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Belle Vue Meeting Report - 27th May 2019

By BSCDA, Jun 3 2019 12:53PM

The final stop of the bank holiday weekend saw a trip to the Belle Vue stadium in Manchester. John Lund (53) made another appearance and maintained his 100% attendance record at Belle Vue. Michael Whiteman (233) made his debut on the shale driving the same car he has been using on the tarmac. Tom Harris (84) in excellent form was looking for his 3rd shale final in a row having won the finals at Northampton the previous week and King's Lynn only two days earlier.

Heat 1 on track with 17 cars out on, Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) and Mat Newson (16) coming from the back. A clean start with Karl Hawkins (175) leading the charge from the back with a 3 car hit into turn 1. Further back Newson and Jack France (216) along with Luke Dennis (192) get caught together at turn 1 and delayed. Up front Dave Willis (337) had established a lead. Hawkins now unable to make further progress as Mal Brown (34) was putting up quite a fight when Hawkins was up the inside Brown would power around the outside to keep the spot. This brought Bobby Griffin (166) and Wainman Jnr onto the back. One more attempt to get past and Hawkins ran wide allowing Griffin and Wainman Jnr passed. But 1 lap later Hawkins finally gets the move done on Brown into turn 1. Austin Moore (127) racing the ex Ben Hurdman car had established a lead. Coming into the latter parts of the race, Newson had recovered well into the top 10. Coming onto the final lap with a huge lead, Moore would pick up a rear puncture. Powering through with the foot planted to try and get as much traction as possible and Wainman Jnr taking massive chunks of time, Moore just about made it across the finish line before Wainman Jnr managed to catch.

Heat one 127, 515, 276, 175, 220, 16, 423, 34, 166, 192, 268, 216

Heat 2 on track again with 17 cars. Tom Harris and John Lund made their first appearances of the afternoon. Jake Harrhy (345) went for a spin at turn 1 on the first lap loosing loads of time. From the back Harris manages to get ahead of the reds and superstars and sets off for the front with Newson not far behind. Lund again having a great race already up to 3rd and getting 2nd a few laps later before going off after leader Karl Roberts (313). As Lund makes it to Roberts both are demoted by Harris who has caught and passed them both and goes off and wins the race. Last bend and Newson wants 2nd from Roberts but a slight error sees both tangle together and Lund picks the right side and sweeps around the outside down the home straight taking 2nd.

Heat two 84, 53, 313, 16, 423, 212, 555, 463, 93, 34, 192, 345

Heat 3 with 17 cars again on track. Harris and Lund unable to make the race. Harris having some kind of oil leak and Lund retiring from the meeting with a gearbox issue. At the start Sam Makim (93) heads to the turn 1 wires as Gary Jackson (423) and Sam Jacklin (137) both parked at the exit of turn 1. A few others joining the turn 1 parking lot with Karl Hawkins (175) unable to get going and would be the cause of the first caution stuck in the middle of turn 1. Karl Roberts (313) up front. At the restart and Rob Jacklin (136) goes for a monumental hit on Phoebe Wainman (211), both cars into the fence. Jacklin wouldn't go any further. Wainman rolling and coming to a stop just past the starters rostrum. Yellows called for due to the position of Phoebe's car. Coming to the restart Roberts still leading but now had Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) all over his back bumper and it didn't take long before Wainman Jnr was up the inside and off into the distance taking the win. Roberts fell back at the latter part of the race, with Danny Wainman (212) coming through for 2nd

Heat three 515, 212, 220, 166, 555, 337, 127, 216, 495, NOF

Final time and the heavens had opened with the track now very wet, but manageable with no standing water. With the chance of 3 finals in a row Harris was back out, car repaired and slotted into the last spot on the 19 car grid. The start provided a fair amount of action as multiple cars went around at turn 4 with Luke Dennis (192) heading for the sky climbing the turn 4 inner tyres. Yellows called for to remove Luke's car from its new perch. At the restart Gary Jackson (423) and Dave Willis (337) both found the fence as Will Hunter (220) took the lead. Wainman Jnr diced with the fence only just surviving without collecting it. Up front Mal Brown (34) takes the lead as Hunter goes wide. But the danger man Harris is coming fast now up into 2nd. Hunter's bad luck of the last few meetings bit again as he slowed up. Harris now taking the lead into the 2nd half of the race. With the track tricky and very wet around the outside. Harris struggled to get passed back markers and Newson was coming fast. With the bumper finally in site. Newson went for a hit, with not too much force meaning Harris ended up just a touch off line but not slowing him up too much and slotted right back into the wheel tracks of Newson. Two laps later and at the same turn 3 corner. Harris went for a far bigger hit and was enough to put Newson wide hitting a marker tyre which had found its way onto the track. That hit put Harris half a lap up the road and Newson would never catch back up. Harris completed his hattrick of final wins. Newson surviving for 2nd and James Morris a welcomed 3rd place in the Newson hire car.

Grand Final 84, 16, 463, 220, 34, 166, 515, 175, 212, 93, 337, 555

Grand National time and thankfully the rain had subsided and the track now far dryer than the final with 14 cars making it back out. Harris in his now familiar half lap handicap position. From the start Karl Roberts (313) was very slow away falling right back. Newson taking up the lead position from the back passing Wainman Jnr. Harris not making too much of an impression from the back but was catching the train. Around half way Sam Makim (93) had established a lead. Harris now starting to pick them off having caught the back. Makim though would go on to register his first ever BriSCA F1 race win in fine style far ahead of the rest of the pack. The race would go from start to finish without any yellow flags

Grand National 93, 337, 166, 220, 175, 84, 16, 515, 313, 192, 555, 34

Report by Daniel Smith

Photo by Colin Casserley

Graphic by Jack Coleman