Evesham Autograss Club 21/04/19

On Sunday over the glorious Easter weekend I attended Evesham Autograss Club, who will be host to the Men’s National Autograss Championships in August. The meeting was the first national qualifier for the MAP league, Evesham and Radford, but there were also visitors from Cambridge, Concord Essex, Forest of Dean, Hereford, Invicta Kent, North Shropshire, Spalding, South Somerset, Star, Wessex and Yate and Sodbury with a total of 139 drivers signed on.

Once again there was plenty of close competitive racing, and although there were a lot of reruns in the finals, there was still some great racing as there were throughout the heats. Here are just a couple of finals highlights.

One of the stand out finals for me and a great example of clean wheel-to-wheel racing was that of the Junior Specials. From the first turn James Dorsett (NS292) and James Pinches (R1) ran side-by-side. Going into the first turn it looked like Dorsett had the upper hand but Pinches had taken the lead on the exit and was the one with his nose in front up until the last lap where Dorsett was able to pass and take the win. They weren’t the only ones in the race who were racing side-by-side, the battle for third was also just as close, between the two Invicta Kent boys, Reece Wetherick (IK99) and Luke Stiles (IK30), and James Wallis (E260). It was Wetherick who had the upper hand throughout the race to take the position ahead of Stiles and Wallis.

Class six was a class just of the league cars and we saw how close their national qualifying is going to be with four cars fighting for the win in the final. It was Mark Gilder (R161) who took the lead going into turn one with Dave Houghton (R27) and Barry Holloway (E6) hot on his heels. Gilder, however, dropped back with Houghton taking over the lead, however, Holloway was trying hard to find a way past although while allowing Micky Manning (E5) to close down on them. Houghton continued to take the win from Holloway, Manning was third ahead of Gilder.

Below is a list of the full final results. These results are unofficial.

Final results
Class 1
1st E100 2nd NS157 3rd R137 4th E1 5th R193 6th IK187 7th R209 8th R78
Class 3
1st E34 2nd R169 3rd CA1 4th R515 5th R168
Class 5
1st WS1 2nd WS23 3rd IK72 4th R19 5th E10 6th E9 7th E51
Class 7
1st E152 2nd R421 3rd E7 4th E122 5th R5
Class 9
1st SS81 2nd E26 3rd R252
Junior Saloons
1st WS255 2nd E1 3rd E86 4th R176 5th H60
Junior Specials
1st NS292 2nd R1 3rd IK99 4th IK30 5th E260 6th E? 7th E57 8th E223
Class 2
1st E219 2nd R3 3rd R2 4th WS222 5th E126 6th R82 7th R171
Class 4
1st E220 2nd R47
Class 6
1st R27 2nd E6 3rd E5 4th R161 5th R190 6th E19
Stock Hatch
1st R80 2nd R115
Class 8
1st R411 2nd E93 3rd CA44 4th R35 5th E25 6th E2 7th R62
Class 10
1st E230 2nd E111 3rd R7 4th R200
Ladies 1
1st R78 2nd R209 3rd R178
Ladies 2
1st E219
Ladies 3
1st CA1 2nd E214 3rd R168
Ladies 5
1st E10
Ladies 6
1st R771
Ladies SH
1st R80 2nd R115
Ladies 7
1st E122 2nd CA12 3rd R10
Ladies 8
1st 8F 2nd C21E
Ladies 9
1st E26
Ladies 10
1st E111 2nd E777

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Cambridge Autograss Club 14/04/19

Cambridge 14/04/19

The second outing of the Autograss season was a trip to Cambridge Autograss Club for the first meeting for the East Anglian league. This meeting was a national qualifier both for the East Anglian league and the Essex league, with visitors from Invicta Kent, Nottingham, Radford, South Somerset and Spalding and a total of 135 drivers signed on.

With a busy day set the racing was not dampened by the freezing cold weather and a dusty fun day was had by all. With no major incidents throughout the day there was plenty of clean wheel-to-wheel racing.

As expected from a well-attended meeting there was some great races and here are a few highlights from the finals.

There was just one grid of class three’s and throughout the heats it was Adam Saint (CA1) who had the upper hand taking the two wins, but with a constant challenge from Anthony Teather (C7E). In the rerun of the final it was Saint who led the way going into the first turn, Teather however took the lead coming out of the turn with the two running side-by-side going into the bottom bend with Teather just able to keep his nose in front. Behind the leading duo there was a three car battle for third. The leaders pulled away from the fight for third and after a drag to the line Teather held on to take the win from Saint. The battle for third continued all the way to flag with Dave George (SN269) taking the place coming out of the final turn. Andrew Empson (SN208) took fourth place from Kevin Gabriel (CA16). Recovering from a first lap mistake was Richard Spavins (SN351) to take sixth ahead of Russ Tillson (SN96) and Paul Buckmaster (C50E).

