Men’s National Autograss Championship

The Men’s National Autograss Championships are over for another year and what a great event the South Wales League put on.

A very foggy day Friday that didn’t clear until early evening meant there was some concern for the conditions over the weekend, but by the time racing started Saturday morning the sun was out and the rest of the weekend took place in perfect conditions.

As would be expected for the Nationals the racing was fast, close and hard fought. There were favourites who didn’t have lady luck on their side, and others who were able to pick up on these

Before racing started the awards for best turned out saloon and special were awarded and this year’s recipients were as below.
Best turned out saloon: NS120 Liam Evans
Best turned out special: IK356 Mitch Wells

On Sunday there was everything to play for with the points in all classes were extremely tight to get into the top eight for the finals which meant there was even more thrills and spills.

And then we had the finals. I will be doing a full report on the finals so in the meantime below is a list of the 2018 champions. Huge congratulations to the champions, trophy winners and finalists, it was hard getting there and the finals were all fantastic!

Champions
COC: CA44 Dan Mackenzie
Class 1: WS20 Jason Saunders
Class 2: SP43 Ashley Robinson
Class 3: NS334 Sam Gould
Class 4: Y777 Adam Henley
Class 5: B32H Ben Reade
Class 6: NS434 Ben Gould
Class 7: C9 Cameron Mills
Class 8: BC55 Tom Lewis
Class 9: PHD1 Steven Lindsay
Class 10: SS79 James Poltimore

The Ladies and Junior National Autograss Championships will be taking place this weekend again to be hosted by the South Wales League. Keep your eyes peeled for my full predictions later this week. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be attending this year but I will try and get some coverage out after the event. I’ll be back trackside bank holiday weekend.

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UK Autograss Championship R3 Finals

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.

Class 2

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

Class 1

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

Junior Specials

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

Class 3

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

Class 5

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

Class 7

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

Class 9

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

Junior Saloons

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

Class 4

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

Class 6

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

Stock Hatch

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

Class 8

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

F600

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

Class 10

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

Ladies 2

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

Ladies 1

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

Ladies 3

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

Ladies 7

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

Ladies 8

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.

2018 PRG Trailers Men’s National Autograss Championship Predictions

This weekend sees the biggest meeting on the Autograss calendar takes place, the 2018 PRG Trailers Men’s National Autograss Championship hosted by the South Wales League.

Most of the Autograss community will be heading to Red Roses for the weekend, and we will expect to see some of the fastest and closest racing yet this year. The last time we visited the venue for this event was 2011 and we saw just that. A good weather forecast means we look to be set for a cracking weekend.

Below are my predictions in full that I have been posting on the Facebook page over the last 10 days and let me tell you it was not easy to pick just eight for any class let alone place them in order.

I would like to wish all competitors the best of luck! And remember it’s Nationals so anything can happen!

Class 1

1st PAC57 Tom Roberts 2nd SV101 Conner Griffiths 3rd WS20 Jason Saunders 4th SN164 Alex Hill 5th Y2 Peter Watson 6th SR3 Jake Law 7th DA75 James Jess 8th P37EM Lyndsey Allen

Class 3

1st NS334 Sam Gould 2nd WS22 Adrian Joyce 3rd R169 Mick Sumners 4th IK316 Martin Beaney 5th NS343 Martin Gould 6th CA1 Adam Saint 7th SP401 Aaron Mackenzie 8th CM4 Viv Cole

Class 5

1st IK2 Colin Thorndyke 2nd CY7 John Wilde 3rd B32H Ben Reade 4th IK22 Ian Thorndyke 5th E10 Julian Heath 6th S45D Jeff Bateman 7th LUD8 Jabez Smith 8th N17 Gary Cheetham

Class 7

1st SC82 Karl Mosley 2nd ARC5 Phil Cooper 3rd SC61 Andy Holtby 4th CA141 Mike Mackenzie 5th C9 Cameron Mills 6th P23Em Philip Barleyman 7th 139F Paul Waldron 8th NS120 Liam Evans

Class 9

1st SC4 John Whitehouse 2nd P25EM Philip Barleyman 3rd 309F Mike Liddiatt 4th LUD80 Jimmy Smith 5th NS3 Rhys Williams 6th WS2 Jack Joyce 7th YD182 James Bowe 8th P5EM Jason Richardson

Class 2

1st SC126 Craig Conway 2nd MA19 Callum Hallinan 3rd SP43 Ashley Robinson 5th SV100 Conner Griffiths 5th SN34 Dan Robins 6th 96F Chris Manners 7th P56EM Daniel Heath 8th E219 William Henry

Class 4

1st Y777 Adam Henley 2nd M58 Jamie Williams 3rd PAC3 Rob Corbett 4th CM7 Huw Jones 5th R47 Rob Lancaster 6th E220 Darren Grasby 7th M61 Nick Williams 8th TA13 Otis Williams

Class 6

1st NS434 Ben Gould 2nd P7EM Ben Gadsby 3rd CM8 Dalton Thomas 4th G17D Jamie Ivermee  5th IK64 Andy Russell 6th YD13 Andy Dockray 7th E5 Micky Manning 8th Y77 Carl Procter

Class 8

1st SS3 Russ Shepherd 2nd Y57 Jake Herdman 3rd CA44 Dan Mackenzie 4th BC55 Tom Lewis 5th 7F Graham Bennett 6th R411 Alex Hall 7th T5 Stuart Whitehouse 8th IK356 Mitch Wells

Class 10

1st BC22 Lance Bowen 2nd ARC9 Phil Cooper 3rd Y7 Andrew Hornshaw 4th ARC1 Lee Seagreaves 5th SS79 James Poltimore 6th LM170 Vinny Gibbons 7th SC93 Jack Rawlinson 8th NW62 Luke Bennett

UK Autograss Championship R2 Finals

Sunday afternoon saw some of the best finals that we’ve seen at the UK Autograss Championships, here are the full reports.

Class 1

It was an even break heading up the start straight but heading into turn one first was Caine Parnell (SP129) and Jake Law (SR3), running side-by-side going down the back straight Law held the inside line through the pit bend to take the lead leaving Parnell to battle for second with Dean Smith (LUD47). Whilst Parnell and Smith were fighting for second place, Law was able to break away and went on to take a convincing win. Smith made the position and went on to chase down Law but was unable to catch him and despite finishing second on track he picked up a green flag dropping him down to fourth. Parnell held on to third position whilst Christopher Woodward (S255D) just held onto fourth from Kev Hughes (NS7) who was right on his tail. William Drayton (SN124) picked up sixth position, whilst a puncture on the last lap saw Doug Atkins (SS44) drop down the order to seventh, and problems on board for James Parnell (SP921) meant he struggled home in eighth.

