RACEWAY - Saturday 12 March 2005 - BriSCA F2 Stock Cars - Ministox - Incarods
Pictures by Dave Carter. Reporting by Dave Goddard
BriSCA F2 Stock Cars
Birmingham Wheels kicked off its extensive BriSCA F2 season on 12th March, with a huge
turnout of over 70 cars including visitors from across the country, plus Hollands
top man H24 Willie Peeters. 152 Mick Sworder was in his usual flying Birmingham form, but
he had to give best to 732 Daz Kitson in the meeting final.
After a delay due to the public address system breaking down (Eds note: it was a bit more
serious that that as all power to Race Control, and arguably even more important the
Burger Bar was lost for a while!), heat one saw 411 Steve Williamson lead for much of the
way, until 782 Stuart Rolph bumpered past with four laps remaining. Rolph beat Williamson
to the line, with 59 Lee Dimmick in third.
A livelier heat two was led off by 80 Lyndon Burnley as 925 Paul Wilson went straight on
at turn three, colliding with 259 Simon Farrington before spinning and taking a big
head-on from 886 Chris Bradbury, with the yellows coming out as Wilson had lost a wheel.
101 Kelvyn Whalley bumpered Burnley aside to lead the restart, as 324 James Thackra put
the bumper in on 299 Steve Smith who spun out. Sworder was soon past Farrington into
third, and took Burnley for second at half distance. Newcomer 441 Mick Branston then spun
into the back straight wall, with the yellows coming out again but not before Peeters had
hooked out 430 Simon Edwards. Sworder took the lead on the seven lap restart, while
Burnleys luck was out once again as he spun following an attack on 154 Steve Green
Jnr. 38 David Polley spun 15 Steve Green Snr as Sworder cruised to the win over Thackra
806 Paul Hemming led off in heat three as 136 Chris Ford spun and 53 Philip Mann, on his
return from injury last year, went into the wall. 781 Simon Walker was the next spinner as
110 David Billing and 654 Scott Wilkins chased the leading Hemming. 522 Chris Mikulla and
431 Andy Gibbs spun onto the centre as Kitson cut through the top three with ease for the
win, with 401 Barry Goldin and 69 Stewart Chalkley chasing.
Burnley led the consolation as Bradbury went wide to avoid a spinner only to hit the wall
and break his suspension, ending his weekend. The yellows came out for the stranded
Edwards, with Mikulla carving through for second on the restart chased by 11 Graham
Malings. 559 Bert Finnikin spun out 671 Graham Cotterell, with 551 Kieran Brockwell, 296
Jay Tomkins and 400 David Sharp all crashing in. The race continued with Malings taking
the lead briefly only for Finnikin to take over, while 333Jack Ratcliffe and Ford went in
on turn one as Green Snr hunted down the leaders. A last bend hit on Malings won him
second, but Finnikin took the win.
Finnikin was the main focus of attention in the Final, as everyone wondered if he could
take his 100th F2 final win. Hemming set the early pace as Goldin was the first casualty,
while Sworder began his charge early, smashing 375 Steve Murray wide. 747 Gordon Neilson
and Green Jnr spun as the flying Whalley went third behind Hemming and Billing. Two laps
later he was in the lead, but Chalkley and Kitson soon hit the front, with Kitson taking
up the running a lap later. Sworder battled past Chalkley and began to chase down Kitson,
with everyone waiting to see whether the bumper would go in. Three laps from the flag
Sworder was on Kitsons bumper, but he waited until the last bend to deliver his hit,
which failed handing Kitson the first Central League final of 2005. Chalkley held on to
third to end an excellent race.
A big field of 41 cars gridded for the National, with Mikulla T-boning Sharp as Hemming
took Burnley for the lead, only to ride over the spun Branston and shed a wheel, bringing
out the yellows. Sworder was already up to fourth, and took second on the first lap of the
restart before taking the leading Whalley down the home straight. 360 Mark Thornton and
507 Craig McInerney tangled as Thackra pressured Whalley but had to settle for third as
Sworder took the win, ending a superb meeting.