Once again in class two the two leaders pulled away from the battling pack, this time with a five car fight for third behind. Daniel Robins (SN34) made the best start to take the lead at turn one with Sam Barrett (SP19) second. For the first half of the race it was Chris Parsons (SN31) who had the edge in the battle for third but in the later stages of the race dropped back. Robins was able to hold on to take the win from Barrett. Gary Wickham (IK13) broke away from the rest of the pack to take a comfortable third, ahead of Dave Robins (SN7) and Chris Barrett (SP9). It was a close call for the sixth place but Dan Owen (SN15) looked to just pip Parsons to the line. Not on his earlier pace Bradley Thomas (IK55) rounded out the order.

The class eight final was a fantastic example of fast clean wheel-to-wheel racing. The two Invicta Kent drivers, Sam Matthews (IK427) and Mitch Wells (IK356), fought at the front from the start of the race until Wells made a small mistake on the penultimate lap to drop him back from the Matthews. In the end Matthews took a comfortable win from Wells who was almost caught but Chris Pope (SP8), with Pope having to settle for third. Dan Mackenzie (CA44) got the battle of the East Anglian battle taking fourth from Ashley Howard (SN2) and Victor Marjoram (CA543). Barry Hathaway took seventh ahead of Anthony Phillips (SN711).

Below is a list of the full final results.

Final results
Class 1
1st SN164 2nd SN124 3rd SN195 4th SP402 5th SN32 6th SN828
Class 3
1st C7E 2nd CA1 3rd SN268 4th SN208 5th CA16 6th SN351 7th SN96 8th C50E
Class 5
1st IK2 2nd C20E 3rd CA10 4th SN23 5th SN123 6th CA35
Class 7
1st CA12 2nd SP82 3rd SN272 4th C18E 5th CA98
Class 9
1st CA4 2nd CA43 3rd CA14 4th SN3
Junior Saloons
1st SN143 2nd SN141 3rd SN16 4th SN37 5th IK98 6th CA42
Class 2
1st SN34 2nd SP19 3rd IK13 4th SN7 5th SP9 6th SN15 7th SN31 8th IK55
Class 4
1st CA133 2nd CA242
Class 6
1st C535E 2nd SN76 3rd SN263 4th C27E 5th CA118
Stock Hatch
1st CA97 2nd SP17 3rd CA120 4th CA45 5th SP551
Class 8
1st IK427 2nd IK356 3rd SP8 4th CA44 5th SN2 6th CA543 7th C83E 8th SN711
Class 10
1st CA5 2nd IK77
Ladies 11
1st SN10 2nd SN41 3rd SN64 4th SN224
Ladies 12
1st C535E 2nd CA333
Ladies 13
1st C7E 2nd CA12
Ladies 14
1st IK427

Nottingham Autograss Club 24/03/19

On Sunday I attended my first National Autograss meeting of the year with a trip up to sunny Nottingham.

After a delayed start to their season after the terrible weather a couple of weeks ago Nottingham Autograss Club was host to the first of the East Midland’s national qualifying. The league consists of the four clubs; Leicester, Melton, Nottingham and Pennine, and there were not only many members from these clubs but plenty of visiting drivers with 173 drivers signed on for the day.

At the end of the meeting there was also to be the Mick Wyld memorial with the winner of the Champion of Champions race awarded the trophy. Unfortunately, the meeting was brought to a premature end during the Ladies class 14 final with a hefty shunt from Fran Gould (N13) who hit the posts at full speed which launched her over the other side of the fencing. We can report though that Fran was ok, with no serious injury. However, the damage to the fencing was significant and therefore the meeting came to a close early which meant the Mick Wyld memorial race didn’t take place and I am sure will be arranged for another date by the Nottingham club.

With so many drivers there was some fantastic racing, I could talk about it all but we would be here all day so instead I have picked out some of the day’s highlights.

There was a strong contest in class six throughout the day with four drivers battling it out at the front. In the early running of the first heat it was Micky Manning (E5) who looked to be the favourite of the day, except a few laps in he was encountering problems and ended the race early and his day. That left the three local drivers, Lloyd Elliot (N53), Ben Gadsby (P7EM) and Jordan Hampson (P70EM) to fight for top honours. In the heats it was Gadsby who had the upper hand taking two wins. The start of the final it was an even break from these three front runners but first to get his nose in front going into the first turn was Elliot with Gadsby hot on his tail. The second turn saw Gadsby making a mistake which dropped him back to fourth where he was then in a battle for third with (ST91) and (SC84). Elliot and Hampson pulled away but it wasn’t long before Gadsby had chased them down, although too late to make a challenge. Elliot led the way from start to finish and Hampson taking second. This looks set to be a close qualifying fight between the three drivers.

