Skegness – May 14th 2011 Meeting Report

The lively Saturday night of the Skegness UK Open speedweekend boded well for another entertaining Skegness Semi final later in the year. Tom Harris (84) was on song for the WCQR event, sweeping all before him to take the Mo Jones Memorial final in splendid style with the 84 tar car definitely being the one to watch.
Over fifty BriSCA F1 stockcars took a trip to the seaside including two newcomers in the shape of Steve Anderson (120) and Marcus Collins (427), both in Matt Newson (16) hire cars. Despite clashing dates in Holland, a handful of Dutch F1 stockcars were present including the Dutch indomitable duo of Ron Kroonder (H217) and Dave Schaap (H007) of the Big Deal race team alongside Joep Hendriks (H365), Marcel Jansen (H46) in last year’s Tom Harris tarmac car and Gold Cup winner Gary Castell H247 domiciled in the UK but racing for a Dutch team.

the Dutch F1 stock car of Ron Kroonder H217. Photo Colin Casserley

the Dutch F1 stockcar of Dave Schaap H007. Photo Paul Tully

Dutch Gold Cup winner 2010 Gary Castell H247. Photo Paul Tully

Dutch F1 stockcar Joep Hendriks H365 leading the field on track. Photo Chris Clark

BriSCA F1 stockcar new star grades Ian Venables 60 and Craig Utley 484. Photo Chris Clark

Ian Venables (60) was present, showing off his new first time red star grade status alongside the also newly promoted to star Craig Utley (484). Also present was Carl Pickering (141) with his new build in his first meeting of the season. Collins and Anderson did their obligatory five laps pre-meeting with Collins spinning out at the track shop turn but being nimbly avoided by the Anderson machine. The meeting format was to be three heats and a consolation with unusually, nine qualifying from the heats and seven from the consolation.

a new BriSCA F1 stockcar for Carl Pickering 141. Photo Colin Casserley

the new BriSCA F1 stockcar for Carl Pickering 141 alongside Chris Cowley 37. Photo Paul Tully

Heat one trooped onto track with newcomer Neil Turner (126) and Dave Riley (422) leading them off with Turner taking up the running. Mick Sworder (150) running from blue in his Donny Schatz inspired paint job was soon flying up the order as Dave Riley started dropping down the order.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Neil Turner 126 leading Dave Riley 422. Photo Chris Clark

BriSCA F1 stock car blue grades in Heat one. Photo Colin Casserley

Sworder was soon reeling in fellow ex-f2 racer Turner, hotly pursued by Tom Harris. Further back, Frankie Wainman jnr (515), Paul Hines and Dan Johnson (4) were grappling hard, exchanging hits and places as the laps rolled down. Out front, Sworder had claimed the lead momentarily for himself after going in on Turner just as third place Harris stuck the bumper into Mick.

the BriSCA F1 stock cars of Paul Hines 259 and Frankie Wainman jnr 515 side by side. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mick Sworder leads from Tom Harris 84. Photo Chris Clark

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Tom Harris 84 overtakes Mick Sworder 150. Photo Chris Clark

Sworder soon had Harris back on his tail and it was not long before Harris claimed the lead position for himself and had Sworder all over his rear down the back straight. Mick stayed with Tom for the remaining laps and in typical Sworder style it looked like the race would be culminating with a big hit.

BriSCA F1 Tom Harris 84 leads Mick Sworder 150 into the last lap. Photo Chris Clark

As Harris and Sworder roared into the last bend, Sworder went in hard in an attempt to send Harris wide, but Tom anticipating the blow was well prepared and Sworder just managed to miss the back of the Harris machine going full throttle, straight into the turn four armco but managing to scuttle round and come roaring out to take the flag with only Neil Turner being able to take advantage and sneek through on the inside.

BriSCA F1 stockcars of Tom Harris 84 and Mick Sworder 150 have at it. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Tom Harris 84 smokes 'em up. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Mick Sworder 150 smokes 'em up. Photo Colin Casserley

Heat two soon followed with a first race appearance for Banger driver Steve Anderson at the rear of the field and a return trackside for Neil Smith (507) who has been absent for a couple of years but unfortunately only succeeded in completing a few laps before pulling onto the infield. Sean Willis (287) initially led them away but was soon hotly hunted down by the following yellow tops.

