UK Autograss Championships 2019 R4 Ladies

Class 1
The first attempt at the final was stopped when in a battle for the lead Lacey Law (SR24) was a spinner on the pits bend. Louise Back (R58) was missing from the rerun, which had a level break but coming out of the first bend ahead was Robyn Highstead (IK961). Highstead was able to start to pull away from the rest of the field who were all bunched up, with Sharron Shewan (Y129) heading the bunch. Highstead went on to take the win unchallenged from Shewan. Law had got caught out on the first bend which put her to the back of the order. She picked her way through to battle for third, she claimed the position across the line by the smallest margin from Tracey Goodchild (IK634). In the battle between the two North Wales drivers, Ann Herberts (NW114) took fifth ahead of Natasha Lawlor (NW142) whilst Lisa Merrison (ST138) was the final finisher.

Results: 1st IK961 2nd Y129 3rd SR24 4th IK634 5th NW114 6th NW142 7th ST138
Points: 1st IK961 Robyn Highstead = 710 2nd SR24 Lacey Law = 604 3rd IK634 Tracey Goodchild = 493 4th NW142 Natasha Lawlor = 445

Class 3
This final took three attempts, the first saw Sharron Branston (L5) excluded for contact with Sheri Sumners (R168) in turn one. The second saw Maisie Emms (R321) excluded also for contact. As with the other attempts Jo Thompson (Y51) was the first one to get her nose in front, chased by Chanice Sumners (R169). Thompson went on to win by a considerable margin after Chanice Sumners had trouble with the car. Sister Sheri was a retirement on lap one, whilst Lianne Teather (C7E) who had stalled on the line was also a retirement with engine problems. Trish Simmonds-Grant was also a finalist but problems on the first run meant that she was unable to compete.

Results: 1st Y51 2nd R169
Points: 1st Y51 Jo Thompson = 682 2nd R169 Chanice Sumners = 469 3rd SN269 Trish Simmonds Grant = 429 4th L5 Sharron Branston = 199

Class 5
Diane Heath (E10) was first into turn one with a reasonable lead, but by the end of the first lap she had Maisy Phipps (S14D) all over the back of her. Heath looked to have the pace down the straight but Phipps was gaining on the corners. The two had pulled away from a third place battle between Barbara Harper (M11) and Natalie Green (R420) who had been slow off the line. On the final lap going into the pits bend Heath left the door open which allowed Phipps through to take the win. Harper held off Green for third whilst Janet Murray (38F) rounded out the order.

Results: 1st S14D 2nd E10 3rd M11 4th R420 5th 38F
Points: 1st E10 Diane Heath = 736 2nd M11 Barbara Harper = 471 3rd 38F Janet Murray = 371 4th SN23 Maisie Emms = 319

Class 7
Getting the best start and heading straight into the lead was Kim Jenkins (B106H) but she soon had Lisa Charles (BC24) all over the back of her. The two leaders pulled away with Terri Mumford (62F) from the rest of the field. Despite challenges from Charles, Jenkins held on to take the win, Charles picked up second ahead of Mumford. Abi Shields (N42) had one all three heats but problems at the start meant that she was only able to recover to fourth and unable to catch up the leading trio. Charley Craske (R96) picked up fifth ahead of Emily Barrett (R10) and Cathy Harrison (SN262).

Results: 1st B106H 2nd BC24 3rd 62F 4th N42 5th R96 6th R10 7th SN262
Points: 1st 62F Terri Mumford = 610 2nd R10 Emily Barrett = 463 3rd N42 Abi Shields = 458 4th SN262 Cathy Harrison = 284

Class 9
Straight into the lead was Mollie Richardson (N492) but she had Dru Hollingsbee (IK111) for company. The two pulled away from the Helen Rummery (IK213) and Louise Hollingsbee (IK11) who had spun in the first corner. Dru Hollingsbee wasn’t able to make a challenge for the lead stick and had to settle for second with Richardson taking the win. Louise Hollingsbee was able to pass Rummery in the closing stages to take third place.

Results: 1st N492 2nd IK111 3rd IK11 4th IK213
Points C9: 1st N492 Mollie Richardson = 618 2nd IK111 Dru Hollingsbee = 576 3rd IK213 Helen Rummery = 473 4th IK11 Louise Hollingsbee = 430

Class 2
Despite the first attempt of the final going all the way to the flag there was a rerun for these ladies, the reason for which I don’t know. The second attempt went without Sharron Barrett (SP9). Three abreast going into turn one was Kelly Read (WR474), Helen Bishop (IK252) and Lacey Law (SR69). Law looked to have the advantage going into turn one but it was Read who took the lead whilst Bishop was left holding off a challenge from Louise Rowley (WS24). Read was able to pull away from the battle for second. In the closing stages of the race the cars looked as if they had started to spread out but on the final lap Bishop tried to pass Read on the outside line, but wasn’t able to make it stick. Read took the win with Bishop second whilst Rowley took third. Fiona Muchland Duff picked up fourth whilst Gracie Perry (G18D) just held off Law, who had dropped down the order, to fifth. Completing the order was Becx Green (SC621).

Results: 1st WR474 2nd IK252 3rd WS24 4th SB44 5th G18D 6th SR69 7th SC621
Points: 1st IK252 Helen Bishop = 717 2nd WR474 Kelly Read = 563 3rd SC621 Becx Green = 504 4th SB44 Fiona Muchland Duff = 474

Class 4 & Stock Hatch
Kelly Wetherick (IK272) in the only class four was the first into turn one with Emily Saitch (C3E) leading the Stock Hatch’s. Wetherick and Saitch settled into their positions whilst there was a battle for third on track between Sophie Eggleton (LUD28) and Lisa Hills (WS500). Wetherick went on to win with Saitch taking the win in Stock Hatch despite Hills and Eggleton closing the gap on the last lap. Hills took third ahead of Eggleton whilst Rosie Emms (H231) rounded out the order.

