror with Jackson still a strong third and Mick Sworder 150 fourth. Norfolk’s Mat Newson 16 put in some aggressive laps in the latter stages to pick his way past Sworder and Cowley to place second behind the victorious 161 machine – Cowley and Tom Harris 84 completing the top four, Sworder relegated to fifth late on.

Rob Speak won the Consolation, seen here with Luke Davidson.

Rob Speak won the Consolation, seen here with Luke Davidson.

The Consolation race gridded 19 cars and again Sean Willis 287 immediately took the lead as the green flag dropped as Ian Noden 306 and Paul Hines 259 had a look at the fence on turn two. George Heppenstall 189 went through for the lead on lap three with Mike James 417, making his first appearance of season 2013 close behind. Just after half way the yellow flags were called to remove the stranded 287 car of Sean Willis from the home straight with the positions on the restart reading Heppenstall, James, Steve Reedman 361 and Robert Speak 318. On the restart, the experience of Cornishman James told as he went through into the lead but he couldn’t relax as fellow former F2 driver of some note, Speak shadowed his every move. With the lap boards being prepared, Speak eased past the 417 car and went on to take the victory with James close behind in second spot, Will Yarrow 22 rounding out the top three.

417 Mike James leads the yellow grade charge.

417 Mike James leads the yellow grade charge.

The meeting final for the Mo Jones Memorial Trophy fielded 25 cars with the action starting straight away as Dave Riley 422 spun into turn two on the opening lap. Jamie Jackson 377 had a strong start from the white grade with 532 Daz Kitson fresh from his rollover at Hednesford showing good race pace to place second and Dave Plumbley 393 third. The yellow flags were soon required for Steve Reedman 361 who needed some attention on turn four, who had suffered being hit by 1 Lee Fairhurst and 16 Mat Newson just as the yellows were thrown. Jackson lead the field away on the restart before 532 Kitson roared through to take up the running as further back, Frankie Wainman Jnr 515 and Robert Speak 318 renewed old acquaintances by getting stuck in with the front bumper.

Murray Harrison comes under attack from Mike James.

Murray Harrison comes under attack from Mike James.

As the Union Flag flew, Kitson continued to lead with 97 Murray Harrison getting ever closer and Multi Title Holder Tom Harris 84 breaking free from the midfield battles to close down the top two. Harrison made his move for the lead as the 5 lap marking was being prepared and slid past Kitson around turn three. Kitson also lost out to Harris in the closing stages but held on to place a fine third spot behind the 84 and winning 97 car. Danny Wainman 212 had a last bend lunge at Mick Sworder 150 which ultimately proved unsuccessful – the former F2 man holding on for fifth position.

Lee Fairhurst making the sparks fly.

Lee Fairhurst making the sparks fly.

The GN saw 26 cars ready for battle and as in the final the intensity increased as the night wore on. Final winner Harrison 97 from the handicap, so Jackson 377 again into the early lead as Paul Hines 259 got into difficulties again, this time being T-boned by 191 Joshua Smith. Daz Kitson 532 looked like he had found more pace from his F1 as in the previous race by placing second with Danny Wainman 212 looking fast and aggressive in third spot. Wainman had barged his way into the lead before 8 laps as further back sleeves were being rolled up. First, Mick Sworder 150 blasted Mat Newson 16 into the wall on turn four, before immediately being spun in a cloud of tyre smoke by Wainman Jnr 515. Kitson 532 and Yarrow 22 found their way into the armco on turn three/four before Kitson again was dispatched hard into the fence backwards, a lap after rejoining by Danny Wainman 212 using Yarrow 22 as the cue ball. There was still time for 365 Joep Hendriks to get fired into the fence on the final turn as the mayhem continued. As the dust settled, Wainman 212 emerged victorious from Tom Harris 84 and Mark Allen 161.

Now it was onto day two and the UK Open Championship to see who would carry off the first title of the season.

Words: Andre Zang
Photos: Colin Casserley

Third place in Heat 2 was Chris Cowley's best result, but he was just getting warmed up for Sunday.

Third place in Heat 2 was Chris Cowley’s best result, but he was just getting warmed up for Sunday.

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