Results: 1st SR3 2nd SP129 3rd S225D 4th LUD47 5th NS7 6th SN124 7th SS44 8th SP921

Points: 1st SR3 Jake Law = 325 2nd SP129 Caine Parnell = 315 3rd LUD47 Dean Smith = 299 4th NS7 Kev Hughes = 264

Class 3

Turn one was close and it was only on the exit that Adrian Herbert (S26D) got his nose in front, whilst Viv Cole (CM4) and Mick Sumners (R169) run side-by-side down the back straight, with the rest of the field right on their tails. Sumners makes the move past Cole to take second place on the pit bend and then chases down Herbert. Sumners takes the inside line down on the pit bend and passes Herbert to take the lead and pull away. The top four positions were spread out in the closing stages of the race and the battle on track was for fifth place between Adrian Joyce (WS22) and Martin Roberts (PAC157). Sumners went on to take the win ahead of Herbert, Cole and Anthony Teather (C7E) fourth in the final trophy position. Joyce held on for fifth from Roberts whilst behind was Dave Westlake (123F) and Anthony Hutchings (SS140).

Results: 1st R169 2nd S26D 3rd CM4 4th C7E 5th WS22 6th PAC157 7th 123F 8th SS140

Points: 1st WS22 Adrian Joyce = 325 2nd R169 Mick Sumners = 278 3rd 123F Dave Westlake = 234

Class 5

The rereun saw Lewis Richards (TA451) make the best get away leading into turn one, but on the exit Ben Harper (M11) was running alongside already breaking away from the field behind. Next up was the two Radford cars of Alan Green (R420) and Aaron Mason (R19) who were fighting for third with another battle behind between Alex Puddiphatt (SN23) and Gareth Matthews (IK67). From the second turn it was Harper who had the edge over Richards, but Richards was crawling all over the back of Harper until the end taking the win. Richards ran wide coming out of the final turn resulting in a drag to the line with Green but was able to hold onto second. Mason claimed the final trophy position in fourth with Matthews moving up to fifth on the final lap ahead of Mark Ashmead (38F) and Paul Creed (G7D).

Results: 1st M11 2nd TA451 3rd R420 4th R19 5th IK67 6th 38F 7th G7D

Points: 1st M11 Ben Harper = 306 2nd 38F Mark Ashmead = 271 3rd R19 Aaron Mason = 260 4th E10 Julian Heath = 237

Class 7

The second run of the final saw Lee Forster (CA98) make the quickest start heading into turn one with his nose clear in front, but a wider line saw him drop behind Paul Bacon (N60) and Paul Waldron (139F) heading down the back straight. Coming out of the pit bend it was Bacon who edged just in front, whilst Alan Henschker (G19D) came through to joint this leading battle, with them all going back into the top bend side-by-side with Glyn Neville (G2D) and Mike Hockly (62F) hot on their tails. A couple of laps into the race and positions looked to have settled with Bacon leading from Waldron, Henschker and Forster. As they crossed the last lap flag Waldron was hot on Bacon’s tail looking to make the move and Forster moves past Henschker down the back straight. Bacon held off to take the win, whilst Waldron and Forster raced to the line for Forster to pinch second place. Hockly came through in fourth ahead of Neville and Adam Charles (YS71) whilst Henschker dropped to the back of the order to seventh.

Results: 1st N60 2nd CA98 3rd 139F 4th 62F 5th G2D 6th YS71 7th G19D

Points: 1st 139F Paul Waldron = 286 2nd 62F Mike Hockly = 242 3rd N60 Paul Bacon = 241 4th CM15 Darrell Cole = 240

Class 9

Going into turn one it was Richard Morrant (M25) who had his nose in front and came out of the turn in the lead with Mike Liddiatt (309F) right on his tail. Martin Bugg (SC105) took the outside line and the momentum bought him out of the turn with the leading two. On the back straight Bugg passes Liddiatt, but a wide line from both Morrant and Bugg sees Liddiatt up the inside of both to take over the lead. Bugg uses the momentum of the wide line on the top bend to pass Morrant into second place. Liddiatt take a wide exit of the pit bend allowing Bugg through to take over the top spot whilst behind Andrew Adams (R8) and Steven Freeman (PAC34) both pass Morrant up into third and fourth position. In the last few laps Liddiatt looks for a way past Bugg but it’s on the final lap where Bugg runs wide and Liddiatt comes through to take the win and Adams claims second place, with Bugg third. Freeman holds onto fourth ahead of Sam Middleton (T909), with Morrant dropping down to sixth, hot on his tail is Jack Joyce (WS2) and Gav Pitman (SS81).

Results: 1st 309F 2nd R8 3rd SC105 4th PAC34 5th T909 6th M25 7th WS2 8th SS81

Points: 1st 309F Mike Liddiatt = 271 2nd WS2 Jack Joyce = 269 3rd T909 Sam Middleton = 227 4th R8 Andrew Adams = 220

Junior Saloons

On the second attempt of the race it was Sam Doddridge (515F) who made the best start off of the line but soon dropped back and was an early retirement along with Taylor Antell (WS888). Going into the first turn it was Tom Herbert (S31D) who took the lead, followed by Ruben Hage (N35) coming out of the first turn. Down the back straight they were three-a-breast behind the leading duo, going round the bottom bend Zach Spencer (E435) came through into third followed by Ben Macgregor (IK734). Herbert pulls away in the lead leaving Hage and Spencer to battle for second place. Herbert continued a successful weekend by taking his fourth win, leaving the round unbeaten. Hage holds on to second from Spencer, and Macgregor finishes in the final trophy position. Having dropped back from the front runners Rachel Alderson (YD63) and Danny Cowburn (WS67) were having their own battle fighting for fifth place with positions changing on each lap, but come the chequered flag it was Cowburn who took the position with Alderson in sixth.

Results: 1st S31D 2nd N35 3rd E435 4th IK734 5th WS67 6th YD63

Points: 1st S31D Tom Herbert = 320 2nd N35 Ruben Hage = 318 3rd E435 Zach Spencer = 225 4th WS34 Jamie Barlow = 192

Class 2

Rhys Wyeth (WS19) was the first to show off of the start but it all looked level going into turn one, however Wyeth maintained the advantage and came out of the bend in the lead followed by Kyle Everett (WS222) and Carl Brooks (C14E) who both pass Wyeth going into the pit bend Everett on the inside and Brooks on the outside causing Wyeth to get out of shape and drop down the order. Exiting the bend it was Brooks who took up the lead spot with Everett hot on his heels. Steven Howells (H45) winner of the run off for the final place in the final, came through into third place with Tim Manners (96F) close behind. Manners dropped back into the battle behind with Jay Albrighton (N156) and Brad Bradstreet (IK184). Brooks holds off the challenge from Everett to take the win with Howells maintaining third position. Albrighton moved ahead into fourth ahead of Manners and Bradstreet with Wyeth rounding out the order.

