Smeatharpe Stadium - Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016

It was always going to be something of a Bank Holiday Monday blockbuster at Smeatharpe Stadium, with so much to get through.  But, the large crowd enjoyed the warm and sunny afternoon and the vast majority of whom stayed on right until the very end.  The BriSCA F2 Stock Cars were joined by the Saloon Stock Cars, BriSCA Micro F2’s and for the Bangers it was a day where Tony Jeanes was remembered and a big entry of them supplied plenty of on track action, culminating in a rare Destruction Derby.

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars

Coming at the tail end of a busy Bank Holiday weekend can present problems for the BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, but just as with the previous one three months earlier, drivers actually singled out Smeatharpe as their chosen meeting over the three days and the 34 car total was the highest tarmac entry nationally for the whole weekend.   It was Club 21 day and thus it was trophies galore.  The first heat came down to one of the closest finishes ever, with 522 Chris Mikulla performing a last bend move on 24 Jon Palmer and the pair crossed the finishing line side by side, with Mikulla getting the victory by 0.006 of a second!  Suffice to say 352 Dave Sansom’s heat two win was by a greater margin.  468 Sam Weston won the consolation.  The Final was led off by 303 Chris Horwell until the yellow flags were called with 572 James Lindsay showing signs of distress whilst stranded against the turn two plating.  Horwell lost his lead at the re-start to 828 Julian Coombes and despite the efforts of Sansom and Palmer to reel him in, they simply couldn’t.  So it was to be a first time feature race win for Coombes with Palmer grabbing second from Sansom on the final corner.   The Grand National also concluded with a textbook last bend move, this time by 542 Steve Gilbert, who just pipped Sansom by a slender margin at the line.

Saloon Stock Cars

The Saloon Stock Car entry was boosted by some additional visitors to the regular journeymen and also a pair of one-off appearances by F2 drivers Neil Hooper (driving 69) and 913 Pete Bartram.  First up was the FORDS Ladies Race, with a lot of fund raising activity by the ladies taking part in the race.  It was a good one too, with plenty of bumper work going in.  Sarah Bowden took the victory ahead of Katie Dawe and Amy Deeble.  386 Dan Petters picked up from where he left off at St Day a day earlier by crossing the line first in heat one, but he was docked two places for jumping the start and it was 158 Shane Davies who moved into the winning position.  730 Deane Mayes stormed through to win heat two but in the Final there was no catching Petters as he took his second feature race win in as many days.  Mayes made second and Davies third.

Bangers

The Bangers, racing in the memory of Tony Jeanes, saw a hugely impressive entry of 82 cars make an appearance including an array of returnees, several very occasional racers and a smattering of long distance travellers too, all amid some very smartly presented cars.  The first heat doubled up as the 2016 Devon Championship, where the drivers eligible had to have met a set of criteria to qualify.  804 Treve Wills soon established himself in the lead until he was slowly reeled in by 320 Dan Abbott.  In the closing stages, Abbott had opportunities to remove Wills, but instead opted to race for the win and did pass him, but Wills came back at him on the last lap, and went on to take the flag and title.  Abbott remained in second and 28 Steve Linly was third.  Heat two looked like it was going to be won by some distance by 23 Barry Staples but his car expired almost in sight of the flag and 406 Chris Bridger took the chequered flag whilst heat three saw 176 Ben King take the win.  Staples bounced back to win the consolation, again by a large margin.  The 36 car feature race, with the grid formed via a random draw number cut saw 106 Darren Terry-Brand convert his front row start into a very sizeable lead very quickly.  It was his “Dreamers” team mate 364 Nathan Olden who was giving chase, albeit distantly.  However, there was a race suspension four laps from home with 15 Gareth Austin in need of assistance in the pits bend.  Terry-Brand had the cushion of eight backmarkers between himself and the nearest opposition and was untroubled from the re-start on his way to victory.  This was Darren’s first Smeatharpe appearance but he is a driver of vast experience.  The big battle was for second with 246 Ryan Sparks getting the better of it and 929 Sam Baker just pipping Olden for third.  Those who hadn’t qualified for the main event, had the chance of an extra go in a ‘B’ Final and this was won by 447 Adam Hicks, who came into the day as the defending title holder of the Devon Championship.  As a one off for the Autospeed Bangers, a Destruction Derby was staged and it raised a very good 27 car grid.  The hits came thick and fast, so much so that a lot of cars that were otherwise mobile became lodged in a pile up.  With something of an unsatisfactory stalemate, the decision was taken to stop proceedings; remove the cars that were finished and free those that could still move so that the day and DD could reach a much more fitting conclusion.  It did just that and it was 797 Dan Moss who delivered the last hit(s) on 730 Scott Sealy to take the win.

BriSCA Micro F2s

The BriSCA Micro F2’s for the 7-11 year olds produced another cosmopolitan entry of drivers from across the country and on this occasion three different winners too.  51 Jolean Maynard won the first heat, 783 Fin Carter heat two before the Final came down to a very close finish with 475 Leah Sealy just getting there ahead of 607 Christina Sillifant with Maynard third.  This was a race which saw a rollover for 64 Sam Critchley.

Saloon Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Ladies Race 28 901 199 69 248 27 799 314 nof
Heat 1 158 399 386 27 730 276 913 199 69 248
Heat 2 730 619 386 913 276 891 158 314 28 27
Final 386 730 158 28 891 27 619 913 276 799
BriSCA F2 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 522 24 828 127 528 315 689 745 first 8 to final
Heat 2 352 544 979 418 542 575 935 627 first 8 to final
Consolation 468 538 189 111 460 663 303 750 740 572
Final 828 24 352 522 542 935 315 627 538 745
Grand National 542 352 745 315 522 935 111 627 828 740
Grade Awards W 460 Y 828 B 24
Micro F2s 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 51 783 475 293 607 64 335 913 2 nof
Heat 2 783 475 826 335 913 2 538 nof
Final 475 607 51 826 290 335 293 538 2 9
Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Devon Ch. 804 320 28 797 929 246 113 133 622 129
Heat 2 406 106 992 364 131 54 718 333 170 181
Heat 3 176 908 475 743 134 206 730 248 455 15
Consolation 1 23 185 912 45 60 243 nof
Tony Jeanes Trophy Final 106 246 929 364 133 23 131 743 134 333
B Final 447 898 999 944 366 768 34 451 335 866
DD 797
Best Presented 170 991 133 113 475 778 106 13 181 23
Grade Awards W 129 Y 743, 992, 206 B 131, 134, 406 R 106, 246, 364
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