Throughout the day there had been close battles between the class two drivers and in the final there was a level break and the leaders ran three-a-breast through turn one with Simon Overty (SC18) on the inside, Craig Conway (SC1) on the inside and Clint Fowles (P84EM) in the middle all the while allowing Ashley Robinson (SP43) to move up from the mid pack to second with Overty leading the way. Over the opening laps Conway and Fowles dropped back from the leading duo with John Gadsby (P12EM) joining the battle for third. The leading two ended the race with a dash to the line after drawing level coming out of the final turn. It was Robinson who just edged his nose in front to take the win from Overty who had led the rest of the race. Conway pulled clear for third with Gadsby taking fourth from Fowles.

As expected the super sevens were ones to watch with a day long battle between local man Phil Barleyman (P23EM) and fans favourite Andy Holtby (SC61). Over the course of the heats Barleyman was able to make the best of the start to get the lead by the first turn and no matter what he tried Holtby wasn’t able to find a way past. In the final it was once again Barleyman who took the lead first leaving Holtby with all the work to do. On the final lap going into the final bend the pair caught up the backmarkers which allowed Holtby to close the gap but it wasn’t enough leaving Barleyman to take his third win of the day. These are a pair that undoubtedly you need to keep your eyes open for when it comes to the bigger meetings.

Below is a list of the full final results.

Final results
Class 1
1st NW51 2nd P37EM 3rd NW44 4th NW52 5th L14 6th N172 7th NS212
Class 3
1st S47Y 2nd SN351 3rd L1 4th P16EM
Class 5
1st N17 2nd N1 3rd N582 4th NW3 5th C20E
Class 7
1st P23EM 2nd SC61 3rd P8EM 4th P26EM 5th N48 6th P20EM
Class 9
1st YD182 2nd ARC31 3rd P5EM 4th M888 5th WR111 6th P25EM 7th Y42 8th N9
F600
1st ST1 2nd P89EM 3rd S74Y 4th WR600 5th WR79 6th ST38
Junior Saloons
1st NW52 2nd CA42 3rd SR29 4th N35 5th WR72 6th L34 7th ST113
Junior Specials
1st Y15 2nd N592 3rd R1 4th IK156 5th P888EM 6th SC81 7th WR222 8th YD22
Class 2
1st SP43 2nd SC18 3rd SC1 4th P12EM 5th P84EM 6th N441 7th N156
Class 6
1st N53 2nd P70EM 3rd P7EM 4th SC84 5th ST91 6th T191 7th Y306
Stock Hatch
1st Y1 2nd YD92 3rd N712 4th M55 5th S351Y 6th N65
Class 8
1st N8 2nd M11 3rd NW80 4th SC17 5th Y811 6th R40 7th C83E
Class 10
1st Y14 2nd WR96 3rd N13 4th NS22 5th N332
Ladies 11
1st NS34 2nd SP27 3rd SR198 4th P27EM

UK Autograss Championship R4 Finals

Round 4 of the UK Autograss Championships was hosted by Cambridge Autograss Club, the first time the club has hosted a big event and the first time many had visited the venue. The club put on a fantastic meeting and despite rain on Saturday the track stood up well and once again there was some fantastic racing. Here are the final reports.

Class 1

It was Caine Parnell (SP129) who was the first to show and lead into the first bend but down the finish straight he was three-a-breast with Kev Hughes (NS7) and Justin Hardy (SS1), however a mistake from Hughes on the pit bend saw him drop down to the back of the order whilst Jake Law (SR3) caught onto the tails of the leading duo. It was the Mini versus Micra race till the end with the two running side-by-side until the flag with the Mini of Hardy just edging the win over Parnell. Hughes worked his way back up the order from the back to take third place, right back on the tail of Parnell, whilst Law had to settle for fourth. Fifth place was taken by William Drayton (SN124) closely followed by Jordan Barlow (WS43), whilst Kieron Mackenzie (SP402) picked up seventh place ahead of James Parnell (SP921).

