Alive Bevans Q&A

Do you feel more pressure going into the Nationals as defending champion?
It does add slightly more pressure, but I always have nerves anyway, which in turn gives such an adrenaline buzz on the start line!

Have you raced at the Southern League before? How have you got on?
Yes, I really enjoy the Southern League track, I’ve raced there a few times. I won both my British Autograss series overall championships in class five and seven there at the final round last year. I have also been racing there this year too.

How do you feel about your chances of retaining your Ladies Champion of Champions title this year?
It is a race that is so difficult to win, racing front wheel drive when in rear wheel is different. All I keep in my head is don’t slow down at all, every lap counts, it’s a long race!

Which class do you think the track will favour when it comes to the Champion of Champions race?
The Champ of Champs is anyone’s; it all depends of the stagger and the track conditions!

You have won the Ladies Nationals in 4 different classes (classes one, four, five and seven), which of these was your favourite title to achieve and what was the hardest to achieve?
My first title in my first year out of juniors in class one was tough as I was last out of the grid and had to come from the back to win it! My favourite has to be class seven as it is the super saloon class and something I had always dreamt of winning! It is the pinnacle of Autograss racing!

You are entered in classes seven and eight this year, which are you looking forward to racing most?
Both cars I can’t wait to get into at Nationals, I love my class seven but the eight I love more and more each time I get in it! Both cars I love racing and that’s down to my Dad and boyfriend putting 100% effort into maintaining them. I couldn’t do it without either of them.

In each of these classes who do you think is your strongest competitor?
Class seven and eight together in one weekend this year is probably going to be my strongest line up of competitors I’ve raced, so I couldn’t pick. But this is what makes the racing much more exciting and rewarding.

Which class that you haven’t raced yet would you most like to have a go in?
I would love to race a class 10 to feel the maximum adrenaline rush into the first corner!

Photo credit: Krzysztof Kudlacik

2019 Men’s National Autograss Championships Champions

Your official 2019 Men’s National champions are:
Class 1: Y121 Peter Watson
Class 2: SC1 Craig Conway
Class 3: NS334 Sam Gould
Class 4: E220 Darren Grasby
Class 5: SC212 Daniel Lodge
Class 6: NS434 Ben Gould
Class 7: SC61 Andy Holtby
Class 8: NS155 Matt Berrisford
Class 9: YD182 James Bowe
Class 10: ARC6 Phil Cooper
CoC: SC1 Craig Conway

Full final reports will be coming later this week.

2019 Men’s National Autograss Championships Predictions

We are less than 48 hours away from the 2019 Men’s National Autograss Championships getting underway. Before it all kicks off here are my full predictions for the finals in one place.

Good luck to all those competing this year, I hope you all have an enjoyable and successful weekend. And spectators….we are in for a treat.

Class 1
1. SR174 Luke Smith
2. SN164 Alex Hill
3. SV101 Conner Griffiths
4. P37EM Lyndsey Allen
5. PHD12 Ashley Hutchings
6. WS20 Jason Saunders
7. SP129 Caine Parnell
8. DA55 Alexander Weir

Defending champion: WS20 Jason Saunders

Class 3
1. NS334 Sam Gould
2. IK316 Martin Beaney
3. R169 Mick Sumners
4. YD98 Ryan Power
5. C7E Anthony Teather
6. NW72 Pete Robinson
7. S47Y Chris Allanson
8. SS11 Adrian Turner

Defending champion: NS334 Sam Gould

Class 5
1. IK22 Ian Thorndyke
2. N17 Gary Cheetham
3. SC212 Daniel Lodge
4. PHD20 Mark Uka
5. LUD8 Jabez Smith
6. CA10 Daniel Godfrey
7. S60D Stuart Deacon
8. WS1 Jason Saunders

