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Arena Essex Raceway - Meeting 04/09 Sunday, May 2, 2004
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Group A Hot Rods Supreme Championship Qualifier 1
Outlaw Hot Rods
Ministox
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Group A Hot Rods
The May 2 meeting at Arena Essex for the Group A Hot Rods was hard and fast, the weather letting up for once, though controversy ruled as Chris Fuller took a heat and final double and was denied a win in his first outing, whilst Dave Lamb collided head on with the meeting steward. All this, and it was a Supreme Championship Qualifier too.

It was already looking tense in the first heat as Fuller dominated the race, only to be caught by Lamb in the closing stages. As Lamb tried to pass outside on the pit bend, the pair came together, both spinning down the order which let Andy Beverton grab the first trophy of the day ahead of Gary Rouse and Ricky McCatty. Fuller made up for it by pulling out a considerable lead in the second heat, taking full advantage of the battle behind him for the lower places which was ultimately won by Jason Griffiths, with Terry Bearman getting third. It was, however, the third heat that saw the biggest controversy as Lamb scooted away with the race, only to be denied on the line by the steward for perceived contact on Lee Hall. Lamb was docked two places, leaving Chris Smith with a win ahead of Nichola Bearman, the steward then having to field a vociferous complaint from Lamb following the race. This led to the ultimate result in the final as Lamb pulled out all the stops and romped away with the lead, only to spin on the final turn as he attempted to showboat around the corner, effectively gifting the race and a grade promotion to Fuller ahead of Smith and Lady Bearman. Following the race, there was plenty of speculation about whether Lamb had really meant to spin his car yards from the finish, though Lamb himself was saying nothing!

Ministox
Two wins for Daniel Moulton in the Ministox at Arena Essex on May 2 set him up well for an assault on the points championship. He ran away with the first heat, beating out Samantha Hayfield and Dan Melluish, then repeated the trick in the helter-skelter race at the end, this time holding off Craig Oliver and Kerri Witherington. Lee Middleton comfortably won the other heat of the day ahead of Paul Scully and Phillip Smith, whilst Ben Murray took the consolation ahead of Danny Stevens and George Goodearl. Jack Harrington kept a grip on the track in the final as he took to the outside line to take the lead and eventual win ahead of Middleton with Murray third in a race that provided one of two rollovers that day, Gavin Ward slowly rolling for a one point roll after clipping the kerb on the pit end. The more spectacular roll was saved for the last race where Dan Weeks also caught the kerb but at some considerable speed which sent his car flying over on its nose.

Outlaw Hot Rods
The Outlaw Hot Rods had the advantage of good weather at the May 2 meeting at Arena Essex, though they had to wait until quite a long way into the meeting for their first drive, a warm up race, which was won convincingly by Trevor Ward ahead of Fred Smith. The car to watch, however, was Jimmy Bryan's, as he went around the outside of Smith to win the final and just lost out on the helter-skelter win as Smith protected his line in the somewhat disaster laden race which saw first race winner Ward getting caught up in a big smash as Rick Fray lost control on turn one as his engine seized.

Results
1. Group A Hot Rods Heat 1 - Groups A & B 176 Andy Beverton 63 137 112 136 135 86 82 119 146
2. Ministox Heat 1 547 Daniel Moulston 532 526 504 593 539 506 548 580 560
3. Ministox Heat 2 543 Lee Middleton 537 549 516 520 524 542 583 572 536
4. Group A Hot Rods Heat 2 - Groups A & C 190 Chris Fuller 134 91 23 63 31 5 44 93 136
5. Outlaw Hot Rods Warm up 285 Trevor Ward 42 277 8 296 198 840 479 47 21
6. Ministox Consolation 503 Ben Murray 530 571 515 540 588 562 533
7. Group A Hot Rods Heat 3 - Groups B & C 18 Chris Smith 119 82 135 66 31 146 44 176 86
8. Outlaw Hot Rods Main Event 17 Jimmy Bryan 42 840 277 479 296 103 47 28 NOCR
9. Ministox Final 593 Jack Harington 543 503 540 504 537 549 547 539 562
10. Group A Hot Rods Final 190 Chris Fuller 18 119 63 5 112 136 82 91 86
11. Outlaw Hot Rods Helter-Skelter 42 Fred Smith 17 277 479 840 350 296 10 47 NOCR
12. Ministox Helter-Skelter 547 Daniel Moulston 542 548 516 532 504 599 580 556 537

Penalties
A82 Penalised 2 places in event 7 for contact

Points after meeting 04/09

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.

Group A Hot Rods

No. Driver Home town Points
18 Chris Smith Longfield 65
137 Ricky McCatty Slough 60
136 Steve Gooch Sunbury 60
63 Gary Rouse Grays 48
91 Terry Bearman Sidcup 45
112 Simon Simmons Leytonstone 45
115 Steve Goldsmith 39
180 Ben Eastmead Meopham 38
134 Jason Griffiths Slough 38
5 Ryan Richards Bexley 38
119 Nichola Bearman Penge 30
190 Chris Fuller Basildon 30
86 David Hutchins Tunbridge 27
31 Ian Jardine Ilford 20
176 Andy Beverton Ilford 20

Outlaw Hot Rods

No. Driver Home town Points
17 Jimmy Bryan Purley 49
479 Salvo Falcone London 47
21 Rick Fray High Wycombe 46
277 Terry Bell Chelmsford 43
3 Dave Hitchen Purley 42
8 Stu Hammond Croydon 33
296 Chris Wood Braintree 31
42 Fred Smith Northfleet 28
198 Andy Steward 20
47 Alex MacLean Canvey Island 18
840 Paul Young Ringwood 18
103 Alan White Rayleigh 17
135 Clinton Groom Taplow 17
10 Simon Smith Billericay 15
35 Wayne Souter 14

Ministox Drivers' Championship

No. Driver Home town Points
547 Daniel Moulston Erith 66
515 Joseph Simmons Leytonstone 64
516 Jack Wheelwright Billericay 56
583 Daniel Weeks Tenterten 48
503 Ben Murray Dagenham 47
537 Paul Scully Luton 46
562 Liam Friel Thamesmead 40
500 Jamie McAngus Grays 39
588 Josh Fuller Hockley 37
593 Jack Harrington Wickford 35
542 Craig Oliver Chelmsford 35
532 Samantha Hayfield Hatfield 33
549 Phillip Smith Colchester 31
543 Lee Middleton Luton 30
504 Billy Standing St Albans 27

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