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Arena Essex Raceway - Meeting 02/32 Sunday, September 15, 2002

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National Bangers ORC/PRI World Championship
1300 Stock Cars Supreme Championship
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Brett Ellacott before Final

Brett Ellacott accepts World Trophy

Brett Ellacott became the new ORC/PRI World Champion at Arena Essex on September 15 after a gruelling and punishing race which saw all but six of the forty-four starters wrecked or retired by the end. Ellacott, racing under the Autospeed banner, becomes the latest in the longest running competition of its kind, and the first non-PRI driver in a considerable amount of time to gain the title.

The race began fairly smoothly, with home driver Jason Jackson taking an early lead before the wrecking started to take its toll on the field, especially in a track-blocking pile-up at the roadway end, where Jackson was piled in by last chance winner, Phil Stevens, quite likely in the latest round of the long running banger war between their teams which was a feature of the whole meeting. As the race progressed, Ellacott sprinted ahead pursued by track mate Phil Powell who eventually was to lose second spot to the defending RJK Export Drivers' Champion, Sonny Sherwood. Powell held on to take third, with Northampton regular, John Golden, taking fourth, with Incarace's Mark Holdsworth and Buxton's Graham Heywood being the only other finishers.

The meeting started with a bang in the first Last Chance race as Neil Naismith tried his utmost to break every rule in the book, as well as the bones in Mark Marchants' body, by performing a heavy t-bone from the safety track, the wrong way, straight into the drivers' side. Marchant would later collapse pitside and would be taken to hospital after initially refusing to go, insisting on seeing the meeting first. The race was won by Lee West, following a close race with Mark Ruskin. Although the second Last Chance race was less heavy handed in the wrecking, Phil Stevens had to survive plenty of shots to get the last spot on the World final grid, and mentioned that he would see what he could do to affect the eventual result, a threat he later carried out.

1998 Champion John Harris showed that he still had the chops by winning the consolation race before fifty cars took the circuit for the meeting's Grand National final, which again turned into a major war that saw the pit bend become a scrapyard. That was won by Sherwood, some consolation for failing again to get gold on his roof, with Billy King and Andrew Chisholm following in a seven car finish. This meant that there was a shortage of cars in the Rawlins 2000 qualifier, though many tried their best to return for another bash, including Tommy McGurk who delivered a crushing blow to Harry Rawlins before Paul Whiteman put McGurks' back end in on turn two, part of a major shunt that partially blocked that turn. Jimmy Randall was first home before Amanda Harris battered Dan Weller into submission among others to get the last car award.

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1300 Stock Cars

There was plenty of controversy at Arena Essex as the 1300 Stock Cars met for the PRI Supreme Championship on September 15, which was won by Andy Brown ahead of a real battle between Paddy Palmer and Darren Cardy, which blew up in the race that followed as Cardy was loaded up for putting Palmer into the armco on turn one before almost rolling. Don Witherall actually did roll in the first start of the Championship final, which worked out well for the frontrunners who were all involved in a turn two pile up. Brown then worked his way forward, Darren Pratt unable to hang on to his front row advantage, though the front places were exchanged several times through the race.

The two allcomers races held later in the meeting produced wins for Paul Haralambou and Scott Hughes. Cardy, who finished the Supreme Championship in third place behind Palmer, awaits further penalties for his actions during the second race.

Andy Brown would later fail post race scrutineering, the Supreme title being passed to Andrew "Paddy" Palmer.

Paddy Palmer takes the runner-up trophy, later uprated to winner (see report)

Results
1. Bangers Last Chance 1 6 Lee West 32 72 193 271 15 471 11
2. Bangers Last Chance 2 53 Phil Stevens 383 49 20 138 75 19 208
3. 1300 Stock Cars Supreme Ch. 674 Andrew Palmer 718 631 775 668 777 704 701 725 -
4. Bangers World Final 162 Brett Ellacott 348 199 384 666 295 NOCR
5. Bangers Consolation 418 John Harris 23 552 290 917 312 169 129 771 381 30 59
6. 1300 Stock Cars H/s 668 Paul Haralambou 708 775 711 671 704 631 626
7. Bangers Grand National 348 Sonny Sherwood 49 383 6 19 119 331 NOCR
8. 1300 Stock Cars Allcomers 775 Scott Hughes 708 668 671 711 704 701 626
9. Bangers R2Kq 208 Jimmy Randall 552 415

Last car: 449 Amanda Harris

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