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By BSCDA, Sep 28 2017 08:02PM

Stuart Smith Jnr extended his lead in the Mintex National Points Championship Shootout with a heat and final double at King’s Lynn on Saturday night.

It was a highly productive evening for the Milnrow superstar, who also finished fourth in the Grand National despite losing his aerofoil after halfway. Frankie Wainman Jnr also had a successful night at the Adrian Flux Arena with a victory in the consolation and Grand National and a second-place finish to Smith Jnr in the final.

But while Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr piled more Shootout points to their overall tallies, new world champion Nigel Green had a night to forget after a paltry nine-point haul during a frustrating evening to lose ground on the leaders.

The meeting started with King’s Lynn whites, yellows and Dutch race, which also included Dutch drivers. Martin Spiers led the 20-car race from flag-to-flag, ahead of Aaron Cozens and Nigel Harrhy.

Heat one featured 24 cars and was led for much of the race by Geoff Nickolls until the yellows came out after halfway. At this stage Nickolls led Harrhy, Jelle Tesselaar, Mark Tesselaar, Mat Newson, who was driving the Mark Sargent shale car, Craig Finnikin, Glenn Scott and Dan Johnson.

It was Finnikin who got a great start to blast his way to the front, to win from Jelle Tesselaar, Johnson, Newson, Paul Hines and Billy Johnson.

The 20-car second heat was led by Spiers until lap two when the yellow flags came out. Cozens was second, ahead of John Dowson, Paul Hopkins, Joff Gibson (who ended the race blowing his engine) and Mark Woodhull. Green was already a lap down after tangling with Wainman Jnr out of turn one. Wainman Jnr pulled off on to the centre, where he joined with Lee Fairhurst and Wainman Jnr.

Once the race was under way again, Smith Jnr made short work of those in front of him to take the lead from Spiers and the victory. Cozens finished third, ahead of Woodhuall, Bobby Griffin and Danny Wainman. Green retired before the finish.

The consolation field 19 cars with Sam Jacklin leading from Austin Moore and Thomas Hollingworth when the yellow flags came out. Wainman Jnr, in sixth place, soon blasted his way to the front to take the victory ahead of Fairhurst, James Morris, Green, Jacklin and Mark Tesselaar.

With last-gasp axle repairs Green managed to get back on track prior to the start of the 30-car final, with Spiers leading from the green flag from Jackson. Wainman Jnr had moved Smith Jnr wide early on and looked in the best position of the Shootout drivers, having a decent gap between him and Smith Jnr – who was beginning to close as the race got to halfway – with Finnkin next. Already Green was way back in the field, and unable to make much progress.

Soon after, however, the yellow flags came out and the race was stopped. This allowed the track to be watered and after the restart it was clear Smith Jnr was handling the changed conditions better than most and soon forced his way by Wainman Jnr.

“It was me and Frankie who got away at the start and got through all the trouble,” said Smith Jnr.. “He just got me on to a slower car going down the back straight and got half a straight in front of me. It was pretty clear at that stage the race was between me, Frank and Craig Finnikin.

“We were just getting settled into a race of endurance, really. I was just starting to pull him in when the yellows came out, and then they watered the track.

“My car as good in both the wet and the dry, so I was really happy with it. So I just pushed Frank into the first corner and he hopped over the front wheel of a car. I knew if I got up his inside I could squeeze him out and run away with it. And that’s what I did – it all went to plan.”

Once Smith Jnr had shoved Wainman Jnr wide the race was his for the taking and the Shootout leader was able to maintain the gap to the flag. Wainman Jnr took second place, but Finnikin retired, allowing with Fairhurst to take third place ahead of Newson, Ben Riley and Danny Wainman.

The Grand National featured 26 cars, with Smith Jnr taking the one-lap handicap. The race was stopped after six laps with Harrhy leading, from Jackson, Morris, and Russell Cooper. Wainman Jnr was already up to fifth, with Woodhull, Riley and Green next.

The race restarted with Harrhy maintaining his lead ahead of Morris with Wainman Jnr closing fast, when further back Fairhurst went straight on out of turn three, clattering the fence.

As those behind manouvered to get passed, Fairhurst crawled around into the home straight, before the car suddenly turned left in front of Danny Wainman and Smith Jnr.

Wainman slipped by but Smith Jnr got caught out, clipping the stricken Fairhurst car, and leapt into the air and straight into a marker tyre.

