Smeatharpe Stadium - Saturday 1st May 2010

Amidst some damp and miserable conditions, the first Speedweekend of the season saw a lively night of action at Smeatharpe, featuring Saloon Stock Cars, BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, and the 2-litre National Bangers in their inaugural Spring Open Championship.

Saloon Stock Cars

The Saloon Stock Cars served up four entertaining qualifying heats for their English Championship.  The entry of 30 cars was the best of the season at a tarmac venue, and using a three frorm four format, there were always plenty of drivers in action in each heat.
On his first home track appearance of the season, 120 Shane Brown hauled in 512 Darren Barnett to take the first heat.  Heat two was the one which Brown was programmed to miss, and this time Barnett made no mistake as he cruised to the flag.  In heat three, 641 Willie Skoyles led home fellow blue top, 428 Lee Sampson for an East Anglian one-two.  Heat four was the pick of the night, with drivers frantically trying to add to their points tallies.  It was 156 Darren Goudy who got to the line first, to win from 65 Ian Willis, and in an exciting last bend sort out, 511 Craig Barnett sent Brown wide, to grab fourth.  That also knocked Brown off pole position, leaving Darren Barnett as the top scorer for the evening.

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars

Almost 50 F2s were in action, and it was Cornish racer 830 Andrew Bennett who won the feature final - his first such victory, and a result which earns him a first ever promotion to the star grade.
The opening heat was won by 467 Rob Batten, and 954 Jamie Beere came out on top in a thrilling second heat, which featured a three-way yellow top battle involving Beere, 116 Ashley Rundle and 783 James Rygor.  From a packed grid of 24 cars, 14 Mike Priddle sped impressively to the chequered flag in the consolation.
Priddle and Beere tangled early on in the final, and were excluded from the re-run, in which Bennett swiftly emerged with a commanding lead.  511 Martin Coles gave chase, but could not reel him in, and 24 Jon Palmer was the first of the star men home, in third.
A full grid of 29 cars contested the Grand National, in which 990 Paul Rice led home 286 Todd Jones.

National Bangers

Only a small number of 2-litre National Bangers were present, to contest the first ever Spring Open Championship.
Best Presented awards went to 252 Steve Bugler, 248 Jon Sparks on his first appearance of the season, and 943 Paul Golden on his track debut.
Former World Champion 162 Brett Ellacott continued his superb form at the start of the 2010 season, as he swept to a heat and final double.
Current gold top 190 Steve Bailey was the night's other heat winner, and he took the runner-up place in the title race, with 614 Chris Hide completing the top three.
452 Anthony Sleeman saw off the rest in the DD, to take the last victory of the evening.

BriSCA F2 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 467 886 544 286 511 464 990 15 605 700
Heat 2 954 116 783 315 797 830 909 571 53 105
Consolation 14 24 167 189 676 968 935 992 374 306
Final 830 511 24 886 783 909 605 968 935 105
Grand National 990 286 511 935 968 676 315 167 15 464
Grade Awards W 544 Y 783 B 830
Saloon Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 ABC 120 512 149 406 428 499 402 360 65 219
Heat 2 512 499 912 103 402 511 219 115 18 641
Heat 3 641 428 120 156 512 511 912 490 115 360
Heat 4 156 65 402 511 120 115 18 834 2 499
National Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 162 47 190 719 943 252 239 614 nof
Heat 2 190 162 47 614 270 943 nof
Final 162 190 614 239 452 943 nof
King of Crash/DD 452
Best Presented 248 252 943
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