Smeatharpe Stadium - Sunday 1st August 2010

The first of three race meetings at Smeatharpe in the month of August, featured a jam-packed pit area, with in excess of 120 drivers spread across the three formulas on duty.

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars

Despite an impressive car count in the pit area, which nearly totalled 40 drivers, a small number failed to make it as far as the day's quintet of races.  In comparison to some of the recent Smeatharpe fixtures, the racing was rather ordinary at times, although stalwart 214 Les Palmer did his best to liven up proceedings with a chaotic, yet most entertaining display.
14 Mike Priddle charged clear to win the opening heat, which had numerous caution periods.  Heat two was more routine, with 886 Chris Bradbury speeding to victory.  126 Jamie Avery won the consolation, which ended with a boisterous exchange between Palmer and 954 Jamie Beere.  The Roy Goodman Perpetual Challenge Trophy final was twice stopped on the opening lap.  Firstly when 276 Murray Jones and 605 Liam Rowe tangled in the west bend.  Then, on the re-run, 909 Andy Cattell and 696 Adam Hooper hooked up together on the exit of turn four.  In both instances, the two tangled drivers were sighted as the cause of the stoppage, and rightly excluded from the re-run, as detailed in Chapter 6 of the 2010 rulebook.  Regrettably, some racegoers (drivers and spectators) failed to comprehend the rule which, considering the season has now entered its sixth month, is most puzzling.  At the third time of asking, 31 Simon Bassett led the way for many laps, but Bradbury was in scintillating form, and sped comprehensively to victory.  He won the magnificent trophy, which former World and National Points Champion Roy Goodman presented to him.  467 Rob Batten followed him through for second, with white grader Bassett in a fine third place.
Bassett led much of the Grand National too, but late on, 254 Richard Beere edged past for victory.

Ministox

Another superb showing of more than 21 Ministox brought about the two from three heats format.
The star graders failed to make much impression, as heat wins were shared amongst 979 Paul Moss, 989 Joe Marquand and 986 Sophie Fasey, whose victory was her first ever, and she duly celebrated with an air punch upon crossing the line.
Inspired by that maiden win, Fasey went on to add a second in the Club 21 Final, as she held off a late charge by Marquand to win by a narrow margin, with 942 Steven Gilbert completing the top three.

Bangers

The Bangers again appeared in very good numbers, with 72 drivers competing throughout the afternoon.
There were heat victories for Cornish Champion 246 Ryan Sparks, 56 Dan Burton and 526 Dan Morefield.  The consolation brought a first ever race win for 717 Donna Cottrell.  In a hectic and, at times, controversial final, Burton kept his head to calmly record a second victory, and earn an instant promotion to the star grade.  Sparks was the runner-up and 458 Tony Bevan completed the top three.  Over 40 cars gridded for the Allcomers, which barely went a lap before a rollover for 318 Sam McGall.  In the re-run race, 42 Dave England made a late challenge to grab the chequered flag, ahead of 154 Barry Pike.

 

 

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 14 676 605 254 302 992 296 907 315 nof
Heat 2 886 835 522 276 830 696 76 877 538 467
Consolation 126 783 31 189 990 954 214 909 916 257
Final 886 467 31 522 14 538 189 315 783 254
Grand National 254 676 31 302 14 886 992 522 126 830
Grade Awards W 31 Y 14 B 467
Ministox 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 979 989 986 945 991 907 298 932 942 996
Heat 2 989 907 954 903 996 991 298 953 966 315
Heat 3 986 979 954 903 942 977 932 315 953 935
Final 986 989 942 907 932 315 945 954 991 966
Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 246 74 117 158 133 153 379 156 113 78
Heat 2 56 820 131 458 556 677 19 121 438 675
Heat 3 526 194 991 441 282 619 715 475 42 787
Consolation 717 154 320 235 nof
Final 56 246 458 78 42 787 153 74 556 113
Allcomer 1 42 154 113 183 78 131 246 282 475 130
Grade Awards W 56, 74 , 717 Y 458, 78, 154 B 42, 131, 183 R 246, 113 194
Best Presented 235 441 717
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