Defending champion: B32H Ben Reade

Class 7
1. NS120 Liam Evans
2. P23EM Philip Barleyman
3. ARC5 Phil Cooper
4. PHD2 Phil Rogers
5. C9 Cameron Mills
6. C2 Craig Bagley
7. E152 Matthew Manning
8. S47D Pete Bott

Defending champion: C9 Cameron Mills

Class 9
1. SC4 John Whitehouse
2. YD182 James Bowe
3. WS2 Jack Joyce
4. PHD1 Steven Lindsay
5. SC105 Martin Bugg
6. LUD80 Jimmy Smith
7. E26 Mark Barker
8. ARC31 Dave Palmer

Defending champion: PHD1 Stephen Lindsay

Class 2
1. SR54 Lee Evanson
2. SP43 Ashley Robinson
3. SP19 Sam Barrett
4. SN34 Daniel Robins
5. E219 Will Henry
6. R3 Mark Mosely
7. TA36 Trystan Daniels
8. IK55 Bradley Thomas

Defending champion: SP43 Ashley Robinson

Class 4
1. E220 Darren Grasby
2. Y777 Adam Henley
3. PAC3 Rob Corbett
4. M58 Jamie Taylor-Williams
5. R47 Rob Lancaster
6. BC25 Richard Williams
7. Y111 Philip Wall
8. SC76 Duane Walker

Defending champion: Y777 Adam Henley

Class 6
1. NS434 Ben Gould
2. YD10 Martyn Janes
3. WR33 Stu Thompson
4. YS22 Matt Scourfield
5. SN263 Todd Horwood
6. R27 Dave Houghton
7. N53 Lloyd Elliott
8. NS207 Tom Pipe

Defending champion: NS443 Ben Gould

Class 8
1. SS3 Russ Shepherd
2. Y57 Jake Herdman
3. 8F Graham Bennett
4. CA44 Dan Mackenzie
5. WR38 Darren Mullen
6. N8 Simon Reeve
7. BC55 Tom Lewis
8. T5 Stuart Whitehouse

Defending champion: BC55 Tom Lewis

Class 10
1. ARC6 Phil Cooper
2. Y40 Wez Tinker
3. LM170 Vinny Gibbons
4. SV2 Mark Griffiths
5. DA121 Derek Leech
6. ARC1 Lee Seagreaves
7. SS79 James Poltimore
8. SC93 Jack Rawlinson

Defending champion: SS79 James Poltimore

Dan Mackenzie Q&A

Do you feel more pressure going into the Nationals as defending champion?
I feel a lot less pressure this year. Last year I was desperate to win the Champion of Champions again so that was a big box ticked for me.

Evesham’s John Wilkins Raceway is well known for hosting the MAP Open, how have you faired at this particular meeting?
I’ve finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the MAP Open but not won it…..yet!

Evesham is a very different circuit to Cwmdu and South Wales where you have won your previous national titles. Do you think this will work in your favour or against you?
I think I’m pretty good on both surfaces but if anything Evesham’s track will probably go more against me compared to Cwmdu and South Wales. I’m normally better on fast loose tracks but I still think with a bit of luck we can have a good weekend.

Which class do you think the track will favour when it comes to the Champion of Champions race?
I think if it stays dry the track could favour a class 4 and 6 maybe.

Are you using the same car that you won your 2017/18 titles in? What changes have been made?
Yes, I’ve just tried to make it better every year. It’s a good car. A couple of little engine upgrade and to make the car a bit lighter.

Who do you think is your strongest competitor in class 8?
There’s too many other quick drivers to name just one. Out of the 40 qualifiers probably 20 should/could be in the final!

How do you think DM Racing will fair at the 2019 Men’s and Ladies Nationals?
Hopefully good! It would be cool to see some of our engines winning again, makes all the hard work worth it.

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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

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

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

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

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R3 Overview

The UK Autograss Championships has crossed the halfway mark with Round 3 hosted by the East Midlands League at the Oxton Raceway. We’re at the point in the championship where the points are getting ever more important, with all classes still extremely tight. The top four in each class has been included but to see the full points check out the link on the UK Autograss Facebook page.