Results: 1st SS1 2nd SP129 3rd NS7 4th SR3 5th SN124 6th WS43 7th SP402 8th SP921

Points: 1st SP129 Caine Parnell = 683 2nd NS7 Kev Hughes = 598 3rd SR3 Jake Law = 584 4th LUD46 Dean Smith = 527

Class 2

The first to show was Kyle Everett (WS222) having his nose in front, whilst championship leaders, Barry Lewis (PAC10) tries to get the edge round the outside, with Chris Manners (96F) and Sam Barrett (SP19) hot on their heels in the opening lap. Everett maintained the lead and took the win, whilst Lewis was able to hold onto second from Barrett who closed in during the closing stages. Carl Brooks (C14E) took fourth place ahead of Manners, Steven Howells (H45) and Jamie Lillington (SS45).

Results: 1st WS222 2nd PAC10 3rd SP19 4th C14E 5th 96F 6th H45 7th SS45

Points: 1st PAC10 Barry Lewis = 667 2nd 96F Chris Manners = 480 3rd SV52 Andrew Jones = 418 4th C14E Carl Brooks = 417

Junior Specials

First to show was Charlie Thompson (Y15) however out of turn one he was side-by-side with Reece/Kieran Weatherick (IK99). Thompson took the lead whilst Sam Pinches (R35) also made his way past Weatherick on the second bend and closed down on Thompson. Thompson went on to take the win with Pinches in second. Ben Lunt (SR95) closed down on Weatherick but a problem for Weatherick saw him drop to the back of the order allowing Lunt to pick up third from Luke Stiles (IK30) and Jim Pinches (R350) who were having their own battle, whilst Ruby-Atkins Stott took sixth place ahead of Weatherick.

Results: 1st Y15 2nd R35 3rd SR95 4th IK30 5th R350 6th A11 7th IK99

Points: 1st SN727 Charlie Steele = 535 2nd Y15 Charlie Thompson = 515 3rd R35 Sam Pinches = 509 4th R350 Jim Pinches = 472

Class 3

Turn one saw three cars side-by-side, Adrian Joyce (WS22), Barry Almond (PAC157) and Viv Cole (CM4), with Anthony Teather (C7E) right on their tail. Cole took up the lead position with Joyce in second and Almond third, where Cole continued to pull away from the battle for second, whislt there was a four car battle for the lower positions. Cole went on to take a convincing win, whilst Almond just edged Joyce for second and Teather comfortable in fourth. Mick Sumners (R168) held onto fifth place from Dave Westlake (123F), whilst Matt Duffell (L1) moved ahead into seventh place ahead of Richard Spavins (SN351).

Results: 1st CM4 2nd PAC157 3rd WS22 4th C7E 5th R168 6th 123F 7th L1 8th SN351

Points: 1st WS22 Adrian Joyce = 679 2nd PAC157 Martin Roberts = 484 3rd 123F Dave Westlake = 458 4th CM4 Viv Cole = 409

Class 5

Mike Sullivan (C11E) was the first to edge his nose in front before turn one, and came out the bend alongside Lewis Richards (TA451) and Julian Heath (E10) with Richards taking the lead. The race was at the front between Richards and Sullivan with a lot of running side-by-side until in the last few laps Sullivan suffered problems that saw him drop down the order. Richards went on to take a clean sweep with his fourth win of the weekend, whilst Ben Harper (M11) moved up the order to take second place ahead of Heath. Local man Ken Smith (SN123) picked up fourth place ahead of Sullivan, Aaron Mason (R19) and Hayden Cox (B20H).

Results: 1st TA451 2nd M11 3rd E10 4th SN123 5th C11E 6th R19 7th B20H

Points: 1st M11 Ben Harper = 640 2nd TA451 Lewis Richards = 533 3rd R19 Aaron Mason = 506 4th E10 Julian Heath = 505

Class 7

Cambridge chairman Lee Forster (CA98) was the first to show however it was championship leader Paul Waldron (139F) who led the way exiting the first bend. Once out in front there was no stopping Waldron and the race was then on for second. Mike Hockly (62F) and Hugh Lafferty (R57) were in the fight for second, whilst in the closing stages of the race so was Paul Bacon (N60) who was recovering from a spin in the first turn. Whilst behind there was another three car battle for the lower positions. Waldron went on to take an unchallenged win, whilst Hockly held onto second from Bacon and Lafferty. Mark Brown (SN84) held onto fifth from Forster whilst James Clamp (WS50) who was in this battle retired from the race.

