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Arena Essex Raceway - Meeting 02/04 Sunday, March 31, 2002

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In Brief

With a larger than expected field on Easter Sunday - over 100 cars in the pits - two extra races had to be arranged in the all Rod Arena Essex meeting.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for many in the Lightning Rods, with John Christie being the first to suffer as his car was wrecked right on the start, the car a write off, and a number of other cars ending up a little worse for wear in the shunt that followed the initial incident. Notable amongst them was Chris Chao who lost a few bits in this race and would lose a whole lot more later on, although he won the consolation. The heats, however, went to Lightning Rod veteran Vic Bilkey and SuperBanger champion Terry Shelvey, then the final was awarded to Rick Pannell, who would also end the meeting in pieces in the same pile up that claimed Chao as well as Gary Webb, while the race in question, the Festival of Speed qualifier, would eventually go to Colin Moss after Rob Deville and Nick Wiseman met up head on.

The Outlaws also gained a race due to extra cars, including Frank Nöhring who performed wonders along with his mechanic to get the car ready after it was wrecked in practice the day before. He would end up pressing Alan White all the way in the third heat, White getting a rare win along with Colin Crocker and Chris Wood in the other two heats, though White was pipped in the penultimate lap by Nigel Pike in the final.

Things were close for the Group A's also, with Chris Goldsmith pipping Ian Hefferman in the first heat before Matt Leadbetter won the second heat by a stroll. Dave Imber got the consolation, then Steve Smith won the final. He also got the Festival qualifier, but controversy is never far from this formula, especially when it involves the star grades. In this case, Gary Rouse and Chris Whiteman ended up in the wars, though how Rouse ended up in the Supreme Champions' passenger door was discussed at length by more than one fan!


Results
Event Winner 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
1. Lightning Rods 1 111 Vic Bilkey 239 207 169 232 224 201 200
1a. Lightning Rods 2 187 Terry Shelvey 107 240 212 272 161 218 177
2. Group A Hot Rods 1 14 Chris Goldsmith 126 184 63 83 91 197 190
3. Group A Hot Rods 2 174 Matt Leadbetter 92 188 94 22 34 148 163
4. Outlaw Hot Rods 1 121 Colin Crocker 42 413 17 22 662 119 68
5. Lightning Rods Cons 121 Chris Chao 166 170 225 288 227 203 217
6. Group A Consolation 64 Dave Imber 122 81 29 119 135 58 10
7. Outlaw Hot Rods 2 296 Chris Wood 140 8 22 350 121 662 103
8. Lightning Rods Final 239 Rick Pannell 240 207 107 227 218 170 201
9. Group A Final 184 Steve Smith 91 81 135 197 14 92 190
10. Outlaw Hot Rods 3 103 Alan White 116 350 35 413 140 296 42
11. Lightning Rods FoSq 207 Colin Moss 218 169 111 170 177 238 136
12. Group A FoSq 184 Steve Smith 91 126 94 148 197 163 92
12a. Outlaws Final/FoSq 413 Nigel Pike 103 121 140 22 116 42 119
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