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STOXBLOG STOXTICKER --- Macmillan wins epic world... Moodie's challenge hits the brakes... Bradbury bridesmaid again ... Goldin chances cruelly knocked out>>>

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Raceweek 31.... back to Normality

So after the Cowdie broo haha, for man it was time to get back to normal. Howevere, there was the small matter of the F1 WF Weekend, which the F2 play a supporting role, and the return to something normality up in the country of Scotland, which is part of the United Kingdom, for the time being.


So along with the clogwearing fraternity of tractor drivers, the F2's were invited to play on the hallowed shale of Brandon. Lee Clement (158) took the first heat, and on his return to a more familar car and surface, fresh from his World Final debut Kyle Taylor (136) took the 2nd heat. Consolation king Simon Farrington (259) won that, and it was Lee Cooke (295) who took a career first final from Sjend van Smidt (H218) and the Tuther Mitchell (219). Chris Bradbury (886) rounded out the night with a GN win.


So with half the crowd, and minus the new World Champ the post indy ref Scotland was not greeted with a brave new world, as Gordon dominated taking both heats and final.  He even got back to second in the GN, however Liam Rennie (3) put the brakes on the Moodie max.


Crimond for the final time this season and after a win each for the Kelly Bros Graham and Stuart, it was Jason MacDonald (387) who took another Crimond final, rounding out a successful season in the northern outpost. Graham Kelly took the GN, but it was Robbie Dawson (854) who took the track championship, fresh from being diddled numerous times last weekend.


So again, another opportunity to play 2nd fiddle to the Ones, this time at the traditional after party at Northampton. After a win for Pete Bartram (913) and Luke Wrench (560), and the gorgeously turned out car of AJ Thompson (717) took the consolation. Final time and a quite busy track saw Wrench hit the front and wasn't challenged. A return to red for Wrench, not without time! The meeting was rounded off by Mike Green (115) taking the GN.


Congratulations to former F2 driver Craig Finnikin (ex955) in the F1 World Final. Another golden dynasty has been born to go with the Wainmans and Smiths, following in Bert's footsteps.


Monday, 22 September 2014

F2WF14 Epilogue - By George I Think He's Done It!

Well, what a weekend that was. Sorry for the delay on this report, but man alive, what a weekend, what an atmosphere, what a show! It'll take me a full year to recover, and I'll tell you this, Scotland, I'll be back sooner than 4 years time!

So, with the backdrop with all eyes on Scotland, with referenda, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cups all eyes are Scotland. And the F2 world was no exception, as the world and his wife, descended into the Kingdom of Fife, at to the mecca of Scottish stock car racing - the Racewall

I arrived, with the calendar entourage at around 11:30am on Friday morning to be greeted by the old stadium looking spin and span, with some finishing touches being added. The Grandstand looked imperious and the temporary grandstand gave you an awesome view.

Someone described it as Scotland's Colosseum - they wouldn't be too wrong


With it being 12 years in the making and having the Saloon World as a "test" event last year, Cowdenbeath put on a magnificent show. Prior to the meeting itself, using online ticket sales, and utilising social and print media to its fullest, GMP were determined to make the show look good. With a grandstand funded by the local council and tourism board (a truly great resource used to its fullest potential) it certainly proves that the resources are there to be used, and if your willing to submit the necessary time and effort, additional rewards can be gained.

Now, last year I did mention the on track meet the drivers show which I last witnessed back in 1989 would be a nice touch. And that it was. Giving the fans unbridled access to their cars and the drivers, and giving the kiddies a nice poster of all the world finalists, for them to sign. It made every driver from Moodie, Speak and Bradbury et al feel like a superstar, even the shale drivers getting their first taste of a world final. And of course there was Abi and Sammy, complete in racer girl outfits getting autographed on their bodies with sharpies wasn't the best idea!

With the pre race build up at fever pitch, the big race was race 9, one of the latest I have seen in the programme for a long long while (I'd have it even later if I was in charge - see points of order), people were clamouring and chomping at the bit to get it on. The drivers had been told to get ready in grid order - with Helen Kaleta and Crispen Rosevear sorting the cars into order so that they came on track at the right time. Then the lights went out. Intentionally. As a single spotlight, was shown on the pit gate and the competitors came out, through dry ice. Pure theatre, with everyone applauded. Then Speak, then Moodie. Pure pantomime. With everyone on track and assembled, it was go time. Richard Kaleta, the "host" of the show, mentioned those immortal words, and the floodlights came on. Dramatic stuff, and the cars set off on 2 rolling laps, led by VW Golfs!