The weather was again kind, with only a downpour Saturday evening, this made conditions sticky for the early classes but this soon cleared. With the good weather the finals got underway at 13:00 and despite most of the men’s classes requiring reruns as did a number of the ladies finals, the weekends racing was completed in good time.

Round four will be hosted for the first time by Leewood Autograss Club, in the middle of August.

With points becoming ever more valuable for the class and overall championships, there were a strong line up in both of the Champion of Champions racers.

Men’s Champion of Champions
The first attempt of the race was stopped when Ben Harper (M11) and Jack Joyce (WS2) became tangled in the dust. On the restart, of the two class one cars it was Lee Poole (S70D) who led the way on the drop of the flag. The class two of Sam Barrett (SP19) caught and passed both of the ones at the start of the third lap, and he was quick to pull away. There was then a gaggle of cars that were stuck by the battling pair of class one’s and these were Julian Heath (E10), Colin Atrill (IK272), Jamie Cox (N52) and Andrew Watson (SB20) whilst the two class eights of Alex Hall (R411) and Simon Reeve (N8) weren’t far behind. Heath was the first to clear the ones and he set about chasing down Barrett who was ahead by almost half a lap. Heath however had run out of laps, and Barrett took the win with Hall third.

Results: 1st SP19 2nd E10 3rd R411 4th N52 5th N8 6th IK272 7th SB20 8th IK961 9th S70D 10th M888
Points: 1st SB20 Andrew Watson = 89 2nd IK272 Colin Atrill = 88 3rd SP19 Sam Barrett = 74 4th C3E Mike Sullivan = 72

Ladies Champion of Champions
Robyn Highstead (IK961) led the way, with her two fellow club members Helen Bishop (IK252) and Kelly Wetherick (IK272) chasing her down. Wetherick was able to pass both Highstead and Bishop coming out of the bottom bend with Bishop moving ahead of Highstead going into the next bend. Wetherick would continue to pull away from Bishop and go onto take her fifth win of the weekend, yet to drop a score in the entire championship. Bishop was safe in second whilst Abi Shields (N24) charged through the field in her class eight to take third place.

Results: 1st IK272 2nd IK252 3rd N24 4th R169 5th SN333 6th E111 7th IK961 8th NW83 9th IK111 10th IK960
Points: 1st IK272 Kelly Wetherick = 100 2nd IK252 Helen Bishop = 88 3rd IK961 Robyn Highstead = 79 4th IK111 Dru Hollingsbee = 77

Points: 1st SC22 Josh Julian = 54 2nd BC99 Kyle Newman = 52 3rd N592 Emily Richardson = 49 4th IK149 Oliver Eggleton/SR29 Leo Purchase = 43

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R2 Hereford

For the second consecutive year at Hereford Autograss the rain came to ruin the party at the UK Autograss Championships. After a hot first day where we saw the watercart out on track a lot, it was a complete contrast when the heavens opened just as the finals started Sunday afternoon.

Because of the conditions, the racing was spoilt, with the only final being completed in reasonably dry conditions was the men’s class ones. Due to this there aren’t any full reports, it was hard to keep track of the order and the races were more of who is able to get round than what we normally see on a Sunday afternoon. Also due to the weather there weren’t any Champion of Champions races run and after the weekend Andrew Watson (SB20) leads the men’s overall points, Kelly Wetherick (IK272) is top in the ladies and Josh Julian (SC22) in the juniors.

Below are a list of final results, these have been checked against the official UK Autograss Championship point sheets, and some highlights over the weekend.

Over the course of the three heats there were some close racing but standing out with three wins each were Caine Parnell (SP129) in class one, Bradley Turner (SS61) in class five, Martyn Janes (YD10) in class six, Pete Bott (S47D) in class seven and Jack Joyce (WS2) in class nine. Even though these five were dominant in their classes it was only Turner who went out and won his final, completing an unbeaten weekend.