1st IK272 2nd C3E 3rd WS500 4th LUD28 5th H231
Points C4: 1st IK272 Kelly Wetherick = 800
Points SH: 1st C3E Emily Saitch = 641 2nd H231 Rosie Emms = 605 3rd WS500 Lisa Hills = 427 4th LUD28 Sophie Eggleton

Class 6
Gina Fackerell (R771) was the fastest starting car but going down the start straight her bonnet flew up blocking her view and she was an early retirement. This left Rachel Collier (IK960) to lead the way whilst Susan Whipps (IK92) and Leanne Morton (Y92) were side-by-side for second. Morton dropped back into Katie Reynolds (SN333) who was quick to make a pass to chase down the two leaders. Collier pulled away to take the win ahead of Whipps, whilst Reynolds took third from Morton. The top four had pulled away from the battle at the back which Hannah Hinton (IK225) got the better of leaving Sarah Ivermee (G16D) to round out the order.

Results: 1st IK960 2nd IK92 3rd SN333 4th Y92 5th IK225 6th G16D
Points: 1st IK960 Rachel Collier = 662 2nd SN333 Katie Reynolds = 567 3rd IK92 Susan Whipps = 503 4th R771 Gina Fackerell = 370

Class 8
Making the best start and straight into the lead going into turn one was Emma Shell (IK95), coming out though she had Suzanne Gibbons (LM2) for company. Gibbons was left fending off Kelly Read (WR150) and Lynn Thomas (C21E) allowing Shell to pull away. Shell went on to take the win by a fair distance whilst the rest of the field were still bunched up. Gibbons held onto her second spot despite many challenges from Read. Thomas was also putting in the challenge but had to settle for fourth, whilst Hope Godfrey (ST22) recovered to fifth after a spin on the first turn. Maisy Phipps (S12D) picked up sixth ahead of the two title contenders Vikki Lamb (NW83) and Abi Shields (N24).

Results: 1st IK95 2nd LM2 3rd WR150 4th C21E 5th ST22 6th S12D 7th NW83 8th N24
Points: 1st NW83 Vikki Lamb = 595 2nd N42 Abi Shields = 545 3rd ST22 Hope Godfrey = 488 4th M111 Barbara Harper = 411

Class 10
There was a bit of wheel banging off the start but everyone made it to the first turn without incident. Local girl Emily Barrett (R84) lead the way whilst Diane Heath (E111) was a spinner in turn one. The only driver to complete the race without making a mistake was Barrett who took an unchallenged win. Terri Mumford (2F) picked up second, a position she almost lost to Ruby Atkins Stott (A11) after pushing on round the pits bend. Stott finished third ahead of Emmie Hornby (SC101), Kelly Wetherick (IK100) and Heath.

Results: 1st R84 2nd 2F 3rd A11 4th SC101 5th IK100 6th E111
Points: 1st E111 Diane Heath = 511 2nd R84 Emily Barrett = 400 3rd A11 Ruby Atkins Stott = 359 4th IK100 Kelly Wetherick = 319

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UK Autograss Championships 2019 R4 Juniors

Saloons
Taking the lead going into turn one was Jamie Buckland (H90) but he had Ben Macgregor (IK734) and Josh Julian (SC22) close behind. During the early stages of the race it was a close battle between the three drivers, however Julian got his nose in front and was quick to pull himself clear. Buckland was able to hold off the gaggle of cars behind him but coming round the final turn his car died and he was unable to complete the race. Julian took the win, second place went to Zach Spencer (E1) who had an easier route past the slowing Buckland than Macgregor who took third. Fourth place went to Kyle Newman (BC99) ahead of Jamie Barlow (WS34), Aaron Mafell (G66D) and Rhys Phillips (TA98).

Results: 1st SC22 2nd E1 3rd IK734 4th BC99 5th WS34 6th G66D 7th TA98
Points: 1st BC99 Kyle Newman = 583 2nd SC22 Josh Julian = 541 3rd SR29 Leo Purchase = 532 4th H90 Jamie Buckland = 503

Specials
The first run of the final was stopped when a messy turn one saw, newly crowned Junior Special National Champion, Reece Wetherick (IK99) and Emily Richardson (N592) tangled up. All were back out for the rerun, which, as in the first run, Charlie Thompson (Y15) was straight into the lead. Again there was two that were tangled at turn one, this time it was Alicia Paris Pugh (LM15) and Harrison Gilder (R600), but we carried on racing with both drivers rejoining. Thompson led the way from James Pinches (R1) whilst behind there was a four car battle for third between Richardson, James Wallis (E260), Wetherick and Ben Lunt (SR95). Thompson pulled away from Pinches to take a convincing win. The battle for third went the way of Wetherick who just beat Wallis to the line, with Richardson taking fifth from Lunt. Pugh took seventh despite a couple of spins, whilst Gilder rounded out the order.

Results: 1st Y15 2nd R1 3rd IK99 4th E260 5th N592 6th SR95 7th LM15 8th R600
Points: 1st Y15 Charlie Thompson = 535 2nd N592 Emily Richardson = 411 3rd IK99 Reece Wetherick = 353 4th R1 James Pinches = 336

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R4 Men’s

Class 1
It was a fairly even break off the line, but just having the edge going into turn one was Lee Poole (S70D) and Jake Law (SR3). Coming out of the first turn it was Law who led the way, whilst Wayne Bird (R211) got spat out and was left on the infield. Law was able to pull away whilst the rest of the field were left tussling for position, with five cars in contention for second place. William Drayton (SN124) and Caine Parnell (SP129) were the two who broke away from the rest to chase down the leader. On the final lap they caught Law, and Parnell went to pass up the inside coming out of the final bend, doing this he pushed Law out of shape and it was a race to the line between the three of them. Law was able to just hold on with Drayton second, Parnell crossed the line third but picked up a green flag for the contact with Law which dropped him to fifth. Justin Hardy (SS1) was promoted to third ahead of Poole and rounding out the order was Marc Shepherd (LM21) whilst James Parnell (SP921) was a retirement on the last lap.