As they got away for the first time, it was Chris Bradbury who led to the flag, however the reds came out almost instantaneously as Jan Bekkers (B96) Daz Shaw (377), Kyle Taylor (136) and Martin Ford (19) found themselves a part of autoscuplture on the pit bend. With about 8 cars failing to make the restart, the main beneficiary was Gordon Moodie (7) who jumped up the grid only a row, but nearer to the pack.

Come the restart, Josh Coleman (615) led them away this time, persued by Goldin, Bradbury and Speak. Moodie rapidly shot up behind the Speak car. Speak had already gone sideways into the wall at the restart, but Moodie was swiftly on his back bumper, and dispensed with him into the town bend. However Moodie rode in with Speak, and Speak using tactics straight out of the "Wacky Racers" stomped on the brakes, stopping the 7 car in its progress.

The race then settled down. Bradbury, Goldin and Macmillan and Dawson leading the pack. Goldin went into the lead and started to pull a gap on the cars in front. Meanwhile further back, Moodie was cutting through the traffic and setting about getting back on terms. Macmillan then past Bradbury for 2nd as behind, charging westcountrymen Steve Gilbert (542) and Nathan Maidment (935) were carving through the field holding their own. As halfway flag came out, Goldin led from Macmillan by about a 1/4 of a lap. Goldin was finding it hard to dispense with the traffic, and the 100 car inched towards the 401 machine. Then, bang! Cornishman Gilbert's expired on the pit bend and that was game over for him. The following lap though, Goldin went in, slid in and found himself in a large accident which took most of the remaining field out. Goldin was out of the race, and also out for the count, as some concern surrounded the former World Champion. Goldin can consider himself to be very unlucky, a second title was there for the taking, but that, as they say, is stock car racing, and it why we love the sport.

So for the second year in a row, George Macmillan, restarted the race in the lead. Behind him, some confusion as first Robbie Dawson (854) had overtook Bradbury, only to demoted not only to 3rd but to 4th. Then the backmarkers came in to give some breathing space, as Moodie now was in 3rd, and looking very, very dangerous. As the pace car pulled off, the grid slowed to a crawl, leaving Macmillan, backmarker Dougie Kinrade (IOM164) and Bradbury. The Scot got a perfect restart, and pulled a good 3 cars clear. Meanwhile, as the boards came out Moodie had swooped on the 886 car and moved him wide. With 3 laps to go, the unthinkable couldn't happen this year surely. Greeting the one lap board this time, George had a clear track ahead, and a clear track behind, Moodie a good 3 car lengths away. The Racewall Roar greeted the chequered flag and I don't think there has been a more popular winner in recent times, as the S100 car crossed the line.


Video courtesy of David Allan

In the immediate joy all round, cheers all round. A Scottish one-two and champ we could all cheer. As the S100 car pulled into victory lane, his entourage and wellwishers spilled onto the track to celebrate the champ, as everyone congratulated the new champ, total disbelief was the order of the day as Geomac climbed on top of his car to wave to his fans, complete with orange Mac100 t shirt on. All the great and good, As he had many laps on honour on the Burgoyne break down wagon, the guard of honour for the new champ in the pits and applause and adulation was cranked up another notch. The sheer disbelief was mixed with pure joy, all around, from Scully, to sisters Lyn and Liz and the celebrations carried on well into the night.

For me, it is a great win. One of stock cars nice guys, George and his family has been dealt some awful luck over the past couple of years. Disillusionment at the start of 2012 saw George temporarily join the throng of Spedeworth, however the light was seen and he was back on the grid for the consi semi final at Barford which he duly won, only a few weeks after losing his father. To then cross the line 3rd in the big race only to have taken away on an infringment. This was also after losing the British with engine troubles that year. Then in 2013, he led right up to the last corner at Bristol in the semi finals, after passing Speaky, only to trip over James Rygor (783). Then we all know what happened in the World Final last year. He was quickly becoming a parody, a bit like Unlucky Alf on the Fast Show, so for all that bad luck, good luck was bound to follow. A dream ending to a bloke who truly deserves the world title - only one question George, Korev or Rattler????