Class 1
1st SR3 2nd ST52 3rd ST50 4th SP921 5th S70D 6th E1 7th SN124 8th SP129
Class 3
1st CA1 2nd SS11 3rd SP11 4th C7E 5th R169 6th 123F 7th SN257
Class 5
1st SS61 2nd R19 3rd M45 4th SN23 5th IK67
Class 7
1st G87D 2nd R138 3rd S47D 4th N52 5th N60
Class 9
1st H55 2nd WS2 3rd IK111 4th SC105 5th NW334 6th R12
1st SB20 2nd N692 3rd LM999 4th ST62
Class 2
1st E101 2nd R2 3rd WS60 4th Y71 5th R14 6th S443Y 7th WS222
Class 4
1st SN31 2nd L7 3rd IK272 4th LUD10 5th S71D
Stock Hatch
1st M55 2nd WS6 3rd WS500 4th S19Y 5th C3E
Class 6
1st G16D 2nd ST46 3rd IK93 4th SN333
Class 8
1st S916Y 2nd M111 3rd R23
Class 10
1st R7 2nd E111 3rd CY117 4th A42 5th SS79 6th A10 7th SC101

There was only one of the classes that saw a driver with three heat wins which was Charlie Thompson (Y15) in the specials. He didn’t brave the conditions for the final so it was local driver Archie Lewis (H909) who took his first win of the weekend. In the saloons Zach Spencer (E1) took the win in the final, his third of the weekend, having only dropped points in heat one.

1st E1 2nd SC22 3rd BC99 4th SR29 5th IK734 6th L34 7th Y171
1st H909 2nd N592 3rd IK149 4th PHD16 5th SR95

There were less ladies that went out in the finals, with no class three or eight final run. Four drivers took three heat wins each, they were Jo Thompson (Y51) in class three, Kelly Wetherick (IK272) in class four, Diane Heath (E10) in class five and Jade Dyke Whitfield (H150) in class nine with Wetherick and Heath both taking a win in the final.

Class 1
1st IK961 2nd H95 3rd IK634 4th NW142 5th SR198 6th IK734
Class 2
1st SB44 2nd WR474 3rd SV51 4th IK252
Class 4 & SH
1st IK272 2nd C3E 3rd H231
Class 5 & 7
1st E10 2nd H73 3rd G87D
Class 6
1st R771 2nd IK960 3rd Y92 4th SR888 5th SN333 6th IK92 7th IK225
Class 9
1st IK111 2nd N492 3rd IK11
Class 10
1st E111

We’ll be back for Round 3 of the UK Autograss Championships this weekend, hosted by the East Midlands League at Oxton Raceway. Fingers crossed the rain stays away.

UK Autograss Championships 2019 R1 Men’s

Class 1
On the rerun it was an even break and going into the first corner all six that were left were bunched up. Alex Fretwell (ST52) who came out in front with Dean Smith (LUD48) and Jack Firth (WR1) running side-by-side. The three behind remained close in the opening laps but Mitch Hollingsbee (IK888) broke away into fourth. They all settled into their positions in the second half of the race, with Fretwell taking the win from Smith and Firth. Hollingsbee held onto fourth from Lee Poole (S70D) and Craig Buck (R300) was the last of the finishers.

1st ST52 2nd LUD49 3rd WR1 4th IK888 5th S70D 6th R300

Class 3
It was Mick Sumners (R169) who made the best start but he got swallowed in turn one. Coming out of the first turn it was Pete Robinson (NW72) who looked to have his nose in front, but was surrounded by Sumners, Martin Beaney (IK316) and Adrian Turner (SS11). Coming out of the second bend Sumners dropped back to fifth behind Anthony Teather (C7E). Beaney was favouring the outside line but this saw him dropping back from second place each lap. Within a lap Sumners had moved his way back up from fifth to second, where he tried to chase down Robinson who had pulled a gap clear. Robinson held on however, to take the win from Sumners. Turner held onto third place from Teather. Stephen Goodwin (NS41) took fifth place ahead of Beaney. Lee Wakefield (R388) was seventh ahead of Stewart Moore (LUD9).

