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By BSCDA, Jul 16 2018 06:20AM

After the news broke last week that the second World Championship Semi Final will take place at Birmingham Wheels instead of Northampton Raceway Stuart Smith had the tough decision to make - shale or tarmac, Lynn or Wheels. After a weekend of racing on the tarmac, Stuart has now opted for King's Lynn. He will line up alongside Matt Newson at the Trackstar venue on Saturday 4th August. A week later Frankie Wainman Jnr will take to the pole position at Birmingham Wheels with Lee Fairhurst to his right.

To view the Semi Final grids please click here.

By BSCDA, Jul 12 2018 03:38PM

"Incarace would like to confirm that the 2018 BriSCA F1 Stock Car 2nd Semi Final will now be taking place at Birmingham Wheels Raceway rather than Northampton International Shaleway as originally fixtured.

Precedent over the years has usually seen Semi Finals split over tarmac and shale and when Incarace were allocated the Semi Final, Northampton was chosen as the preferred venue, with no consideration at the time of the track changing to shale.

With the 2018 World Final being on tarmac at Skegness, and the first Semi Final on shale at Kings Lynn, whilst there is no rule that the Semis have to be run on both surfaces, we have considered the situation and to be fair to all concerned have moved the event to the tarmac track of Birmingham Wheels. The meeting will take place on the same date, Saturday 11th August.

Whilst Birmingham isn’t everyone’s choice of venue, we will ensure an increased security presence outside and around the stadium throughout the event.

Full details of the event will be released over the next couple of days.

Stuart Smith #390 as top 2018 World Championship qualifying point scorer has the choice of which Semi Final he takes part in and the remaining drivers as per the grids have to take their place accordingly.

We await Stuart’s decision which we believe will be reasonably soon, but in the meantime the details of the Semi Final split, driver by driver are as follows."

Please click here for the Semi Final Grid Line Up

By BSCDA, Jul 12 2018 03:29PM

There are no major titles on offer, or World Championship points, and despite being the support formula to the Saloon stock cars and BriSCA F2s, a huge turnout of BriSCA F1s is expected for the start of the Skegness Speedweekend this Saturday.

Having originally limited car turnout to 48 cars, Skegness have upped the number to a whopping 56 with other drivers planning to book in placed on the reserve list.

With the World Final at Skegness in September, the Speedweekend will be the last chance for drivers to discover a prime set-up for the big event. And no matter where the drivers line up for the biggest race of the year, it was proven by Lee Fairhurst the last time the race was held at the venue in 2012 that a driver can start at the very back of the grid and still win the gold roof.

The majority of the sport’s big-hitters will be in attendance this weekend, including World Champion Nigel Green, who sensationally won the UK Open at the last meeting at the Raceway in May.

Green was making his first appearance of the season at the UK Open and on the Saturday night made his presence felt with a number of huge hits, notably on Mat Newson in the final. The force of the impact was big enough to move the engine forward and damage the block but he was still able to return to the track on Sunday, where he made up large swathes of ground in the UK Open itself, and was third entering the last lap behind long-time leader and reigning champion Harry Steward and Luke Davidson.

Davidson went for a last-bender on Steward with both clattering the fence. Steward was out of the race on the spot while Green was able to take the shortest route, hugging the kerb, to snatch the lead and the victory, with Alex Wass taking a fine second place ahead of Lee Fairhurst. Davidson recovered to finish fourth.

Green will also be taking part in the Teng Tools World Champions Challenge (3pm) alongside Saloon World Champion Daniel Parker and BriSCA F2 World Champion Wim Petters when all three drive each other’s car with the accumulated fastest lap times winning the challenge.

Stuart Smith Jnr will arrive at Skegness with the chequered flag colours emblazoned on his roof after his dramatic British Championship win at Belle Vue, along with the silver for his National Points victory last season. Smith Jnr has struggled on Tarmac this year with the new tyres regulations and admits will be making a radical change to set-up this weekend to hopefully rediscover his Tarmac form.

Tom Harris, who was a dominant force of the Tarmac in Scotland last month, returns to Skegness after a disappointing and frustrating British Championship meeting, in which he was unable to make it out in time to line up for the race itself after a last-minute rear axle change.

“We changed the axles and was fired up ready to go,” said Harris. “As I reversed realised there was a loud knocking noise – the rear axle had different brackets on and the propshaft was knocking, so we made a few adjustments drove to the track gate and was locked out.”