Results: 1st SR3 2nd SN124 3rd SS1 4th S70D 5th SP129 6th LM21
Points: 1st S70D Lee Poole = 606 2nd SP129 Caine Parnell = 581 3rd ST52 Alex Fretwell = 542 4th SN124 William Drayton = 521

Class 3
Flying out of the gate was local man Mick Sumners (R169) who was straight into the lead going into turn one and had already pulled himself a couple of car lengths clear coming out of the first bend. Side-by-side for second place coming out of turn one was Adrian Joyce (WS22) and Dave George (SN269). A couple of laps into the race and Sumners had continued to pull away whilst Dave Westlake (123F) and Steve Carpenter (IK32) joined in the battle for second. Sumners however spun on the put bend, rejoining in third, whilst George and Westlake went past Sumners alongside each other, George looked to have his nose in front but Westlake quickly got in front. Sumners made short work of getting past George to challenge Westlake for the lead. Going round the final bend there was a slight bit of contact between the leaders which saw Sumners get out of shape, the rest of the field were close behind him and were looking for a way passed. Westlake took the win, ahead of Carpenter and Sean Collin (SN257). Sumners had to settle for fourth, just holding off Richard Spavins (SN351). Joyce and George dropped to the back of the order to sixth and seventh. The final qualifier for the final was Anthony Teather (C7E) but an engine failure meant he was unable to start the race.

Results: 1st 123F 2nd IK32 3rd SN257 4th R169 5th SN351 6th WS22 7th SN269
Points: 1st R169 Mick Sumners = 587 2nd C7E Anthony Teather = 550 3rd 123F Dave Westlake = 483 4th NS41 Stephen Goodwin = 405

Class 5
The first two attempts of the final were stopped, the first because of contact between Stuart Deacon (S60D) and Richard Miles (R2) which caused Miles to get out of shape and be collected by Bradley Thomas (SS61). Everyone was back out for the second run but it was stopped was because of contact between Deacon and Julian Heath (E10). The final attempt without Heath who had picked up a black flag and without Neil Taylor (R6) who looked to have a problem in the second run. As with the previous runs Matt Barker (L117) was straight into the lead with Aaron Mason (R19) hot on his heels. There was a battle behind between Turner and Deacon for third place. Turner broke away from Deacon to put a challenge on Mason, the two in the battle for the title, all the while allowing Barker to pull away. Barker went on to take the win unchallenged, whilst Mason just held onto second place from Turner. Deacon took fourth place ahead of Miles, whilst Alan Green (R420) retired from the race.

Results: 1st L117 2nd R19 3rd SS61 4th S60D 5th R2
Points: 1st SS61 Bradley Turner = 617 2nd R19 Aaron Mason = 596 3rd E10 Julian Heath = 501 4th M11 Ben Harper = 478

Class 7
The first run of the final came to an early stop when Paul Bacon (N60) and Paul Waldron (R139) became tangled on the second bend. Everyone was back in for the rerun, where Bacon struggled to get off the line and was at a disadvantage for the rest of the race. Straight into the lead was Sam Fenton (R5) with Pete Bott (S47D), Rick Finnerty (M99) and Robert Holloway (E14) behind. Holloway was on charge and ended up in the back of Bott at turn one who looked to have slowed considerable. Both got going further down the order. Fenton continued to lead but had Finnerty challenging for the top spot. It was a drag to the line between the two drivers coming out of the final bend, with Fenton just holding on to take the win. Waldron worked his way up the order to take third place ahead of Darrell Cole (CM15). Bott recovered to fifth ahead of Dave Chapman (3F), Bacon and Holloway.

Results: 1st R5 2nd M99 3rd R139 4th CM15 5th S47D 6th 3F 7th N60 8th E14
Points: 1st S47D Pete Bott = 642 2nd R139 Paul Waldron = 574 3rd N52 Jamie Cox = 535 4th R138 Lee Waldron = 507

Class 9
Making the best start was Darren Jones (CM46) but going into turn one he had Andrew Adams (R12) going round the outside. Jones held onto the lead going down the back straight with Adams and Martin Bugg (SC105) running side-by-side. The wide line wasn’t working for Adams which allowed Jack Joyce (WS2) to move up to third. It was for second place were the battle was between Bugg and Joyce, the two championship contenders, but both closing the gap down on the leader. Bugg put a challenge on the leader on the final lap, this put him on the wider line and the three cars were bunched coming out of the final turn. Jones held onto the win, whilst Joyce moved up to second with Bugg third. Adams picked up fourth place ahead of Richard Morrant and Martin Jones (H55). Allan Kerr (SB47) picked up seventh ahead of Jamie Hollingsbee (IK111) who had problems on board.

Results: 1st CM46 2nd WS2 3rd SC105 4th R12 5th M1 6th H55 7th SB47 8th IK111
Points: 1st SC105 Martin Bugg = 592 2nd WS2 Jack Joyce = 577 3rd R12 Andrew Adams = 481 4th M888 Steve Goodman = 474

F600
Going into the first bend first was Andrew Watson (SB20) on the inside and Jase Garnett (N692) on the outside with Garnett getting his nose in front coming out of the bend. Behind there were another two alongside each other, Terry Cox (ST1) and Wayne Jarrat (LM88) however on the second bend Cox was a spinner which hindered Jarrat, which dropped them both to the back. Joining in the battle between the two leaders was Matthew Hickingbotham (ST62). Garnett led the race until the last lap where Watson tried the outside line, going round the last bend Garnett ended up spinning. Watson went on to take the win ahead of Hickingbotham, whilst Garnett was able to hold onto third. Jarrat picked up fourth ahead of Cox whilst Colin Bland (LM999) was sixth ahead of Samuel Pinches (R35).