Results: 1st 139F 2nd 62F 3rd N60 4th R57 5th SN84 6th CA98

Points: 1st 139F Paul Waldron = 626 2nd N60 Paul Bacon = 538 3rd CA98 Lee Forster = 500 4th 62F Mike Hockly = 467

Class 9

Off the line it was Kevin Jones (TA3) who was first to show, but going into turn one it was Richard Morrant (M25) who had the lead, but to swap with Jones coming out of the turn. The second bend saw third and fourth places, Kevin Lewey (CA4) and Andrew Adams (R8). The two leaders pulled away from the rest of the field and continued a race long battle, where at the flag it was Jones who took the win from Morrant. Behind, over the first half of the race there was a battle between Matthew Rigby (N270) and Jamie Hollingsbee (IK111), once Hollingsbee made his way through he set about chasing down the leaders, as did Jack Joyce (WS2) who had also moved ahead of Rigby, this order would remain, with Hollingsbee in third, Joyce fourth and Rigby fifth. Adams recovered to sixth, whilst Mike Liddiatt (309F) picked up seventh place despite a puncture.

Results: 1st TA3 2nd M25 3rd IK111 4th WS2 5th N270 6th R8 7th 309F

Points: 1st WS2 Jack Joyce = 567 2nd 309F Mike Liddiatt = 531 3rd M25 Richard Morrant = 486 4th IK111 Jamie Hollingsbee = 43

Junior Saloons

It was championship leader, Tom Herbert (S31D), who made the best start and looked to have a couple of car lengths lead going into turn one, however coming out of the top bend he had Ruben Hage (N35) and Ben Macgregor (IK734) on his tail. It was a battle between the three for the lead and Macgregor made the move from third to first round the outside of Hage and Herbert on one bend. Hage took a tap from behind which forced him out of shape and saw him drop down the order, and allowed Herbert and Macgregor to pull away from the battle for third. In the closing laps Rachel Alderson (YD63) and Zach Spencer (E435) caught up onto the back of Herbert. Macgregor went on to take the win, Herbert held onto second from Spencer, whilst Alderson dropped to fourth after her move round the outside to pass into second on the final bend saw her too wide. Hage picked up fifth place from Alfie Warren (CA204) and Jamie Barlow (WS34) whilst Charlie Williams (CA42) completed the order.

Results: 1st IK734 2nd S31D 3rd E435 4th YD63 5th N35 6th CA204 7th WS34 8th CA42

Points: 1st S31D Tom Herbert = 629 2nd N35 Ruben Hage = 601 3rd IK734 Ben Macgregor = 475 4th E435 Zach Spencer = 467

Class 4

The race at the front came from the top three final qualifiers, Kevin Jones (WR120), Pete Berry (IK221) and Colin Attrill (IK272), with Berry the one who got his nose in front first, whilst Attrill had the upper hand on Jones. Just after half way mark of the race Jones was an early retirement whilst the race at the front between the two Invicta Kent Mini Pickups heated up. Despite the challenge from Attrill, Berry held onto the win with the two finishing half a lap in front of third placed Mike Mayne (YS77). Fourth place went to Richard Payne (IK82), Sean Young (CA38) and Danny Beckwith (CA313).

Results: 1st IK221 2nd IK272 3rd YS77 4th IK82 5th CA38 6th CA313

Points: 1st IK272 Colin Attrill = 603 2nd IK221 Pete Berry = 489 3rd CA242 Gary Pemberton = 379 4th YS77 Mike Mayne = 293

Class 6

David Gilder (R61) had the edge on the start of the rerun, however it was championship leader, Jamie Ivermee (G17D), who led coming out of the first turn. Ivermee then went on to pull a gap on second place whilst behind Gilder there was a four car battle for third. Leigh Scotford (G16D) dropped out of this battle and was an early retirement, whilst the other three contenders were Tony Reynolds (SN333), Paul Horwood (SN263) and Paul Bailey (H99). Bailey moved through this battle and ahead of Gilder and closed down the gap on Ivermee, however Ivermee went on to take the win from Bailey and Gilder. Reynolds claimed fourth after a problem on the final bend for Horwood saw him crawl over the line in fifth, holding onto the position from Tony Teather (C27E).

Results: 1st G17D 2nd H99 3rd R61 4th SN333 5th SN263 6th C27E

Points: 1st G17D Jamie Ivermee = 601 2nd SN333 Tony Reynolds = 513 3rd SN451 Jordan Spavins = 456 4th YS41 Dean Robinson = 411

Stock Hatch

It was Thomas Ireland (SS59) who made the best break leading going into turn one, however coming out of the bend Luke Ransome (SN191) was alongside him. They ran side-by-side for the nest lap before Ransome got his nose in front, despite this Ireland didn’t let off the challenge for the lead. Behind there was a battle for third between Karl Taylor (CA3) and Glen Embling (C608E) until Embling picked up a mechanical failure with a few laps to go. Ransome took the win from Ireland, with the two running nose-to-tail till the flag, whilst Taylor took third place. Richard Golding (CA120) picked up fourth place ahead of John Sullivan (C3E) and James Clamp (WS53), whilst Embling crawled across the line to take seventh.