Tarmac specialist Davidson will also be hoping for a good run after impressing at the UK Open meeting, while Steward will want to make amends after being forced out of the UK Open with the chequered flag in sight.

Start time on Saturday night is 5pm with the first race at noon on Sunday.

By BSCDA, Jul 9 2018 08:22PM

Stuart Smith Jnr secured a second British Championship title after a memorable and dramatic last-gasp lunge ended long-time leader Matt Newson’s title hopes in the Belle Vue wires.

Smith’s last-bend heroics seemed unlikely with Newson appearing to be closing in on a maiden title, following a commanding drive in the Manchester heat. However, it was the Rochdale ace who snatched victory with a huge last-bend charge.

The 390 car made just enough contact with Newson’s inside rear corner to send both cars heading into the wires.

The chasing pack, headed by Mark Gilbank and Dan Johnson, had been some way adrift and Smith Jnr had enough time to power out of the loose shale in front of Gilbank and Johnson to take the chequered flag, with Newson eventually firing up his car to come home a disappointed sixth.

On an afternoon of near 30-degree temperatures, and Belle Vue basking under brilliant blue skies, the ebb and flow of the qualifying heats produced fast and frenetic racing with Smith Jnr and Frankie Wainman Jnr exchanging hits from the off. The bumpers were flying as the star men signalled their early intention. In heat one, in one of the best races of the day, Wainman Jnr came through to challenge Smith Jnr and the two traded blows before the 515 car nudged Smith Jnr wide to edge the battle on the sprint finish to the line.

In heat two there was early trouble for the superstars allowing Newson to get his afternoon off to a winning start. Tom Harris, who would endure a difficult afternoon which culminated in missing the grid for the final after a frantic rear axle change brought no reward, came home in second. Johnson recovered from an early tangle involving Danny Wainman and John Dowson to net a fifth behind Rob Plant and Mark Woodhull.

There were further wins for both Smith Jnr (two) and Newson (one), with both drivers looking imperious throughout the remaining heats. Will Hunter and Gilbank were other drivers impressing, together with Paul Hines, who like Smith Jnr, was chasing a further British title.

Wainman Jnr was another driver on course to contend for a front-row start, yet the former World Champion appeared satisfied to settle for a row two berth, a tactic he would arguably come to regret.

In the final heat, Wainman Jnr seemed at ease as Smith Jnr pulled away and Gilbank overhauled the 515 car for second. Harris meanwhile continued to have a difficult afternoon. After making early headway in heat six, the 84 car retired with a puncture after getting caught up with a number of other cars on turns one and two.

Lee Fairhurst was another former title-holder whose luck was absent after early mechanical problems saw the Bolton-based driver retire early in his opening heat. For Fairhurst it was a frustrating afternoon on his home track, with the 217 car ultimately failing to finish the main race.

On the green flag for the British Championship race itself, Newson anticipated the start and had a sizeable lead ahead of Smith Jnr in the early stages on a heavily watered track.

Indeed, the 390 car struggled to stay in contention as Newson built a commanding gap following two stoppages. Wainman Jnr joined a host of big names retiring after an early melee saw the track partially blocked in turn two, resulting in the first caution. FWJ was unable to avoid spinning into another car while the field behind him jostled for positions and struggled with the track conditions in the early stages. The 515 car, with a rear puncture, joined the likes of Hines and Hunter on the infield before the resumption.

At the restart Newson again re-established his dominance on a now rapidly drying track, before a further caution for the stranded Sam Makim car at half-race-distance, brought the field together again.

Newson led as the lap boards counted down, before Smith made his audacious move and dived across the kerbs to put pay to the long-time leader’s title hopes.

“Fair dues to Matt, I don’t think my car was as fast as it had been,” said Smith Jnr. “His car was certainly the best it had been all day.

On the critical moment, a delighted Smith Jnr said: “I had to do it, I’m not a driver to finish second, I never have been… I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.

“The spectators all come here to watch good racing and I’ve always had this in the back of my mind, and I think that’s shown in my racing.”

Gilbank said of his second-place finish: “I had nothing on Stuart or Matt and in fairness they were long gone. I just kept myself steady and out of trouble.”

Third-placed Johnson was in a reflective mood: “It wasn’t the best of drives and I struggled to find my rhythm through the race.”

Report by Simon Hughes