Round 3 of the UK Autograss Championship was hosted by York Autograss Club. A sunny Sunday afternoon saw some of the best finals that we’ve seen at the UK Autograss Championships, here are the full reports.
On the rerun the grid was side by side through turn one and it was Thomas Ireland (WS60) who was in the lead coming out of the top bend, with Aiden Arrowsmith (NS88) alongside down the back straight with Chris Manners (96F) and Barry Lewis (PAC10) on their tails. Going into the second lap Arrowsmith had taken over the front spot, whilst Carl Brooks (C14E) had worked his way up into this five-way battle. Moving up into second was Manners who then made short work of taking over the lead, but it wasn’t long before highest point scorer, Lewis made his way through to challenge, leading the final lap and just keeping his nose in front on the line to take the win from Manners. Arrowsmith held onto third from Brooks, with Ireland dropping down to fifth ahead of Jay Albrighton (N156) who despite finishing sixth on track had picked up a green flag in the first run which dropped him down to eighth on the sheets.
Results: 1st PAC10 2nd 96F 3rd NS88 4th C14E 5th WS60 8th N156
Points: 1st PAC10 Barry Lewis = 468 2nd 96F Chris Manners = 356 3rd SV52 Andrew Jones = 327 4th N156 Jay Albrighton = 304
Unbeaten through the heats Caine Parnell (SP129) was the first to show at the start and led the way going into the first bend whilst the rest of the field runs side-by-side. Kev Hughes (NS7) comes through into second leaving the two Radford cars of Russ Victory (R14) and Craig Buck (R300) to battle for third with William Drayton (SN124) was hot on their heels. Up front, once settled into second Hughes set about closing the gap of the leading Parnell, however it wasn’t enough and Parnell held onto the win. Victory claimed third ahead of Buck, whilst in the last few laps Jake Law (SR3) closed up onto Drayton and made the pass to finish fifth, with Jordan Barlow (WS43) the last of the finishers in seventh.
Results: 1st SP129 2nd NS7 3rd R14 4th R300 5th SR3 6th SN124 7th WS43
Points: 1st SP129 Caine Parnell = 500 2nd SR3 Jake Law = 451 3rd NS7 Kev Hughes = 427 4th LUD47 Dean Smith = 418
After a close start on the third attempt of the final it was Sam Pinches (R35) who came out of turn one in the lead, from there he pulled a gap from the battling pack behind. The battle was for second place between local driver Charlie Thompson (Y15) and Emily Richardson (N592). At the flag Pinches held onto his lead with Thompson second and Richardson third. Fourth place went to Jim Pinches (R350) ahead of Jack Broughton (Y15) and Alicia Pugh (LM15) who was the last of the finishers.
Results: 1st R35 2nd Y15 3rd N592 4th R350 5th Y50 6th LM15
Points: 1st SN727 Charlie Steele = 453 2nd R35 Sam Pinches = 395 3rd N592 Emily Richardson = 383 4th R350 Jim Pinches = 358
The first attempt at this final was in extremely dusty conditions and the red flags were soon out after four cars came together on the top bend. On the rerun Martin Beaney (IK316) made the best start and was comfortably ahead at turn one, but coming out of the bend he had Adrian Joyce (WS22) and Phil Thompson (Y51) hot on his heels. Running side-by-side for a lap Joyce made his way past Beaney with Thompson making the most of the opportunity to follow Joyce through the gap after a wide line from Beaney. Sticking to the wide line saw Beaney drop back to fourth with Martin Roberts (PAC157) also passing on the inside a lap later. Thompson remained on Joyce’s tail but didn’t have enough to make the move past allowing Joyce to take the win, Thompson remained in second ahead of Roberts and Beaney.
