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By BSCDA, May 10 2018 06:16PM

It’s the biggest weekend of the season so far as the BriSCA F1 Tarmac road show heads to Skegness for the F1 Speedweekend, with a World Championship qualifier on Saturday night followed by the UK Open itself on Sunday afternoon.

With two of the sport’s big guns, world champion Nigel Green and Tom Harris set to return to the track for the first time this season, and 65 cars booked in for the two days, it looks set to be an action-packed weekend of Tarmac racing.

Green will be using his existing Tarmac car, which he tried out in testing at Birmingham during the week.

“The car had a misfire, but hopefully we’ve got it sorted,” Green said. “The car balance seemed OK.”

British champion Frankie Wainman Jnr goes into the UK Open on a winning streak having won both the King’s Lynn and the May bank holiday Belle Vue finals on consecutive weeks.

“My shale car is going well at the moment,” said Wainman Jnr. “I’ve been unlucky in a few finals on shale at the start of the year but the car has gone well at every meeting.”

The five-time winner of the UK Open will continue to race in the Derek Brown Tarmac car during the first half of the season, having sold his multiple championship-winning Tarmac car to Ashley England over the winter. His new Tarmac racer is a long way from completion.

Focusing more on both his son Frankie Jr and daughter Phoebe’s cars, as well as renovating and rebuilding his transporter, the new Tarmac project has been put on the backburner.

“Once Frankie Jr and Phoebe’s cars are ready and my truck is done then I will start on mine,” said Wainman Jnr. “But it will be a few months away before that is ready.”

“I’m chuffed to bits with Phoebe,” Wainman Jnr added. “She just keeps going and gets the places. She got seventh in her heat at Belle Vue last weekend and I didn’t lap her from blue grade.

“And that is some going at Belle Vue. It was bone dry then it was watered, so it was a slippy. She has taken a few good hits now and again and it hasn’t bothered her at all.

“I admit I was a little bit worried about it to start with, but all the drivers have been good with her in races. But she is holding her own anyway and racing with drivers who have raced for a lot longer that her and she’s beating them. She is really happy.”

In the meantime, Wainman Jnr has used the Brown Tarmac car to great effect this season, including a decent fourth place in the final at Hednesford.

“With the Birmingham and Hednesford weekend I now go into those meetings knowing I will struggle to get in the top four or five,” he said. “There are that many lower graders who now do all the winning, but I had a really good meeting at both.

“Derek’s car is really good. I was very impressed with it. To be honest, it is as good as mine, I would say.

“I was a bit fortunate it rained at Hednesford and I managed to get right up to the front. With another couple of laps I would have been in with the top three in the final. I was really pleased with the weekend.”

Stuart Smith Jnr currently tops the World Championship qualifiers table with Wainman Jnr in second place.

“I want to do well in the qualifiers and see if I can catch Stuart,” said Wainman Jnr. “It is going to be hard but I’m going to try.

“It is going to be a hard weekend, definitely, but I will be going out there to win, the car is quick enough and I will be going for it. I’m looking forward to it.”

By BSCDA, Apr 20 2018 05:45PM

The Big BriSCA 2018 Yorkshire Opener!

Gates open Starts

The Nitty gritty! BriSCA F1's now up to 33 and BriSCA F2's 42 - late additions 313 and 732

Who is booked in and who is in what! WEATHER FORECAST Sunday - East / west split, showery West, currently dry/pleasant for Sheffield!

