|Sheffield Monday 1 August 2005
BriSCA F2 Stock Cars - 2L Bangers
and reporting by Dave Goddard
BriSCA F2 Stock Cars
A good field of around 60 BriSCA F2s arrived at Sheffield for a Monday night session on
1st August. It proved to be a good night for the Irvings, with 252 Ricky Irving winning
the Whites & Yellows race and 748 Jason Irving taking the Final.
36 cars for heat one with 434 Mark Gardner leading them away as 594 Mark Hodgkinson hooked
up with 212 Mark Ardern to go onto the centre. 219 Chris Mitchell and 702 Allan Cooper
went fencewards as 533 Andy Kaye hit the spun 122 Steve Gelder head-on, with 436 Nathan
Salter spinning into them. Mitchell then piled 304 Jamie Huntington into the home straight
fence as 826 David Murphy hit Kaye head-on to bring out the yellows just as 329 Dave
Williams spun into the fence on the back straight. Gardner led the restart as Mitchell put
713 Martin Ford wide and the latter pulled off. 579 Robert Marsden hit the fence as
Hodgkinson, 355 David Grindey and 606 Andy Palmer all hooked together sending Grindey over
a marker tyre. 725 Paul Broatch spun out 406 Simon Mawdsley as Gardner went in and was hit
by 871 Mark Simpson. The yellows were thrown again but before the field could slow 347
Mark Froggatt buried Grindey and 541 Norman Robinson hit Simpson head-on and rode over his
bonnet. The result was decalred with 559 Bert Finnikin taking the win ahead of 13 Andy
Ford and 905 Rob Mitchell.
Next up was the White & Yellow race with 19 starters. 252 Ricky Irving blasted
straight into the lead as 926 Neil Turner and 802 Dean Simpson spun, while 589 Colin
Eardley pressured 89 Brian Harrison for second. 90 Geoff Maskery was the next spinner as
433 Steve Lilley bumpered 348 Lee Johnson into Eardley as they battled for third. 975 Gwyn
Miller slowed and retired as R Irving pulled out lead of a quarter of a lap which
around Sheffield is quite a distance! 977 Dave Massey attacked Eardley only to get
sideways allowing Eardley to take Harrison for second, with Johnson following him through
for third. 156 James Joyce then took Harrison wide as R Irving went on for a clear win
over Eardley and Johnson.
208 Dave Hemstock led the consolation as Hodgkinson spun onto the centre and Huntington
went into the fence, while 819 Paul Richardson and 326 Johnny Hall went in on turn three
to bring out the yellows. Grindey took third on the restart, which was halted again after
one lap due to the spun Turner. Gardner was seemingly the only one awake on the restart
and he shot past Hemstock to lead as 448 John Wright hooked up with Salter and Grindey
pulled off handing Lilley third. He was soon into second followed by Cooper who was then
spun out by Maskery as Lilley took the lead, with Gardner then spinning out. 788 Stephen
Mallinson and Simpson were soon challenging, with Simpson bumpering his way into the lead
and holding on for victory, with Mallinson second ahead of Shaw and Lilley.
Mawdsley led off in the final as Mallinson rode over Froggatt but both continued, while
Johnson and Lilley were the first retirements. 609 Brandon Davies then ran 249 Jon Gibson
hard into a post, with Mawdsley crashing in to bring out the yellows. 748 Jason Irving led
the restart from Davies until Gardner was fenced hard on the back straight for more
yellows. Davies again chased Jason Irving on the restart until Massey took second followed
by 70 Brian Shadbolt, while Palmer fenced 537 Paul Ogden. 79 Gordon Moodie making a
rare appearance on shale hooked up with Ricky Irving sending the Scot spinning as R
Mitchell spun into the fence and Eardley went in along with 9 John Baguley. Finnikin was
flying again and went from fourth to second in one move on the home straight, but a last
bend effort on Jason Irving failed and the yellow grader took the win, with Shadbolt
27 cars returned for the National, with Moodie pulling off on the rolling lap. Williams
spun and was hit by Grindey as Harrison passed Hodgkinson for the lead, while 750 paul
Spooner lost a wheel but no stoppage was required. 833 Rob Kaye took second from Wright
who then tangled with Johnson and Hodgkinson but all continued, while Rob Kaye hit Dean
Simpson only to spin himself out. Finnikin went second once again late on, but Harrison
held on for a popular win, with Rob Kaye recovering for third ahead of Johnson and Ricky
Irving, rounding off an excellent nights racing.
2 LITRE BANGERS
A good Monday night field of 24 2 Litre cars gathered at Sheffield on 1st August,
including a few visitors from Brampton, TSR and Incarace.. Car wise it was wall-to-wall
Bluebirds except for two Primeras for 409 Carl Pears and 742 Ian Gregory, and a fresh Saab
99 for 99 Scott Gough.
20 cars for heat one with 742 Taz hitting 36 Brett Copestake from the off as running mates
621 Danny Myers and 144 Alan Austin spun into the fence and Copestake followed 850 Alan
Teal in well getting some airtime on impact. 844 Tom Haggerty went in on Myers only to
take one from 117 Steve Ellis as Taz buried the leading 409 Carlos into a post, with the
lively Copestake also going in on Taz. 777 Roger Gay came through for the win.
Result: 777 Roger Gay, 620 Andy Pitts, 451 Will Blackwell, 51 Simon Heilds, 455 Ricky
Finney, 99 Scott Gough, 450 Glyn Platts, 45 Phil Clare, 844 Tom Haggerty, 117 Steve Ellis.
18 for heat two with 455 Ricky Finney burying 844 Hag who recovered to hit 398 Craig Owen
and 620 Andy Pitts albeit on the centre, with Pitts suffering an under-bonnet fire as a
result. Rookie 218 Steven Gray hit Myers who was then trashed by Hag as 451 Will Blackwell
took the win.
Result: 451 Will Blackwell, 777 Roger Gay, 147 Mike Pearson, 207 Richard Kitchen, 51 Simon
Heilds, 99 Scott Gough, 455 Ricky Finney, 450 Glyn Platts, 96 Mick Hibbert, 45 Phil Clare.
The final into DD kicked off with 207 Richard Kitchen following Copestake into a back
straight post destroying the latter impressively. A quiet period followed before 51 Simon
Heilds attacked 45 Phil Clare across the centre only to take one from Ellis who was
promptly trashed by Finney who then turned round to silence Ellis with another big hit.
Heilds also went on opposite to meet 45 Windy in a big head-on allowing Hag to waste the
latter with a big jacking. Taz the followed Carlos in hard before jacking Hag to take the
DD win, while Blackwell was declared the final winner.
Result: 451 Will Blackwell, 450 Glyn Platts, 777 Roger Gay, rest to come.
DD: 742 Ian Gregory from 844 Tom Haggerty.
The heats may have been quiet, but the final more than made up for them with some rated
hits. It was good to see the locals and visitors mixing it well, and the unforgiving
Sheffield fence produced some big wrecks. I for one will certainly be returning later in