Friday night saw Sam Wagner (823) take the consolation semi, which saw many of the fancied runners fall by the wayside, including Burgoyne. Marc Fortune (64) took the heat, with Craig Wallace (16) taking the Consolation, and then Liam Rennie (3) taking the final. On Saturday night, Wallace and Chris Burgoyne (647) took the heats, the consolation went the way of Stephen Forster (652). Bobby Griffin (866) taking the Alan Benson Trophy, in only the 2nd of 2 English winners over the weekend. The Sunday session saw Wallace and Rennie take the heats, a rare win for Garry Sime (480) in the consi, before Rennie took the final and Gordon, the GN. It was Cowdie after all!


The only criticisms I've got are minor points. The starts are horrendous up here. They might as well be a closed grid. Whilst the pace car keeps the pace, everyone does not keep the gaps. There were some races where reds were in the middle of the blues - and not just your run of the mill red, superstars!!! Lets see a few pringles please Cowdie!
Both evening meetings fell foul of the curfew. With championship races they can take a small age to run, so perhaps, if next year's meeting is under curfew, (and if it is to be Hednesford then they have a curfew on the Sunday aswell!), have a few appetisers, and leave us with the main course. No dessert required, cos lets face it, after the world everything is an anticlimax.
If I didn't have calendars to sell, I doubt I would have gone on Sunday. It just felt a little flat, and perhaps another championship, maybe for the saloons, would have been better to keep the interest there. The World Revenge wasn't mentioned once, and it didn't seem to have the same prize fund as the previous year, which is a shame really, which, despite the awful weather that befell last year, worked!
I'm also not a fan of the Heritage. These big old jalopies should not be on big meetings. Plus I'd like to see the next generation- the custom builts, the 1300 era. These original heritage cars should be preserved and not raced!
Scottish Food.... I love it. I think it's the first time I've had the options of noodles from a Burger van since an ill advised festival choice back in the day, but after 2 scotch pies - yum, a Scottish breakfast - tatty scones and lorne sausage, all washed down with Irn-Bru and Red Cola.... the stuff that is smuggled to Skegness every year for that well known Scottish asylum seeker, Paul Brown! Sadly, I didn't have the stomach for the stomach of a haggis, and didn't go to a chippy - which I should have done - the chips up here are something else!

It would be remiss of me to not to put through a few thank yous with regard to the stall. Firstly, to the Racewall staff for assisting us with the set up.From the owners, the Brewsters, and Dave Borthwick, to the guy that changes and empties the bins, we were made to feel most welcome. A fantastic effort. Yes, it took a while to set up on the Friday night, but we got a stall up and running, run by myself, Dave Trickey, calendar girls Abi Coombes and Madame Starter Sammy Brenton(who was on flag duties as well at Cowdie), James Brenton, saloon driver and chip abuser Ben Goddard, Racewall Racing Doll, Ashleigh Reid and her fella Niall, and her girls Shawnni and Jodie, and also to Jacklyn Ellis and Liam Bentham - that boy can sell sell sell! Neil Hooper and Dave Polley for borrowing tables and Team MiniMossy for transporting the gazebo. And to those who bought the calendar or gave donations - THANK YOU! Initial counts put the figure around £2000 which truly is fantastic!

So Macmillan was a winner all round!

Friday, 12 September 2014

F2WF14 --- 1 Day to Go

We all know the story of last year
When folk came to Smeatharpe to give em a cheer
The legends of the black mightly crashed
And left with both reputations abashed
George took to the front and it looked all but certain
But spinning Dutchman prematurely closed his curtain
The charge into the corner, as 3 cars went in
The one in third coming out with a grin
The title grabbed by a tiger's pounce
This year will it be two on the bounce?
Cowdenbeath decides for whom the bell tolls
For a crowd more divided than the independence poll
From the ramming of Taunton, to PJ's World Tour
All this Speak Moodie talk is becoming a bore...
For the non ban for Gordon's Donuts
Just fuels the fire for the Anyone Buts
Reputations are made and also fall
When you race around that dreaded wall
So enough of the debate and first corner jokes.
The green flag is down...

Thursday, 11 September 2014

F2WF14 - 3 and 2 days to go - Calendar Stories.....

Friday sees the official launch of the 2015 Jho Brisca F2 Charity Calendar in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Cowdenbeath. Last year saw over £1500 raised for this worthy cause, in one of the other talking points of the 2013 World Final Weekend, besides that race, and him and him...

The 2014 calendar has adorned garages, workplaces, kitchens and race controls alike, and well, despite the fact it only had 363 days on it (I'm led to believe that Dorestians don't believe in the 31st March or 30th April).