Results: 1st SN191 2nd SS59 3rd CA3 4th CA120 5th C3E 6th WS53 7th C608E

Points: 1st C608E Glen Embling = 542 2nd H76 Gareth Yeomans = 532 3rd SS59 Thomas Ireland = 497 4th C3E John Sullivan = 472

Class 8

Defending champion, Mike Mumford (160F), made the quickest start and led the way going into turn one. Sam Perry (G8D) took up second position and seemed to pull away from the battle for third between Alex Hall (R411) and Mark Hall (IK35), however a mistake from Perry allowed the two Hall’s to close the gap down whilst Josh Reid (CS22) and Malcolm Lane (CA23) also joined the battle for second. The race continued for second until the end, which allowed Mumford to take the win by over a quarter of a lap. Perry held onto second, whilst Alex Hall crossed the line third but a green flag saw him drop down to fifth, promoting Mark Hall into third ahead of Reid, whilst Lane was the last of the finishers in sixth.

Results: 1st 160F 2nd G8D 3rd IK35 4th CS22 5th R411 6th CA23

Points: 1st R411 Alex Hall = 614 2nd 160F Mike Mumford = 613 3rd G8D Sam Perry = 494 4th CS22 Josh Reid = 468

F600

It was an even break between Andrew Watson (SB20), Jase Garnett (N692) and Terry Cox (ST1) which saw Cox leading into turn one, whilst they were side-by-side on the exit with Garnett just having his nose in front. A mistake from Cox allowed Watson into second place where he then set about challenging for the lead. Despite the attempts that Watson made to pass Garnett it wasn’t enough and Garnett held on to take the win. Cox dropped away from this battle but took third place ahead of Matthew Hickingbotham (ST62).

Results: 1st N692 2nd SB20 3rd ST1 4th ST62

Points: 1st SB20 Andrew Watson = 598 2nd ST1 Terry Cox = 435 3rd ST62 Matthew Hickingbotham = 336 4th N692 Jase Garnett = 303

Class 10

National champion, James Poltimore (SS79), and Gary Ford (A42) made a level break and headed into turn one first, however Ford spun and ended up at the back of the order, whilst Keith Matthews (ARC9) also ended up spinning out whilst trying to avoid Ford but picked up damage which saw him crawling to the end. Poltimore, however, was away and gone pulling away from the battle of second between Julian Heath (E111) and Dean Thomas (TA10). The race came to an early stop when Ben Shell (IK59) and Ford come together on the pit bend. There was no rerun so the result stood with Poltimore taking the win from Thomas, Heath and Tom Parr (CA5) in fourth. Kevin Hurdman (R200) took fifth place ahead of Shell and Matthews.

Results: 1st SS79 2nd TA10 3rd E111 4th CA5 5th R200 6th IK59 7th ARC9

Points: 1st SS79 James Poltimore = 632 2nd PHD15 Gareth Paines = 500 3rd E111 Julian Heath = 446 4th ARC9 Keith Matthews = 432

Ladies 1

Jess Singer (SS26) was the first to show, flying out the gate and took the lead going into turn one, with Robyn Highstead (IK961) and Megan Williams (CM77) on her tail. Bethany Embling (C535E) closes down and joins the battle for second, passing Williams. Williams was then caught from behind sending her out of shape and rejoining at the back. A last bend challenge from Highstead didn’t pay off and Singer took the win. Over the line Embling finished third, but the race classification shows Williams reinstated into third. Behind Embling over the line was Emma Clark (SP921), Sophie Eggergton (LUD47) and Lacey Law (SR24).

Results: 1st SS26 2nd IK961 3rd CM77 4th C535E 5th SP921 6th LUD47 7th SR24

Points: 1st SS26 Jessica Singer = 613 2nd C535E Bethany Embling = 564 3rd SR24 Lacey Law = 468 4th LUD47 Sophie Eggerton = 442

Ladies 3

Lianne Teather (C7E) made the best start, but it was Jo Thompson (Y51) who came out of the first turn in front. After the first lap the four cars had spread out and though Teather looked to close the gap occasionally there was no challenge for the lead, which meant that Thompson took the win. Despite crossing the line in second place, Teather had picked up a green flag for cones which docked her two places. Donna Brown (CM4) was promoted to second and this was enough for her to secure the championship, one of only two titles decided at the penultimate round. Third place went to Linda Smith (SN351).