Dutch F1 driver Joep Hendriks H365 holds off the BriSCA F1 of Robert Broome 41. Photo Paul Tully

Overseas visitor Joep Hendriks (H365) took up the running but had Robert Broome (41) who won his first race at Skegness chasing him down. Towards the rear Danny Wainman (212) and Ed Neachell (321) were having a little tete a tete before Ed was forced to pull off and spent most of the remainder of the race parked by the pitgate. Shale specialist Geoff Nickolls (215) ploughed into Rob Cowley (73) turning him sideways and t-boning him on the pitgate bend.

the BriSCA F1 stockcar of Rob Cowley 73 gets t-boned by Geoff Nickolls 215. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 driver Michael Scriven 12 heads the red grades. Photo Chris Clark

Red grades Ron Kroonder (H217) and Michael Scriven (12) were both making their way deliberately towards the front with steely purpose as leader Hendriks tried valiently to create distance between himself and the rest of the field. Kroonder and Scriven overcame Broome with a few laps to go and it was not long before Hendriks was sent sliding down the order but had a pop back at Ron Kroonder in a futile attempt to regain a place.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Michael Scriven 12 passing Joep Hendriks H365. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car drivers of Josh Smith 191 and Danny Wainman 212 come to blows. Photo Paul Tully

Danny Wainman had left his tustle with Neachell long behind but was now embroiled with Josh Smith (191), giving Josh a hefty hit on the last bend sending them both out to the fence. Kroonder was unable to get on the back of leader Scriven before the flag, leaving Scriven to take the win on his birthday.

BriSCA F1 stock car Heat winner Michael Scriven 12. Photo Paul Tully

The third and final heat steamed out with Colin Goodswen (372) and John Weldon (235) heading the field. Colin Goodswen, familiar with the chequered flag at Skegness soon set about speeding off into the distance while the BriSCA F1 stock cars behind scrapped it out. The reds all piled into each other in their haste to break free with World Champ Andy Smith (1) firing James Neachell (322) into the blue grade while up towards the front, Dave Plumbley (393) punted John Weldon aside to take second place.

the BriSCA F1 stockcar of Dave Plumbley 393 knocks John Weldon 235 aside. Photo Paul Tully

The quick duo of Ryan Harrison (197) and Luke Davidson (464) unfortunately came to grief getting hooked up with each other ending their flight towards the front, dropping them back down the order to the rear of the field. Tarmac specialist James Lund (153) was sliding through the field and soon claimed the second position as his own but was unable to reel in wayward leader Goodswen before the flag.

BriSCA F1 stockcar leader Colin Goodswen 372 bypasses lapped traffic. Photo Colin Casserley

BriSCA F1 stock car brothers Andy Smith 1 and Stu Smith jnr 390. Photo Colin Casserley

Andy Smith in his push towards the front knocked brother Stu Smith jnr aside but Paul Harrison (2) was more than a match for him and on the last bend when Andy made to push Paul out wide by the nerf, Harrison put the power down and successfully came out of the bend first.

BriSCA F1 stockcar brothers Stu 390 and Andy Smith 1 race Paul Harrison 2. Photo Paul Tully

A full field of thirty four cars came on track for the seven qualifying positions from the Consolation. Dave Riley led the competitors away with Dean Whitwell (195) making sharp progress to slot in behind Riley. Mickey Randell (172) gave Ryan Harrison a shove to take third but the two quick blue graders both made quick progress towards the front.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Mickey Randell 172 bypasses Steve Hopkins 347. Photo Paul Tully

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Lee Fairhurst 217 getting ahead of Will Yarrow 22. Photo Chris Clark

Lee Fairhurst (217) tussled with Will Yarrow (22) but soon marched ahead and it was not long before Matt Newson fired Ed Neachell into Yarrow. Up ahead, Ryan Harrison and Randell had reeled in Riley and sailed passed with Randell picking up the lead.