So if you remember last year had it's trials and tribulations. So you'd think that luck would be kind and that 2015 would be a breeze... yeah right! Last year we were very fortunate with the semi final locations, meaning that any last minute shoots could be done at the semi finals at Bristol. This year, I knew I had to get a better geographical spread and with that geographical problems befell me, being 70 miles from Land's End! So a few roadtrips and photographers needed to be contacted.

With the best of intentions, I set about trying to shoot as much as I could as early as I could. But as you know, the road to hell is paved with them. I was approached by a few ladies who were based around Essex and were willing to go to the Arena Essex and do their thing. Unfortunately, both girls had to pull out at the last minute, saving me a journey on the Britain's biggest car park the M25.

The next person I wanted on the shoot was Paul Moss (979). The Moss family supported last year's calendar brilliantly, and with PJ embarking on his massive tour, I thought it only be right to spend a May evening down in Fowey, creating a little bit of Christmas. The models for the shoot were Lucy and Ruth. Lucy was the unfortunate girl from last year, she had been part of the January shoots with the 605 and 835 cars, which had to be scrapped due to poor lighting and mist! So with Lucy and Ruth, the Barista Babes (both work in Starbucks) we set out for Fowey. Lucy picks up the story

"After a long shift at work I was regretting not packing a jumper as Jonny had suggested, instead I opted for a bottle of wine to keep me warm between photos. Ruth and I met Jonny and so the drive began down to the shoot, talking about the outfits, the calendar and the prang he'd had in his car the week before. The prang was played down and wrongly so! After taking control of the music and banging out some old school dance tracks and Eurovision songs, somewhere down a  country road out of no where our vision was completely blocked by ninja squirrels (thats the story we are releasing to the press) smashing the wind screen and forcing us to come to a stand still. After sitting in silence for a few minutes regaining composure we discussed Jonnys "prang" the week before where he then revealed the bonnet was being held down by cable ties!! - This explains the reasoning for the bonnet flying up and smashing the windscreen whilst driving on a twisty, turny country lane. We agreed om the ninja story and reattached the bonnet and continued to the shoot. On arrival the temperature had dropped a good 3-4 degrees and we were freezing. Off me and Ruth tottered to get changed and open the wine with the hope it would warm us up. Jonny had kindly bought 2 dresses off a website for us to wear which were "one size fits all" in this case it was " one size fits Ruth" sitting down to put on my shoes the inner seam split and from then on a little more of the seam came undone with each breath. Not only was I conscious of my breathing ripping the dress, it hardly covered my bum! After half a bottle of wine I simply apologised to the lads for the extra flesh and maneuvered myself into the poses required in this very restricting dress and our heals sinking immediately into the grass. The whole evening we were in giggles and its full of events I will  never forget. Turns out the wine was the best idea I'd had, after the traumatic drive too the shoot and the comical outfit mishaps"

Then after a St Day, I saw the excellent in car video on the Neil Hooper car, once I found the guy whos camera it was, I friended him on Facebook to thank him for the video. I then looked at his work, and lo, he was a fairly good photographer and his missus was fit! Cue Dave and Abi coming on board. With a list of drivers and locations and potential shoot venues, it was always going to be tricky, but Dave got started whilst I sorted a few more things out. First up was a trip to Exmouth for Dave and Abi, to shoot the front cover with Neil Hooper (676) with plenty of excellent shots.

June became a wasted month as I struggled to find models that were available. After enjoying the hospitality of the Issac's team, young Matt's (937) car was chosen to go for a Halloween shoot, including recruiting one of his cousins to shoot on it. Last year's star Alana had been missing in action for the majority of the time, as she had left her jannery shores to head to big city. However she was, like Take That, back for good. So after initially coming for the ride, I got her to come on board, as we dived into Exeter to find something Halloween-ish. Driving into Exeter can be a nightmare, parking even worse. As the girls hit the shops to find something, but to no avail. Exeter's only fancy dress shop was closed, so mass panic, and then I suddenly had a lightbulb moment, Argos sell Batgirl outfits! Punch the code. Only one here. Grrrr, but then the friendly assistant said there was one in Honiton, and it will just going to be a pick up. Boom!
One from my camera, which is shite!