Results: 1st C14E 2nd WS222 3rd H45 4th N156 5th 96F 6th IK184 7th WS19

Points: 1st PAC10 Barry Lewis = 273 2nd WS222 Kyle Everett = 154 3rd 96F Chris Manners = 247 4th WS19 Rhys Wyeth = 209

Class 4

As the trend had been throughout the weekend the final saw the battle between the two Invicta Kent drivers. As had been the case in the previous races it was Colin Attrill (IK272) who took the lead with John Berry (IK221) crawling over the back of him, hoping to find a way through as he did in heat three earlier in the day. However it wasn’t meant to be, and despite Berry’s efforts Attrill took the win. Third place went to Gary Pemberton (CA242) the last of the finishers having lost Mike Mayne (YS77) early in the race.

Results: 1st IK272 2nd IK221 3rd CA242

Points: 1st IK272 Colin Attrill = 285 2nd CA242 Gary Pemberton 194 3rd YS77 Mike Mayne = 173 4th IK221 Pete Berry = 163

Class 6

From a level break and no clear leader going into turn one it was the wide line taken by Peter Grimwood that saw take the lead on the exit, chased by Jamie Ivermee (G17D) and with Jordan Spavins (SN451) coming out of the pit bend clear in third. Ivermee made short work of passing Grimwood to take the lead. Whilst locked in their own battle Spavins and Tony Reynolds (SN333) also move past Grimwood two laps later, with their positions swapping and changing. Ivermee went on to take his third win of the weekend, ahead of Spavins and Reynolds. Grimwood held onto fourth from Tony Teather (C27E) who was fighting with Dean Robinson (YS41) and Joe Kendall (YS69) rounded out the order in seventh.

Results: 1st G17D 2nd SN451 3rd SN333 4th SN158 5th C27E 6th YS41 7th YS69

Points: 1st G17D Jamie Ivermee = 283 2nd SN451 Jordan Spavins = 273 3rd YS41 Dean Robinson = 260 4th SN333 Tony Reynolds = 242

Stock Hatch

Gareth Yeomans (H76) made the best break and went into turn one in the lead, coming out of the first bend and down the back straight he was three-a-breast with Ian Fay (WS500) and Thomas Ireland (SS59) with Mike Sullivan (C3E) coming round the outside to join in this battle coming out of the pit bend whilst the two Southern League drivers moved to the front. Yeomans made short work of moving back past Fay, with Sullivan doing the same half a lap later. Whilst Yeomans and Sullivan were in a battle for second it allowed Ireland to pull away in the lead and to go on to take the win whilst on the last lap Sullivan moved up into second ahead of Yeomans and Fay in fourth. Luke Ransome (SN191) finished in fifth whilst Justin Hampshire (WS169) just edged Glen Embling (C608E) to the line to take sixth and Rhys Cluett (SS16) rounded out the order in eighth.

Results: 1st SS59 2nd C3E 3rd H76 4th WS500 5th SN191 6th WS169 7th C608E 8th SS16

Points: 1st H76 Gareth Yeomans = 308 2nd C608E Glen Embling = 238 3rd WS500 Ian Fay = 227 4th C3E John Sullivan = 201

Class 8

Going into turn one it was Mike Mumford (160F) with his nose just in front with Josh Reid (CS22) running alongside and coming out of the turn it was Alex Hall (R411) running in second. With Mumford in front it left Hall and Reid running side-by-side. A lap later Hall looks up the inside of Mumford to take the lead running down the back straight but a wide exit of the pit bend allowed Mumford to move up the inside with the two then running wheel-to-wheel. The closing stages of the race saw the three drivers all fighting for the lead. Mumford went on to take his third win of the weekend, Hall taking second and Reid third. Cat Mumford (158F) came through to close down on the leading trio and crossed the line in fourth right on Reid’s tail, with Mark Smith (S46D), Kenny Smith (S41D) fifth and sixth. Bruce Candy (SS17) took seventh ahead of Lee Cox (B2H).

Results: 1st 160F 2nd R411 3rd CS22 4th 158F 5th S46D 6th S41D 7th SS17 8th B2H

Points: 1st B2H Lee Cox = 293 2nd 160F Mike Mumford = 291 3rd R411 Alex Hall = 273 4th S41D Kenny Smith = 234

F600

Andrew Watson (SB20) and Jason Garnett (N692) got the best starts and headed into turn one in the lead but a wide line for Andy Reeve (N28) saw him use the momentum to pass them both and exit the bend in the lead, with Matthew Hickingbotham (ST62) taking a similar line to pass Garnett to sit in third. Garnett passes Hickingbotham a lap later, whilst Watson passes Reeve exiting the pit bend on the second lap with Garnett passing half a lap later. The two front runners were then locked in their own battle pulling away from Reeve, with Garnett passing Watson for the win coming out of the final bend. Reeve maintained third, whislt Hickingbotham dropped off the pack after a spin, but came back to cross the line.

Results: 1st N692 2nd SB20 3rd N28 4th ST62

Points: 1st SB20 Andrew Watson = 308 2nd ST62 Matthew Hickingbotham = 194 3rd N28 Andy Reeve = 180 4th N692 Jason Garnett = 175

Class 10

Tony Jones (SR118) was the first to show and leads out of the first turn, but heading into the pit bend James Poltimore (SS79) passes to the lead followed through by Gary Ford (A42). The positons settled down throughout the race with Poltimore pulling away to take an unchallenged win, from Ford and Jones. Adam Waldron (44F) held onto fourth after a late charge from Ben Shell (IK59) who had to settle for fifth ahead of Gareth Paines (PHD15). Julian Heath (E111) and Kevin Hurdman (R200) were involved in a first corner tangle which meant they finished down the order in seventh and eighth.

Results: 1st SS79 2nd A42 3rd SR117 4th 44F 5th IK59 6th PHD15 7th E111 8th R200

Points: 1st PHD15 Gareth Paines = 309 2nd SS79 James Poltimore = 255 3rd E111 Julian Heath = 242 4th SR117 Tony Jones = 223

Junior Specials

Coming out of the first turn there were three drivers in contention for the lead, Emily Richardson (N592), Charlie Thompson (Y15) and Jim Pinches (R350) with Pinches taking the early lead. Thompson took advantage of a mistake by Pinches on the exit of the top bend to pass and take up the lead, whilst Pinches and Richardson run side-by-side with Sam Pinches (R35) on their tail and soon passing Jim and then running wheel-to-wheel with Richardson. Thompson pulled away in the lead to go on to score an unbeaten weekend. Sam Pinches moves ahead into second from Richardson whilst Jim Pinches dropped back to fourth. Charlie Steele (SN727) crossed the line in fifth ahead of Fergus Reynolds (PHD16) whilst a spin on turn one saw Rupert Griffith (R75) at the back of the order.