Results: 1st WS22 2nd Y51 3rd PAC157 4th IK316
Points: 1st WS22 Adrian Joyce = 518 2nd R169 Mick Sumners = 387 3rd 123F Dave Westlake = 335 4th PAC157 Martin Roberts = 320
After a fairly level break it was Ben Harper (M11) who led going into turn one with Mike Sullivan (C11E) close behind him, Sullivan pushed on dropping him down the order. Coming out of turn one it was three abreast with Harper on the inside with Julian Heath (E10) holding the inside line and Aaron Mason (R19) between them. Harper running the much wider line allowed Louis Jackson (N7) to move up into third, whilst Heath led from Mason. Heath was able to pull himself a car length or two clear as Mason, Jackson and Harper fought for second place. Behind this trio was also another battle with the remaining four cars all fighting for the lower positions, for most of the race Neil Jones (PAC74) and Alex Puddiphatt (SN23) had been running side-by-side at the front of this group but a mistake from Jones in the closing stages saw him drop to the back of the order. Heath went on to take the win, whilst in a drag to the line Jackson just got his nose in front to take second place from Mason with Harper settling for fourth. In the battle behind Puddiphatt held onto fifth ahead of Robert Duncan (IK26), Sullivan and Jones.
Results: 1st E10 2nd N7 3rd R19 4th M11 5th SN23 6th IK26 7th C11E 8th PAC74
Points: 1st M11 Ben Harper = 486 2nd R19 Aaron Mason = 394 3rd E10 Julian Heath = 388 4th 38F Mark Ashmead = 347
This was another class rerun and on the second attempt Paul Waldron (139F) made a flying start leading into turn one, but Will Barrett (R313) was looking for way up the inside through the turn. Waldron maintained the lead and then the battle was on for second with on the first lap Barrett, Charlotte Pugh (LM30), and Lee Forster (CA98) all held the position with Allan Henschker (G19D) also in the mix. Whilst Pugh and Henschker dropped back the battle was between Forster and Barrett allowing Waldron to pull away. A wide line from Forster in the closing stages saw Pugh pass through into third place and on the final turn Barrett went to wide allowing Pugh and Forster through into second and third whilst Waldron took the win with a quarter of a lap lead. Barrett was able to hold off Henschker for fourth, Darren Jones (CM46) took sixth ahead of Mally Wing (YD83) in seventh.
Results: 1st 139F 2nd LM30 3rd CA98 4th R313 5th G19D 6th CM46 7th YD83
Points: 1st 139F Paul Waldron = 423 2nd N60 Paul Bacon = 396 3rd CA98 Lee Forster = 391 4th CM15 Darrell Cole = 350
The first attempt of this final saw a roll in turn one for Joey Matthews (ST17). The second attempt saw Allan Kerr (SB47) take the lead going into turn one, Kerr would hold onto to this positon all the way through whilst the race was on behind. There were four cars in the battle for second place with Richard Morrant (M25) holding the position to start, with Jamie Hollingsbee (IK111), Mike Liddiatt (309F) and Jack Joyce (WS2) all looking to take over the position. Hollingsbee went on to take second place from Joyce, Liddiatt, whilst Morrant dropped down to fifth.
Results: 1st SB47 2nd IK111 3rd WS2 4th 309F 5th M25
Points: 1st WS2 Jack Joyce = 425 2nd 309F Mike Liddiatt = 422 3rd M25 Richard Morrant = 330 4th SB47 Allan Kerr = 328
Top qualifier for the final, Tom Herbert (S31D) lead the way going into turn one, with championship rival Ruben Hage (N35) hot on his heels. Hage sticking to the inside line was able to take over the running on the second lap, a problem then for Herbert saw him retire from the race. Taking up second position then was Jamie Barlow (WS34) who had Ben Macgregor (IK734) chasing him down. Barlow went to wide on the top turn allowing Macgregor to take over the position and for William Griffiths (R34) to have a look to making the pass, with the two then running side-by-side. Griffiths then made the same mistake allowing Zach Spencer (E435) through. Hage pulled away to take a comfortable win, as did Macgregor in second. Barlow held onto third from Spencer and Griffiths. Rachel Alderson (YD63) held onto this battle to take sixth ahead of Robert Evans (TA91).