Results: 1st SB20 2nd ST62 3rd N692 4th LM88 5th ST1 6th LM999 7th R35
Points: 1st ST1 Terry Cox = 461 2nd SB20 Andrew Watson = 390 3rd LM999 Colin Bland = 289 4th ST62 Matthew Hickingbotham = 274

Class 2
It was an even break across the grid but Robert Farrow (Y71) got his nose in front going into turn one. Behind they were running three a breast round the second bend, Kyle Everett (WS222), Kev Atkins (S443Y) and Russ Victory (R14), where Victory went from fourth to second. Connor Bishop (IK252) was looking to join in this battle and moved ahead of Atkins before challenging Everett for second. Bishop tried up the inside of Everett which led to them rubbing and putting them both out of shape, Bishop held onto the position but Everett dropped to fifth. The leader had pulled away and took an unchallenged win, with Victory second. Bishop crossed the line just ahead of Everett, but picked up a green flag which dropped him to fifth. Everett was promoted to third ahead of Atkins. It was a race to the line between the back markers with Rhys Wyeth (WS19) just piping Chris Barrett (SP9) to the post.

Results: 1st Y71 2nd R14 3rd WS222 4th S443Y 5th IK252 6th WS19 7th SP9
Points: 1st Y71 Robert Farrow = 659 2nd SP19 Sam Barrett = 586 3rd WS222 Kyle Everett = 500 4th S443Y Kev Atkins = 493

Class 4
Quickest out of the gate was Spencer Mills (LUD5) but he was swamped by the rest of grid going into turn one and was then a spinner. William Griffiths (R43) got out of shape and heading to the first turn and was facing the wrong way. At the front it was Lee Poole (S71D) and Rob Lancaster (R47), Poole was first to take the lead but he left the door open and Lancaster was through. Lancaster pulled clear from Poole who had also pulled clear from third placed Andrew Wood (ST4). Lancaster took his fourth win of the weekend ahead of Poole and Wood. Colin Atrill (IK272) was safe in fourth ahead of Bernie Jones (H999), Peter Savage (LUD5) and Griffiths whilst Mills didn’t complete the race.

Results: 1st R47 2nd S71D 3rd ST4 4th IK272 5th H999 6th LUD10 7th R43
Points: 1st IK272 Colin Atrill = 649 2nd S71D Lee Poole = 515 3rd ST4 Andrew Wood = 499 4th LUD10 = 424

Stock Hatch
It was on the third attempt that the final was completed, the first was stopped when Aaron Murray (C22) came across the grid off the start which caused contact with Dan Crosby (M55). It was a messy turn one in the second attempt, and it was Mike Sullivan (C3E) who was excluded. Charlie Steele (SN727) made the best start to be the early leader, but Thomas Ireland (WS6) had fixed the problem he had in the first run and was soon back in front. Ireland took the win from Steele, with Phil Peek (S19Y) third. Ian Fay picked up fourth place from Murray, with Dean Smith (LUD28) sixth ahead of Crosby.

Results: 1st WS6 2nd SN727 3rd S19Y 4th WS500 5th C22 6th LUD28 7th M55
Points: 1st WS6 Thomas Ireland = 657 2nd C3E Mike Sullivan = 566 3rd S19Y Phil Peek = 546 4th WS500 Ian Fay = 470

Class 6
This was another final that was completed on the third attempt. The first attempt was stopped when David Gilder (R61) and Ted Preedy (R190) came together on the penultimate lap. It was a messy turn one which is what caused the red flags to come out for race two. Martyn Janes (YD10) had taken the lead in all of the attempts and the final run was no different. He started to pull away from the battle for second between Gilder and Dave Mcconnell (Y444). Gilder pulled away from Mcconnell who had dropped back into the battle for fourth between Tina Hilton (ST46) and Steven Whipps (T191). Janes went on to take a win by a clear margin ahead of Gilder. Mcconnell held onto fourth from Hilton and Whipps. Out of the race was Preedy, Matthew Whipps (IK93) and Jamie Ivermee (G17D).

Results: 1st YD10 2nd R61 3rd Y444 4th ST46 5th T191
Points: YD10 Martyn Janes = 555 2nd Y444 Dace Mcconnell = 490 3rd IK93 Matthew Whipps = 466 4th SN333 Tony Reynolds = 448

Class 8
First to break off the line was the two Gibbons brothers but going into turn one it was local man Alex Hall (R411) who was ahead. Coming out of the first turn Hall was alongside Jack Gibbons (LM1), with Gibbons on Hall’s inside, whilst Simon Reeve (N8) held the inside line. Gibbons took the lead round the second bend, with Hall and Reeve side-by-side going down the start straight. Reeve was able to move ahead into second, whilst Ben Gibbons (LM2) joined in the battle. Hall and Ben continued to swap positions with Daniel Borman (NW47) looking to take advantage from a mistake. Jack Gibbons took the win ahead of Reeve, whilst Ben Gibbons just held off Hall for third. Ben Harper (M111) moved up to fifth on the final corner ahead of Borman. The two Invicta Kent drivers rounded out the order with Scott Shell (IK95) seventh ahead of Mark Hall (IK35).

Results: 1st LM1 2nd N8 3rd LM2 4th R411 5th M111 6th NW47 7th IK95 8th IK35
Points: N8 Simon Reeve = 589 2nd LM1 Jack Gibbons = 568 3rd LM2 Ben Gibbons = 561 4th R411 Alex Hall =558

Class 10
It would take four attempts to complete this final. The first was stopped when Gary Morris (C28) spun at turn one and was collected by Paul Fackrell (R7) who had nowhere else to go. All were back in the rerun which was stopped when there was contact off the start. The third run went without Morris and Fackrell but was stopped when Adrian Turner (SS11) spun and Lee Cox (2F) was caught out. All six were allowed back out for the final run and it was Vinny Gibbons (LM170) who was straight into the lead, challenged by Turner. Turner clipped Gibbons’ wheel and dropped to the back, this allowed James Poltimore (SS79) and Cox through. Cox passed Poltimore for second whilst Gary Wetherick (IK100) looked to put in a challenge on Poltimore. On the penultimate lap Cox and Poltimore were back side-by-side with Poltimore ahead as they started the final lap. Gibbons went on to take the win whilst Poltimore finished second on track, he was demoted to fourth with a green flag which meant that Wetherick picked up second from Cox. Julian Heath (E111) completed the order in fifth after Turner was a retirement.

