Good Friday and a trip to Skegness was order of the day, and we headed to the east coast with 5 cars, Frankie, Danny, Phoebe and Frankie JJ, with Karl Hawkins looking to put some laps in in the hire car that Lewis Galer has been driving to sort out a niggle we have had.
Just Frankie was on track for heat 1, and after a couple of stoppages, he just didn’t have enough aps to catch race winner Jon Horne (19) driving the former Ben Riley (422) car.
Heat 2 saw Danny, Frankie JJ, Karl and Phoebe take to the track, and in another race that had lots of waved yellows, Frankie JJ qualified for the final with a 7th, meaning Danny, Karl and Phoebe having to contest the consolation. Heat 2 was won by Luke Davidson (464), who kept reigning world champion, Tom Harris (1) at bay for the latter laps to take the chequered flag.
Danny, Phoebe and Karl took their places on the grid for the consolation, and after a couple of yellow flag periods, one for the stricken 175 car, Finn Sargent took the win with Phoebe finishing a creditable 4th and Danny coming home in 8th.
The final was a great advert for BriSCA F1 stock car racing, and not long into the race there was a pile up on turns 1 & 2 with 8 cars stuck in the melee, it took a while to get the track clear again. From the restart, the 3 cars at the front pulled away and it ended up with another final win for Tom Harris, with Charlie Sworder (5) finishing 2nd and Paul Hines (259) coming in 3rd. Frankie drove a great race to finish 6th and Phoebe came home 9th. Danny had to retire after a lump of lead off another car went under his car and ripped the prop off and wrecked the diff.
The final F1 race of the evening was a little pedestrian as the reds made their way through the pack, and as in heat 1, Frankie couldn’t quite manage to catch race winner Paul Hines, coming home in 2nd, with tarmac specialist Luke Davidson 3rd and Shaun Webster (48) 4th.
Back to shale for tomorrows meeting much nearer to home, see you at Odsal!
Photo’s ©Ian Bannister