“Everything had been going all right,” Smith Jnr explained. “I was picking my way through the traffic and I was just thinking to myself after the stoppage that I could just do with getting to the finish with no damage and a top-five finish…

“I was behind Danny Wainman when Lee Fairhurst’s steering snapped in front of him. So Lee had no steering coming out of the corner and he hit the wall really hard.

“And as me and Danny went to pass him up the inside on the home straight just under the starter, Lee suddenly veered left. Obviously he had no steering and Danny just got passed but I clobbered him with the front wheel and I hopped over his car.

“But it veered me on to the infield. I was in mid-air so had no brakes and ended up hitting a marker tyre flat out. The car just came to a sudden stop, so it was a bit of a neck stretcher!”

The impact sheered all four bolts on the wing, and as Smith Jnr got going again the aerofoil fell off down the back straight.

“I was a bit winded but I knew I had to carry on,” he said. “Everyone has been saying the yellows came out for my wing but they weren’t. I remember hitting the tyre and looking and seeing the yellow lights flashing on that corner.

“So, either the stewards have got the reactions of Usain Bolt or they may have been on for Lee Fairhurst. So unbeknown to me I went down the back straight and the wing fell off and hit the fence.”

Harrhy led the restart before Wainman Jnr swept by to take the race with brother Danny in second place. Harrhy finished a fine third ahead of the wingless Smith Jnr. Frankie Wainman Jnr Jr and Jelle Tesselaar rounded out the top six, while world champion Green popped a tyre early on and failed to finish.

“I was pretty lucky to get a fourth place,” said Smith Jnr. “The car felt really different without the wing. It was really loose. The car wouldn’t go into the corners straight the way I wanted and it affected the car in every way.”

Round four of the Mintex National Points Championship Shootout takes place this Sunday at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium. There is also an additional incentive for Shootout and non-Shootout drivers as the meeting is the first step towards next year's fight for the gold roof by being the first qualifying round for the 2018 F1 World Championship.

Gates open at 2.30pm with the meeting start time at 4pm.

By BSCDA, Sep 28 2017 08:00PM

2017 has seen a considerable amount of change within BriSCA Formula 1 which was always inevitable in particular with track closures and other issues that arise during the normal course of a season. 2017 has in some ways created a 'perfect storm' after quite a buoyant and lengthy period of stability. We now need to get a grip TOGETHER to ensure we become stronger and healthier in 2018.

We also need to 'move' the agenda particularly social media wise into positive territory and as far as 2018 and onwards are concerned, we are all only interested in moving the sport forwards. That should start now, wipe the slate clean.

After a difficult few weeks, Deane Wood and myself have jointly agreed to participate in a forum with 3 nominated 'fans' - the medium as has yet to be determined, perhaps one of the 'online' podcast broadcasts may well be an option. We may also include and invite the BSCDA Chairman who can answer driver related questions. Let's get things in the open in a positive manner.

We are prepared for a 60 -90 minute maximum 'open and constructive debate' to answer as honestly as possible many of the questions fans and drivers may or always wanted to ask and, where possible every effort will be made for honest answers and more importantly share 'ideas' openly which may well have merit to incorporate in a master plan, or indeed answer why an individual idea may well be impractical.

This currently is an 'embryonic' idea which needs more meat on the bone, I would be suggesting Stoxnet may nominate 3 sensible people to represent fans and collate from others questions and more importantly suggestions.

The timing of this would possible be end of October to undertake it properly and Deane is also out of the country for a period next month, but it doesn't want rushing.

We are honest in our intent because we all recognise the future of BriSCA F1 is important and more than ever we need drivers,promoters and fans equally and to be engaged and to assist in ideas into 'Project 2018' putting the 'smile' back into BriSCA F1. Social media has hurt the sport this year in many ways, some understandable disappointment, some frustration, and much passion but far too much unfounded negative rhetoric.

We will not be able to agree on anything however we want to end 2017 on a positive note with a 'fresh' view on 2018 and beyond. The draft 2017 fixtures have been announced, as is usual, the final and confirmed list comes in December and with ideas already taken on board, some of these may well reflect in the final version in terms of ideas.

We have all suffered a drip,drip of depression which has engulfed us this year and overshadowed actually the core values which remain strong. This is a genuine initiative for us all to embrace and draw a line and move on - and dispel the many rumours circulating.