Results: 1st Y51 2nd CM4 3rd SN351 4th C7E

Points: 1st CM4 Donna Brown = 625 2nd R169 Shell Sumners = 373 3rd Y51 Jo Thompson = 360 4th SN351 Linda Smith = 297

Ladies 5

Linda Smith (SN123) made the best getaway but going into turn one she was side-by-side with Emily Saitch (C11E) with Saitch taking the lead coming out of the turn and Diane Heath (E10) moving up into second with Smith retiring on the first lap. Heath closes down onto the back of Saitch and a mistake from the Concord driver allows Heath through to take the lead. Despite trying to challenge Saitch has to settle for second as Heath takes the win, with Maisie Emms (SN23) taking third place.

Results: 1st E10 2nd C11E 3rd SN23

Points: 1st 38F Janet Murray = 517 2nd E10 Diane Heath = 484 3rd C11E Emily Saitch = 356 4th M11 Barbara Harper = 279

Ladies 7

It was an even break for the four cars but going into turn one with her nose just in front was Nicola Mackenzie (CA141). The opening laps saw two battles going on, one for first with Terri Mumford (62F) trying to find a way past Mackenzie, and one for third with Emily Barrett (R10) and Cathy Harrison (SN262). Over the course of the race the four cars spread out with Mackenzie taking the win from Mumford, Barrett held onto third with Harrison fourth.

Results: 1st CA141 2nd 62F 3rd R10 4th SN262

Points: 1st 62F Terri Mumford = 608 2nd R10 Emily Barrett = 549 3rd CA141 Nicola Mackenzie = 268 4th SN262 Cathy Harrison = 222

Ladies 2

Hannah Hinton (NASA25) looked to have made the best start however it was Shania Jones (SV52) who led into turn one however she was spun round whilst Emma Clark (CA85) was spat out. The first corner antics allowed Helen Bishop (IK252) to take up the lead whilst there was a battle for second between Gracie/Lisa Perry (G18D) and Hinton. Hinton was able to take up second place where she then set about closing the gap down on Bishop, however she ran out laps allowing Bishop to take the win ahead of Hinton, whilst Clark recovered to take third place from Perry who was the last finisher.

Results: 1st IK252 2nd NASA25 3rd CA85 4th G18D

Points: 1st CS44 Fiona Mauchland-Duff = 530 2nd IK252 Helen Bishop = 48 3rd NASA25 Hannah Hinton = 419 4th SV51 Katie Jones = 335

Ladies 4 & SH

There are just the two class fours and one Stock Hatch, with a problem on board Bethany Embling’s car (C608E) carried over from the men’s final, she crawls round the outside to score some vital championship points. There was a race long battle for the other two but it was Kelly Wetherick (IK272) who took the win, closing the point’s gap down on Mandy Kennedy (SB6) who finished second, going into the final round.

Results class 4: 1st IK272 2nd SB6

Results SH: 1st C608E

Points class 4: 1st SB6 Mandy Kennedy = 599 2nd IK272 Kelly Wetherick = 518

Points SH: 1st C608E Bethany Embling = 699 2nd WS500 Lisa Hills = 533 3rd WS100 Lisa McKenzie = 146 4th WS53 Jax Clamp = 73

Ladies 6

It was top qualifier Josie Cox (C27E) who was the first to show and led the way from turn one. Sarah Ivermee (G16D) made a challenge round the outside but this saw her drop down the order. The battle on track was for second place between Kristina Hall (SR888) and Katie Reynolds (SN333), this allowing Cox to pull away. Cox went on to take the win, with Hall holding onto second from Reynolds. Fourth place went to Rachel Collier (IK960) ahead of Katrina Beckwith (CA333) and Toni Humphrey (IK334).

Results class 6: 1st C27E 2nd SR888 3rd SN333 4th IK960 5th CA333 6th IK334

Points class 6: 1st SN333 Katie Reynolds = 541 2nd C27E Josie Cox = 360 3rd IK334 Toni Humphrey = 326 4th G16D Sarah Ivermee = 289

Ladies 8

It was the two North Wales cars that made the best starts with Linda Lawlor (NW140) just having her nose in front going into turn one, but came out side-by-side with Vikki Lamb (NW83), however down the finish straight Lamb gets the lead and from there pulls away Lawlor. The race is then on for second with Emma Shell (IK95) and Abi Shields (N24) closing the gap on Lawlor, with Shields quickly passing both Shell and Lawlor. Lamb went on to take a convincing win, with Shields taking second ahead of Shell. Lawlor just held onto fourth from Emma Ford (A43), whilst Sandra Shields (N20) was the last of the finishers.