Results: 1st Y15 2nd R35 3rd N592 4th R350 5th SN727 6th PHD16 7th R75

Points: 1st SN727 Charlie Steele = 298 2nd N592 Emily Richardson = 246 3rd R350 Jim Pinches = 242 4th R35 Sam Pinches = 220

Ladies 1

Megan Williams (CM77) looked to get the best start but heading into turn one she was running alongside Lacey Law (SR24) and Bethany Embling (C608E), Law is tagged and is sideways in the bend, all cars make it through. Embling came out of the bend in the lead and continues to pull away from Williams who looks comfortable in second place. The battle was for the remaining positions, with four cars battling for third, Natasha Lawlor (NW142) moved into the positon and pulls clear from the remaining battle. Embling took a clear win from Williams and Lawlor. Melody Ostridge (IK140) came through for fourth place whilst Jessica Singer (SS26) passes Charlotte Lines (IK498) across the line to take fifth place. Shannon Holman (IK734) took seventh ahead of Law.

Results: 1st C535E 2nd CM77 3rd NW142 4th IK140 5th SS26 6th IK498 7th IK734 8th SR24

Points: 1st SS26 Jessica Singer = 278 2nd C535E Bethany Embling = 275 3rd SR24 Lacey Law = 256 4th IK498 Charlotte Lines = 225

Ladies 2

Fiona Mauchland-Duff (CS44) heads into turn one with her nose in front and on the exist is running with Shania Jones (SV52) alongside but pulls away down the back straight. Hannah Hinton (NASA25) makes the pass on Jones to take up second place. On the top bend Jones shoots wide allowing Katie Jones (SV51) and Helen Bishop (IK252) through. Hinton chases down Mauchland-Duff and passes on the pit bend. Hinton pulls away to take the win whilst Shania Jones runs all over the back of Mauchland-Duff but has to settle for third. Bishop maintains fourth place from Katie Jones, whilst Gracie/Lisa Perry (G18D) finishes in sixth.

Results: 1st NASA25 2nd CS44 3rd SV51 4th IK252 5th SV52 6th G18D

Points: 1st IK252 Helen Bishop = 298 2nd CS44 Fiona Mauchland-Duff = 264 3rd= SV51 Katie Jones/SV52 Shania Jones =

Ladies 3

All three cars headed into turn one alongside each other, but on the exit Shell Sumners (R169) had taken the lead, with Donna Brown (CM4) on her tail. Brown was given a black flag and saw her out of the race. Lianne Teather (C7E) looked to chase down Sumners but couldn’t break the gap, for Sumners to take the win ahead of Teather.

Results: 1st R169 2nd C7E

Points: 1st CM4 Donna Brown = 318 2nd R169 Shell Sumners = 265 3rd C7E Lianne Teather = 165 4th R168 Sheri Sumners = 112

Ladies 4 & 5

Janet Murray (38F) takes the lead going into turn one, whilst Natalie Green (R420) spins. Barbara Harper (M11) moved clear into second but was soon passed by Diane Heath (E10) and Amanda Mason (B11H) with Mason moving clear of Heath and chases down Murray. Closing in on the last lap Mason passes down the back straight and in a dash for the line sees Mason take the win from Murray. Heath finished third whilst Green recovered to pass the two class fours and Harper into fourth with Harper finishing fifth. The two class four’s ran close for the first lap, Mandy Kennedy (SB6) took the lead and pulled clear of Kelly Wetherick (IK272).

Results class 4: 1st SB6 2nd IK272

Results class 5: 1st B11H 2nd 38F 3rd E10 4th R420 5th M11

Points class 4: 1st SB6 Mandy Kennedy = 345 2nd IK272 Kelly Wetherick = 128

Points class 5: 1st 38F Janet Murray = 264 2nd E10 Diane Heath = 256 3rd M11 Barbara Harper = 171 4th B11H Amanda Mason = 154

Ladies 7

Going into turn one it was three-a-breast with Cathy Harrison (SN262), Terri Mumford (62F) and Emily Barrett (R10), a mistake on the exit for Barrett sees her drop back behind Lisa Perry (G32D). Harrison leads heading down the back straight but Mumford looks round the outside and passes down the start straight. Once in front Mumford pulls away to finish the race half a lap in front, whilst Harrison only just holds onto second from a charging Barrett, with Perry finishing third.

Results: 1st 62F 2nd SN262 3rd R10 4th G32D

Points: 1st R10 Emily Barrett = 278 2nd 62F Terri Mumford = 236 3rd SN262 Cathy Harrison = 126 4th CA141 Nicola Mackenzie = 110

Ladies 6 & Stock Hatch

On the rerun it was again Josie Cox (C27E) who took the lead followed by the Stock Hatch of Bethany Embling (C608E). Cox was away and clear with Embling maintaining the gap each of them taking the wins in their respective classes. Lisa Hills (WS500) was next on track in the Stock Hatch ahead of the class six of Katie Reynolds (SN333), all of which were spread out and unchallenged.

Results class 6: 1st C27E 2nd SN333

Results SH: 1st C608E 2nd WS500

Points class 6: 1st SN333 Katie Reynolds = 328 2nd C27E Josie Cox = 185 3rd G16D Sarah Ivermee = 153 4th IK960 Rachel Collier = 126

Points SH: 1st C608E Bethany Embling = 321 2nd WS500 Lisa Hills = 253 3rd WS100 Lisa McKenzie = 146 4th WS53 Jax Clamp = 73

Ladies 8

It took five attempts to complete this final with just three cars remaining. Abi Shields (N24) had been leading the previous attempt before the red flags came out but it was Vikki Lamb (NW83) who was first to show on the final attempt, followed by Emma Ford (A43) leaving Shields with all the work to do. Passing Ford she chased down Lamb but Lamb was able to hold on to take the win from Shields and Ford.

Results: 1st NW83 2nd N24 3rd A43

Points: 1st N24 Abi Shields = 271 2nd NW83 Vikki Lamb = 239 3rd S41D Emilie Seer = 218 4th IK95 Emma Shell = 199

Ladies 9 & 10

Terri Mumford (60F) makes the best start and leads going into turn one, Lisa Paines (PHD15) goes round the outside and uses the extra speed to pass Mumford down the back straight and pull clear. Behind were the two class nine’s with Helen Rummery (IK214) leading Dru Hollingsbee (IK111) until a mistake existing turn one sees her drop down the order. Whilst up front Mumford closes back in on Paines and on the last lap passes to take the win, from Paines, with Diane Heath (E111) finishes third, whilst Chloe Bishop (IK59) and Rummery were non-finishers.