1st NW72 2nd R169 3rd SS11 4th C7E 5th NS41 6th IK316 7th R388 8th LUD9

Class 5
Out of the gate it was Aaron Mason (R19) and Steve Donovan (IK72) who were ahead, with Mason taking the lead out of the first turn. Lewis Richards (TA451) and Bradley Turner (SS61) were next up in a battle for second, whilst the field behind were all bunched up close. Mason set the pace of the race and held onto the end to take the win. Richards picked up second after Turner tried to pass taking a wide line and dropped back to fourth with Alex Puddiphatt (SN23) taking advantage and moving up to third. Matt Barker (L117) picked up fifth after a late spin from Donovan (IK72) sees him drop to sixth.

1st R19 2nd TA451 3rd SN23 4th SS61 5th L117 6th IK72

Class 7
Will Barrett (R313) and Mike Mackenzie (CA12) looked to have made the best starts from the outside two grids, but they all soon bunched up going into the first turn. Coming out of the first turn it is Lee Waldron (R138) who leads ahead of Pete Bott (S47D) and Darrell Cole (CM15). Whilst the rest are battling for position behind, Waldron is able to pull away to take a convincing win. Behind in the battle for second it was Cole who came out on top ahead of Bott whilst Barrett got the better of Mackenzie for their battle for fourth. Paul Waldron (R139) was caught out in the first corner muddle and finished sixth ahead of the battling Nottingham drivers of Paul Bacon (N60) and Jamie Cox (N52).

1st R138 2nd CM15 3rd S47D 4th R313 5th CA12 6th R139 7th N60 8th N52

Class 9
There were just three cars remaining by the third attempt of the final and it was Michael Moss (WR25) taking the lead into turn one. On the second lap Steve Goodman (M888) snuck up the inside of Moss to take the lead. The two were then running side-by-side which pushed them both to take a wider line on the start line bend which allowed Martin Bugg (SC105) to move up from third to first on just one bend. Once in front Bugg was able to pull away and took the win by a considerable margin. Moss was able to get the better of Goodman to take second place.

1st SC105 2nd WR25 3rd M888

Terry Cox (ST1) was quick out of the gate, but it was Andrew Watson (SB20) who was ahead coming out of the first turn. Turn two saw Matthew Hickingbotham (ST62) take up the lead but went to wide into the next turn and dropped back to fourth allowing Watson back in front and pulling a clear gap. The battle was on for second between Jase Garnett (N692) and Max Dawson (SL102). Going into the final lap everyone had started to spread out. Watson went on to take the winner, Garnett finished second having closed in on the leader, with Dawson third. Hickingbotham finished fourth ahead of Cox, whilst Colin Bland (LM999) had got the better of Ken Salt (SC3) to take sixth.
1st SB20 2nd N692 3rd SL102 4th ST62 5th ST1 6th LM999 7th SC3

Class 2
Sam Barrett (SP19) was the first to break and lead going into turn one with Rob Farrow (Y71) and Kyle Everett (WS222) with him. Barrett pulled away, from the now three car battle for second with Joe Talbot (ARC10) having closed in. Barrett continued to pull away and took a comfortable win. Everett looked to be safe in second having pulled away from the battle, but on the last lap Farrow closed right up and it was a drag to the line, Everett held on with Farrow fourth. Russ Thompson (SC621) had joined this battle and had made his way up to fourth ahead of Talbot. Simon Overty (L41) was in a race long battle with Michael Bird (Y160) and picked up sixth with Bird seventh. Steven Howells (H45) rounded out the field, after running mid-pack early in the race he ran wide on the start line bend which dropped him to the back.

