|Arena Essex Raceway - Meeting 02/07 Sunday, April 14, 2002|
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National Bangers Rob Belchamber Memorial
1300 Stock Cars
For the Bangers, April 14 was a day of controversy as the former World Champion, Richie Ahern, was summarily stripped of the title after failing post race checks for a locked differential, the title going to teammate Phil Stevens. With one race cut and the final turned into what became a 47 car free-for-all, Bernie French and Jimmy Randall picked up the prizes for the heats that were left while Clinton Meffen entertained with his clapped out material, grabbing last car to accompany Dean Bateman, who won the Rawlins qualifier, to the £2000+ end of season blow out.
The Lightning Rods were close and plentiful on April 14, an extra race giving Trevor Ledwith a chance in the first to try out the pace car, but the dominant driver of the day had to be Terry Shelvey, whose unexpected heat win following penalties to first past the post Steve Farmer was added to by a more orthodox win in the final. Colin Moss chalked a win up in the Festival qualifier at the end.
Don Witherall thanked his father for the 1300 Stock car he was racing on April 14, then grabbed his first victory in the main event. Paul Haralambou showed how to handle an Astra in the warm up, and Delbert Mortimer finally mounted the victory lap in the Festival qualifier, his first win since the start of the season.
|1 Lightning Rods 1||233 Trevor Ledwith||239||169||177||218||237||272||240||200||170|
|2 Lightning Rods 2||187 Terry Shelvey||161||168||207||195||111||203||227||108||138|
|3 Bangers 1||23 Bernie French||130||163||188||164||49||99||247||53||293||184||217|
|4 1300 Stocks warm up||668 Paul Haralambou||631||697||708||718||758||725||671|
|5 Lightning Rods Consolation||166 Steven Willis||107||288||201||225||199||266||299|
|6 Bangers 2||208 Jimmy Randall||290||6||10||348||418||193||383||425||454||453||373|
|7 1300 Stocks Main event||758 Don Witherall||718||697||671||698||725||777||668|
|8 Lightning Rods Final||187 Terry Shelvey||207||233||107||239||218||240||169|
|9 Bangers Rob Belchamber Mrl||53 Phil Stevens||203||193||10||217||130||348||NOCR|
|10 1300 Stock FoS Q/r||697 Derek Mortimer||718||758||708||631||725||671||777|
|11 Lightning Rods FoS Q/r||207 Colin Moss||212||233||240||107||111||239||272|
|12 Bangers Rawlins 2000 Q/r||130 Dean Bateman||203||164|
|Last car running||135 Clayton Meffen|
* Driver was a late booking and did not feature on any list. Will add when I get around to it (yeah, if they can't be bothered to book in properly, why should I be bothered to give them report space?)Click here for Banger list
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