Results: 1st N35 2nd IK734 3rd WS34 4th E435 5th R34 6th YD63 7th TA91
Points: 1st S31D Tom Herbert = 475 2nd N35 Ruben Hage = 466 3rd E435 Zach Spencer = 357 4th WS34 Jamie Barlow = 346
It was an equal start between Pete Berry (IK221) and Gavin Emery (Y8) with them side-by-side going into turn one, however it was Emery who got his nose in front coming out of the first turn with the two Invicta Kent cars running alongside each other. Colin Attrill (IK272) found a way past Berry to take up second position. Emery pulled away to take the win, whilst Berry kept the pressure on Attrill but was unable to make the move having to settle for third place.
Results: 1st Y8 2nd IK272 3rd IK221
Points: 1st IK272 Colin Attrill = 449 2nd IK221 Pete Berry = 324 3rd CA242 Gary Pemberton = 278 4th YS77 Mike Mayne = 173
Jamie Ivermee (G17D) took the lead going into turn one with the three St Neots drivers next up and whilst the three of them fought for second it allowed Ivermee to pull away and clear. Peter Grimwood (SN158) took the position to start, Tony Reynolds (SN333) and Jordan Spavins (SN451) running alongside each other. A wider line from Grimwood saw Spavins move up into second and Reynolds into third with the two continuing to run side-by-side until the end. Ivermee went on to take a convincing win, whilst Spavins held onto second from Reynolds. Dean Robinson (YS41) worked his way up to fourth ahead of Grimwood. The two Invicta Kent drivers were next with Justin Pay (IK334) in sixth ahead of Chris Collier (IK960) and Josh Brittain (R86) rounded out the field.
Results: 1st G17D 2nd SN451 3rd SN333 4th YS41 5th SN158 6th IK334 7th IK960 8th R86
Points: 1st G17D Jamie Ivermee = 445 2nd YS41 Dean Robinson = 411 3rd SN451 Jordan Spavins = 401 4th SN333 Tony Reynolds = 377
Thomas Ireland (SS59) made the best start and had a clear lead exiting turn one, with John Sullivan (C3E) and Gareth Yeomans (H76) side-by-side for second. Sullivan pulled clear into second and closed the gap down on Ireland and despite trying to challenge wasn’t able to find a way past leaving Ireland to take the win from Sullivan and Yeomans who maintained a comfortable third. Ian Fay (WS500) had a lonely race in fourth ahead of Luke Ransome (SN191), Jonno Crosby (M5) and Graeme Slack (Y222) who was the last of the finishers after Glen Embling (C608E) was an early retirement.
Results: 1st SS59 2nd C3E 3rd H76 4th WS500 5th SN191 6th M5 7th Y222
Points: 1st H76 Gareth Yeomans = 445 2nd C608E Glen Embling = 403 3rd WS500 Ian Fay = 360 4th C3E John Sullivan = 346
An equal break sees Alex Hall (R411) become the first to show leading into turn one on the inside with Josh Reid (CS22) and Ben Harper (M111) coming through on the wider line. Hall spun on the first turn and this allowed Simon Reeve (N8) to come through and take up the lead position with Harper in second and a battle behind between Reid and Mike Mumford (160F) for third with the leading four pulling away from the rest of the pack. Reeve maintained his lead to take the win, whilst Harper held onto second from Mumford. Sam Perry (G8D) took fourth place from Hall, Charles Kennerly (SR161) took sixth from Michael Habicht (IK120).