BriSCA F1 stock car driver Matt Newson 16 side by side with Luke Davidson 464. Photo Paul Tully

Harrison stuck with Randell, riding the kerb to gain ground but it was not long before Fairhurst had gained ground on Harrison and the threesome flew round the track together culminating in another last bend shoot out with Ryan going in on leader Randell with Lee Fairhurst sliding up the inside and going on to take the well deserved victory as Harrison and Randell came out of the last bend together out of shape and weaved to the flag. Afterwards, Lee said he had just bided his time before making his move.

A last bend strike for BriSCA F1s Lee Fairhurst 217, Ryan Harrison 197 and Will Yarrow 22. Photo Paul Tully

The prestigious Mo Jones memorial final filtered on track with the full compliment of thirty four cars. A fast and furious pace immediately came into play with Joep Hendriks piling into the fence with the pressing blues at the seaside turn with a jumble of cars continuing down the backstraight with Mick Sworder t-boned at the front. Veteran John Lund (53) span completely around in a neat pirouette before getting his foot back in.

Dutch F1 stockcar driver Gary Castell 247 and BriSCA F1 driver Paul Harrison 2. Photo Paul Tully

Sworder limped to the infield with a flat tyre as the track blockage cleared itself and the race continued. Andy Smith meant business laying into Frankie Wainman jnr before moving onto Dan Johnson. In the red top scrum Matt Newson collided hard with the seaside turn armco but with the adrenalin pumping, motored straight back into the race.

BriSCA F1 stockcar rivals Andy Smith 1 and Frankie Wainman jnr 515 do battle. Photo Paul Tully

Out front amongst the lower grade leaders, Dave Plumbley and leader Colin Goodswen tangled together and Mark Allen (161) and Neil Turner became entwined up the homestraight allowing Will Yarrow to take up the running. Amongst the chaos the yellow flags soon flew with Yarrow leading them away slowly at the green. The infield was already littered with cars from the destructive first few laps.

BriSCA F1 stockcar driver Ivan Prichard 434 takes it for a spin. Photo Chris Clark

Tom Harris who had worked his way into third was on Yarrow in a flash pushing passed to claim the lead for himself, leaving Yarrow behind to contend with James Lund with Yarrow being steadily bumpered down the order as the star men charged through on a mission to the front but none could gain ground on Tom Harris who clinched the Mo Jones Memorial Final win in fine style.

the BriSCA F1 stockcar of Tom Harris 84 alongside Ivan Pritchard 434. Photo Paul Tully

the BriSCA F1 stockcar of Tom Harris 84 bypassing Will Yarrow 22. Photo Paul Tully

the BriSCA F1 stockcar of James Lund 153 slides by Will Yarrow 22. Photo Paul Tully

the BriSCA F1 Stockcar Mo Jones Memorial Final podium top three alongside Gary Jones. Photo Paul Tully

The last race, the Grand National, again brought thirty four cars to the tarmac raceway with Tom Harris being very slow away from his lap handicap position. The following field all piled enmasse into the pitgate bend and a huge steel structure that blocked the track soon materialised. Unfortunately, after a heavy double impact with the fence it became apparent that recent history maker Paul Hines (259) had been injured but was able to vacate his battered chariot under his own steam and head off for first aid (Best wishes to Paul for a speedy recovery).

the new BriSCA F1 stockcar star grades of Craig Utley 484 and Ian Venables 60. Photo Chris Clark

BriSCA F1 stock car World Champ Andy Smith 1. Photo Chris Clark

Colin Goodswen re-led the remaining field away but with the yellow flags, his wayward lead had been severely negated and the following BriSCA F1 stockcars were breathing fire down his neck. At the green the super swift Ryan Harrison was straight into second place Neil Scriven (11), taking his place. Behind them, a battle royale was being played out with Johnson and Smith jnr tustling hard letting Frankie Wainman jnr slip through while young gun Lee Fairhurst gave Smith jnr a hit for position only to have the favour repaid complete with interest dropping Lee down the order. As the laps rolled down Sworder maintained his second place but was unable to bypass Goodswen who took the flag only to lose the victory on the scales after the race.

BriSCA F1 driver Colin Goodswen 372 won heat three earlier but lost his GN win. Photo Paul Tully

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