The next big tour included a rather large and bold move. I was aiming to shoot quite a lot of cars over the weekend. Regular trophy girls and one of Mr Brown's girls, Niomie Jade, put me in touch with two young ladies from Holbeach who wanted to do to shoot. Step forward, Emma and April, who were very excited! So with Abi and Alana also goign to lose their Skeg virginity, things were gathering apace. So with 5 girls pencilled in, things couldn't go wrong, could they? Damn right they could, as Niomie, Abi and Alana, pulled out with work and other committments. So with 2 girls, I decided to give it a go. I had arrived early Saturday morning to be greeted by a bunch of drunk janners, and Kat Dawe. I turned up as the party was in its embers, with the bad tidings that my girls wouldn't be there until Sunday. On Sunday, the girls did come, and so did the rain and inclement weather, which saw shoots done under darkened skies. Luke Loveland (120), Tim Bailey (817) and Micky Brennan (968)'s cars were done. Highlights included Mummy Brennan wanting to get involved too! However, the first apologetic attempt of April Showers starring George Macmillan (100) was woeful.....
The following weekend gave us an opportunity to shoot a few more cars at Northampton. On our hitlist was Chris Burgoyne (647) as one of Scotland's top drivers. We thought, he'll be too busy to lend his car before the big race, we'll do it after the European. Cue aerofoil scalping in the big race. Damn, can't shoot that. Then the Pink Meeting at Bristol, which saw Alana there to take on the Thatcher's Gold supplied by meeting sponsor Andy Maidment along with Nathan's car being done again - another car that will always get in for aslong as they want to be on.

With August here, I saw that the following weekend was going to be make or break. The wonderful Timehop told me that all shoots had been completed this time last year, and I had 6 done. Out of 26! So the Batten weekend was going to be make or break. Darren Wade (891) had offered sponsorship, so jumped to the front of the queue. He'd brightened up his motor and made it look immaculate only to the point of being dazzlingly shiny. That was the only shoot done on Saturday. I was left with a problem. Cars were here. Girls, not so. So I took a punt, and asked the regular trophy girls Emily and Kim if they were keen. Thankfully they were! Sunday Morning and after a reasonable nights sleep and drinking session, and the bag of outfits was dropped in the girl's changing room. Madame Starter, Sammy Brenton, thought it was a game of dress up, such was the jumble sale look to the dressing room. As Kim and Emily sorted out their outfits for the Steve Gilbert (542), and got their outfits ready for the oncoming conveyer belt of cars coming onto the track, their friend Kirstin came in, possibly at the wrong time, as Sammy, Emily and Kim cajoled her into getting involved. Kirstin had recently had a bad car accident which had her left with nasty injuries. She threw herself into the shoots. Meanwhile, whilst Gilbert, Wagner, Harley, Speak and Batten's cars were being shot by Dave and Alan Parkinson, Alana, Tom Adcroft (768) and Tom's dad, joined Bart Smeets on the side road behind the pits to shoot her February shoot, with Tom's dad helping the best way he could.

After shoots with the Moodie and Alyward cars had been shot by Dave, and Constable and Aldridge, with Bart and Alana, it was all eyes on the Polleysport towers. George and nephew David, set about soaking Abi and Kirstin, with a tiny Peppa pig bucket, but the boy did good. George also proclaimed he had a new favourite, Kirstin taking over from Steph off last year's calendar!

Shoots away from home included the TMR Girls Helen and Hannah, on both 905 cars. Jacklyn Ellis's shoot was getting delayed as she struggled to find a photographer to take her pictures, and the Racing Doll's wear finding me two girls to go on Dennis. Meanwhile the bad news came from the photographers that reshoots would be needed. Ryan Wadling and Darren Wade's needed reshooting, fairly easy for us westcountry folk to reshoot. However, for Chopper Alyward, it was game over. So another car was needed, step forward James Lindsay (572).

Meanwhile in Scotland, Ashleigh Reid and her Racing Dolls hit the workshops of Dennis Middler (641), however it wasn't plain sailing....
"Dennis told the "Dolls" that the cars were clean but by the end of the shoot the dolls were VERY dirty lol.Shaunnie learned that some impact guns are heavy and she had to ask for a lighter tool lol.. I learned that my girls I cast were tiny as I had to kirby grip the waists on their skirts to hold them up lol"
As both myself and Ashleigh struggled to find the final February shoot, we panicked as time was running out. One bank holiday left, and a St Day. With the drivers chosen, a quick rejig of the months saw us need to take some reshoots. As I counted Abi's shoots where higher than Alana's last year, I needed some fresh faces. That I got with the return of Terri, from last year, and her mate Zoe, who became beach babes, and sexy Santas.
"I loved it! It was such a fun filled experience I would definitely do it again!! It could easily build someones confidence, if they don't mind standing around half naked in the freezing cold with hundreds of on lookers" said Zoe.