Results class 9: 1st IK111

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

Points class 9: 1st IK111 Dru Hollingsbee = 299 2nd IK214 Helen Rummery = 235

Points class 10: 1st 60F Terri Mumford = 258 2nd E111 Diane Heath = 234 3rd PHD15 Lisa Paines 126 4th LM7 Mel Gallagher = 100

Champion of Champions

Both champion of champions races were cut short by incidents, both approaching the last lap so there was no rerun and both champions were from the Essex league.

The Men’s champion of champions was highly contested, the class two of Carl Brooks (C14E) came through to take over the lead with laps to spare, whilst Mike Mumford (160F) in the class eight was looking very quick and made his way up to third, with the Stock Hatch of Thomas Ireland (SS59) finishing second.

The Ladies champion of champions also had a high attendance, but Bethany Embling who had a choice of two cars to compete in and opted for the class one (C535E) started at the front leaving everyone else with all the work to do, before the red flags flew the class two’s that started behind her didn’t look to be making a dent into her lead. Hannah Hinton (NASA25) held onto second from the class eight of Vikki Lamb (NW83).

Men’s: C14E Carl Brooks

Ladies: C535E Bethany Embling

UK Autograss Championship R2 A Races

This weekend we headed to Bearley Raceway for Round 2 of the UK Autograss Championships hosted by the Southern League. Scorching weather provided the opposite conditions to round one back in May.

Here are the reports on Saturday’s A races which saw the top finishers from the first heats competing together.

Class 1

It was a level break off the line but it was Caine Parnell (SP129) who edged his nose in front going into turn one. Coming out of the first turn the two Mini’s of Justin Hardy (SS1) and Jake Law (SR3) were running side by side but going into the pit bend it was Law who picked up second position whilst Parnell breaks away from the field. Once settled into second place Law also pulls away from the battle for third and closing the gap on the leader. Despite reeling in Parnell, Law ran out of laps to make a challenge having to second for second place as Parnell takes the win. The battle for third was between Hardy, William Drayton (SN124) and Kev Hughes (NS7). Hardy dropped back to fifth with Hughes claiming third place ahead of Drayton. The final positions were hot on the tale of the battle in front with Christopher Woodward (S225D) picking up sixth place ahead of Russ Victory (R14) and James Parnell (SP921) in seventh and eighth. Drayton picked up a green flag dropping him down to sixth.

Race result: 1st SP129 2nd SR3 3rd NS7 4th SS1 5th S225D 6th SN124 7th R14 8th SP921

Class 3

Unbeaten at Hereford Adrian Joyce (WS22), now on home soil looked to continue that record by making the break off of the start and heading into turn one well in front of the rest of the grid, who were all running side by side through the first turn, with Shaun Brown (WS8) just dropping back coming out of the bend. Martin Roberts (PAC157) pulled away into second, hunting down Joyce to no avail as Joyce took his fifth win of the championship. Mick Sumners (R169) and Anthony Teather (C7E) had a race long battle which ended with a drag to the line after exiting the pit bend with Teather claiming third ahead of Sumners and Brown rounded out the order in fifth.

Race result: 1st WS22 2nd PAC157 3rd C7E 4th R169 5th WS8

Class 5

First out of the gate was Mike Sullivan (C11E) and Ben Harper (M11) with Sullivan leading going into turn one, however it was Lewis Richards (TA451) who took the lead coming out of the turn and Harper dropping back after taking a wide line. Coming up the inside of Sullivan in turn two was the battling Alex Puddiphatt (SN23) and Paul Creed (G7D) as they go to pass Sullivan Creed spins causing Sullivan to take avoiding action and drop down the order, whilst Puddiphatt moves into second place. Contact between Puddiphatt and Neil Jones (PAC74) on the top turn drops them both down the order whilst Harper moves up into second place ahead of Mark Ashmead (38F) and Aaron Mason (R19) who were in their own fight with Sullivan who again had to take avoiding action. Richards went on to take a comfortable win ahead of Harper. Ashmead maintained third position from Mason and Sullivan finishing fifth. After damage from the earlier incidents Creed and Puddiphatt made it round to collect valuable points in sixth and seventh.

Race result: 1st TA451 2nd M11 3rd 38F 4th R19 5th C11E 6th G7D 7th SN23

Class 7

Incidents in the first run of the race saw the red flags brought out with all competitors back in for the rerun. Repeating the start of the first run it was Paul Waldron (139F) who was the first to show coming out of turn one in the lead, running with Hugh Lafferty (R57) who drops off the back of Waldron after getting out of shape exiting the turn, but holding onto second position. A spin in turn one sees Lee Forster (CA98) drop to the back of the order and playing catch up the remainder of the race. The battle was on for first with Waldron and Lafferty once again running side-by-side with Waldron having the edge. Behind were two more battles, Darren Jones (CM46) and Alan Henschker (G19D) were fighting for third and fourth and behind them was a battle for fifth between Sam Fenton (R5) and Trevor Martin (C18E). Waldron went onto take the win ahead of Lafferty, whilst Henschker was able to hold off Jones for third and a drag to the line saw Fenton take fifth place ahead of Martin with Forster closing out the order in seventh.

Race result: 1st 139F 2nd R57 3rd G19D 4th CM46 5th R5 6th C18E 7th CA98

Class 9

Jack Joyce (WS2) and Mike Liddiatt (309F) were the first to show at the start and into turn one, however they got tangled leaving Liddiatt facing the wrong way as the others all pass, once going down he had dropped a fair distance back. Gavin Pitman (SS81) made the most of home-advantage and took the lead out of the first turn, pulling away from those behind. The battle was for second place, Richard Morrant (M25) took the position coming out of turn one, but Joyce tried every move to get past whilst Jamie Hollingsbee (IK111) caught the pair up and was looking for his own way past. At the chequered flag Pitman took the win, Morrant held onto second, whilst Hollingsbee made the move past Joyce to take third place and Joyce fourth. Further down the order was Derrick Brown (G6D), Steven Freeman (PAC34) and Matthew Rigby (N270) in fifth, sixth and seventh with Liddiatt bringing the car home in eighth place.