Results: 1st N8 2nd M111 3rd 160F 4th G8D 5th R411 6th SR161 7th IK120
Points: 1st 160F Mike Mumford = 455 2nd R411 Alex Hall = 425 3rd G8D Sam Perry = 359 4th CS22 Josh Reid = 325
Coming out of the first turn it was Andrew Watson (SB20) who took the lead whilst behind him places were being swapped over the first few laps due to mistakes. Terry Cox (ST1) came out of turn one at the back of the order and worked his way through to take up second place closing the gap on Watson. Running out of laps to make the pass, Watson held onto to take the win with Cox in second ahead of the two local men Ray Darwent (Y195) and Roy Clarke (Y17) in third and fourth. Andy Reeve (N28) held onto fifth after a race long battle with Nathan Patterson (SL78) who took sixth and Matthew Hickingbotham (ST62), whilst rounding out the order was Robert Patterson (SL87) who after an early spin saw him drop to the back.
Results: 1st SB20 2nd ST1 3rd Y195 4th Y17 5th N28 6th SL78 7th ST62 8th SL87
Points: 1st SB20 Andrew Watson = 421 2nd ST1 Terry Cox = 264 3rd N28 Andy Reeve = 258 4th ST62 Matthew Hickingbotham = 237
First to show was Ben Shell (IK59) who held onto the lead coming out of the first turn, with Geoff Gallagher (LM7) and James Poltimore (SS7) hot on his tail. Shell taking the wider line saw Poltimore taking up the lead and Gallagher also passing into second. Poltimore went on to take the win from Gallagher whilst Shell held on to third after ending the race in a battle with Gareth Paines (PHD5) who took fourth. Ian Stott (A10) took fifth ahead of Keith Matthews (ARC9) and Jasper Aspinal (WR96).
Results: 1st SS79 2nd LM7 3rd IK59 4th PHD15 5th A10 6th ARC9 7th WR96
Points: 1st SS79 James Poltimore = 451 2nd PHD15 Gareth Paines = 434 3rd E111 Julian Heath = 343 4th IK59 Ben Shell = 318
Going into the first turn Fiona Mauchland-Duff (CS44) and Kelly Read (ST474) were running side-by-side which they continued to do for the first lap and a half before Read established herself into the lead with Mauchland-Duff dropping back into the clutches of Hannah Hinton (NASA25) and Katie Jones (SV51). Read went on to pull clear and take the win, Mauchland-Duff held onto second whilst there was a change in order further back with Jones moving into third ahead of Hinton.
Results: 1st ST474 2nd CS44 3rd SV51 4th NASA25
Points: 1st IK252 Helen Bishop = 368 2nd CS44 Fiona Mauchland-Duff = 359 3rd= SV51 Katie Jones = 335 4th SV52 Shania Jones = 246
First to show off of the start was Megan Williams (CM77) and Lacey Law (SR24) with Williams leading out of the first turn and Natasha Johnson (YD120) moving up into second. The two were running side-by-side before Johnson used the advantage of the inside line to move into the lead with S Hattersley (Y501) also moving through to take up second place. Whilst these two pulled away Bethany Embling (C535E) was working her way up from the back and on the last lap moved up into third place. In a drag to the line Johnson held onto to the win from Hattersley whilst a mistake on the final bend saw Embling drop down to fifth with Williams taking third from Jessica Singer (SS26). Sophie Eggerton (LUD47) picked up sixth place from Law and Shannon Holman (IK476).
Results: 1st YD120 2nd Y501 3rd CM77 4th SS26 5th C535E 6th LUD47 7th SR24 8th IK476
Points: 1st C535E Bethany Embling = 449 2nd SS26 Jessica Singer = 438 3rd SR24 Lacey Law = 361 4th LUD47 Sophie Eggerton = 338
Jo Thompson (Y51) made the best start and took the lead into turn one and went on to use her home track advantage to pull away and take an unchallenged win. Donna Brown (CM4) settled into second with Linda Smith (SN351) picking up third.
