BriSCA F2 Stock Cars World Semi-Finals
Group A Hot Rods Groom Motorsport Millennium Trophy
Mk. III Granada Bangers
BriSCA F2 Stock Cars
With both semi-finals for the BriSCA F2 World Championship being held at the same circuit this year, Arena Essex saw more F2 Stock Cars on August 15 than before as the top ranking drivers competed for the right to race for the title at Barford in September.
In the support races, Matt Linfield won a somewhat delayed first race, held up early on as Chris Mykulla lost a wheel on a circuit that was a little unreliable due to a practice session oil drop. Linfield managed to grab the lead quickly after the start, though again the race was delayed by car damage. Calvin Warley took second spot ahead of Chris Bradbury, but there was plenty of contact through the race. Thirty cars turned out for the meeting consolation race. With that number, it was inevitable that some folk would come together, though Andy Ford did a better job at falling apart at one point. The consolation winner was Craig Tomblin, the race being declared as things went a little too far, two drivers getting loaded after the race which is something that hasn't happened often at this circuit with the F2's.
The meeting final saw some contact early on, Graham Malling and Lewis Geach meeting up with Stewart Chalkley who lost a wheel in the scrimmage while Adrian Blackwell took on the early lead. As with most of the racing that day, however, Blackwell faded back through the field as the graded drivers caught up, Sean Ward taking the lead while Bill Batten led the red top charge through. Batten would not repeat his winning performance, however, as he came out of the bridge bend only to find Bert Finnikin in his way, Batten flying through the air in a spectacular aerial spin on his way out of the race! Further down the order, Sworder and Goldin kept each other pretty busy too, Ward finishing first with no hindrance. Sworder made up for it in the Grand National Qualifier, Goldin deciding to give the race a miss. Sworder crept up the order, getting past Warley to win with a lap to spare, Chris Lindsay taking third.
Mk.III Granada Bangers
The Mk.III Granada Banger event at Arena Essex, an extra formula added to the August 15 meeting, provided a double win for Paul Hunter. He took the combined final and Rawlins 2000 qualifier ahead of first heat winner Mick Bradbury, with DD specialist Ian Smith getting the last car award.
Group A Hot Rods
The longest Group A Hot Rod race of the season, the Groom Motorsport Millennium 50, got a little shorter this year as, on August 15 at Arena Essex, the race was shortened. First by ten laps to forty, then to thirty as the race suffered two bad starts, the first seeing off Jason Griffiths, Dave Lamb, Steve Gooch and Bill Witherall, then the second leading to a pile up as Dennis Howes rammed into the side of the late booked West car around turn four, this leading to a pile up which turned out worst for Chris Fuller, a past marathon winner. By the time the race was ready to go again, the field was a shadow of the original thirty qualifiers, the race eventually ending up as a chase as Nicky Parris raced ahead, opening up a lead that defending title holder Chris Smith was unable to close in time. Previous title winner Gary Rouse took third spot.
Kurt Chopping won his first ever winners' trophy in the first warm up race, taking control from the start in a flag to flag victory, Trevor Gillman and Robbie Wolf behind him, though Wolf only just held off Griffiths for his points. Dave Lamb then did his back to front run to win the second warm up sprint race, taking the win outside Howes on the last lap, Simon Simmons in third. Some of the dead Millennium cars returned for the allcomers' race at the end of the meeting, though the race was easily taken by Clinton Groom, taking the win from early leader Parris and Dave Hutchins.
|1. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars Support race||464 Matt Linfield||101||886||180||461||38||430||11|
|2. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars World Semi-Final 1||401 Barry Goldin||152||642||732||154||559||606||309||905||469|
|3. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars World Semi-Final 2||167 Bill Batten||79||324||901||170||134||69||667||647||111|
|4. Group A Hot Rods Sprint 1||15 Kurt Chopping||101||24||134||176||86||18||23||190||137|
|5. Group A Hot Rods Sprint 2||82 Dave Lamb||75||112||58||3||119||91||184||63||136|
|6. Mk. III Granada Bangers Warm up race||308 Mick Bradbury||338||119||183||336||217||19||589||NOCR|
|7. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars Consolation||291 Craig Tomblin||114||881||15||767||725||110||560|
|8. Group A Hot Rods Groom Motorsport Millennium Trophy||10 Nicky Parris||18||63||184||135||86||44||23||176||119|
|9. Mk. III Granada Bangers Sprint||183 Paul Hunter||308||336||217||338||119||19||589||NOCR|
|10. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars Meeting Final||881 Sean Ward||886||180||464||291||15||38||152||401||154|
|11. Group A Hot Rods Allcomers Race||135 Clinton Groom||10||86||112||23||3||184||63||176||18|
|12. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars Grand National Qualifier||152 Mick Sworder||101||210||38||180||103||154||315||461||290|
|13. Mk. III Granada Bangers Meeting Final/Rawlins Qualifier||183 Paul Hunter||308||119||217||331||336||19||589|
Last car: 336 Ian Smith
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