Let's see where this runs,

Over to you

Steve Rees BriSCA Chairman, Deane Wood, Anthony Flanagan BSCDA Chairman

By BSCDA, Sep 20 2017 06:15AM

Nigel Green confirmed his position as the dominant force in F1 stock car racing with a near perfect drive to win the World Championship Final at Ipswich on Saturday night.

Green, who won the European Championship in July, started the race as the hot favourite from pole position and led throughout the 25-lap race to claim his first gold roof in only his second World Final.

But 32-year-old Green was forced to work hard for the spoils of victory and was put under constant pressure on every lap from rival Dan Johnson, culminating in a bold but unsuccessful last-bend attempt by the Worksop star to change the outcome of the race.

The Bruntingthorpe superstar also had to hold his nerve after a restart on lap two and later had to withstand forceful tactics from a couple of lapped Dutchman before he could celebrate becoming the new world champion.

Prior to the race the overseas entrants took part in time trials to establish their order on the grid, and it was Frank Wouters who surprisingly claimed the fastest lap. Wouters came in as a late reserve to replace Geert-Jan Keijzer, who suffered major engine problems prior to the event, to line up on the inside of row three, with Wesley Schaap alongside.

After commentator Steve Linfield called for the drivers to start their engines, the 34-car field began their rolling laps. As the field cruised down the back straight prior to the green flag, Johnson tried his best to unsettle Green by leading the field as they prepared for the start, but Green would have none of it. Johnson was forced to back off to allow the pole man to draw alongside and in doing so Green seized his chance and set off in front as the flag dropped.

“It got to the point where he was at the place where I knew you would be able to set off from and it not be a jump start,” said Green. “So I was thinking, is he going to slow down? If he had set off I would have been in a bit of a pickle, but fortunately he didn’t, he sort of waited.

“It was a bit strange why he wanted to be so far in front. I was the pole sitter, so in my mind I should be the one setting the pace.”

By slowing as Green accelerated Johnson backed up those behind him, particularly Stuart Smith Jnr, allowing the inside rows to gain an immediate advantage and allowing Green safe passage into turn one.

“I think Daniel is his own worst enemy sometimes,” said Smith Jnr later. ““It was only going to be us two who were going to give Nigel a run for his money on those first two laps, but on the first start he completely screwed himself and me up and the third row overtook me immediately."

Into the first bend Paul Hines led the rest of the field, with Johnson next, followed by Smith Jnr and reigning world champion Frankie Wainman Jnr.

Behind these all hell let loose as National Points champion Rob Speak, competing in his last race and starting from the seventh row, made an immediate impact by pile-driving those in front of him into the first bend.

“I made the ground up at the start. I hit them all hard into the first bend, didn’t I?” Speak said with a smile. “I did the lot of them.”

In an instant a large swath of overseas entrants plus Mark Gilbank were catapulted into the Armco. Gilbank, Wouters, Schapp, Jan Roelof Wijbenga, Christian Weyenberg and Wayne Hemi, in the Lee Fairhurst Tarmac car, were all wiped out on the spot.

Fairhurst himself also became embroiled as did Luke Davidson, while a lap later Mat Newson and Mark Woodhall also joined the carnage.

Upfront, Green already had a sizeable lead, while Johnson moved Hines wide into turn three. Wainman Jnr had swiftly got passed Smith Jnr to go fourth.

On lap two Green led Johnson, while Hines was again forced wide by the pack led by Wainman Jnr and Smith Jnr.

Then, as the yellows came out due to the excessive pile-up in turn one, Smith Jnr speared Wainman Jnr into the melee.

Wainman Jnr later expressed his opinion f the move to Smith Jnr in the pits. “I was unhappy earlier on when we were on the yellows for half a lap and Stuart stuck me into a load of parked cars,” Wainman Jnr said. “I was even waving out of the window going down the straight and I only had one hand on the steering wheel when he hit me!”

Smith Jnr had a different view of the incident. “Frank came up to me afterwards asking me about it, as though I did it on purpose,” he responded. “I went down the home straight and caught him up because my car was quicker than his at the start and I put him into the pile up. I didn’t know the yellows were out, but as soon as I came out of the corner I saw the yellows waving.

“I thought it was because I put Frank in. He said he had his hand out of the cab but when I’m racing I’m not looking for your hand out of the cab I’m looking at your back bumper!”

As the dust settled, in preparation for the restart and the wreckage was cleared from the track the order was Green from Johnson. A lap down Davidson separated Johnson from Wainman Jnr, who was reinstated in third place. