Two weeks after my last visit, it was another trip up to Nottingham Autograss Club. This time round the meeting was host to Round 1 of the Stock Hatch Tour Series and also the club’s annual Mick Wyld memorial race.
With all of last weekend’s meetings cancelled and only Nottingham and Scunthorpe running this Sunday, it was again a busy meeting with over 160 drivers in attendance. Despite the weather having caused all the cancellations over the past month, Nottingham has appeared to be unaffected with both their scheduled meetings having taken place. Another sunny meeting, with the water tank making a frequent appearance to keep the dust at bay.
We saw the first round of the 2017 Stock Hatch series take place this Sunday. This was the most attended round in the tour’s history with 20 drivers signed on. The final was a close three way fight, but it was Paul Harrington (SL90) who was to complete the meeting unbeaten ahead of York’s duo of Cliffy Baxter (Y109) and Ryan Baxter (Y67). There were only 2 ladies taking part and unfortunately it was only the local TJ Wortley (N77) who was able to complete the final.
The Mick Wyld Memorial is contested every year, and it is the winner of the champion of champion’s race that takes this title, this is each of the A final winners. This year it was Clare Horner (M62) in her class 8 who worked her way through the field to take the victory, showing the boys how it’s done.
One of the closest classes of the day was the Class 3 boys, with a four car contention in each of the races. In the final we saw the possibility for each of the four drivers to take the final victory. With positions being swapped numerous times over the laps it was Phil Thompson (Y51) who took the win ahead of Martin Beaney (IK316) and the two Radford boys of Lee Wakefield (R388) and Mick Sumners (R169).
With an ever growing field, Class 8 is one of the strongest classes across the country. This time out we saw the reigning UKAC champion, Alex Hall (R411), and Nottingham Chairman, Simon Reeve (N8), go head to head in the final. A battle which saw the lead change more than once throughout the race, resulted in Alex taking the win ahead of Simon, but not far behind was Dave Palmer (ARC4) in third place. This promises for an exciting class to watch over the course of the 5 round of the UK Autograss Championships.
With unexpected numbers the Nottingham team pulled off another great meeting. I look forward to going back again sometime later this season.
Once again a big thank you to Ted Shillitto for the use of the photographs. Please take a look at the album of this meeting on the Nottingham Autograss Facebook page as there are plenty of great snaps which made it very difficult for me to choose the ones to use.
The next stop for me is this weekend at Brands Hatch for the first round of the British Touring Cars. Tarmac softie time.