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Trackstar Racing | Info | Results | 2012 | Saturday 3rd November 2012

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Saturday 3rd November 2012

Report by Mark Paulson

Ely’s Danielle Hewitt claimed the lady banger gold roof in superb style at the Norfolk Arena, King’s Lynn on Saturday night, 3 November. Starting from pole position, she drove a near faultless race to hold off a determined challenge from British Champion 477 Amy Brown. Also on the racecard on fireworks fantasy night were the 2-litre pre-1970 classic car bangers and the mighty national saloon stock cars, making their final King’s Lynn appearance of 2012.

22 of the 24 qualifiers turned out for the ladies’ most prestigious race of the year, the gold roof final. With reserve 330 Rachel Pokora substituting for one of the absentees, 23 cars took the flag for the main event. Many had turned out stunning fresh cars for the occasion, with 3 Danielle Hewitt, 74 Caroline Garner, 213 Trudy Gowler, 345 Karen Lown, 444 Natasha Street and 477 Amy Brown all looking super-smart. 95 Jade Harboard turned heads with her half Mad Hatters, half Chicken Edz colours, while non-qualifier 781 Michelle Payne had perhaps the most impressive paint-job of the day. Unlike last year, when the Harboard sisters turned out some different cars, there were few unusual cars display in a field dominated by Hondas, Rovers and the odd Vauxhall.

Hewitt raced into an early lead from long-distance traveller 969 Suzie Barrie and former gold roof holder Brown. The latter two had qualified on the inside of rows two and three, and soon swept past surprise front row starter 660 Bridgett Wooley whose hopes were ended when she suffered an early spin.

Boston’s Brown was in combative mode and rose to second by putting Barrie and Harboard into the fence in one move. Barrie quickly recovered but ‘Jadester’ was shaken and waved yellow flags were called to suspend the race. On the restart, Hewitt immediately managed to pull out a small gap, but traffic allowed Brown to haul her back in. The latter never gave up and several times managed to get her nose inside Hewitt’s machine without ever being quite able to complete the move. Under supreme pressure Hewitt held her nerve to take the flag from Brown. Barrie came home third, just reward for her supreme travelling efforts throughout the season. Last year’s third place lady Lown just missed out on the top three this time, but still drove well to fourth from row five. Completing the top six were defending champion 150 Terri Parrin, all the way from row eight, and the on-form 319 Jodie Grief in her unfancied Vauxhall Astra.

Two allcomers races completed the day for the ladies and proved very fruitful for 127 Vicky Henderson who, despite having never previously won a race, claimed both. The first, where the surviving gold roof qualifiers were joined by a handful of non-qualifiers in a 22-car field, had an action-packed opening, with Woolley spinning and being collected heavily by the following traffic. The result was terminal damage for many, including Grief, Barrie and Natasha Street, and a red flag to attend to Woolley. On the restart, a roadside bend pile-up stopped Hewitt and Brown’s charge from the back as well as the leading 85 Kate Calver and Parrin. Yellow flags were called for attention to 661 Suzie Lambe. Once the greens flew again, Henderson pulled away and never looked back, racing to an easy win from 257 Anna Piggot and Garner.

Only 15 cars remained for the final encounter which was somewhat quieter but saw a no-less dominant win for Henderson from 369 Jane Allard and Hewitt, who was already sporting her gold roof with pride.

An excellent showing of 45 pre-1970 bangers were in the pits, with the liberal engine rules allowing a wide variety of cars the opportunity to race. 212 Richard Maryon stole the show with his Standard Vanguard, while 77 Russell Gill and 338 Terry Garrod turned out Hillman Minxes. Bob Ballard returned his Rover P3 from the all-Rover meeting at Ipswich and there were a number of P4s and P6s also. 280 Simon Goodale campaigned a beautiful Triumph Stag, 421 Laurence Ault a Volvo 144 and 13 Pieter Leistra a rare Peugeot 404 Farina. Throw in a whole host of Triumphs and A60s, plus Austin Maxis and a Cortina amongst others, it made for an eclectic and fantastic field. Full credit to all the drivers and their crews for sourcing and preparing such wonderful cars.

As is customary the field was split between smaller/slower and bigger/faster cars for the heats. The opening heat for smaller cars featured 19 cars and saw young Scotsman 229 Sean Riddell race to the win in his Austin Maxi. The 16-year old looked fast and in control as he motored to victory from 22 Dave Vincent (A60) and 730 Dean Mayes (Cortina Estate). After looking initially like his Saab 99 would let him down for the second running, 303 Brian Cope eventually got it going and would go on to have a good night. World Champion 399 Jonny Atkin’s Hillman shed a wheel to bring out a red flag in an otherwise fairly quiet race.