Race result: 1st SS81 2nd M25 3rd IK111 4th WS2 5th G6D 6th PAC34 7th N270 8th 309F

Junior Saloons

A level break saw them going side-by-side into turn one but it was Tom Herbert (S31D) who came out of the bend in front, ahead of Ruben Hage (N35). In the closing laps of the race the battle was for second after Rachel Alderson (YD63) and Zach Spencer (E435) close in on Hage. This allows Herbert to pull away and take the win. Spencer passes Alderson for third position. A drag to the line sees Hage hold onto the position from Spencer with Alderson finishing fourth ahead of Jamie Barlow (WS34) and Robert Evans (TA91).

Race result: 1st S31D 2nd N35 3rd E435 4th YD63 5th WS? 6th TA?

Class 2

It was a level break off of the line and the first two to show were Kyle Everett (WS222) and Barry Lewis (PAC10), Everett having his nose in front in turn one, but taking the wide line and carrying the speed out of turn one was Lewis to edge himself clear. There was then a four car battle for second place with Everett holding the position to start, but fellow club member Rhys Wyeth (WS19) passes on the inside on the second lap to take the position and went on to chase down the leader. This left Everett in a battle with Jay Albrighton (N156) and Jamie Lillington (SS45) for the next position. Albrighton passed Everertt to take the position but a mistake a lap later saw Everett reclaim it. Lewis crossed the line to take an unchallenged win ahead of Wyeth. Everett held onto third ahead of Albrighton and Lillington. Chris Manners (96F) took sixth ahead of Brad Bradstreet (IK184) and Michael Firby (A47).

Race result: 1st PAC10 2nd WS19 3rd WS22 4th N156 5th SS43 6th 96F 7th IK184 8th A47

Class 4

Going into turn one it was the two Invicta Kent drivers that were the first to show, with Colin Attrill (IK272) taking the initial lead going into turn one, but on the exit he was running side-by-side with Pete Berry (IK221) who takes the lead. Behind there was a battle for third with Gary Pemberton (CA242) and Ray Tudgay (WS23) running alongside each other. A lap later Atrrill makes the pass on Berry to reclaim the lead with the two maintaining these position all the way to the flag. A mistake from Pemberton dropped him back to fifth with Tudgay in third, and Mike Mayne (YS77) took fourth.

Race result: 1st IK272 2nd IK221 3rd WS23 4th YS77 5th CA242

Class 6 

First to show was Stephen Ford (WS57) and Leigh Scotford (G16D) heading into turn one in front, going up the inside of them both and coming out of turn one in front was Jamie Ivermee (G17D) ahead of Ivermee and Scotford, whilst hot on their heels was Tony Reynolds (SN333). Heading into the last lap Ford makes the move past Scotford into second to split the two Gloucester cars, with Ivermee taking his second win of the day and Scotford third. Fourth place went to Reynolds ahead of Tony Teather (C27E) and Chris Collier (IK960) whilst with problems on board Adrian Brown (PAC37) rounds out the order.

Race result: 1st G17D 2nd WS57 3rd G16D 4th SN333 5th C27E 6th IK960 7th PAC37 

Stock Hatch

Just edging his nose in front going into turn one was Roly Pinches (R503), however going through the first turn Glen Embling (C608E) and Ian Fay (WS500) came up the inside to run side-by-side along the back straight whilst Pinches drops to the back of the order. Coming out of the pit bend in first place was Fay with Embling running in second. The rest of the field close behind and Thomas Ireland (SS59) looks to make the move past Embling into second place and succeeds on the top bend. On the last lap Ireland tries to make the move past Fay on the final bend with Fay just beating Ireland to take the win with Embling in third. Luke Ransome (SN191) had closed the gap on the leading trio and was hot on their tales taking fourth place ahead of Toby Rootes (IK420) and Pinches. Jem Tidball (SS666) took seventh place ahead of heat one winner John Sullivan (C3E).

Race result: 1st WS500 2nd SS59 3rd C608E 4th SN191 5th IK420 6th R503 7th SS666 8th C3E

Class 8

First to show after an even break was Josh Reid (CS22) going into turn one but running down the back straight they were three-a-breast with the rest of the grid all wheel-to-wheel through the pit bend, with Mark Smith (S46D) and Mike Mumford (160F) coming through in the top two positions, still running side-by-side. Mumford edges himself in front, whilst behind this duo was a three car battle for third with Lee Cox (B2H) having the edge. Mumford pulled himself a gap to take the win ahead of Smith. Cox held off Reid and Ben Williams (TA47) for third. Sixth place went to Richard Parks (SS61) ahead of Malcolm Lane (CA23) whilst Mark Hall (IK35) rounded out the field with a puncture on board.

Race result: 1st 160F 2nd S46D 3rd B2H 4th CS22 5th TA47 6th SS61 7th CA23 8th IK35

F600

Heat one winner, Jason Garnett (N692) lead the four car grid into a slippery turn one on the inside line, whilst Andrew Watson (SB20) gets caught out allowing Andy Reeve (N28) to find a way through into second, but it wasn’t long before Watson found his way past to take up the position. A spin on the second lap for Reeve saw him drop behind Matthew Hickingbotham (ST62). After allowing Garnett to get away at the start Watson closes down the gap, however a spin on the last bend allowed Garnett to take an unthreatened win, whilst Watson held onto second, Hickingbotham third and Reeve fourth.

Race result: 1st N692 2nd SB20 3rd ST62 4th N28

Class 10

A coming together between Tony Jones (SR117) and James Poltimore (SS79) saw the red flags raised on the first attempt of this race, with Jones excluded from the rerun. Taking the lead into turn one was Gareth Paines (PHD15), leader of the first attempt, whilst Ben Shell (IK59) looked to take the outside line on the wet turn one, slotting into third place behind Adam Waldron (44F) and holding off Kevin Hurdman (R200). Poltimore was looking to work his way through the order, first making his way past Hurdman, then Shell and then on the last bend taking second position from Waldron. Paines took his second win of the day, ahead of Poltimore, Waldron and Shell. Ian Stott (A10) claimed fifth place from Hurdman who completed the order in sixth.

Race result: 1st PHD15 2nd SS79 3rd 44F 4th IK59 5th A10 6th R200

Junior Specials

It was all level going into turn one, but Charlie Thompson (Y15) took the lead coming out of the first bend followed by Reece Weatherick (IK99) and Rupert Griffiths (R75). Problems for Weatherick meant an early retirement from him, with Griffiths moving up into second. Thompson pulled away to take a comfortable win, whilst Emily Richardson (N592) closed the gap on Griffiths but ran out of time leaving Griffiths taking second and Richardson third. A spin on turn one saw Sam Pinches (R35) drop to the back but worked he worked his way back to fourth ahead of Luke Stiles (IK30) in fifth, the last of the finishers.

Race result: 1st Y15 2nd R75 3rd N592 4th R35 5th IK30

Ladies 1

An even break saw the grid running side-by-side through turn one, with Natasha Lawlor (NW142) coming out of the first turn in the lead. Bethany Embling moves round the outside down the back straight to pass Sophie Eggerton (LUD47) and Lacey Law (SR24) for second place. Jessica Singer (SS26) closed down the gap and joined in the battle for third and then took advantage of contact between Lawlor and Embling to take the lead, but goes wide and allows Embling to come through to take the lead and Law into second. Embling holds on to take the win, whilst Law just claims second place from Singer in third. Early leader Lawlor took fourth place ahead of Eggerton and Megan Williams (CM77) closed out the field in sixth.

Race result: 1st C535E 2nd SR24 3rd SS26 4th NW142 5th LUD47 6th CM77

Ladies 2

Rachel Nokes (WS60) got the best start and lead into turn one but gets it sideways and drops to the back. Hannah Hinton (NASA25) takes over the lead going down the back straight into the pit bend, however Helen Bishop (IK252) comes through from third place to take over the running. The battle was behind for third between Katie Jones (SV51), Fiona Mauchland-Duff (CS44) and Lisa Perry (G18D) with the places being swapped. Once at the front Bishop held onto the lead, pulling away from Hinton to take the win, with Hinton also in a comfortable second. Mauchland-Duff held off the challenge from Jones to take third, whilst Perry finished fifth.

Race result: 1st IK252 2nd NASA25 3rd CS44 4th SV51 5th G18D

Ladies 3

The first attempt of this race quickly saw the red flags when a class five also made an appearance, but not before Donna Brown (CM4) collided with the start line/track exit post. On the restart it is an even break with Brown, Lianne Teather (C7E) and Shell Sumners (R169) running alongside each other, with Brown just edging in front going down the back straight, with Teather and Sumners running side-by-side. The race was on for second place, with Teather all over the back of Sumners, whilst both kept Brown in sight. At the chequered flag it was Brown who took the win, ahead of Sumners and Teather. Sheri Sumners (R168) held onto the back of this battle for fourth place.

Race result: 1st CM4 2nd R169 3rd C7E 4th R168

Ladies 4 & 5

We saw both classes four and five running together this weekend, and it was the class five’s that were the first to show with Janet Murray (38F) taking the lead going into the turn one with Diane Heath (E10) hot on her tail. Behind was a three way battle between the remaining class fives of Natalie Green (R420), Barbara Harper (M11) and Amanda Mason (B11H) whilst the two class four’s where in a battle of their own behind. Murray went onto to take the win despite constant pressure from Heath who took second. Harper moved up into third ahead of Green and Mason. Kelly Wetherick (IK272) had the upper hand throughout the race between the class four’s with Mandy Kennedy (SB6) unable to find a way past.

Race result class 4: 1st IK272 2nd SB6

Race result class 5: 1st 38F 2nd E10 3rd M11 4th R420 5th B11H

Ladies 7

An equal start from Terri Mumford (62F), Emily Barrett (R10) and Cathy Harrison (SN262) going into turn one, and it was Barrett who made the best of the conditions to take the lead and pulls away from the battling Mumford and Harrison. Mumford uses the momentum of running the wider line to make the move past Harrison and then looks to chase down Barrett. Mumford catches Barrett on the last lap and a drag to the line sees Mumford take the win ahead of Barrett. Harrison takes third place from Lisa Perry (G32D).

Race result: 1st 62F 2nd R10 3rd SN262 4th G32D

Ladies Stock Hatch

Bethany Embling (C608E) makes the best start going into turn one, going round the outside of the three other competitors to take the lead. Lisa Hills (WS500) and Lisa McKenzie (WS100) battle for second in the early stages of the race, with Hills getting the upper hand and looks to close on the leader. Embling remained unchallenged to take the win ahead of Fay, McKenzie in third and Jax Clamp (WS53) in fourth.

Race result: 1st C608E 2nd WS500 3rd WS100 4th WS53

Ladies 6

It was a level break between Josie Cox (C27E) and Katie Reynolds (SN333) with Cox taking the lead. Reynolds remained close on Cox’s tail throughout the race and in the closing stages looked to make her move by trying the outside line, unable to make the move stick Cox took the win ahead of Reynolds whilst Kristina Hall (SR888) finished in third.

Race result: 1st C27E 2nd SN333 3rd SR888

Ladies 8

Contact at the start saw Vikki Lamb (NW83) and Kim Jenkins (B106H) drop to the back, whilst it was Abi Shields (N24) who made the best start taking the lead in turn one, followed by Emilie Seer (S41D) Linda Lawlor (NW140) and Emma Shell (IK95). Lamb made ground into fifth alongside Emma Ford (A42). Lawlor drops down the order with Shell moving up to third, chasing down Seer who was closing the gap on Shields. Shields takes the win whilst Seer just holds onto second from race one winner Shell in third. Lamb moves up to fourth ahead of Ford and Lawlor, whilst Jenkins finished seventh ahead of Barbara Harper (M111).

Race result: 1st N24 2nd S41D 3rd IK95 4th NW83 5th A42 6th NW140 7th B106H 8th M111

Ladies 9 & 10

The class nine’s and tens were running together and both were mixing it with each other. Lisa Paines (PHD15) made the best start leading the order going into turn one whilst the others were all close behind, with Terri Mumford (60F) out into second ahead of Diane Heath (E111), with Dru Hollingsbee (IK111) leading the class nine’s. Paines spins on the top bend allowing Mumford, Heath and Hollingsbee through. Mumford goes on to take the win unchallenged by second place of Heath. Hollingsbee finished third on track but first in class whilst Paines splits the two nine’s with Helen Rummery (IK214) behind, and the class ten of Chloe Bishop (IK59) rounds out the order, sixth on track and fourth in class.

Race result class 9: 1st IK111 2nd IK214

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

 

 

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.

UK Autograss Championship R1 Hereford Evens

Class 2

Men’s

From the 22 entries there were no repeat winners over the weekend. Barry Lewis (PAC10) ended the round as highest point scorer and took his only win in the A race on Saturday afternoon, making the best start and leading all the way to the flag. However it was close behind, with the rest of the field fighting for the next positions. Heat one winner Thomas Ireland (WS60) took second place ahead of Chris Matthews (96F) and another heat one winner Kyle Everett (WS222). Dai Loyd (C21) finished fifth on track but picked up a green flag which knocked him down to seventh and moving Dave Jones (SV51) and Steven Howells (H45) up to fifth and sixth. Connor Bishop (IK252) was the last contender, stalling on the line meant he was playing catch up for the race.

