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Saturday 27th April 2013

FANTASTIC FORMULA ONE
Words Mark Paulson
Pics Dave Bastock

Formula One stock cars belatedly made their first appearance of 2013 at King’s Lynn on Saturday night, 27 April. Their earlier fixture in March had been fell victim to snowfall across the country. But it was certainly worth the wait as they served up a treat, with Lynn specialist 55 Craig Finnikin claiming an eventful final. Also on the bill were the big 2-litre saloon stock cars who provided absolutely first class racing, as always, with 499 David Aldous offering a masterclass in shale racing. The youngsters in the Brisca Ministox completed the line-up, with a large turnout leading to some lively races.

The pits were filled with nearly 50 F1s whose first race was for the 2012 white and yellow grade series final. 18 cars took to the track and it was pole-sitter 223 Garry Townsend who prevailed, but not before a good battle with fellow front-row starter 330 Graham Wagstaff, the pair swapping places on a number of occasions before Wagstaff spun out of second place. 496 Neil Holcroft came home second, ahead of 104 Paul Spooner.

The good turnout meant a full-format meeting was employed and the first half-car heat saw 23 cars on track. Waved yellow flags came out for a big pile-up on the power station bend where local star 16 Matt Newson saw his race end – his car had threatened to vault the fence when it climbed all over a couple of other machines. Prior to the incident, 197 Ryan Harrison had made the most progress of the reds and lined up around sixth or seventh in the queue for the restart. He certainly caught those ahead napping, powering around the outside as the green flag flew so that by the time he crossed the line he was already up to third. A lap later that was the lead and from there it was a case of driving steadily to bring the car home, which he did successfully. 4 Dan Johnson and 55 Craig Finnikin eventually joined Harrison in the top three but had too much ground to make up to mount a challenge for the win.

The second heat featured one fewer car. After a mid-race caution for the spun 40 Steve Smith, 267 Graeme Robson led the field away on the restart, pulling out an immediate gap. The Wainman brothers – 515 Frankie Jr and 212 Danny – soon got through into second and third respectively, but as Danny challenged Frankie, it allowed Robson to get away. It looked like his advantage would be too great to overhaul but FWJ hunted him down, just managing to poke a nose inside on the final bend and beat him on the run to the line.

Another similar number of cars (21 this time) returned for the consolation. All the big names that hadn’t made it through their heats – namely Newson, 150 Mick Sworder and World Champion 1 Lee Fairhurst – successfully negotiated the hurdle. White graders 245 Carl Swift and Townsend had led much of the race but the latter was dumped out of second by Sworder with four laps to go. The 150-car then moved to the head of the race with a lap to go, while Newson relieved Swift of second as they crossed the line.

Fittingly, the final was the race of the day. All but Townsend of the 30 qualifiers made it on track for a race which was punctuated by four caution periods, and with each one the excitement was ratcheted up another notch. The yellows first came out when 276 Mark Poole rode up the fence and rolled and at that stage it was Swift who was once again leading proceedings from Robson and 306 Ian Noden. The top star men were just making their way into the lower half of the top ten, with Ryan Harrison once again making the most progress. He soon hit the front before another caution was called for an incident on bend four with seven laps remaining. That offered a chance to water the track which was being dried out quickly by the big pack of V8 monsters, as well as remove a marker tyre which had been dragged well on to the track.

The final yellow flag period came about as a result of former speedway rider 45 Nigel Harrhy being buried into the road bend fence by Sworder who had by now made his way up to third behind Harrison and Finnikin. That set up an absolutely superb closing few laps. First, Finnikin lunged for the lead on bend three, but it didn’t work and Sworder swept by to take first place. But then Sworder was sent on a wild ride up and around the top of the bends one and two fence, sending sparks flying, before eventually coming back to earth on the back straight and escaping to the infield, having being clipped by some passing cars. Finnikin, Harrison and 4 Dan Johnson continued to trade hits, with each having a turn in front before the yellow flags eventually came out to assist Sworder. That meant a one lap dash to the flag with the order in the queue being Johnson, Finnikin, 84 Tom Harris, Harrison, 94 John Dowson, 53 John Lund. Finnikin worked it perfectly by taking the inside line and sweeping through to take the win – his third final win in the past six meetings at the Norfolk Arena. Johnson held on for second, ahead of Harris, Lund and Harrison.

As ever, the night’s action was completed by the grand national, where an early caution period allowed Finnikin to make up significant ground from his one lap handicap. He continued to carve through the field, making it to second by the flag but unable to catch Harrison who took the win. The latter’s namesake 2 Paul Harrison completed the top three.