Final update: FRIDAY 20th April


MEETING : Sheffield 22nd April 2018


1 4 Dan Johnson Worksop

2 13 Kelvin Hassell Lower Picker

3 16 Mat Newson Norwich

4 21 Mark Gilbank Rotherham

5 25 Bradley Harrison Wickersley

6 37 Chris Cowley Altrincham

7 76 Aaron Cozens Huntingdon, Cambs

8 94 John Dowson Thornley, Durham

9 127 Austin Moore Blackburn

10 166 Bobby Griffin Retford

11 169 Billy Johnson Loughborough

12 192 Luke Dennis Rugby

13 207 Ben Hurdman Inkberrow

14 211 Phoebe Wainman Silsden, Keighley

15 212 Danny Wainman Silsden, Keighley

16 216 Jack France Liversedge

17 220 William Hunter Preston

18 238 Richard Bryan Clitheroe

19 259 Paul Hines Hinckley

20 263 Chris Worrall County Durham

21 268 Richard Woods Newark

22 278 Paul Hopkins Lincoln

23 312 John Thompson Doncaster

24 313 Karl Roberts Rochdale

25 326 Mark Sargent Spalding

26 335 Mark Woodhull Sileby

27 348 John Wright Chesterfield

28 390 Stuart Smith Milnrow

29 415 Russell Cooper Sawston

30 463 James Morris Warrington

31 502 Richard Wilson Keighley

32 515 Frankie Wainman Silsden, Keighley

33 555 Frankie Wainman Jnr Jnr Silsden, Keighley


13 Kelvin Hassell 263 Chris Worrall

76 Aaron Cozens 238 Richard Bryan

127 Austin Moore

211 Phoebe Wainman 268 Richard Woods

192 Luke Dennis 502 Richard Wilson

278 Paul Hopkins 166 Bobby Griffin

313 Karl Roberts 348 John Wright

415 Russell Cooper 216 Jack France

326 Mark Sargent


127 Austin Moore 238 Richard Bryan

13 Kelvin Hassell

502 Richard Wilson 278 Paul Hopkins

166 Bobby Griffin 216 Jack France

326 Mark Sargent

207 Ben Hurdman 463 James Morris

169 Billy Johnson 37 Chris Cowley

335 Mark Woodhull 94 John Dowson

312 John Thompson 220 William Hunter

25 Bradley Harrison 555 Frankie Wainman Jnr Jnr

259 Paul Hines 21 Mark Gilbank

4 Dan Johnson

16 Mat Newson 212 Danny Wainman

515 Frankie Wainman

390 Stuart Smith


263 Chris Worrall 76 Aaron Cozens

211 Phoebe Wainman 268 Richard Woods

192 Luke Dennis 313 Karl Roberts

348 John Wright 415 Russell Cooper

207 Ben Hurdman 463 James Morris

169 Billy Johnson 37 Chris Cowley

335 Mark Woodhull 94 John Dowson

312 John Thompson 220 William Hunter

25 Bradley Harrison 555 Frankie Wainman Jnr Jnr

259 Paul Hines 21 Mark Gilbank

4 Dan Johnson

16 Mat Newson 212 Danny Wainman

515 Frankie Wainman

390 Stuart Smith

BriSCA F2 entries / heat splits


21 cars

WHITE 66 John Hindley

282 Anthony Riley

431 Andy Gibbs

696 Jonathan Higgens

724 Tom Pell

784 Tom Roberts

969 Bart Smeets

YELLOW 12 Danny Ford

136 Kyle Taylor

441 Micky Branston

588 Ian Broomhead

BLUE 4 Martin Ford

142 Jonathan Hadfield

578 Mark Gibbs

RED 101 Kelvyn Marshall

226 Billy Webster

377 Daz Shaw

788 Stephen Mallinson

905 Rob Mitchell

995 Michael Lund


Late 732 Daz Kitson


21 cars

WHITE 249 Billy Robinson

338 Warren Brocksopp

706 Brent Russell

755 Stuart Simpson

941 Jamie Lane

987 Sam Brigg

YELLOW 13 Gary Ford

132 Dan Birkin

321 Marcus Skeels

524 Michael Wallbank

735 Mick Haworth

BLUE 59 Lee Dimmick

488 Liam Bentham

728 Carl Pilkington

RED 124 Ollie Skeels

225 Tony Blackburn

298 Jake Walker

615 Josh Coleman

823 Sam Wagner

968 Micky Brennan

S/STAR 7 Gordon Moodie

By BSCDA, Apr 18 2018 03:16PM

The beginning of the 2018 BriSCA F1 season has been notable for a string of firsts.

Of the eight meetings so far, four been won by first-time final winners, and two of those, Kyle Gray and Ashley England, are having their first full seasons in the sport.

Other drivers are reaching star grade for the first time, notably Nigel Harrhy. Harrhy is a stalwart of the sport and his new roof colour has been well-earned, with heat wins at Belle Vue and consistent points results.

The season opener at Belle Vue last month was affected by heavy snow and it was John Dowson who claimed the first final of the year. He very nearly repeated the feat the following week at King’s Lynn, but for a do-or-die lunge at Frankie Wainman Jnr on the last bend that came unstuck, allowing Mark Sargent to storm through to score his first BriSCA F1 final victory of his career.