At the end of St Day, I went over to Race Control to speak to Sammy. Not only did she tell me her mum had a print shop, and that they could probably turn around in less time and lead up to print. This bought me some time. With pictures from Jac and our Scottish one not yet with us yet and with time rapidly running out, a plan B was hatched with Sammy. She was going to bring her own outfits along, however it absolutely tipped it down. The ok had been passed by steward for us to go on track, helpful when Sammy works there, and the Chris Bradbury car was chosen. Then as Dave and I were on track shooting the pictures, when the phone goes with Jac and her pics, so that solved the pink month. Hang on, isn't Sammy in pink....we need red! So with a quick bit of photoshopping to change the pink to red!

All shoots were now in, and well then the miracle happened. With Spikey's excellent design work, it was over to the printers and with it, many afternoons of work, and stacking and assisting putting it together. For a full list of thank yous.... check the back page of the calendar!

So with a bootfull of calendars and other such paraphernalia, we head to Scotland. I love this years calendar, fruits of plenty of hard labour running around like a headless chicken. Now comes the bit where you come in....

For just £10 you can get your hands on THE stock car calendar of the year, and your money goes to help us tell cancer to do one, and help those who have been ridden with this terrible disease.

See you up the Wall

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

F2WF14 - 4 Days to go.... Raceweek 29. No more laps. Next stop, Scotland!

Well, folks, if your car's not ready, it'll never be as there are now no more laps. Next stop, Friday night up in Scotland...


The last midweek School night Skeg for the summer. After heat wins for Chris Bryan (805) and Ashley England (846), it was the legend that is Jimmy The Wriggle(527), that booked a Red top to show off at Cowdenbeath. The GN was won by Skeg veteran Andrew Spence (557)

So to the Racewall, where in 7 days, it will be all eyes on it. So with front row folks Coleman (615) and Goldin (401) getting some laps in before next weekends golden shindig, it was more a case of marking cards. After heat wins for Chris Burgoyne (647) and Gordon Moodie (7). Indeed it was Moodie who took the final, with a new lap record. Ominous indeed. Robbie Dawson (854)  took the GN.


Many have asked where Marc Fortune (64) has been this season, such has the Scottish youngster 's attendance. He has been dabbling with some banger like action, but with a drive in his F2, he swooped to a faultless double heat and final haul. Paul Prest (49) took a GN win before his WF start.


With the focus of attention being elsewhere in Scotland, the wildlings of the far North had another meeting before the big one slightly south at the Wall. Paul Butcher (189) took full advantage of going up for a week's break taking in some Crimond action. However it was Graham Kelly (721) who took the feature race in dramatic style.


So with one of the many banger "world" titles on offer and Mike Priddle in charge of a cement mixer for most of the week, there where a few new odds and sods on offer to the discerning Toytown punter. But it was the Westcountry's chance to see a few things, with a few surprises. Banger driver Wayne Wadge (920) had the Randall from the Sansom stable that Timmy Farrell had been using, and keeping it in the family, a certain novice took full advantage of Bill Batten's kind offer to drive his car. Speaky was using the 167 car to shake down, perhaps with the option of using it at the Racewall, or not!
So with a decent field, 2 heats and a final was the call of duty. Heat 1 was led away by the fastest man in practice, Matt Stoneman (127) who was flying until the lap boards came out, and then his car started to slow, just as Neil Hooper (676) was pressuring the 127 bumper. Hooper took the win. Heat 2 was led away by Gary Sillifant (627), who came under pressure from the Ryan Wadling (476) bumper, and Sillifant crashed out. Meanwhile behind, Rygor and Speak clashed along with red top "friend" Matt Brewer (206).
Meanwhile, in the consolation, with Mikulla and Rygor in it, it was more than a normal race. However, it was Stoneman that got into the lead early from returning Sy Harraway (83), with Rygor struggling in the TLF car further back.
Final time and all eyes were on the front with a fair amount of yellow tops in the mix. Julian Coombes (828) led them away, but was soon overhauled by the yellow top charge of Mike Rice (438), Jay Tonkin (290), Dale Moon (302) and Tom Clark (575). Rice and Tonkin broke away, and progress was only stopped when Mike Priddle (14) and Sy Harraway (83) clashed, with the latter obviously inspired by "Tumble" as he tried to vault the Priddle car coming out of turn 4. Bedlam followed and Rice became a casualty, and Moon joined in.