Results: 1st LM170 2nd IK100 3rd 2F 4th SS79 5th E111
Points: 1st LM170 Vinny Gibbons = 598 2nd SS79 James Poltimore = 512 3rd IK100 Gary Wetherick = 511 4th CY117 Tony Jones = 492

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R4 Overview

This should have been the start of the penultimate set of reports for the UK Autograss Championship but the weather gods have played their hand an unfortunately the rescheduled round four to be hosted by Leewood Autograss Club has had to be cancelled. This means that this is the end of the series and though we didn’t know it at the time the class and overall champions were decided two weeks ago at Radford Autograss Club.

In stark contrast to the weather many have been seeing over the last week we were treated to glorious sunshine for the mid-September meeting.

If we had gone to the fifth round, there were only a handful of champions already decided which meant that most were still to be decided and looking at the points it was very close for all trophy positions.

Before I get stuck into the finals race reports I would like to thank and congratulate the UKAC committee and hosting clubs for another brilliant championship. We have been treated to some great track and some even better racing. Roll on 2020!

Below are the Champion of Champions reports, and as the number of participants in each class showed the points for these races were valuable and would be crucial had the fifth round been run.

Men’s Champion of Champions

There were 16 drivers that opted to go out and compete in what would be the final men’s champion of champions race, with Jake Law (SR3) the only class one and leading the race at the start. With the dry conditions and the number of cars on track the race was dusty and it was difficult to keep track as a spectator. There were two spinners on the first lap, on opposite ends of the track, Sam Fenton (R5) in class seven and Martin Bugg (SC105) in class nine, both rejoined but it put them at the back of the order with a lot of work to do. Law was soon caught up by a bunch of cars and it wasn’t long before he was dropping down the order. The class four and local man of Rob Lancaster (R47) was soon in front leading the way. As they all started to cross the line to start their last lap the class ten of Vinny Gibbons (LM170) let go and ended the race in a big cloud of smoke. Lancaster went on to take the win ahead of Thomas Ireland (WS6) in the Stock Hatch, the class eight of Jack Gibbons (LM1) and Matt Barker (L117) in class five.

Results: 1st R47 2nd WS6 3rd LM1 4th L117 5th Y71 6th 123F 7th S47D 8th M11 9th R411 10th ST62 11th SB20 12th SR3 13th CM46 14th R5 15th SC105
Points: 1st SB20 Andrew Watson = 119 2nd IK272 Colin Atrill = 103 3rd Y71 Robert Farrow = 94 4th WS6 Thomas Ireland = 88

Ladies Champion of Champions

For the ladies champion of champions we saw 12 drivers head out on track and once again there was only the one class one which started the race at the front, this time it was Robyn Highstead (IK961). It was a clear getaway from everyone this time out, with the specials, all having to unlap themselves from Highstead. It was another two Invicta Kent cars who were fighting for second place, the class two of Helen Bishop (IK252) and the class four of Kelly Wetherick (IK272). It only took Wetherick a couple of laps to pass Bishop and she then started the challenge to chase down the leader. Highstead was holding on from Wetherick but going into the final turn Wetherick was trying the outside line and the three cars were in a drag to the line for the win. Wetherick took it, making it three out of three for the champion of champions races completed over the series. Highstead held onto second from Bishop whilst Emily Saitch (C3E) picked up fourth.

Results: 1st IK272 2nd IK961 3rd IK252 4th C3E 5th E10 6th N42 7th WR474 8th R84 9th IK960 10th IK92 11th NW83 12th N492
Points: 1st IK272 Kelly Wetherick = 140 2nd IK961 Robyn Highstead = 132 3rd IK252 Helen Bishop = 124 4th E10 Diane Heath = 105

Juniors
Points: 1st SC22 Josh Julian = 74 2nd BC99 Kyle Newman = 67 3rd N592 Emily Richardson = 63 4th Y15 Charlie Thompson = 60

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R3 Men’s

Class 1
Coming out of the first turn it was James Parnell (SP921) who led the way, whilst the rest of the grid were bunched up for second. In the early stages William Drayton (SN124), Jack Highstead (IK961), Lee Poole (S70D) and Alex Fretwell (ST52) were running side-by-side for the second position. Highstead and Fretwell started to pull clear from the rest of the field in the battle for second, but despite their own fight leader Parnell wasn’t able to pull away and fell into their clutches. Both Highstead and Fretwell passed Parnell with Highstead leading. The two continued to fight for the top position but it was Highstead who took the win, ahead of Fretwell and whilst Drayton moved up to third. Parnell hung onto fourth from Caine Parnell (SP129), with Poole dropping to the back of the order.

Results: 1st IK961 2nd ST52 3rd SN124 4th SP921 5th SP129 6th S70D
Points: 1st S70D Lee Poole = 465 2nd SP129 Caine Parnell = 457 3rd ST52 Alex Fretwell = 442 4th SN124 William Drayton = 386

Class 3
This was the first of just a few finals that were completed on the first attempt and it was a close race. Anthony Teather (C7E) flew out of the gate to take a clear lead going into the first bend, with the rest of the very level. Breaking out of the pack was Martin Beaney (IK316) who had been a clear leader throughout the heats. Beaney soon caught Teather and was putting in the challenge. On the last lap, at the top bend Beaney was able to stick the car up the inside of Teather to go on to take the win. Teather had to settle for second ahead of Mick Sumners (R169) who was never far off this challenge. Fourth place went to Noddy Roberts (PAC157) ahead of Dave Westlake (123F) and Pat Smith (C12).

Results: 1st IK316 2nd C7E 3rd R169 4th PAC157 5th 123F 6th C12
Points: 1st R169 Mick Sumners = 427 2nd C7E Anthony Teather = 395 3rd 123F Dave Westlake = 328 4th SS11 Adrian Turner/IK316 Martin Beaney = 326

Class 5
The break was fairly even but it was Lewis Richards (TA451) who led going into the first turn, however Ben Harper (M11) and Julian Heath (E10) were level coming out of the turn one, with Harper taking over the lead. The cars all settled into their positions and the order looked set. However a mistake from Harper on the last lap allowed Heath through to take the win ahead of Richards and Stuart Deacon (S60D) picked up third. Despite trying to fight back Harper had to settle for fourth from Aaron Mason (R19) and Brian Wright (P24EM), Wright having got spat out of the pack in the early stages of the race.

Results: 1st E10 2nd TA451 3rd S60D 4th M11 5th R19 6th P24EM
Points: 1st R19 Aaron Mason = 452 2nd SS61 Bradley Turner = 446 3rd E10 Julian Heath = 392 4th TA451 Lewis Richards = 380

Class 7
Going into the first turn it was the local man Jamie Cox (N52) who was leading the way, whilst Will Barrett (R313) was climbing up the back of Pete Bott (S47D) which cased Barrett to retire from the race. It didn’t hinder Bott though he was in the battle for second with James Clamp (WS50). Clamp pulled clear of Bott and chased down the race leader. Over the closing few laps the two went on to swap positions a few times. Level coming out of the final turn it was a race to the line with Cox taking the win by the smallest of margins. Bott held onto third despite a challenge from Paul Waldron (R139) whilst Charlotte Pugh (LM30) had to settle for fifth after a spin in the early stages of the race.

Results: 1st N52 2nd WS50 3rd S47D 4th R139 5th LM30
Points: 1st S47D Pete Bott = 459 2nd R139 Paul Waldron = 446 3rd N52 Jamie Cox = 431 4th R138 Lee Waldron = 421

Class 9
Gating well and taking the lead was Sam Middleton (T909), however despite not getting the best start Jack Joyce (WS2) didn’t take long to catch and pass Middleton. The lead two cars pulled away from the battle for third between Louis Jackson (N270) and Steve Goodman (M888). Joyce went on to take the win ahead of Middleton, whilst Goodman took third ahead of Jackson.

Results: 1st WS2 2nd T909 3rd M888 4th N270
Points: 1st WS2 Jack Joyce = 433 2nd SC105 Martin Bugg = 424 3rd M888 Steve Goodman = 400 4th N270 Matthew Rigby = 368

F600
Colin Bland (LM999) looked to have made the best start but it was Terry Cox (ST1) who led the way into turn one. Andrew Watson (SB20) was looking to take his third final win of the championship and was on a mission to work his way up through the order. Gaining second place, Watson chased down Cox and a mistake coming out of the final turn from Cox allowed Watson to just edge his nose in front across the line to take the win. Bland was in a battle for third but Samuel Pinches (R35) got the better of him to take the position. Whilst a spin for Matthew Hickingbotham (ST62) dropped him to the back.

Results: 1st SB20 2nd ST1 3rd R35 4th LM999 5th ST62
Points: 1st ST1 Terry Cox = 461 2nd SB20 Andrew Watson = 390 3rd LM999 Colin Bland = 289 4th ST62 Matthew Hickingbotham = 274

Class 2
It was Rob Farrow (Y71) made the best of the start and took an early lead, and once again the grid behind were all very close. The first to put a challenge on the leader was Kyle Everett (WS222) whilst also trying to hold off Sam Barrett (SP19), Connor Bishop (IK252), Barry Lewis (PAC10) and Thomas Ireland (WS60). Contact between Farrow and Everett saw them both drop down the order allowing Barrett to take up the lead. With clean air in front Barrett continued to take an unchallenged win. Taking second place was Bishop ahead of Lewis. Kev Atkins (S443Y) took fourth place ahead of Ireland and Everett. Steven Howells (H45) was able to gain a position to take seventh ahead of Farrow.

Results: 1st SP19 2nd IK252 3rd PAC10 4th S443Y 5th WS60 6th WS222 7th H45 8th Y71
Points: 1st SP19 Sam Barrett = 472 2nd Y71 Robert Farrow = 458 3rd S443Y Kev Atkins = 368 4th WS222 Kyle Everett = 363

Class 4
The early leader was Phillip Wall (Y111), with the two Invicta Kent drivers John Berry (IK221) and Colin Atrill (IK272) close behind. The top three remained close and pulled away from the rest of the field, but a problem for Wall saw him retire from the race. The win went to Atrill, whilst despite finishing second on track Berry picked up a green flag which dropped him to fourth. There was a race long battle between Lee Poole (S71D) and Bernie Jones (H999), with Poole taking second and Jones third. Andrew Wood (ST4) took fifth ahead of David Hampson (L7) and Spencer Mills (LUD5).

Results: 1st IK272 2nd S71D 3rd H999 4th IK221 5th ST4 6th L7 7th LUD5
Points: 1st IK272 Colin Atrill = 534 2nd S71D Lee Poole = 379 3rd ST4 Andrew Wood = 375 4th LUD10 = 307

Stock Hatch
Going into the first turn it was Phil Peek (S19Y) who led the way however coming past either side of him was Mike Sullivan (C3E) and Bri Baxter (Y89) with Baxter taking the lead, Thomas Ireland (WS6) also moved up ahead of Peek. Coming out of the second turn it was Sullivan who was ahead, but Baxter was soon back ahead again. Baxter held onto the win despite Sullivan being all over the back of him throughout the race and a couple of last lap challenges. Peek held onto third from Ireland, Ireland however was demoted two positions. Alex Hickman (H231) picked up fourth place ahead of Joshua Lloyd (SV17). It was the second of the Wessex cars, Henry Clamp (WS53) who took seventh ahead of fellow club member Ian Fay (WS500).

