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BIRMINGHAM WHEELS - Saturday 26 March 2005
2L BANGER TEAMS - LIGHTNING RODS - INCARODS
Pictures by Dave Carter with reporting by Dave Goddard

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BIRMINGHAM WHEELS - Saturday 26 March 2005
2L BANGER TEAMS - LIGHTNING RODS - INCARODS

Pictures by Dave Carter with reporting by Dave Goddard

INCARACE 2 LITRE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP, BIRMINGHAM


B – Barton Boys, C – Crash Co, D – Demons, P – Panic Atac.

Six teams and 23 cars arrived at the Wheels for Incarace’s traditional early season 2 litre team bash, including visitors from Warton and TSR. Unfortunately the hastily arranged Muppets side never made the track, while the Bad News side from Warton loaded up and left before start time after problems at scrutineering. That left just 16 cars across four teams for the event, with the only cars of note being the two fresh Cortinas of Panic Atac duo P727 Patrick Woolley and P27 Derrell Green.

14 cars for heat one which began with B222 Matt Logan doing P774 Matt Sill (Volvo 340) as B17 Nick Sweet landed a shot on C969 Jamie Pickup and D151 Gary Booth walled Woolley’s Tina twice only to come under fire from C54 Richard Hayward (Mk2 Cavalier). D400 Dave Butler did P229 Kenny Welsby’s Mk3 Cavalier only to be spun out by Logan although Butler backed his attacker in. C161 Pete West then piled 17 the Bruce into the stationary Pickup trashing the latter and bringing the yellows out. Pickup was OK and the restart saw B189 Richard Myshrall wipe out the second placed West before the leading 54 Bandit went sick and pulled off, handing Myshrall the win over C70 Simon Needle and the recovered West, with a fifth for Logan giving the Barton Boys the early lead.

13 for heat two with Myshrall walling Green as Booth attacked 70 the Needle who went on to blast D812 Paul Dyche (Corolla estate). The Needle then picked up Woolley and performed hit of the night with a storming follow-in which folded the Tina impressively. 812 Roland attacked Green only to come under fire from the Bruce as Booth spun allowing Welsby to blast him. The latter was nailed by the Needle and Booth as the Bruce hammered D345 Carl Brown and Booth gave Welsby a big shot over the back wheel. The Needle continued his show by running in Green and Booth in one move only to be done by 774 Meatball. Booth recovered only to put himself up the banking as Logan cruised to the win to put the boys in blue clear in the points.

Just seven for the final with three more waiting for the DD. The only action in the race saw the Bruce put 345 Watty up the banking allowing Myshrall in for a shot at the Demon, while Meatball and Butler pulled off handing Logan the win ahead of team mates B104 Mick Siddalls, Myshrall and the Bruce. With no-one else going the distance the Barton Boys took the title by a mile and we went into the DD. Siddalls jacked down Green who took a head-on from Logan finishing him as the Bruce attacked Watty. The latter bounced back to give Logan a huge T-bone only to snap his own car which then took a massive head-on from Logan who was then jacked by Roland. Welsby blasted the Corolla which then took one from the Bruce and was jacked by Welsby. The Bruce the gave Roland a big head-on finishing them both and handed Welsby’s three-wheeled Cavalier the win.

A quiet session until the much better DD, with the turnout and load-ups having an effect on the action. These events further emphasise the need for promotions to agree on rules and make them clearer, as turnouts and action can only improve as a result. (Ed’s note: I understand that the scrutineering problem was about a safety issue affecting one of the Bad News cars and in the light of recent events there really can't be much scope for compromise on this. The decision of the other team members to leave was both regrettable and understandable).

Lightning Rods

A good turnout of 28 Lightning Rods arrived at Birmingham on March 26th, with the weather mercifully staying dry throughout the evening. With no white graders present among the all-Incarace entry, the way was clear for yellow top 414 Mark Flood to take a heat and final double.

