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.
1st NS7 Kev Hughes 2nd SP129 Caine Parnell 3rd SR3 Jake Law 4th R14 Russ Victory
1st N156 Jay Albrighton 2nd IK252 Connor Bishop 3rd 69F Tim Manners 4th Y160 Michael Bird
1st WS22 Adrian Joyce 2nd IK316 Martin Beaney 3rd C85 Ed Lloyd 4th S26D Adrian Herbert
1st IK272 Colin Attrill 2nd WS23 Ray Tudgay 3rd IK221 Pete Berry 4th NS48 Richard Dunwell
1st S60D Stuart Deacon 2nd TA451 Lewis Richards 3rd M11 Ben Harper 4th IK72 Steve Donovan
1st G17D Jamie Ivermee 2nd SN451 Jordan Spavins 3rd WS24 Lee Rowley 4th S35 Jason Rees
1st 4F Lee Waldron 2nd N60 Paul Bacon 3rd CA98 Lee Forster 4th R313 Will Barrett
1st 160F Mike Mumford 2nd CS22 Josh Reid 3rd S41D Kenny Smith 4th M111 Ben Harper
1st WS2 Jack Joyce 2nd 309F Mike Liddiatt 3rd SN257 Sean Collin 4th ST17 Joey Matthews
1st R99 Andy Lee 2nd E111 Julian Heath 3rd ARC9 Keith Matthews 4th R12 Andrew Adams
1st SB20 Andrew Watson 2nd N692 Jason Garnett 3rd N28 Andy Reeve 4th ST62 Matthew Hickingbotham
1st WS500 Ian Fay 2nd C3E John Sullivan 3rd H76 Gareth Yeomans 4th C608E Glen Embling
1st C535E Bethany Embling 2nd ST630 Chloe Reynolds 3rd NW142 Natasha Lawlor 4th SR24 Lacey Law
1st CS44 Fiona Mauchland-Duff 2nd NASA25 Hannah Hinton 3rd IK252 Helen Bishop 4th SV51 Katie Jones
1st Y51 Jo Thompson 2nd R169 Shell Sumners 3rd CM4 Donna Brown 4th R168 Sheri Sumners
1st SB6 Mandy Kennedy 2nd NS48 Emma Stokes
1st E10 Diane Heath 2nd 38F Janet Murray 3rd M11 Barbara Harper 4th C11E Emily Saitch
1st IK960 Rachel Collier 2nd IK334 Toni Humphrey 3rd P23 Roxy Howe 4th WS24 Louise Rowley
1st CA141 Nicola Mackenzie 2nd Y55 Jo Thompson 3rd R10 Emily Barrett 4th 62F Terri Mumford
1st N24 Abi Shields 2nd ST22 Hope Godfrey 3rd NW83 Vikki Lamb 4th IK95 Emma Shell
1st IK111 Dru Hollingsbee 2nd R58 Louise Back 3rd IK214 Helen Rummery
1st R98 Gina Lee 2nd E111 Diane Heath 3rd PHD15 Lisa Paines 4th R99 Jemma King
1st N492 Mollie Richardson
1st WS500 Lisa Fay 2nd C608E Bethany Embling
1st S31D Tom Herbert 2nd YD63 Rachel Alderson 3rd WS34 Jamie Barlow 4th N35 Ruben Hag
1st SN727 Charlie Steele 2nd WS10 Andrew Gaylard 3rd N592 Emily Richardson 4th Y15 Charlie Thompson