So after a week of fallout and opinion, much of it hilarious, it took an official statement from Brisca F2 to dampen things down....
BLACKBURN PICK OF THE POPS AT MILDO
32 cars turned up at the last meeting before the Semi, which was a little disappointing. Rollovers for Tom Pell (724) and Mark Clayton (81) was a highlight of heat 1, which was won by Tony Blackburn (225). Track debutant Glen Scott (177) took Heat 2. Heat 3 was a win for Martin Ford (19). The final was lead off by Andy Gibbs (431) who led until Blackburn took over with Steve Cayzer (380) Chris Bradbury (886) and George Turricki (186) rattling behind. Turricki dived on the Bradbury back bumper and a spot of afters as the 186 started to ram the 886 car. More handbags.... Undeterred by his being rammed without invitation, Bradbury took the national...
DAWSON WINS AFTER GEORGE AND ALAN SPINS
So with a week of build up and cajoling, the second running of the George MacMillan Memorial Trophy (also known as the Mac100) saw plenty of travellers, including the obligatory TART's Dan Moss (797) and Nathan Maidment (935), Neil Hooper (676) getting some Cowdie practice in, and Richie Mead (596) getting some much needed crashing practice in.
An excellent turnout for a domestic date of just shy of 30, meant that a 2 from 3 format was applied, making the final a showpiece event - something which has been sadly lacking from finals in Scotland this season. With the main cat away it was an opportunity for a few Crimonders to come and play, and lower graders. Kieran Howie (679) sped away in Heat 1, hotly pursued by recent returnee Dan Moss (797). The second heat was won by the rapid Alan Edmiston (580) who it could be said is currently undergraded.
Final time, and it was soon the case of Edmiston leading them away, until with 2 to go, a caution was thrown, leaving the potential for an emotional grand stand finish. And that we got. George MacMillan (100) desperate to win the trophy that bears his late fathers name, dived in on the blue top on the mother of all last benders, however, it all went Pete Tong....and Edmiston asked for lube next time before being entered into up the rear with that amount of force.
Robbie Dawson(854) took the win, with a yoink of the highest order. But Dawson, it was delight of winning a trophy which all the drivers want to win, and especially as sister Laura, is the current beau of GeoMac..
|Source undisclosed....George shows the youngsters in Micro F2's a shining example.....|
AVERY GOOD ST DAY
The worst turn out this year for the Cornish track, perhaps it was a bit "after the Lord Mayor's show", with a lot of local based drivers otherwise occupied. Notable travellers included a first ever St Day for Matt Linfield (464) who brought his Zetec powered F2 down to play. Also, it was first race for the TLF car of James Rygor (783). As it just scraped into the 2 out of 3 territory, 3 heat races were run. The First heat went the way of Chris Mikulla (522) who spent the week acclimatising in the local area. It was a wonder he didn't grow a 6th toe. However, the other 2 heats were a precursor of what was to come. James Lindsay (572) sped away to the first, however he was eventually reeled in by Jamie Avery (126).
The third heat was much more lively, with Rygor trading blows with Matt Brewer (206) which saw both drivers progress hindered. Avery took his second win of the day. The final was led away until halfway by James Lindsay, who then was passed by Avery, and by Richard Beere (254) with the laps to go. With Rygor breathing down the Plymouthian white top's back bumper, both drivers were side by side, and there was no way the Tiger was getting past as both moved onto the infield, with the plucky white top holding on, and Mikulla nicking 4th on the line. So a return to red for Avery.
In the national, it was a battle royale between yellow tops, the returning Nobby James (517) and the aforementioned Beere, after James Lindsay led them off again, his progress only stopped by his dad Bryan (683) spinning. Beere took the win and Avery got up to 5th, topping off a good weekend for the Newton Abbot based drivers.
(There was 3 interviews done, however there was so much wind in them, you could barely hear them, so sorry Jamie, Richard and James - there will be another time. Damn you, Bertha!!!)
CRAIG LISTS ANOTHER BARFORD BONANZA
A very poor showing of only 10 cars at Barford proved rich pickings for the Scottish youngster Craig Wallace (16), as he took both heats and the final. As it has become an almost tradition, Charlie Whitfield (301) took the GN
POINTS OF ORDER
Too many meetings? No, I don't think so. Poorly scheduled meetings? Yes. Barford and St Day's meetings after a period of busy weekends (Skegness, NIR, Taunton) were always going to be onto a hiding to nothing. With a great period for some drivers who cannot afford to race away from home, saw them spend the quid they had on something else, beat a barbecue or whatever. Whether it is mid season apathy or just whether they have forgotten they have had a stock car in the garage for the past 2 months, solus weekends and dates do not help the spread of fixtures at all. Yes 90 cars race at Skeg and EuroPENIS but there's 400 that don't!
George Turrucki turning into a one man Gordon Moodie/ Rob Speak tribute act when remostrating with Bradders. Brisca's naughty step could be turning into stairs....
Mildenhall have again released a list of semi finalists, and it seems my motley lot seem to be scared of shit shifting this year. The lack of a local track and shale cars is one reason, a busy weekend of racing and going with the tide on the busiest summer Saturday. The lack of shale in the hot spots of F2 is a problem that Brisca F2 needs to address. Now Swindon was (in part) a Westcountry track, and many pixies used to frequent the shaleways of Crewe, Boston and Swindon with a great deal of success for those. And many used the same car for both surfaces. However this not the case nowadays, as the tarmac technology has made the dual surface car a thing of the past. Having a spare car for just the occasional Coventry or Stoke doesn't seem sensible....
And now a plea to all Moodie and Speak fans on Facepalm and Twatter.
Read the rulebook. That is all.