BriSCA F2 Stock Cars 2003 World Championship - 2L Saloon Stock Cars - Taunton - Sunday 14 September 2003
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BriSCA F2 Stock Cars - 2L Saloon Stock Cars - Taunton - Sunday 14 September 2003
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Colin Eardley 589 and Clair Maynard 251 disputed the lead
in heat three as further back Ian Thompson junior 901 and Paul Broatch 725 moved quickly
through the pack. Bryn Thomas 900 and Neil Hooper 676 did likewise which only served to
slow their progress to the front. Roy Goodman 800 was closing nicely in fourth when a pit
bend pile up suddenly saw the veteran elevated to first place, the stadium erupting at
this point. Goodman led the resultant rolling lap at the re start, whilst Thompson
appeared to pass a back marker under yellows for which he was to receive the black cross.
Goodman held onto second place at the line despite the closing presence of Broatch in his
mirror, whilst Thompson, although receiving the chequered flag knew straight away that the
victory wasnt his, and so it was a clearly delighted Goodman that took his first win
at Smeatharpe for many a long year, the whole crowd rising to salute one of the sports
best loved characters, on such a fitting occasion.
Once lined up again, and with all cars present and correct the order of Gentlemen start your engines was given to the drivers. Another painstakingly slow rolling lap proceeded a much better start and it was Goldin who led the field into turn one, with Mike James 717 collecting the Dutch hope Willie Peters H24, delaying the Cornishman somewhat. The race settled down to find Goldin leading from Batten, with Thackra in third. The Scottish pair of Stuart Kelly and reigning World Champion Chris Burgoyne 647 were the first major challengers to come to grief, and with both cars sat up on top of the back straight fence a yellow flag was called for. Goldin led the restart from Batten once more, although the veteran was never close enough to land a decisive challenge at that point. The race continued until Chris Roots went into the pit bend wall very hard bringing out the yellow flags once more. Goldin followed his familiar pattern on the rolling lap, but this time Batten appeared to miss the start, allowing Thackra the opportunity to hit Batten into the pit bend corner, but he could not shift him. Goldin was looking comfortable in first place, save for a couple of challenges from a back marking James Waterfall 290, who for good measure also delayed Batten somewhat. It was Waterfalls car, his engine appeared to let go with the lap boards out, that if anything gave Goldin his first real test, the oil on the track causing a few anxious moments for the Bolton based driver. However it was soon clear that Batten and Thackra were struggling too, and it was a very happy Barry Goldin that had finally landed the most coveted prize in BriSCA F2 Stock car racing the championship of the world. Batten came home second, with Thackra an equal distance behind in third, Dave Luscombe 642 completing the top four. Goldin was clearly delighted to take the title after being the nearly man for so many years, whilst Batten was magnanimous in defeat, and Thackra was just so pleased to have completed the race distance on an unfamiliar track to come home in third place. The large crowd duly gave their respect to the podium finishers sweltering in the hot September sunshine, and at the same time welcoming Barry Goldin into the elite group of drivers that have the right to say that they have been BriSCA F2 stock car world champions.
|Consolation one saw Dan Holloway
940 continue his good weekend form by taking the victory from Chris Mitchell 219, with
Roger Mitchell 905 home in third.
Consolation two saw Denver Gratton 17 leading for a time before Mike Marr 461 came through to take up the running. Mike James was taking no prisoners in this one, but even he couldnt catch the flying midlander.
frantic final was brought to a halt early on as Alan Canham 351 continued his run of bad
luck for the afternoon by rolling over on to the infield. Simon Walker 781 was by now out
at the front, and very impressive he looked too. Further back a magnificent battle between
James and Neil Hooper 676 saw the Cornishman spin out of contention, allowing Tim Farrell
to set off after the leaders. Chad Harris 29 was ever so slowly closing on Walker, but he
ran out of laps, the Leicestershire based driver taking the victory, and with it the
magnificent Lipson Vale garage and van hire trophy, along with the annual Alan Benson
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