1st Barry Lewis PAC10 = 145 2nd Chris Manners 96F = 127 3rd Thomas Ireland WS60/Dave Jones SV51 = 121

Ladies

Helen Bishop (IK252) was the race one winner however in race two it was Katie Jones (SV51) and Fiona Mauchland-Duff (CS44) who were fighting for the top position. Although it didn’t go to plan for either of them as they picked up a green flag which dropped Mauchland-Duff down to third and Jones to fourth. Bishop was sitting in third place and was therefore promoted to take the win ahead of Gracie Perry (G18D). Shania Jones (SV52) stopped on the line after a jump start to let the rest of the grid go and therefore was left to chase them down.

1st Helen Bishop IK252 = 155 2nd Fiona Mauchland-Duff CS44 = 119 3rd Katie Jones SV51 = 100 4th Gracie Perry G18D = 88

Class 4

Men’s

Colin Attrill (IK272) came away from round one championship leader despite not going out on Sunday. Attrill took the wins in heats one and two and in the second heat it was a race for second between Gary Pemberton (CA242) and Mike Mayne (YS77) with Mayne getting the position over Pemberton. Dayle O’Hara (SR198) was running well but was unable to complete the race whilst Spencer Mills (LUD5) was a non-starter.

1st Colin Attrill IK272 = 110 2nd Dayle O’Hara SR198 = 100 3rd Gary Pemberton CA242 = 93 4th Mike Mayne YS77 = 81

Ladies

Only one entry for the round meant that Mandy Kennedy (SB6) came away from the weekend with maximum points, despite suffering problems throughout.

1st Mandy Kennedy SB6 = 165

Class 6

Men’s

The A race on Saturday saw plenty of action. There were battles for first and for third. Jamie Ivermee (G17D) held the position to take his second win of the day ahead of Jordan Spavins (SN451) in second. Dean Robinson (YS41) got the upper hand on Jamie Knewham (IK48) to finish third. Sixth place went to Bryn Jones (S35) ahead of Tony Reynolds (SN333). Leigh Scotford (G16D) came away in joint first place with fellow Gloucester man Ivermee after two wins in heats two and three.

1st Jamie Ivermee G17D/Leigh Scotford G16D = 138 3rd Dean Robinson YS41 = 126 4th Jordan Spavins SN451

Ladies

The battle was up front between Rachel Collier (IK960) and Katie Reynolds (SN333). Reynolds went on to take the wins in all three heats with Collier second in heats one and two. The second heat saw Sarah Ivermee (G16D) in third whilst Toni Humphrey (IK334) was fourth.

1st Katie Reynolds SN333 = 165 2nd Rachel Collier IK960 = 126 3rd Sarah Ivermee G16D = 117 4th Toni Humphrey IK334 = 56

Stock Hatch

Men’s

Gareth Yeomans (H76) made the most of being on his home track and took three wins out of three across the weekend. The second heat on Saturday saw him take a comfortable win ahead of Glen Embling (C608E) whilst fellow Essex man John Sullivan (C3E) recovered from a poor start and worked his way through the field to take third. Karl Taylor (CA3) was fourth ahead of Paul Maxim (C23E) and Luke Ransome (SN191). Roly Pinches (R503) claimed seventh ahead of defending champion Ian Fay (WS500).

1st Gareth Yeomans H76 = 165 2nd Glen Embling C608E = 117 3rd Ian Fay WS500 = 96 4th Luke Ransome SN191 = 71

Ladies

It was a win in the first heat for Lisa Fay (WS500) however Bethany Embling (C608E) was able to hold her off in heat two to take her first win of the weekend. A win in heat three on Sunday put Embling above in the points.

1st Bethany Embling C608E = 155 2nd Lisa Fay WS500 = 100

Class 8

Men’s

One of the most competitive classes and with 40 entries meant there were 13 different winners. The A race on Saturday was hotly contested with heat one winners, Mike Mumford (160F), Ben Harper (M111), Cat Mumford (158F) and Josh Reid (CS22). However it was Malcolm Lane (CA23) who took the lead at the start on the improving track and was chased down by Mike Mumford and Lee Cox (B2H). The crossed the line in this order ahead of Ashely Hutchings (PHD12) in fourth. Sam Perry (G8D) picked up fifth ahead of Cat Mumford, Reid and Harper. Alex Hall picked up a win in heat two whilst Cox won in heat three which put them joint top of the table after the first round.

1st Alex Hall R411/Lee Cox B2H = 136 3rd Sam Perry G8D = 121 4th Dan Borman NW47 = 117

Ladies

A 9 car entry saw split grids, with the top five going through into the A race in the afternoon, which saw the two previous heat winners, Vikki Lamb (NW83) and Sophie Mason (C21E). Lamb fought with Emilie Seer (S41D) and Abi Shields (N24) for the second heat win which went to Seer ahead of Lamb whilst Emma Shell (IK95) moved up into third place ahead of Shields in fourth and Mason in fifth.

1st Vikki Lamb NW83 = 145 2nd Abi Shields N24 3rd Emilie Seer S41D = 100 4th Linda Lawlor NW140 = 92

Class 10

Men’s

Tony Jones (SR117) came away from the first round championship point’s leader despite not winning a race. The A race on Saturday saw a battle for first between Marc Paskell (H250) and Gareth Paines (PHD15) with the result finishing in this order. Jones took third place ahead of Julian Heath (E111) and Keith Matthews (ARC9). Tom Parr (CA5) held onto sixth from heat one winner Gary Ford (A42).

1st Tony Jones SR117 = 126 2nd Julian Heath E111 = 119 3rd Gareth Paines PHD15 = 118 4th Keith Matthews ARC9 = 112

Ladies

The heat one win went to Terri Mumford (60F) but it was Mel Gallagher (LM7) who was back in the race seat after a couple of years off that took the win in the second heat after a battle with Lisa Paines (PHD15). Paines dropped back to third with Diane Heath (E111) picking up second whilst, Mumford finished in fourth.

1st Mel Gallagher LM7 = 100 2nd Terri Mumford 60F = 83 3rd Diane Heath E111 = 73 4th Jodi Paskell H250/Lisa Paines PHD15 = 36

Junior Specials

Charlie Steele (SN727) was unbeaten across the weekend, taking the early lead in the A race Saturday afternoon. Jim Pinches (R350) pulled away in second from the pack behind but wasn’t able to chase down Steele. Third place went to Daniel Smith (LUD44) ahead of Luke Stiles (IK30) and Emily Richardson (N592) whilst Fergus Reynolds (PHD16) was the last finisher in sixth.

1st Charlie Steele SN727 = 165 2nd Daniel Smith LUD44 = 136 3rd Reece/Kieran Wetherick IK99 = 119 4th Jim Pinches R350 = 118