Results: 1st Y89 2nd C3E 3rd S19Y 4th H231 5th SV17 6th WS6 7th WS53 8th WS500
Points: 1st WS6 Thomas Ireland = 463 2nd C3E Mike Sullivan = 438 3rd S19Y Phil Peek = 394 4th Y89 Bri Baxter = 369

Class 6
Leading the grid going into the first turn was Martyn Janes (YD10) but he had Jamie Hornby (ST47) on his tail. The two were clear from the rest of the field and on the penultimate lap Hornby put in a challenge for the lead, edging his way up the inside to take the lead going into the final lap. Coming out of the final turn the two were fairly even and in the race to the line it was Hornby who came out in front. Third place went to Matthew Whipps (IK93) whilst fourth went to Steven Whipps (T191) who had been a battle with Tony Reynolds (SN333) before Reynolds retired in a cloud of smoke. Top qualifier for the final was Tony Teather (C27E) whoever a spin on the first lap dropped him away from the pack and he finished fifth.

Results: 1st ST47 2nd YD10 3rd IK93 4th T191 5th C27E
Points: YD10 Martyn Janes = 414 2nd SN333 Tony Reynolds = 350 3rd IK93 Matthew Whipps = 347 4th Y444 Dave Mcconnell = 329

Class 8
It was a level break across the board, but it was Alex Hall (R411) who had edged in front to take the lead going into the first turn. However going wide of the exit allowed Simon Reeve (N8) through to take over the lead. Chasing down the leader was Jack Gibbons (LM1) who put a challenge in for the lead in the early stages but a mistake dropped him back from the leader. Reeve, despite a roll in his first heat Saturday, went on to take the win at his home circuit ahead of Gibbons and Wes Green (S916Y). The race was on for fourth, Hall held onto the position from Ben Gibbons (LM2) and Ben Harper (M111). Zoe Leyland (LM47) picked up seventh ahead of Josh Reid (CS22).

Results: 1st N8 2nd LM1 3rd S916Y 4th R411 5th LM2 6th M111 7th LM47 8th CS22
Points: N8 Simon Reeve = 461 2nd LM2 Ben Gibbons = 419 3rd LM1 Jack Gibbons = 402 4th R411 Alex Hall =393

Class 10
Taking a clear lead going into the first bend was Vinny Gibbons (LM170). Throughout the race he was being chased down by Gary Wetherick (IK100) who in the end had no answer despite a last lap challenge. Gibbons went on to take the win, a green flag for cones dropped Wetherick to fourth which allowed Christ Ashwin (R84) to take second place ahead of Paul Fackrell (R7). Richard Moorhouse (SC101) rounded out the order in fifth.

Results: 1st LM170 2nd R84 3rd R7 4th IK100 5th SC101
Points: 1st LM170 Vinny Gibbons = 461 2nd CY117 Tony Jones = 409 3rd SS79 James Poltimore = 382 4th IK100 Gary Wetherick

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R3 Juniors

Saloons
It was an even break and coming out of the first turn it was Jamie Buckland (H90) who was ahead. Behind they were running close with three drivers running side by side, Ruben Hage (N35), Josh Julian (SC22) and Joe Alrdridge (L34), a mistake from Aldridge saw him drop out of the running, with Kyle Newman (BC99), Joey Hollingsbee (IK888) and Leo Purchase (SR29) joining this battle. The battle behind allowed Buckland to pull away, whilst in the closing few laps the rest of the field started to settle into their positions. Buckland took the win with Newman second and Julian third. Fourth place went to Hollingsbee ahead of Hage and Jamie Barlow (WS34). Problems for Purchase saw him drop to the back and crawl over the line, whilst Alrdridge was a retirement.

Results: 1st H90 2nd BC99 3rd SC22 4th IK888 5th N35 6th WS34 7th SR29
Points: 1st BC99 Kyle Newman = 441 2nd SC22 Josh Julian = 421 3rd SR29 Leo Purchase = 404 4th H90 Jamie Buckland = 399

Specials
Another fairly even break saw Charlie Thompson (Y15) just edge his nose in front going into the first turn. The race was on for second place with James Pinches (R1), Reece Wetherick (IK99) and Emily Richardson (N592) all in contention. Thompson continued to pull away throughout the race to take a comfortable race win to score maximum points from the weekend. Pinches held onto second from Richardson and Wetherick. Archie Lewis (H909) was safe in fifth ahead of Oliver Eggleton (IK149) who picked up a green flag dropping him to eighth. There was a race to the line coming out of the final turn but it was Ben Lunt (SR95) who got the better of Rupert Griffiths (R75).

Results: 1st Y15 2nd R1 3rd N592 4th IK99 5th H909 6th SR95 7th R75 8th IK149
Points: 1st Y15 Charlie Thompson = 535 2nd N592 Emily Richardson = 411 3rd IK99 Reece Wetherick = 353 4th R1 James Pinches = 336

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R3 Ladies

Class 1
It was the top point scorer Robyn Highstead (IK961) who looked to have her nose in front going into the first bend but it was Lisa Merrison (ST138) who led the way from Highstead with Ann Herberts (NW114) running in third. The two lead cars were side-by-side for much of the race all the while allowing Lacey Law (SR24) who was now in third to close the gap. With a couple of laps to go Highstead took the lead whilst Law moved up to second. There was a drag to the line between but Highstead held on from Law to her fourth win of the weekend, with Merrison taking third. Heberts took fourth place ahead of the two Radford cars of Louise Back (R58) and Amy Mecham (R38), whilst Tracey Goodchild (IK634) rounded out the order.

Results: 1st IK961 2nd SR24 3rd ST138 4th NW114 5th R58 6th R38 7th IK634
Points: 1st IK961 Robyn Highstead = 511 2nd SR24 Lacey Law = 460 3rd IK634 Tracey Goodchild = 350 4th NW114 Ann Herberts = 312

Class 3
It was an even break but Jo Thompson (Y51) who took the lead going into the first turn, but it was Chanice Sumners (R169) who took the lead on the exit. Sumners pulled a gap on Thompson who was in a battle with Trish Simmonds-Grant (SN269) until Simmonds-Grant spun and dropped back. Sumners went on to take her second win of the weekend ahead of Thompson with Simmonds-Grant having to settle for third.

