UK Autograss Championship R1 Hereford

The bank holiday weekend saw the opening round of the UK Autograss Championship which was hosted by Hereford Autograss Club.

There has been a slow start to the season due to poor weather conditions effecting everyone across the country which has meant there has not been a lot of running for those racing this weekend like there would be normally.

The weather again came into play this weekend. Pictures posted at the start of the week of the Hereford track looked fantastic, however rain on Friday undone a lot of the hard work that the club had put in. This didn’t stop the racing from getting underway on Saturday morning, with Jake Law (SR3) taking the first win of the championship for the second year running.

The conditions on Saturday were mixed, an improving track in the early stages of the day were soon hampered by more rain. However the rain stayed away in the afternoon and the conditions improved once more in time for the second heats. The forecast for Sunday was worse and the rain started along with the racing and the conditions continued to worsen during the third heats resulting in a lot of the ladies deciding not to go out and the racing coming to a premature end with no finals being run.

Due to the ever changing conditions, there were a lot of mixed results across the board, with those doing better in the wet conditions whilst some favorites suffered at the early stages of the championship.

However there were still a number of drivers who came away with three wins out of three; men’s class one Dean Smith (LUD47), men’s class three Adrian Joyce (WS22), men’s stock hatch Gareth Yeomans (H76), ladies class three Donna Brown (CM4), ladies class four Mandy Kennedy (SB6), ladies class six Katie Reynolds (SN333) and the two juniors of Ruben Hage (N35) in the saloons and Charlie Steele (SN727) in the specials.

Over the next two days there will be reports on each of the classes starting with the odds and junior saloons tomorrow.

The next round is just a few weeks away hosted by the Southern League on the 23rd and 24th June. However, before then we will be attending Cambridge Autograss Club (weather permitting).For those that missed them in the programme at the weekend below are my predictions for the overall UK Autograss Championship.

Men’s

Class 1                                                                           

1st NS7 Kev Hughes 2nd SP129 Caine Parnell 3rd SR3 Jake Law 4th R14 Russ Victory

Class 2

1st N156 Jay Albrighton 2nd IK252 Connor Bishop 3rd 69F Tim Manners 4th Y160 Michael Bird

Class 3

1st WS22 Adrian Joyce 2nd IK316 Martin Beaney 3rd C85 Ed Lloyd 4th S26D Adrian Herbert

Class 4

1st IK272 Colin Attrill 2nd WS23 Ray Tudgay 3rd IK221 Pete Berry 4th NS48 Richard Dunwell

Class 5

1st S60D Stuart Deacon 2nd TA451 Lewis Richards 3rd M11 Ben Harper 4th IK72 Steve Donovan

Class 6

1st G17D Jamie Ivermee 2nd SN451 Jordan Spavins 3rd WS24 Lee Rowley 4th S35 Jason Rees

Class 7

1st 4F Lee Waldron 2nd N60 Paul Bacon 3rd CA98 Lee Forster 4th R313 Will Barrett

Class 8

1st 160F Mike Mumford 2nd CS22 Josh Reid 3rd S41D Kenny Smith 4th M111 Ben Harper

Class 9

1st WS2 Jack Joyce 2nd 309F Mike Liddiatt 3rd SN257 Sean Collin 4th ST17 Joey Matthews

Class 10

1st R99 Andy Lee 2nd E111 Julian Heath 3rd ARC9 Keith Matthews 4th R12 Andrew Adams

F600

1st SB20 Andrew Watson 2nd N692 Jason Garnett 3rd N28 Andy Reeve 4th ST62 Matthew Hickingbotham

Stock Hatch

1st WS500 Ian Fay 2nd C3E John Sullivan 3rd H76 Gareth Yeomans 4th C608E Glen Embling

Ladies

Class 1

1st C535E Bethany Embling 2nd ST630 Chloe Reynolds 3rd NW142 Natasha Lawlor 4th SR24 Lacey Law

Class 2

1st CS44 Fiona Mauchland-Duff 2nd NASA25 Hannah Hinton 3rd IK252 Helen Bishop 4th SV51 Katie Jones

Class 3

1st Y51 Jo Thompson 2nd R169 Shell Sumners 3rd CM4 Donna Brown 4th R168 Sheri Sumners

Class 4

1st SB6 Mandy Kennedy 2nd NS48 Emma Stokes

Class 5

1st E10 Diane Heath 2nd 38F Janet Murray 3rd M11 Barbara Harper 4th C11E Emily Saitch