Results: 1st NW83 2nd N24 3rd IK95 4th NW140 5th A43 6th N20

Points: 1st N24 Abi Shields = 626 2nd IK95 Emma Shell = 531 3rd NW83 Vikki Lamb = 509 4th M111 Barbara Harper = 312

Ladies 9 & 10

Chloe Bishop (IK59) was the first to show and came out of turn one in the lead with Diane Heath (E111) close behind, however at the pit bend Bishop pushed wide which allowed both Heath and Terri Mumford (60F) past. For the next few laps it was then a battle between Heath and Mumford for the top spot, and a move round the outside allowed Mumford through to take up the running where she went on to pull away from Heath and this was how they crossed the line. Lisa Paines (PHD15) recovered from a bad start to move up to third, whilst Dru Hollingsbee (IK111) also made her way past Bishop and was the first of the class nine’s and this confirmed Hollingsbee as the class champion. Bishop followed next ahead of the other class nine of Helen Rummery (IK214).

Results class 9: 1st IK111 2nd IK214

Results class 10: 1st 60F 2nd E111 3rd PHD15 4th IK59

Points class 9: 1st IK111 Dru Hollingsbee = 697 2nd IK214 Helen Rummery = 298 3rd R58 Louise Back = 135

Points class 10: 1st 60F Terri Mumford = 534 2nd E111 Diane Heath = 516 3rd PHD15 Lisa Paines 362 4th IK59 Chloe Bishop = 257

Champion of Champions

The winners of the Champion of Champion races were:

Men’s: R411 Alex Hall

Ladies: IK272 Kelly Wetherick

Cambridge 10/06/18

So far the 2018 Autograss season has been plagued by the weather and until this weekend the East Anglian league had been unable to hold a meeting, one of two leagues in this position. For the East Anglian league this meant a one meeting shoot-out for national qualifying whilst the meeting was also host to the final Essex league round of national qualifying.

The meeting had a good attendance, as well as the East Anglian and Essex leagues there were also a number of visiting drivers who had made the journey to visit the venue ahead of round 4 of the UK Autograss Championship in September.

With the sun shining we were set for a good day. And thanks to the dry conditions and a well prepared track we saw plenty of fast, close racing with some of the highlights coming in the finals.

In men’s class five Daniel Godfrey (CA10) took the two heat wins, however in the final it was a much closer contest. The first couple of laps it looked to be a repeat of the heats with Godfrey making the best start and pulling away from the rest of the field. However Alex Puddiphatt (SN23) moved into second place and chased down Godfrey, catching him with a couple of laps to go. In the last two laps Puddiphatt made the move on Godfrey to take the lead and despite Godfrey breathing down his neck was able to hold on to take the chequered flag.

It was almost the opposite in the class seven final. Throughout the two heats there was a three way battle for the top spot with all to play for in the national qualifying. In both heats Mike Mackenzie (CA141) took the win however they weren’t easy wins with Mark Brown (SN84) and Lee Forster (CA98) hot on his tail and looking for every which way past. In the final it was Dan Harrison (SN272) who took the initial lead with Mackenzie close behind. However a mistake saw Harrison drop down the order where he would finish the race in fourth whilst Mackenzie went on to pull away from those behind to take another win. The battle again was between Brown and Forster, with the Cambridge chairman taking second place ahead of Brown. All eyes may have been on the front runners however there was still a close battle going on behind with Kevin Catling (CA993) taking fifth place ahead of the Concord duo of Dean Rochard (C19E) and Trevor Martin (C18E).

We saw another three way battle in the combined final of classes nine and ten between the lone class ten of Tom Parr (CA5) and the nine’s of Sean Collins (SN257) and Nathan Lewey (CA4). In the heats it was Collins who had the upper hand, however in the final Lewey held the front spot with both Collins and Parr trying to find a way past. Through no lack of trying the positions remained in this position as they crossed the finish line.

One of the best races of the day came in the Stock Hatch final with the field closely bunched together until the chequered flag. Luke Ransome (SN191), new to the sport this season, took a heat win and was mixing it up at the front with Richard Golding (CA120) and Justin Warren (CA443). Places were being swapped throughout but at the finish it was Golding who took the win ahead of Ransome and Warren. James Packman (CA96) took fourth place ahead of Paul Maxim (C23E) and Jason Barrett (CA97).

Our first trip to Cambridge this season was another enjoyable one and we look forward to returning in September.

Next up is round 2 of the UK Autograss Championship hosted by the Southern League at Bearley Raceway in two weeks’ time on the 23rd and 24th June.