Come the restart, Tonkin led from Moon, as Rice's race was curtailed by the incident. Meanwhile, Speak and Bradbury were the first reds to show. The restart saw Bradders pass Speak without incident and swooping then on Moon and Clark. Indeed with the boards coming out, Bradbury took over the lead, Hooper moved up to second, and Tonkin held on for 3rd, Speak just missing the podium. Behind some of the best scrapping for minor places between Stoneman, Mikulla, Rygor and Avery, position changes every corner. Epic stuff!

The GN was led away by Courtney Finnikin (55) and it wasn't until the boards came out that Tom Clark (575) caught up with her as Jamie Avery hit a stationary car and required medical attention. However with plenty of cars in between the leaders and the charging Hooper and Speak, they held on, and Hooper pulled off, bringing Speak up to third and Bradders up to 4th. At 6:40pm, one of the latest finishes at Taunton for quite some time, not helped by lethargic banger drivers and a nasty incident with one of the mini drivers.


Priddle being, Priddle

"Big crash in the final with some funny shit it the pits after it went a bit like boyband Jack Aldridge you made a mess off that prids. me yes but its only a stock car. Sophie Priddle that tyres fucked no probs chuck one on boyband the roll cage has gone over me fuck that get a hammer in to that side panel Jeremy Moss the bonnets not looking to good and the filters hanging off cable ties big hammer soph wing mirror on hmm what do you think boyband it looks brand new PMSL thanks guys top job to get us out in the GN not the best off days but fucking good fun see e all soon"

Well Moodie's looking quick, Bradders looks like he's knows he's gonna crash (even with cheerleaders uniformed up with "Bradder's Wheel Catchers"

Nothing else to discuss here! BRING ON THE WORLD!!!!

Monday, 8 September 2014

F2WF14 - 5 Days to Go - The Contenders inside

615 Josh Coleman
First Coleman in the World Final since John Thompson
The man who took to the track at Mildenhall finished ahead of many fancied runners.
With very limited tarmac form in recent years however as the result of a bet with Billy Webster, he arrives at the wall with the 226 machine to use. Has been putting in some pre meeting practice aswell. Will be the proudest moment of his career, unless, he wins it!
Will win if... the others hit the self destruct button and he gets away

218 Rob Speak
8 times Brisca F2 World Champion, you name it, he's won it!
Will he, won't he? The man with no real peers when it comes to World Titles could start very much in the Kingmaker position. Leading last year gave him a real buzz and the end result saw him counting the cost of the Moodie assualt and beying for revenge following the destruction of his Elite. Its replacement on the Tarmac hasn't been as good yet, and that if Rob does go for the title, another car has been talked about.
Will win if... he deals with those who are faster than him in the way he knows best.

788 Steve Mallinson
Shale star superstar
Mallinson comes on the grid with his rich shale form paying dividends. Mostly seen on shale, but what many forget is that Mallinson started his career setting the world on fire with tarmac tearups at the likes of Birmingham
Will win if... the ones quicker around him fall by the wayside.

49 Paul Prest
Our man in the North East
Paul Prest has been on of the busiest drivers on the circuits up and down the land. Equally as adept on tarmac as on shale, Prest has been one of the racewinners at both Barford and Buxton in the past. A Top ten finish wouldn't be too far away from the truth.
Will win if... stays out of trouble and those around find it!

136 Kyle Taylor
Shale supremo
Kyle gets on grid for his first world final, and well, goes in with the "in it to win it" attitude despite having limited tarmac experience. Will definately enjoy the moment!
Will win if... he Kruiz's past everyone, and jumps on the brakes

7 Gordon Moodie
Current National Points, British and European Champion. Former World Champion
Starts the race as a slight pre race favourite, down to the side of the grid he is on, despite the grid position. A controversial few months for the Scot has been summed up by his misdemeanours at the Bill Batten Tribute meeting, however no lasting action
Will win if....the "as fast" guys hit the self destruct button and avoids a confrontation.