Class 6

1st IK960 Rachel Collier 2nd IK334 Toni Humphrey 3rd P23 Roxy Howe 4th WS24 Louise Rowley  

Class 7

1st CA141 Nicola Mackenzie 2nd Y55 Jo Thompson 3rd R10 Emily Barrett 4th 62F Terri Mumford

Class 8

1st N24 Abi Shields 2nd ST22 Hope Godfrey 3rd NW83 Vikki Lamb 4th IK95 Emma Shell

Class 9

1st IK111 Dru Hollingsbee 2nd R58 Louise Back 3rd IK214 Helen Rummery

Class 10

1st R98 Gina Lee 2nd E111 Diane Heath 3rd PHD15 Lisa Paines 4th R99 Jemma King

F600

1st N492 Mollie Richardson

Stock Hatch

1st WS500 Lisa Fay 2nd C608E Bethany Embling

Juniors

Saloons

1st S31D Tom Herbert 2nd YD63 Rachel Alderson 3rd WS34 Jamie Barlow 4th N35 Ruben Hag

Specials

1st SN727 Charlie Steele 2nd WS10 Andrew Gaylard 3rd N592 Emily Richardson 4th Y15 Charlie Thompson

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Invicta Kent 20/05/2018

We made an impromptu trip back to Invicta Kent Autograss Club this weekend, after our scheduled meeting at Cambridge Autograss Club was cancelled the weekend before due to an overnight downpour. It was about time we got another meeting in.

Hard work by the IK team during the week meant the track was in perfect condition for the last round of the Kent League’s national qualifying, and with so many meetings having been cancelled this year due to the bad weather there were a fair few visiting drivers also, totaling a meeting of 154 drivers.

As usual the IK team hosted a great meeting, with there being plenty of close racing, especially in the classes that were tight in their national qualifying points. Here are just a few of my highlights from the finals.

The class 3 final looked like the positions were set throughout the race but then it all changed on the last lap. The race at the front was between local man Gary Thomas (IK155) and established racer Dave George (SN269). Thomas took the lead from the start with George hot on his heels, the two appeared to pull a gap at the start of the race. Martin Beaney (IK316) had got a poor start that saw him at the back going into turn one, taking the outside line he moved up a couple of positions and looked at chasing down the rest, eventually passing Trevor Mills (IK6) to take up fourth position. The top four cars included John Berry (IK21) another established racer and both Berry and Beaney joined in the battle for the top position. Coming across the line to collect the last lap flag George was on the outside of Thomas and it was coming out of the pit bend that he had the momentum to make the move stick to take the lead. Beaney made a similar move on Berry to take third place position. Berry spun out on this final straight and dropped down to seventh. Fourth place went to Mills ahead of Richard Spavins (SN351) and Stuart Clifton (IK112). Problems for Rob Buckmaster (C70E) saw him finish a lap down.

As we come to expect when down in Kent, the class 5’s are a class to watch, especially the battle between the Thorndyke brothers. As earlier in the day Colin (IK2) had the upper hand of the two and it looked to be a repeat in the final with Colin taking the lead off of the start and pulling a few car lengths gap from Ian (IK22) who was closely followed by Ian Harley (IK70). After problems earlier in the day Kieran Cobb (IK75) was back on form and running in fourth, Harley soon dropped down the order with Cobb moving up to third and Gareth Matthews (IK67) working his way through the order into fourth. Ian soon closed the gap down on Colin and made the move past on the inside at the pit bend after a couple of attempts with Cobb making the same move a lap later. They finished in this order with Matthews fourth ahead of Harley, Dave Sweatman (IK5), Martyn Byde (IK61) and Paul Cowell (IK62).

Class 14 features the ladies in classes 8, 9 and 10, and it was the two class 8’s in the race that provided the action. Emma Shell (IK95) and Jade Russell (IK19) had the best starts but it was Shell who edged in front at turn one with Russell breathing down her neck. Shell had the control of the race with the two pulling away from the class 9’s of Dru Holllingsbee (IK111), Helen Rummery (IK214) and Louise Hollingsbee (IK11). Russell never stopped trying to make the move past Shell, with the closest she got was coming out of the final corner, but Shell still had the momentum to take the win over the line, with the others following in the order above.

To see most of the races from the day, including the two heats and finals, then head over to the Invicta Kent Autograss Club YouTube page.

Next stop we are heading to Hereford Autograss Club this coming weekend for the first round of the UK Autograss Championship. As usual I will be posting full reports from the weekend, and looking to mix things up a bit. Keep an eye on social media to follow the weekend. Links will be posted below.

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