Results: 1st R169 2nd Y51 3rd SN269
Points: 1st Y51 Jo Thompson = 541 2nd SN269 Trish Simmonds Grant = 346 3rd R169 Chanice Sumners = 333 4th Donna Brown = 126

Class 5
Barbara Harper (M11) came rocketing out the gate and picked up a black flag for a jump start. This left Diane Heath (E10) and Janet Murray (38F), with Heath taking the lead at the start and continued the race unchallenged by Murray to take the win.

Results: 1st E10 2nd 38F
Points: 1st E10 Diane Heath = 556 2nd M11 Barbara Harper = 361 3rd SN23 Maisie Emms = 319 4th 38F Janet Murray = 261

Class 7
Going into turn one it was the two heat winners, Abi Shields (N42) and Terri Mumford (62F) who led the way, Mumford just got caught out by Shields catching the back of the pick-up. However Mumford was able to take the lead and pull a gap on Shields. Shields didn’t allow her to get too far in front and was able to not only catch but pass Mumford. The two were then running alongside each other for over a lap. Going into the final turn the two weren’t giving an inch, catching them both out, Shields went on to take the win but Mumford had stalled which allowed Emily Barrett (R10) take second place ahead of Cathy Harrison (SN262) and Mumford restarting to take the last place.

Results: 1st N42 2nd R10 3rd SN262 4th 62F
Points: 1st 62F Terri Mumford = 455 2nd R10 Emily Barrett = 386 3rd N42 Abi Shields = 263 4th BC24 Lisa Charles = 211

Class 9 & F600
Mollie Richardson (N492) flew out of the gate taking a clear lead going into the first turn. Louise Hollingsbee (IK11) took second going into the first turn but was soon passed by Mum, Dru Hollingsbee (IK111). A couple of mistakes from Richardson allowed Dru Hollingsbee to close the gap on the early leader. She ran out of laps though and Richardson took the win ahead of Dru Hollingsbee. Helen Rummery (IK213) picked up third ahead of the only F600 of Anyssa Faunch (ST513), whilst Louise Hollingsbee dropped to the back with mechanical problems.

Results: 1st N492 2nd IK111 3rd IK213 4th ST513 5th IK11
Points C9: 1st IK111 Dru Hollingsbee = 485 2nd N492 Mollie Richardson = 424 3rd IK213 Helen Rummery = 350 4th IK11 Louise Hollingsbee = 296
Points F600: 1st ST513 Anyssa Faunch = 378

Class 2
It was Helen Bishop (IK252), Fiona Muchland-Duff (SB44) and Becx Green (SC621) who were the first to show with Bishop taking the lead. Bishop went on to score an unbeaten win in the class. Crossing the line in second was Kelly Read (WR474) but in the final order she was dropped to fourth, this I believe was after contact with Green which saw Green drop to the back, Green was reinstated into second. Third place went to Katie Jones (SV51) whilst Carla Branston (L41) was fifth. Sharon Barrett (SP19) was plagued with a mechanical problem which saw her at the back of the order.

Results: 1st IK252 2nd SC621 3rd SV51 4th WR474 5th L41 6th SP19
Points: 1st IK252 Helen Bishop = 536 2nd WR474 Kelly Read = 429 3rd SC621 Becx Green = 371 4th SV51 Katie Jones = 365

Class 4 & Stock Hatch
Kelly Wetherick (IK272) led the two Stock Hatch’s from the start, taking another maximum score from the weekend. Emily Saitch (C3E) and Rosie Emms (H231) were close in the early stages of the race, and despite a spin, Saitch went on to take the class honours.

1st IK272 2nd C3E 3rd H231
Points C4: 1st IK272 Kelly Wetherick = 595
Points SH: 1st H231 Rosie Emms = 481 2nd C3E Emily Saitch = 477 3rd WS500 Lisa Hills = 281

Class 6
It was an even break between Rachel Collier (IK960), Katie Reynolds (SN333) and Susan Whipps (IK92), with Collier taking the lead going into the first corner. In the opening laps Collier was able to pull away whilst Reynolds and Whipps were racing side-by-side. Whipps was able to break away from Reynolds and closed the gap on Collier but it wasn’t enough, with Collier taking the win. Whipps was second ahead of Reynolds whilst Hannah Hinton (IK225) completed the order.

Results: 1st IK960 2nd IK92 3rd SN333 4th IK225
Points: 1st IK960 Rachel Collier = 475 2nd SN333 Katie Reynolds = 449 3rd IK92 Susan Whipps = 374 4th R771 Gina Fackerell = 258

Class 8
Making the best start and taking the early lead was Linda Lawlor (NW143) just ahead of Barbara Harper (M111). Lawlor however, spun on the top bend of the first lap, having to avoid her Harper was compromised which allowed Abi Shields (N24) through to take the lead. The two leaders were able to pull away from the three car battle behind for third place. Vikki Lamb (NW83) was first in this battle until Hope Godfrey (ST22) found a way past, whilst Lynn Thomas (C21E) was hot on their tails. Harper wasn’t able to put the challenge on Shields who took the win, whilst Godfrey was third. Lamb picked up fourth ahead of Thomas and Kelly Read (WR150), whilst Lawlor remained at the back unable to recover from her first lap spin.

Results: 1st N24 2nd M111 3rd ST22 4th NW83 5th C21E 6th WR150 7th NW143
Points: 1st N24 Abi Shields = 437 2nd NW83 Vikki Lamb = 427 3rd ST22 Hope Godfrey = 395 4th M111 Barbara Harper = 347

Class 10
The three cars were fairly level going into the first turn but it was Emily Barrett (R84) who took the lead and in the opening couple of laps pulled herself clear of Diane Heath (E111) who had pulled a considerable gap on Ruby Atkins Stott (A11). Over the last two laps Heath closed the gap on Barrett and put a challenge in on the final lap, it wasn’t enough thought and Barrett took her second win of the weekend.

Results: 1st R84 2nd E111 3rd A11
Points: 1st E111 Diane Heath = 425 2nd IK100 Kelly Wetherick = 269 3rd A11 Ruby Atkins Stott = 258 4th R84 Emily Barrett = 241