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Arena Essex Raceway - Meeting 04/01 Sunday, March 14, 2004
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Plastengrave "Non-Ford" Bangers
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Meeting in brief
A nice new car for Brian Thomas
A nice new car for Brian Thomas

The first meeting of the season at Arena Essex got under way on March 14 in atrocious conditions, the rain having soaked the track. It continued to do so right through the meeting, making handling difficult for the Lightning Rods and Non-Ford Bangers alike, over 140 cars in total showing up on the day, including a few unexpected visitors.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Lightning Rods were dominated by Banger ace Jack Overy, but the results hide the fact that he had to work hard for every point. Though each race could hardly be called fast given the conditions, they were certainly close, with Mick Collins putting in some stunning performances through the day that eventually earned him the win in the Helter- Skelter, whilst Rick Pannell got the better of Lightning Rod rookie Matt Bull, he of the photography, to grab the initial heat. Matt himself probably could have picked a better day for his debut, but he did manage to stay ahead of the field for a sizeable chunk of the first race before he was passed and eventually spun himself on the home straight, a trick he repeated in the consolation which was won by Gavin Cocks. The lions' share of the points and a grade promotion, however, went to Overy with a heat and final win plus third place in the Helter-Skelter from the back of the field.

Yes, it's Matt!!!
Yes, it is Matthew Bull in there!
Get out of that one!
Get out of that one!

The Plastengrave Non-Ford Bangers, however, made the most of the weather, especially in the Rawlins 2000 Qualifier when over 40 competitors did their best to clog the home straight. It seems that the banger folk were certainly eager enough, with three heats full of promise including some interesting material including Paul Korpiela and his MG hard top and the Hillman Minx of Luke Radley. The MG faired indifferently, and the Minx was a tad slow, though it did put in a few tries on stuff that was even slower - not that fast but built like a tank! Heat wins went to Anthony Oak, Andy Crawford and Mark Want while Paul Ruskin returned to do his bit in the consolation, Gary Brown picking up the final ahead of Jason Jackson who had an interesting day of it, winning the Rawlins qualifier before his teammates conspired to give his rear end a thorough jacking! Possibly the performance of the day came from Charlie Cumber who slammed Kevin Lee in the rear on turn three in his heat only to be squashed later in the meeting into something close to half the size it was at the start.

Results
1. Lightning Rods Heat 1 239 Richard Pannell 272 111 351 161 152 188 107
2. Lightning Rods Heat 2 261 Carl Overy 299 234 133 187 143 201 118
3. Bangers Heat 1 474 Anthony Oak 326 49 80 415 287 543 18 57 339
4. Bangers Heat 2 353 Andy Crawford 401 423 208 344 138 407 388 432 242
5. Bangers Heat 3 116 Mark Want 331 741 321 336 567 46 222 513 122
6. Lightning Rods Consolation 174 Gavin Cocks 232 218 217 200 170 117 212
7. Bangers Consolation 63 Paul Ruskin 200 466 555 129 67 312 203 267 400
8. Lightning Rods Final 261 Carl Overy 187 272 299 111 152 133 351 161 234
9. Bangers Final 567 Gary Brown 331 63 321 474 423 208 57 543 326
10. Lightning Rods Helter-Skelter 299 Mark Collins 234 261 111 272 351 161 218 118 224
11. Bangers Rawlins 2000 Qualifier 331 Jason Jackson 332 741

Last car: 208 Jimmy Randall

Points after meeting 04/01

Please note that the points shown are unofficial and are given as a guideline only. For the official standings, you should consult the monthly newsletter or contact the PRI Office during office hours on (01708) 867728.

Plastengrave Non-Ford Bangers

No. Driver Home town Promotion Points
331 Jason Jackson Rainham PRI 37
567 Gary Brown Romford PRI 25
63 Paul Ruskin PRI 24
474 Anthony Oak Ashstead PRI 22
321 Lee Caunter Colchester PRI 21
208 Jimmy Randall PRI 20
423 Danny Oliver Chelmsford PRI 18
741 Luke Parsons Spedeworth 11
326 Mark Woolner Rochford PRI 11
116 Mark Want Romford PRI 10
353 Andy Crawford PRI 10
401 Mark Newman PRI 9
49 Billy King Erith PRI 8
57 Harry Rawlins PRI 8
543 Mark Telfer Westcliff PRI 8

Yokohama Tyres Lightning Rods

No. Driver Home town Points
261 Carl Overy 38
299 Mark Collins Orsett 33
272 Trevor Draynor Nr. Dover 31
111 Vic Bilkey 27
187 Terry Shelvey Romford 24
234 Richard Anderson Ely 19
351 Richard Spavins 18
152 Jumbo Kingsmill Orpington 15
133 Gary Madgewick 15
161 Mark MacKenzie Croydon 14
239 Richard Pannell Basildon 10
218 Darren Cardy 9
174 Gavin Cocks Chelmsford 8
232 Martyn Jones Romford 7
217 Nick Wiseman Chelmsford 5
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