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Arena Essex Raceway - Meeting 04/02 Sunday, March 21, 2004
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The weather continued to cause problems for the competitors at Arena Essex as they took to the circuit for the second meeting of the season on March 21.

The Group A Hot Rods saw a white hot battle between Gary Rouse and Terry Bearman in each of the races they squared off in, while Ricky McCatty scored the first win of the season and newcomer Ben Eastmead beat out Chris Smith, Gary Brown also picking up a heat win. The final went to Steve Gooch, a race that was heavily slowed by the rain with surface water causing many to aquaplane out of control including Nick Hill, something unusual for the wet weather specialist. Gooch managed to get the final win on the finish line, just ahead of Dave Hutchins who had controlled the race, Eastmead keeping his head in front of Smith while Simon Simmons also put in a good race in his new car, Simmons finally forsaking his customary Mini.

The 1300 Stock Cars were certainly a family affair, with "Paddy Jnr." taking the circuit. We also had the return of Derry Monk who, at one time, dominated racing in this formula at Arena Essex. However the family link certainly worked for father and son Paul and Gavin Griffiths. Gavin managed to get a heat and final double on his debut meeting, making the most of a mistake by Darren Pratt in the warm up race, then again getting the better of a mistake, this time beating out James Avison for the final win, Avison just making it home in time for third spot as his car died after a few too many visits to the outside line, Pratt again taking second. Paul then went on to win the helter-skelter as the track started to get its hosing from above.

It was the first time out for the National Bangers this season at Arena Essex, and Jason Jackson consolidated his standing at the top of the points with a final win in what proved to be a day of heavy wrecking, the best of these coming in the Rawlins 2000 Qualifier when sponsor Roy Rawlins demonstrated that age had not dimmed the talent for wrecking whatever got in his way! Jackson's final win came at the expense of Waz Barber who was sliced out by Boxer on the pit bend on the last lap. Jackson would also pick up points in the Rawlins, which was won by Malcolm Fuller, though Simon Smith proved one car too many for Rawlins to take the last points of the day. Heat wins also went to Joe Warner and Paul Whiteman, who also scored in the last race of the day.

Results
1. Group A Hot Rods Heat 1 137 Ricky McCatty 136 112 63 91 180 115 93 31 146
2. National Bangers Heat 1 10 Paul Whiteman 207 592 331 171 271 589 188 60 356
3. 1300 Stock Cars Warm-up race 771 Gavin Griffiths 631 708 770 620 675 699 443 16 46
4. Group A Hot Rods Heat 2 67 Gary Brown 137 91 63 18 29 86 31 90 119
5. National Bangers Heat 2 128 Joe Warner 57 99 46 111 49 203 336 242 32
6. 1300 Stock Cars Main event 771 Gavin Griffiths 631 620 708 770 714 443 46 23 698
7. Group A Hot Rods Heat 3 180 Ben Eastmead 18 115 146 67 93 86 29 38 136
8. National Bangers Final 331 Jason Jackson 111 46 47 356 57 589 171 207 49
9. 1300 Stock Cars Helter-Skelter 770 Paul Griffiths 714 443 708 698 23 675 640 631 46
10. Group A Hot Rods Final 136 Steve Gooch 86 180 18 137 63 112 91 67 115
11. National Bangers Rawlins 2000 Qualifier 46 Malcolm Fuller 331 10

Last car running: 589 Simon Smith

Penalties
B138 Elliot Dobson - Disqualified (illegal contact) from event 5 pending further penalties
B336 Ian Smith - Disqualified (conduct) from event 8 pending further penalties
A67 Gary Brown - Penalised 2 places in event 7 for contact

Points after meeting 04/02

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.

RJK Export Bangers

No. Driver Home town Promotion Points
331 Jason Jackson Rainham PRI 70
46 Malcolm Fuller Hockley PRI 37
57 Harry Rawlins PRI 27
567 Gary Brown Romford PRI 25
63 Paul Ruskin PRI 24
111 Waz Barber PRI 24
474 Anthony Oak Ashstead PRI 22
321 Lee Caunter Colchester PRI 21
336 Ian Smith Colchester PRI 21
208 Jimmy Randall PRI 20
423 Danny Oliver Chelmsford PRI 18
589 Simon Smith Colchester PRI 17
49 Billy King Erith PRI 15
47 Andrew Davies PRI 14
10 Paul Whiteman Bean PRI 13

Yokohama Tyres Group A Hot Rods

No. Driver Home town Points
180 Ben Eastmead Meopham 31
137 Ricky McCatty Slough 31
136 Steve Gooch Sunbury 30
18 Chris Smith Longfield 29
86 David Hutchins Tunbridge 26
63 Gary Rouse Grays 24
91 Terry Bearman Sidcup 20
67 Gary Brown Romford 20
112 Simon Simmons Leytonstone 16
115 Steve Goldsmith 14
93 Matthew Haines Purley 8
29 James Newins 8
146 Ken Gillman Canvey Island 8
31 Ian Jardine Ilford 5
90 Nick Hill Wickford 2
38 Wes Graves 2
119 Nichola Bearman 1

1300 Stock Cars

No. Driver Home town Points
771 Gavin Griffiths Stonebridge 30
631 Darren Pratt Chigwell 29
770 Paul Griffiths Stonebridge 29
708 Neil Chapman 29
620 James Avison 22
443 Derry Monk 19
714 Glenn Bragg Chatham 18
23 Lee Page 9
675 Lee Palmer Wallington 9
46 Paul Aylward 8
698 Alec Mortimer Tolworth 8
699 James Radcliffe Great Yarmouth 4
640 Roger Sugden Maidstone 3
16 Gary Aylward 2

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