|Arena Essex Raceway - Meeting 02/15 Sunday, June 2, 2002|
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Lightning Rods English Championship
Outlaw Hot Rods
This meeting was somewhat confusing with a major rejig in the schedule to take account of all the extras that booked in for the Lightning Rods and the Outlaw Hot Rods.
The Ministox started the day off with an early Novice race which was won easily by local driver Daryl Bennett ahead of Andrew Taylor and Gary Archer, both from the other side of the Thames. There was a long wait for the Experts race, however, but Michael Outen grabbed victory over Sam Warner and Mark Burroughs, with Danny Rosenthal getting victory in the stalled Chase race. Ricky Cooper took the final win, followed by Chris Smith and Warner again.
With so many Outlaws again turning up, including some Autospeed/Ringwood interest, the meeting was changed to a three group setup. However the first blood went to long time PRI Rodder and former Lightning Rod ace Rick Fray, who held off Dave Hitchen, though Hitchen had enough to keep him busy in the closing stages. Another regular took the second win, that being Nigel Pike, who grabbed the win despite heroic efforts from some of the cars behind him. The best performance of the day had to be Stu Hammond, who took victory in the third heat, then scrambled through to take the final.
Lee Morrow has not had the most consistant career in the Lightning Rods, but on occasion he has put forward some stunning racing. The English Championship was just such an occasion when something clicked and Morrow managed a fantastic dodge from the second row to take the lead early on, a lead that would never be broken from start to finish despite some tyre problems by mid point. Mark Cooper managed to keep up to take second with Vic Bilkey in third, both drivers making supreme efforts right through the marathon race, while many others would falter before the race ended.
The meeting also featured heat wins for Martin Cookman in the first, Vic Bilkey in the second (following a brave attempt by rookie and ex-Ministox driver David Burton), Mick Thompson in the third, Gavin Murray in the fourth and Paul Hollands in the fifth, Burton making up for his cornering blunders earlier on with a win in the Consolation final.
|1. Ministox 1 (Novice)||515 Daryl Bennett||572||585||540||513||284||548||509||502||521||545||547|
|2. Lightning Rods 1||238 Martin Cookman||225||108||212||169||118||336||201||123||78||136||NOCR|
|3. Outlaws 1||21 Rick Fray||3||214||12||22||719||8||473||50||780|
|4. Lightning Rods 2||111 Vic Bilkey||187||232||272||308||240||318||389||195||237||323||545|
|5. Lightning Rods 3||167 Mick Thompson||233||118||225||376||393||170||336||427||108||245||74|
|6. Outlaws 2||473 Nigel Pike||277||479||44||89||780||3||20||214||21|
|7. Ministox 2 (Experts)||539 Michael Outen||571||580||528||577||509||543||502||520||592||531||532|
|8. Lightning Rods 4||395 Gavin Murray||240||359||201||308||318||203||545||166||138||NOCR|
|9. Lightning Rods 5||195 Paul Hollands||376||339||233||237||218||245||1||239||161||170||74|
|10. Outlaws 3||8 Stu Hammond||479||20||42||12||719||68||22||277||304|
|11. Ministox 3 (Chase)||577 Daniel Rosenthal||72||528||571||587||584||572||592||284||540||521||515|
|12. Lightning Rods Consolation Final||389 David Burton||161||266||299||78||107||42||323||239||136|
|13. Lightning Rods English Championship||240 Lee Morrow||308||111||118||201||318||395||359||108||170|
|14. Outlaws Final||8 Stu Hammond||479||473||12||277||780||21||22||42||68|
|15. Ministox Final||540 Ricky Cooper||584||571||528||577||513||502||530||587||539|
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