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English Championship Meeting Report

Post  weggie on Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:54 am

Sadly I can’t avoid mentioning a “negative” but we’ll get it out of the way quickly and then move on to happier thoughts!.... Very Happy

Confusion over exactly HOW the grid was formed for the English title – the feature race of the day and V8 season come to that – left a bitter taste in the mouth for some drivers after the race had been run. Indeed, former Race Steward Chris Studd deserves much credit for his efforts to speak with drivers and smooth things over. Once the dust had settled the result of the English – which at one stage looked likely to be re-run – was left as it was although there is speculation about another championship meeting for the cars at Wimbledon later in the season as a result.

Not exactly the sort of drama anyone really wanted so we’ll move quickly on and report on what actually happened on track! An “Incarace Banger” draw left the returning Scotty Junior on Pole with Dad alongside. Great for them, but sadly not for the crowd, as the result looked a foregone conclusion with just ten other cars behind them, which indeed it was, but let’s not take anything away from either driver. Indeed, the sight of Scotty Junior was a very welcome sight but he got off to a very sluggish start allowing Deane Wood from row two to slip in to second. Dave Miles Jnr put the bumper in on Simon Turner entering turn one only to lose the back-end and send his chances spinning.

Woody did his best to upset the apple-cart with Scott Junior the first to feel his front bumper only for the compliment to be re-paid with interest when he himself was spun out. In trying to re-join he nearly wiped out leader Peter Scott Senior and only succeeded in landing back in the armco. Despite a wheel guard now rubbing on his wheel, Senior was in the clear to take his fourth championship win. A magnificent achievement at the ripe old age of sixty-five! Now that’s impressive by anyone’s standards!! cheers

English Championship Result: 1st Peter Scott, 2nd Peter Scott Junior, 3rd Simon Turner

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After some last-minute front-end repairs Scotty Junior just made it out but was once again slow to start in the first of their graded races, which featured all drivers except Simon Turner. Bill Chance was looking particularly smooth from the front of the grid and might have done better in the big race earlier had he not have spun himself out. Superstox ace Miles had now adjusted his bumpering technique to push Wood wide and followed that up by assisting Terry Harris who was already drifting wide. Scott Senior kept it going despite a puncture whilst Pete Bloomfield treated the crowd to an impromptu doughnut after spinning under the scoreboard.

Another surprise returnee was former double world title holder Robert Harris who had already bagged a fourth in the big race and followed that up in terrific style with second place in both heats. He looked well on the pace too and was clearly having a ball. Such a nice bloke to talk with as well – good to have you back Squire, hopefully to stay! Cousin Hayley added a touch of glamour to the pit area as she wielded the spanners, sadly unable to make her track debut after being on the receiving end at the last Aldershot meeting. Brother Daryl’s immaculate motor was also on the apologies list.

Chance again hit the front in their last race however Miles was now well in the grove and made no mistake with a fine win, with Woody unable to rekindle his heroic Saloon Stock Car efforts from yesteryear, having long-since retired his motor.

Post-Script: It’s always a treat to see but also hear the V8’s. Indeed, I’ve always thought they are great and have such potential. Unfortunately the phrase “what if” always seems to ring out.....Having said that, for what it’s worth, as has been demonstrated by other senior formulas, you only need two or three to be “on it” with the bumper being used both offensively and defensively and you have a truly awesome spectacle - no matter what else is going on around them!

Here’s to the V8’s then – long may you continue and hopefully grow. And while I’m here, thanks Guys ‘n’ Gals for all the efforts you always put in. Cheers ! cheers

Weggie

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Post  Tris22 on Fri Sep 23, 2011 5:36 pm

Good write up well done.
Will try to make one of the remaining Wimbledon rounds

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Re: English Championship Meeting Report

Post  weggie on Tue Sep 27, 2011 7:47 am

Many thanks, nice to know at least one person liked it!
The forum has been very quiet to say the least!
Cheers Very Happy

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Post  Tris22 on Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:11 am

Do you put your reports in short circuit?
Saying that im not sure whats happening with that magazine at present, now reports from the spedeweekend yet!
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