The saloon stock cars were once again in awesome form with yet another turnout topping the 40-car mark. 214 Tom Yould took his customary win in the first heat, reserved for white and yellow graded drivers only, from the returning 356 Anthony Filby and 220 Casey Englestone.

With just the yellows sitting out heat two, 30 cars took to the track and provided action aplenty. The leading Filby was spun out by the back-marking 442 Simon Berry, also on his first Lynn outing of the season. 738 Gary Munns, whose early-season form will see him upgraded next month, took up the running, before also spinning out of contention. That left last time’s final winner 420 Ivan Street and 158 Shane Davies, whose pace impressed all night, to scrap out front. But they had multiple track champion 499 David Aldous bearing down on the pair of them – Aldous took the lead with a lap to go and survived a last bend lunge from Street, who ended up crossing the line backwards, after Davies had nipped by into second. New English Champion 306 Daniel Parker looked at home amongst the red grade drivers but didn’t manage to work his way through to the front of the very big field, finishing just outside the top ten.

The third heat also had 30 cars on track and witnessed another flag to flag win. 257 Timmy Aldridge took advantage of there being no whites in this one to build up a decent advantage and waltz to victory. Don’t let that fool you into thinking the race lacked excitement though – it was action packed again, with some very heavy hits going in. Both Sampson brothers were in the thick of it, 428 Lee in particular dishing out some big ones, including thundering 389 Ryan Santry into the bend three fence. He also spun Parker out of ninth place on the last bend, while younger brother 149 Jamie, who came so close to winning the English last weekend, was turned heavily into the fence by 6 Simon Welton.  Former Unlimited Banger World Champion Davies again impressed on his way to second, with Aldous third – that would be his worst result of the night!

A very big field of 37 cars made it out for the all-in final. With the track that busy, it was no surprise to have another race full of action. Yet somehow, Aldous made winning look easy as he carved his way through the field with apparent ease to take the victory by almost half a lap. 18 Jamie Clayton, runner-up in the English last weekend, snatched second on the final bend, from Davies and Street, the latter pair both scoring well once again. Filby was award the Roundwheel Racewear trophy for his performance on the night, while Parker was given a very rough ride in this one, being spun out on at least three occasions.

Twenty-nine made it back out for the closing all comers race which was punctuated by yellows to assist 328 Carl Issitt with just a few laps to go. Aldous had already made it to the front by that stage and headed Davies and 26 Tommy Barnes in the queue on the restart. As the greens waved, Aldous roared away to secure his hat trick, dropping just two points out of 50 – an extremely impressive night’s work, especially considering that the smallest field of cars he raced in was 29. Barnes took Davies very heavily into the fence on the penultimate lap, which secured the Dereham driver second place. Former World Champion 360 Carl Waterfield came through for third, ahead of saloon stox legend 116 Diggy Smith.

The youngsters in the Ministox had four heats in the first part of their two-day meeting. Nearly 40 cars took part, providing some lively races, with wins going to 60 Matthew Venables, 333 Sam Roper, 391 Jessica Smith and 55 Courtney Finnikin. In the second heat, Smith had attempted to relieve 14 Ellis Attewell of the lead as the race resumed after a caution period – but Attewell’s car fishtailed and sent him head-on very hard into the fence in a nasty looking incident. Thankfully, his well-built machine meant he was able to walk away. In the last race, Finnikin took advantage of the squabble ahead of her to rise from fourth to first on the last bend – the young lady has certainly inherited the family racing genes.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
White & Yellow Final 223 496 104 276 415 280 51 215 169 40
Heat 1 197 4 55 191 2 446 84 198 h17 306
Heat 2 515 267 212 335 104 53 45 415 463 169
Consolation 150 16 245 51 1 276 94 388 215 223
Final 55 4 84 53 197 94 2 212 515 335
All Comers 197 55 2 84 53 212 446 259 335 372
2L Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 (W&Y) 214 356 220 257 192 152 538 573 389 22
Heat 2 499 158 420 26 130 360 641 6 328 18
Heat 3 257 158 499 641 360 730 217 220 420 116
Final 499 18 158 420 402 350 217 26 538 428
All Comers 499 26 360 116 217 306 18 428 511 641
BriSCA MiniStox 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 60 55 152 1 180 226 134 202 131 127
Heat 2 333 226 391 323 55 60 1 152 202 134
Heat 3 391 242 333 99 180 1 226 283 313 330
Heat 4 55 323 152 333 242 99 330 48 313 391
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