Flood led off in heat one as 18 Carl Burns spun 35 Richard Deeprose and put himself into the wall where he was collected by red graders 76 Richard Bowyer and 30 Nicky Payton. These two rejoined in front of the leader, and seemed content to race him rather than be lapped. Flood tapped Bowyer wide before Mick Dixon went in hard off turn four after contact with 7 Simon Hutt. 73 Leyton O’Reilly clipped Dixon’s destroyed car as the yellows came out. The restart saw second placed 6 John Grady hit Bowyer as 11 Phil Howe Snr caught the wall handing 51 Andy King third. Flood took an easy win over Grady, who was docked four places for contact handing King and Howe second and third.

31 Steve Gooding led heat two until Flood caught up, and these two ran side by side for the second half of the race. With two laps to go Flood spun in front of Gooding, who was hit hard by 41 Phil Howe Jnr, Hutt and King in train fashion, bringing out the chequered and red flags two laps early. As Gooding sat in his damaged car, he was pleased to hear he had taken the win on countback!

Grady led the early laps of heat three until 2 Mick Brassey went inside him, while 78 Paul Blackman headed a tight pack for third. 81 Lee Parsons and 53 Rob Bunting eventually shuffled Blackman back to fifth, while Brassey and Grady held station to the flag.

Grady led the final as 3 Karl Bowker spun 9 John Payton who was hit by 74 Tim O’Reilly, while Peter Dix was knocked sideways in the pack. Bowyer spun to the centre as Howe Snr made a move for the lead but slipped behind Flood into third as Deeprose spun. 69 Craig Bird suffered a huge engine blow-up as 82 Peter Hughes went into the wall. Flood showed his pace once again by sweeping around Grady for the lead as Nicky Payton spun Brassey, who almost hit Grady in the door as he rejoined. Flood pulled away as John Payton spun, while Bowyer shunted Tim O’Reilly into Dix but escaped penalty in the results. Flood stayed ahead for the win, with Grady heading Leyton O’Reilly for second.

Incarods


An improved turnout of 14 Incarods arrived at Birmingham for their second meeting of the year on March 26th, including 81 Chris Lane’s new Cavalier and 616 Carl Barber’s Nova Merit, while 166 Lee Lawton debuted a Peugeot 106. Category regular 218 Darren Whitmore took his first ever win in the Final.

76 Lee Groves spun as heat one got underway, while Lawton lasted less than a lap before his carburettor failed. 288 Ben Jordan led until 46 Stuart Mann took over, with Jordan trying his hardest to get back on terms only to fall behind 333 Matt Burns and 41 Simon Gamble. Barber spun and Jordan clipped the wall, while Gamble took over in front with two laps to go for his third win in four races this year. Burns and Mann chased him home.

Whitmore spun in heat two and was hit by Barber, taking the former’s back bumper off. Burns put Lane sideways in traffic and 831 Martin Wesby’s new Astra spun as Jordan stayed ahead throughout to win by almost half a lap over 287 Dean Quinsee’s Metro and Mann.

Groves led the final from Quinsee, who went wide allowing Mann into second. Gamble then spun and was hit hard in the driver’s door by Lawton, with the yellows out immediately. Concern from the marshals and the crowd followed, but fortunately Gamble was OK. Whitmore led the restart as 296 Matt Whitefoot and Burns moved past Mann, while Barber turned out Quinsee. Whitefoot held off Burns for second, but Whitmore was clear for the win.

RESULTS

Bangers (15 cars)

Heat 1: 189 70 161 151 222 774 27 229 -
Heat 2: 222 104 189 774 17 229 -
Final: 222 104 189 17 -
DD:
Winner = 229
Runner Up = 17
MDD = 812

Banger Team Result:
1. Barton Boys - 117 pts
2. Panic Atac - 24 pts
3. Demons - 15 pts
4. CrashCo - 9 pts

Incarods (14 cars)

Heat 1: 41 333 46 218 296 288 287 81 2 83
Heat 2: 288 287 46 333 296 41 76 616 83 2
Final: 218 296 333 46 616 76 2 287 81 -

Lightning Rods (29 cars)

Heat 1: 414 51 11 6 69 74 82 3 47 32
Heat 2: 31 414 41 73 51 80 53 76 8 81
Heat 3: 2 6 81 53 78 69 1 82 74 9
Final: 414 6 73 78 30 81 31 41 45 11



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