The second heat for the smaller cars was down to fifteen cars and again Riddell put in a fine performance to take another win in this, his debut meeting in national bangers. 1300 saloon World of Shale Champion 216 Dan Booth brought his similar Austin home second, ahead of Vincent. Behind them, there was plenty of action as 391 Ben Gibson jacked 27 Will Longford, 82 Bob Ballard wasn’t afraid to get stuck in in his vintage Rover and Cope and Mayes had a head-on.

The bigger cars were noticeably faster in their two heats and put on a fantastic display of sideways driving around the bends. The 22-car first saw a pile-up exiting the roadside turn which claimed several of the long-distance Scottish travellers and also involved the two WI Engineering cars of 587 Alex Humphrey (Volvo) and 164 Jack Turner (Rover P6). 232 Andrew Swallow and 323 Jim Riddell (both in Rovers) suffered some particularly big hits and resultant damage. After a race suspension, 5 Mo Crowson led from the restart and motored to victory from 321 Andrew Newton (Triumph) and 597 Andy Ashman.

The final heat saw 18 cars on track and was another all-action affair of pile-ups, blockages and sideways driving. 572 Paul Scully claimed the win from 266 Callum Hall who had earlier managed, along with 217 Gary Langley, to shift one of the big marker tyres right onto the racing line, which livened things up further. 13 ‘Peewee’ was on the receiving end of a follow-in from 85 James Ellis (Triumph Estate), while Crowson completed the top three finishers.

The all-in final featured an excellent 30 cars and while it might not quite have matched last year’s destructive affair, still offered plenty of entertainment. Peewee thundered in 925 Aaron Preece, then did him again as the exited the bend, eventually rolling on the home straight, as the Dutch entertainer lived up to his reputation. Sean Riddell completed an amazing hattrick as he raced to the win from former Pre-70 winner Cope and national points champion-elect Vincent.

The obligatory destruction derby rounded off proceedings with Peewee once again in the thick of it and once again rolling, leading to red flags. On the restart it would be 273 Kevin McClagish who outlasted the rest to take the win and complete an excellent night’s entertainment.

The heavy metal brigade 2-litre national saloon stock cars raised 35 cars on their final outing of the season at the Saddlebow Shaleway. Amongst that number included novices 221 Matthew Lakey and 391 Jake Banwell, plus an outing in the saloons for banger star 730 Deane Mayes in a Colliver car.

Their first race was the white and yellow grade series final and featured an excellent 23 cars. 130 Joe Gladden capped an excellent first year in the saloons by claiming the title from 128 Craig Banwell and veteran local driver 417 Fred Powell. The two front row qualifiers, 350 Thomas Parrin and 192 Robert Heanes, both spun themselves out of contention early on.

We were up to 34 cars for the first heat proper, with the packed raceway providing the usual all-action racing throughout the field. Early leader Powell was the victim of a massive banger-style follow-in from 641 Willie Skoyles, who was on his way to clinching second in the track championship standings. Powell’s removal allowed shale specialist 420 Ivan Street – who would finish an excellent fifth in the track points – to take the win from 131 Tommy Barnes and Craig Banwell.

Barnes went one better by winning the 28-car second heat. With a bit more consistency, the Dereham-based youngster would surely be challenging for some of the sport’s major titles, such is his shale-track pace on his day. European Championship runner-up 156 Darren Goudy came through for second, ahead of 219 Luke Grief.

Barnes showed it certainly was one of his good days, by taking the flag in the final too. In a race that featured a roll for Jake Banwell, Goudy and 499 David Aldous looked set for a reprise of their Euro duel as they raced close and hard. Goudy edged ahead before being spun from second by Parrin, while Grief passed Aldous with just two laps to go. That set Aldous up for his trademark last bend move to reclaim the position, the 2012 King’s Lynn track champion ending his season on a high. Grief held on for third, from Skoyles and 149 Jamie Sampson.

 

2L Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
White & Yellow Final 130 128 417 115 6 391 184 220 233 538
Heat 1 420 131 128 570 184 698 499 219 149 164
Heat 2 131 156 219 149 641 698 420 499 6 128
Final 131 499 219 641 149 570 130 128 698 6
2L Banger Pre 70 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 229 22 730 273 (KM) 90 13 902 212 nof
Heat 2 5 321 597 280 21 (JR) 85 390 nof
Heat 3 229 216 22 902 273 (KM)
Heat 4 572 266 5 321 21 (JR) 390 293 587 791 nof
Final 229 303 22 572 216 280 313 390 293 391
Destruction Derby 273 (KM)
Entertainer Awards 27 82 85 232 273 (AW) 431
Car of Meeting Awards 13 82 212
Merit Awards 217 273 (KM) 279 280 293 390 902
Lady Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Gold Roof Final 3 477 969 345 150 319 257 369 660 924
All Comers 1 127 257 74 4 67 330 345 9 213 3
All Comers 2 127 369 3 477 74 330 345 150 924 319
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