448 John Wright
Winner of the Mildenhall semi meeting final
Very much a shale driver, he joins the world grid via the medium of having the local knowledge of Mildenhall which got him on the grid. Little is known about his tarmac form, but I'm sure he'll give it a go
Will win if... Shell start fracking under the wall and there's an excess of shale to get rid off

19 Martin Ford
One of the many Fords
Martin is one of the many Fords that frequent the raceways up and down the land. More Fords than Dagenham Motors in F2 at the moment. Whilst he's more happier on the shale, he is no stranger to tarmac, after coming down to Taunton for a drop of the hard stuff.
Will win if... "the first corner plan goes right"

846 Ashley England
Young Gun
Since he made his arrival in fine style by winning the Good Friday meeting at NIR in 2013, England has developed into being one of the drivers to watch, especially at NIR or Skegness. With a rich racing heritage in his family, he certainly could be in the shake up.
Will win if... he can get to the border quickly. England winning in Scotland, there be hellup!

641 Dennis Middler
Quick round the Wall
The Scot set about getting himself on grid for the big one by driving all over. Often wins at least one final a year up at the wall, Dennis is a popular driver and win or lose will be smiling.
Will win if.... he gets his kilt out

Sunday, 7 September 2014

F2WF14 - 6 Days to Go - The Contenders Outside

401 Barry Goldin
Current UK Open Champion and World of Shale Champion. Former World, National Points, European and British Champion.
One of the star drivers on both surfaces this season, Basil certainly has been in the shake up for quite some time. One of the most decorated drivers in Brisca F2, has always had the bad luck in either the semi finals or the big race itself. More than capable, could it be gold no 2 for Goldin?
Will win if.... wife Jo is nowhere near the track....

886 Chris Bradbury
Multi track champion on both surfaces. Twice runner up. Former Points and British Champion.
Been a relatively quiet season for Bradders. Started off with a maximum at the Bristol Qualifier. His form had been hampered with a leg injury sustained his mid season.  A self confessed non lover of Cowdenbeath, he has jokingly said that he will be bringing a Jaguar to race, such is the "demolition darby" nature of the track. Will be looking to make up for last year's unfortunately timed illness.
Will win if... he remembers his Beechams Max Strength Plus.

377 Daz Shaw
Former World of Shale Champion
Early season form saw Shaw go to Superstar. Very much a shale racer, tends not to race on the tar, so will be interesting to see what he turns up with to race with. Indefatigable in approach, so will be interesting to see how he goes.
Will win if... it turns into a DD and there's lot of leftover shale on the car...

100 George Macmillan
5th last year, Former F2 Nationals Champion
The GeoMac story with the world final over the last 2 years has been one of total disaster and emotion. 3rd across the line at Barford but cruel scrutineering robbed him. Leading til one to go last year even more cruel. Would be a very popular and emotional winner, and certainly has the track knowledge.
Will win if.... he keeps his emotion in check and races with a cool head and doesn't run over any black cats on the way in. Or lawnmower a 3 leaf clover.

488 Liam Bentham
Kart track supremo, good on both
The drive of the semi finals to 1. finish with his car in the state it was in come the end and 2. to finish in 5th, the driver has been there are or thereabouts on both surfaces, with more success on the loose stuff.  Dark horse winner.
Will win if.... bedlam in front and he keeps a cool head.

542 Steve Gilbert
Leading the 2014 Novice of The Year
This year's top newbie has had an impressive baptism, jumping from white to superstar (with a week or two at yellow). A first trip on the shale saw an excellent return of 6th, beating his father's record to getting into a world final at the first time of asking. He's going to race and doesn't care too much for reputations, just like his dad, Peter!
Will win if.... he sees off the more experienced in front of him.

995 Michael Lund
Shale specialist, related to John, but not that one
The self confessed shale snail has had a remarkable year on the loose stuff, gaining a superstar grade for the month of May.
Will win if.... an Icelandic volcano produces an ash cloud so big and fierce it turns the Racewall to shale mid race

954 Jamie Beere
Westcountry Yellow Top
Jamie is part of good travelling team of 2nd generation Newton Abbot based drivers. He drives the ex Jamie Avery (126) Motorworld, and has not been too averse to travelling - be it Cowdenbeath or Mildenhall.
Will win if... all ahead lose their heads

560 Luke Wrench
Botherer of the Official Grader - floats between blue and red
Luke often puts in good perfmornaces at his home tracks in the Midlands, with Buxton being his particular stomping ground. Capable and speedy enough to take a win, although likes a jump start or two....
Will win if... someone distracts the steward and he starts the world final during the first heat!

597 Barry Clow
East Coast Dual Surface Driver
Barry qualified by surviving this brutal semi final. Tends to race on both surfaces in his native East Anglia. Will look forward and try and get in a train and pick up the pieces
Will win if... the electromagnets work until the last corner...