1st SP19 2nd WS222 3rd Y71 4th SC621 5th ARC10 6th L41 7th Y160 8th H45

Class 4
With a clear lead going into turn one it was Colin Atrill. There was then a four car battle for second between Bernie Jones (H999), Lee Poole (S71D) and Andrew Wood (ST4) with Samuel Goodard (ST80) looking to join this battle. With a couple of laps to go Jones pulled off and was a retirement from the race. This left Poole and Wood running side-by-side on the final lap. Atrill went on to win the race, with Wood getting the run on Poole out of the final corner. Fourth place went to Goodard ahead of Steve Olive (T199), Peter Savage (LUD10) and Spencer Mills (LUD5).

1st IK272 2nd ST4 3rd S71D 4th ST80 5th T199 6th LUD10 7th LUD5

Stock Hatch
It was an even break which saw them go into the first corner four abreast. Coming out of the first turn it was Mike Sullivan (C3E) with the momentum, taking the lead. Coming out of the second turn there was some nudging which saw Dan Crosby (M55) and James Holmes (NS931) sideways and facing the wrong way. Sullivan was able to pull away to take the win ahead of Thomas Ireland (WS6) who had pulled away in second. In a race to the line Bri Baxter (Y89) picked up third place ahead of Alex Hickman (H231). Phil Peek (S19Y) got past Ian Fay (WS500) in the closing stages to take fifth, whilst Crosby was the last of the finishers in seventh.

1st C3E 2nd WS6 3rd Y89 4th H231 5th S19Y 6th WS500 7th M55

Class 6
The rerun saw Jamie Hornby (ST47) take the lead in turn one, with Michael Edwards (ST91) hot on his tail. Behind there was a battle for third between Tony Reynolds (SN333) and Ted Preedy (R190). In an attempt to take the lead Edwards takes Hornby out of the race which saw the red flags come out. With most of the laps completed there was not another rerun and the result was taken from the previous lap excluding Edwards. Hornby was declared the winner, Reynolds second, Preedy third and Leigh Scotford (G16D) fourth.

1st ST47 2nd SN333 3rd R190 4th G16D

Class 8
A fairly level break looked like Stuart Whitehouse (T5) just had his nose in front going into turn one, coming out however he was alongside Ben Gibbons (LM2) and Ben Harper (M111), with Gibbons taking the lead. Fortunes turned for Whitehouse in turn two, after three heat wins, where contact saw him out of the race. After the first couple of laps the positions looked to have settled but Dean Barnes (E93) and Simon Reeve (N8) were looking to make an impression on the leading pair. Gibbons went on to win the race unchallenged, whilst on the penultimate lap Barnes had caught the back of Harper and was looking for a way through. A drag to the line saw Barnes pick up second place with his nose just in front of Harper. Reeve finished fourth ahead of Jay Thompson (NW80) and Michael Habicht (IK120). Jack Gibbons (LM1) was caught out at the turn two incident at the start of the race which dropped him to the back of the order.

1st LM2 2nd E93 3rd M111 4th N8 5th NW80 6th IK120 7th LM1

Class 10
Going into turn one it was James Poltimore (SS79) and Vinny Gibbons (LM170) who led the way. There was then a four way battle for the lead with Gary Morris (C28) and Ian Stott (A10) having joined the battle. Between them the positions kept swapping and changing but it was Gibbons who took the lead. In the closing laps it was Poltimore who chasing down the leader but was unable to make the move having to settle for second behind Gibbons. Morris held onto third place from Stott, with Paul Fackrell (R7) in fifth. Ben Shell (IK59) was in with the leaders in the opening corner but dropped down the order to finish sixth ahead of Jay Gallagher (LM7).

1st LM170 2nd SS79 3rd C28 4th A10 5th R7 6th IK59 7th LM7