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Birmingham – Saturday 18 June 2005
2L Bangers - Hot Fords - Incarods
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Birmingham – Saturday 18 June 2005
2L Bangers - Hot Fords - Incarods

Pictures and reporting by Dave Goddard

Hot Fords

6 Ryan Cooper’s night got off to a bad start as his exhaust fell off as he left the pits for heat one! Lawton took Wright for the lead only to grind to a halt a lap later, while 616 Carl Barber and 81 Chris Lane rubbed doors further back. Barber then spun 218 Darren Whitmore head-on into the back straight wall, with 214 Graeme Clarke and 2 Fred Colburn left with nowhere to go and they piled into Whitmore bringing out the yellows. Whitmore was fortunately OK despite his car being destroyed, while Clarke was also out for the night. With several cars having already retired, and Barber disqualified for his part in the crash, just nine cars lined up for the restart. Jones took Wright for the lead as 287 Dean Quinsee moved past Lane for third and was soon into second only to be taken wide by the rapid 23 Karl Lester. Lester was soon into the lead and away for the win, with 296 Matt Whitefoot taking second with two laps to go, Quinsee holding on for third.

Lawton led heat two as Wright took Jones for second, while further back 288 Ben Jordan leant Lester wide. Lawton kept his lead all the way for the win, with Quinsee rounding Wright on the last lap for second.

Wright and Lawton led the final as 333 Matt Burns and 2 Fred Colburn made contact as they avoided backmarker 101 Emma Robinson, who then pulled off. Lawton took Wright for the lead as Quinsee went third, and they held these positions until Wright slowed and retired with three laps to go. 41 Simon Gamble was on a charge and moved into second, before almost catching Lawton on the last lap. Lawton held on for the win by half a length to a huge reception from his family and fan club on the city turn, with Lester taking third late on from Quinsee.

Hot Fords

The Hot Fords drew in another big entry as they always do at the Wheels, and this time around white grader 7 Lee Clark scored a heat and final double.

Clark led off in heat one as 323 Jonathan While mounted the infield banking, while 71 Louise Kirk passed 225 Dean Merrett for second. Clark pulled out a big lead as Merrett ran wide allowing 144 Darren Clewes inside him for third. Merrett then clipped a rumble strip, blowing a front tyre and sending 21 Martin Challinor spinning in avoidance, the latter then taking a hit in the driver’s side from 211 Darren Shields although Challinor was OK. 101 Andrew Mitchell inherited third, while Clark now had his lead up to half a lap. It was just as well he had pulled away so far, as with two laps go to his car slowed dramatically, taking the chequered flag at a crawl although Clark kept the win. Mitchell stole second from Kirk on the last lap.

100 Phil Mitchell spun driver’s side first into the wall in heat two, while 36 John Gil led as 141 Gavin Millward put 160 Simon Crew into the wall and 942 Jason Gibson punted the slowing Millward into 114 Lea Imber. 473 Jason Jukes inherited third as newcomer 169 Rob Parkinson took advantage of Gil being baulked by Millward to take the lead, with Jukes soon following as did 88 David Cartlidge. 75 Andy Swinfield hit 80 Martin Picken sending P Mitchell spinning in avoidance as Jukes took Parkinson for the lead and he held on for the win, with Cartlidge second and 285 Iain Nicklin taking Parkinson on the last lap for third.

Thirteen non-qualifiers lined up for the consolation, with Crew barging past Picken to lead although he was black crossed. Millward then spun into the wall and was T-boned by 26 Scott Hudson to bring out the yellows, with Crew continuing to lead on the restart as Picken passed Shields for second. Gibson, however, was on a real flyer and soon took the lead, going on for the win ahead of Crew who kept second despite his black cross. A battle late on between Picken and Shields gifted 880 Paul Mountford third.

27 of the 30 qualifiers lined up for the Final, with Gil leading them off as 18 Wayne Rooke slid onto the centre and Clark’s repaired car and Parkinson escaped along with Gil at the front. Jukes coasted into retirement as Clark rounded Gil for the lead, while 951 Ian Atkinson’s efforts to hold eighth came to nothing as he was spun into the back straight wall by the pack, with the yellows coming out to check on him. Parkinson took Gil for second on the restart as 131 Scott Warner spun into the wall, while the latter’s brother 313 Paul was on his usual charge, taking Kirk for fifth as Shields pulled off. P Warner took third and pressured Parkinson for second as Nicklin moved into fourth. P Mitchell hit While and was clipped in turn by Mountford as Clark took his second win of the night, with P Warner and Nicklin taking Parkinson for second and third on the last lap.

An extra Allcomers race was held at the end of the programme, with temperatures still very high despite the light fading. After a yellow flag to clear a pile-up on turn one, just ten cars were left for the restart, with Parkinson leading from Clark as Jukes and Clewes filed past Gil for third. Nicklin then almost spun Clewes out as Jukes pressured Clark for second, with Nicklin closing in on them before spinning out Jukes. Nicklin then took second from Clark, but Parkinson was long gone and took his first win ahead of Nicklin, with A Mitchell taking third from Clark.



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