Results: 1st Y51 2nd CM4 3rd SN351
Points: 1st CM4 Donna Brown = 471 2nd R169 Shell Sumners = 373 3rd Y51 Jo Thompson = 185 4th SN351 Linda Smith = 172
Ladies 4 & 5
Diane Heath (E10) and Janet Murray (38F) were the first to show with Heath taking up the lead in turn one. Murray kept up the challenge till the flag but Heath held onto the win with Emily Saitch (C11E) finishing third. There was only one class four left running in the final and that was Kelly Wetherick (IK272).
Results class 4: 1st IK272
Results class 5: 1st E10 2nd 38F 3rd C11E
Points class 4: 1st SB6 Mandy Kennedy = 436 2nd IK272 Kelly Wetherick = 323
Points class 5: 1st E10 Diane Heath = 398 2nd 38F Janet Murray = 382 3rd C11E Emily Saitch = 232 4th M11 Barbara Harper = 207
Terri Mumford (62F) took the lead into turn one and looked to be pulling clear, but heading into the second lap Sarah Tateson (Y209) made some ground favouring the inside line to Mumford’s outside line with the two running side-by-side with Emily Barrett (R10) right behind. Tateson was able to edge herself into the lead with Barrett following through to take up second place. The race was stopped early with Lisa Perry (G32D) stranded on the bottom turn, with the result standing.
Results: 1st Y209 2nd R10 3rd 62F
Points: 1st R10 Emily Barrett = 433 2nd 62F Terri Mumford = 432 3rd Y55 Jo Thompson = 172 4th SN262 Cathy Harrison = 126
Ladies 6 & Stock Hatch
Katie Reynolds (SN333) took the lead going into turn one, and would take an unchallenged win. The battle was for second place with Kristina Hall (SR888) holding the position to start but Toni Humphrey (IK334) made the pass and took second place from Hall. Bethany Embling (C608E) was the only Stock Hatch remaining and with problems on board she crawled round to take the flag.
Results class 6: 1st SN333 2nd IK334 3rd SR888
Results SH: 1st C608E
Points class 6: 1st SN333 Katie Reynolds = 477 2nd IK334 Toni Humphrey = 283 3rd C27E Josie Cox = 185 4th SR888 Kristina Hall = 169
Points SH: 1st C608E Bethany Embling = 496 2nd WS500 Lisa Hills = 398 3rd WS100 Lisa McKenzie = 146 4th WS53 Jax Clamp = 73
Making the best start was Abi Shields (N24) who pulled away clear in the lead and went on to take the win. Barbara Harper (M111) held onto second place from Emma Shell (IK95) who had Hope Godfrey (ST22) close behind in fourth. Sophie Mason (C21E) took fifth in her first final ahead of Linda Lawlor (NW140) and a mistake early on saw Vikki Lamb (NW83) as the last of the finishers in seventh.
Results: 1st N24 2nd M111 3rd IK95 4th ST22 5th C21E 6th NW140 7th NW83
Points: 1st N24 Abi Shields = 434 2nd NW83 Vikki Lamb = 372 3rd IK95 Emma Shell = 360 4th NW140 Linda Lawlor/M111 Barbara Harper = 224
Ladies 9 & 10
In the rerun of the final there was just one nine and one ten finishers, both from the Invicta Kent club, Dru Hollingsbee (IK111) in the nine and Chloe Bishop (IK59) in the ten.
Results class 9: 1st IK111
Results class 10: 1st IK59
Points class 9: 1st IK111 Dru Hollingsbee = 497 2nd IK214 Helen Rummery = 235 3rd R58 Louise Back = 135
Points class 10: 1st 60F Terri Mumford = 404 2nd E111 Diane Heath = 362 3rd PHD15 Lisa Paines 237 4th LM7 Mel Gallagher = 200
Champion of Champions
The winners of the Champion of Champions races were the class two of Barry Lewis (PAC10) in the men’s, Kelly Wetherick (IK272) in the ladies in class four and Ruben Hage (N35) took the junior champion.