BRADDERS BEASTS BRUM QUALIFIER
Over 60 F2s contested their World Qualifier with heat one halted for two separate but simultaneous crashes which involved Micky Brennan (968) and Jack Aldridge (921) with leader Matt Brewer (206) pulling off on the restart allowing Ryan Hoskin (991) to win. Another Western visitor triumphed in heat two with Ryan Wadling (476) on top this time after many of the reds and superstars hit trouble, a pattern that continued in the consolation where several big names retired and Brennan (who had done well to repair the heat one damage) crashed with Liam Rennie (3) and Jacklyn Ellis (915) on the last lap. Brewer impressed again in the Final as he led to half distance with Sy Harraway (83) pursuing but as the yellow top made his move the pair tangled together and in their desperation to continue circulated for two laps neatly stuck together. This virtually handed the win on a plate to Bradbury who showed marked improvement following a slightly lacklustre heat and consolation, before Brewer led again in the GN but was passed by Richard Stott (169) who took the spoils. Good Davard
IVES GONNA TAKE MILDO FINAL WIN THEN!
Off to the whispered shires of West Row they came, for Tiddlywinks, as 45 drivers descended ever so quietly to Mildenhall for a World of Shale QR The First heat went the way of Oliver Ives (997) who is beginning to look the part. Daz Shaw (377) continued his rich vein of shale form by taking Heat 2. Paul Nicholson (198) took a brutal consolation. All eyes were on the final, and an untidy start saw a big pile up with Mark Thoms (150) taking the brunt of the attack. Once the complete restart got away both Ives and Mark Dorrill (449) traded blows, but Ives broke clear, and that was the way it stayed, with Graham Mole (145) who held second from Carl Issit (103)'s assualt. A tasty finish to the GN saw long time leader Daz Schenschall (376) hold for the new distance until Michael Lund (995) took over and take the chequered....
MITCHELL MOVES ON SHEFFIELD SHALE
The Steel City Shaleway also got underway too. Sadly, only 20 cars turned up at Sheffield. Steve Mallinson (788) took a lively heat 1. Michael Lund (995) took another win in heat 2 capping off a cracking week for him which sees him rise to superstar.
The final was a brutal race, Rob Mitchell (905) using his shale experience to shift his way through the pack. Sam Wagner (823) took the GN
Check out the full story from Mick here
MOODIE SCORE GOES NORTH AT CRIMOND
So to the far nor o Scotland, where even the cows wear jumpers, as Crimond starts it biggest season since joining Brisca as it takes the Scottish Championship for the first time later this year. Just a dozen cars were there. For heat 1 winner Robbie Dawson (854) it was the equivalent of popping to Tesco's, and with the speed of popping in for the sunday papers, some haribo and a bottle of coke. Heat 2 saw His Gordyness (7) take a convincing win which he followed up with the final.Jason McDonald rounded out a decent day with a GN victory. Moodie was 3rd.
BRADDERS BAGS HIGH SPEED HEDNO
It was also World Qualifying day for the BriSCA F2s with a trip of blue tops piling up to halt the opener with Steve Smith(299) passing Marc Rowe(526) for the lead, these two then taken out in separate incidents which shook the order up completely and it was James Riggall (527) who emerged from the chaos for the win. The second heat was stopped when Phil Trigg (521) chose to park on top of Ashley England (846) with Richard Stott(169) and Ryan Hoskin (991) taking turns up front but it was Chris Bradbury (886) who came through for the spoils. Brett Constable (91) dropped out of the lead in the consolation and it was Rowe who led for most of the way but Kelvyn Whalley (101) bumpered him aside on the last lap to take the first win for his new car, before the Final saw a few stoppages plus Ryan Morgan (48) and Ryan Wadling (476) taking turns in the lead, but there was no denying Bradbury who made it two Final wins for the weekend, Dutch visitor Pieter van den Beek (H383) impressing all present by taking the GN on his track debut. Div Baddard
POINTS OF ORDER
Career first win at last for PJ Moss (979) who finally got the breaks he needed and took the consolation. Some chuffed I reckon.
Cornish newcomer Tyla Keveth (428) showed his intent with a high placing in the heat, having taken the Jason Phillips (395) Randall to second in his heat. Tyla had a rough old start to the season, having written off his Matt Westaway (835) Randall following a throttle stick in practice at Taunton. Certainly one to watch if he doesn't go up this month
Now this is one of my many bete noirs, but the total disregard shown to our formula by Incarace/Spedeworth by restricting the bookings. This is our world qualifier, the biggest domestic meeting at ANY track. Considering the location of the track and that it was a solus tarmac meeting, the opportunity to have 80+ cars was there for the taking. Especially as it was coupled with the Hednesford qualifier. Also, to those not aware, the semi finalists start money is funded by every competitor in a qualifier contributing £6 just to enter. So if 20 drivers are turned away - that's £120 that doesn't go into the prize fund and has to be found somewhere else. And it's not as though there is another one next week, for some drivers these qualifiers are the only way to get to the golden road. If they are prevented from doing a qualifier, then their chances are somewhat diminished. Maybe in the Sissystox, where you race a single meeting and could end up in the World Final, but F2 is a much bigger beast, which seems to lost on some promoters.
Now I know the counter argument why restrictions were put in place, pit space. But why have the Brisca Minis as a unnecessary support. That's 30 spaces there. And if you needed another formula in or some entertainment, get Dave Goddard and Richard Sleeman to have a dance off ... or one of the dull domestic formula you have there. Again, it's a question of fairness for all competitors and freedom to race in any qualifier that they wish too. Whilst it is the promoters right to refuse a booking, there has to be a just and right reason.
Next year, it's Incaworth's turn to host the world - I bet a Smart Price world final for what is seen in their eyes as a 3rd fiddle!Maybe the fellow promoters need to remind those who choose to restrict to perhaps restrict the amount of meetings they have....and that there are at the last count over 400 active F2 drivers in the UK, plus 300 on the continent.
Plus a note of caution. The scary mini roll that saw the car flip multiple times and land by the crash fence at Birmingham on Saturday night. Within moments pictures were all over social media, whilst the driver was ok, and it was a freak accident and no one was hurt, Mr Herbert Jobsworth from Her Maj's Elf n safety executive looks at it and lo, what's this, a health and safety inspection and more restrictions placed on us all. Birmingham is one of the better tracks for safety, and the bowl like format of the track means accidents like this are not the norm.
Don't give the jobsworth clipboard 'kers any ammo! Think before you post!
One thing has become clear with regard to Crimond. If there was a track halfway between there and Cowdie, it would have a rather large catchment area, as then both tracks would benefit from it. How can this be a full point meeting when some promotions (rhymes with utter dirth) use all in for 35/40 car meetings. Fairness again.
20 all in at Sheffield is a little disappointing, but this track doesn't get as many 2's as the other shale tracks, maybe 2 shale meets in a weekend is too much to play with? Bear in mind also - last week had a midweek shale meet although...
....Plaudits for Startrax - something new using Group On and the crowd was heaving, even more than when the tractor lovers there, said our reporter. Ideas like this although will lose some money in the short run, makes money in the long run!
With the F1's having the same WCQR it was interesting to see that at both Birmingham and Hednesford had the same final winner both days. Sir Robert of course, taking the tractor spoils
Right SuperComputer and myself will be having deep conversations and like Bruno Brookes, I'll be giving you the low down on who's up and down...