“I would have had a go on the last bend, but John beat me to it,” said Sargent. “John and Frank tangled and I slipped through on the inside, and squealed like a five-year-old as I crossed the line!

“It was just dream land for me.”

It was a fitting result for Sargent. One of the sport’s most popular drivers, renowned for his Facebook video posts and a general sense of fun, Sargent celebrates his 25th season as a BriSCA driver, having spent much of his career in BriSCA F2 before his first BriSCA F1 outing in May 2013 at Coventry.

Sargent joined his son Finn at Good Friday’s Skegness meeting, where heavy rain made racing difficult with on-track spray affecting vision.

But the one driver who had little difficulty adapting to the conditions was Kyle Gray.

The 16-year-old had an outing at Birmingham’s Gala meeting last November, before his first competitive meeting in BriSCA F1 at Skegness.

After an impressive drive, Gray romped away with the final in his former European Championship-winning Tom Harris car.

Gray moved up to BriSCA F1 after racing in Ministox from the age of 12. What made the victory all the more remarkable was that is was his first final win in any formula.

“I lost my confidence in Ministox, after a big knock at Birmingham, and it took a couple of years to overcome it,” Gray said. “But I had a good last year in the Minis when I got to superstar.”

At Skegness Gray revelled in the precipitous conditions. “I hated the wet in the Mini but in the F1 I loved it,” Gray said. “During the final I passed Paul Harrison and was a bit confused, because I was expecting him to hit me back, but then I realised he was a lap down.”

Gray kept his composure to win, ahead of Ashley England and Paul Hines.

The following day at Stoke, Stuart Smith Jnr celebrated his first outing of the season as National Points champion with victory in the final, and followed up with his first Grand National win of his career from the one-lap handicap.

“It was one of those meetings when you get everything right,” said Smith Jnr. “My dad’s old car was there. It was nice to win with that being the pace car.”

The Belle Vue Easter Monday meeting two days later was run in extraordinary conditions. Rain of biblical proportions never eased throughout the day and so by the time the final was run, the track was a mud bath.

Through it all it was Frankie Wainman Jnr Jr who would survive the conditions best of all, moving ahead of his father Frankie Wainman Jnr in the closing stages, who then retired with engine issues. Wainman Jnr Jr lapped every car still running to take the flag and his first final victory, ahead of Will Hunter and his sister Phoebe Wainman.

Five days later the BriSCA F1 travelling circus arrived at Mildenhall for the first meeting at the small Suffolk track for 14 years. It proved to be a great success, particularly for Smith Jnr, who scored his second final win of the season, surviving a last-bend assault from Mat Newson.

The following weekend was all about one man, Ashley England. Another young driver in his first full season of BriSCA F1 competition, England has a racing pedigree.

He was a top-line karting star before trying out BriSCA F2 in 2013. England won the final at his first meeting and went on to finish fourth in the F2 World Cup at Venray and fifth in his first World Final at Cowdenbeath in 2015.

Now in BriSCA F1 England bought Wainman Jnr’s current Tarmac car during the winter and has not looked back since.

After following home Gray in the final at Skegness, he won heat and final at Birmingham Wheels last weekend.

“Birmingham was my first race in the dry in the F1,” said England. “So it was first time I could see how the car went. It went really well.”

The final victory was, admittedly, fortuitous after long-time leader Sargent had the race sewn up, only to lose drive within yards of the flag, allowing England to dive past.

There was nothing lucky, however, about England’s victory the following afternoon at Hednesford. On a wet track the 21-year-old scored his second final win of the weekend, having enough in hand to beat Luke Davidson to the flag, with a resurgent Sargent in third place.

And so as the season and the weather hots up, what can we expect to see as we head to Sheffield this Sunday?

There is only one way to find out – the World Championship qualifying round meeting at the fast shale oval at Owlerton starts at 12.30pm this Sunday. Don’t miss it.

By BSCDA, Apr 1 2018 01:28PM

"Well, pleased to confirm after a lot of deliberation and getting over the hear t break of yet another gloomy forecast of a cold/gloomy Stoke and Belle Vue - BELLE VUE is running!

Bring your wellies because it may be well muddy in the pits if it rains as predicted!

We shall put all our team effort into producing great day and Holiday Monday will officially be on.

Spread the word"