The Incarace Ministox got their season underway at Birmingham on March 12th, with a 25-car
field composed entirely of Incarace drivers, with the Southern visitors who had plundered
so many wins from the locals in 2004 absent. The grid included several newcomers,
including a number of lady drivers. After rising rapidly through the ranks in previous
seasons, 269 Stacey French took her first Final win.
231 Amy Smallman went into the wall in heat one as 266 Lee Holden led, while 222 Marcus
Riley stuffed 212 Keith Halford wide and 299 Dale Locker spun French. Holden stayed ahead
to win his first ever race, with 282 Ross Tyler and 250 Lewis Clark following.
Tyler and Halford went side-by-side for the lead early in heat two, while French hit 286
George Turiccki and 202 Ainsley Wileman tapped 213 Gavin Robinson. Tyler repeatedly used
the rumble strips to try and grab the lead, but Halford just had the speed. Robinson came
under fire from 243 Chris Chambers who spun himself out, while French took 263 Laura
Sedgwick for third on the last lap. Halford held on in front for his first ever win after
two years of trying.
232 Gemma Chisholm and Wileman went into the back straight wall on the first lap of the
final, with Holden piling in to bring out the reds. Sedgwick led the restart as 251 Daniel
King and 237 Ryan Starr hit the wall. Tyler and French chased down Sedgwick, with French
taking second and holding the outside line to close on the leader. A neat switch to the
inside at turn one handed French the lead and the win, with Tyler, 261 Wesley Wright and
Clark also getting past Sedgwick by flagfall.
A disappointing turnout of 11 Incarods arrived at Birmingham on March 12 to kick off their
season, including five novices. Category stalwart 41 Simon Gamble showed the small grid
the way, taking a heat and final double.
899 Ryan Smith, younger brother of former points champion Matt, opened up a big lead in
heat one, as 2 Fred Colburn spun out 218 Darren Whitmore. Despite the low turnout a
five-car scrap developed for the lead, with Smith racing the ex-Alan Cooper Golf
crossing the line just ahead of Gamble, Colburn, 296 Matt Whitefoot and 288 Ben
Jordan led heat two until 76 Lee Groves put him wide to take over, while 287 Dean Quinsee
spun his Metro. Jordan sideswiped Groves to retake the lead as Gamble moved into third,
and as the novices scrapped he simply drove around the outside of them for the lead.
Groves Cavalier ground to a halt a lap later, while Whitefoot took second and chased
the leader, but Gamble held on for the win. Behind, Colburn and Smith tangled on the
finish line, handing Jordan third.
An entertaining final began with Smith stalling on the clutch start, while Jordan dodged a
number of early spinners to lead. Gamble went around Whitefoot and Colburn for third,
before taking the recovered Smith for second as 46 Stuart Mann pulled off. Gamble caught
and passed Jordan, while Whitefoot had a slightly tougher time taking the Ministox
graduate, who made contact with Whitefoot and Smith before retiring. Gamble and Whitefoot
continued for another one-two, while a last lap sort-out saw Smith shuffled back behind
Colburn, 83 Phil Quinsee and Lee Lawton right on the line, with no-one else going the
BriSCA F2 Stock Cars (71 cars)
Heat 1: 782 411 59 210 469 315 553 37 507 747
Heat 2: 152 324 101 H24 259 509 362 606 38 154
Heat 3: 72 401 69 110 467 375 900 806 277 226
Consolation: 559 15 11 197 50 511 53 566 332 861
Final: 732 152 69 782 101 259 401 411 110 559
Grand Natonal: 152 101 324 401 559 259 467 315 197 50
Incarods (11 cars)
Heat 1: 899 41 2 296 288 287 83 166 76 46
Heat 2: 41 296 288 166 218 83 2 46 899 287
Final: 41 296 2 83 166 899 -
Ministox (24 cars)
Heat 1: 266 282 250 261 201 212 202 237 251 263
Heat 2: 212 282 269 232 263 237 261 202 250 221
Final: 269 282 261 250 263 221 266 212 286 260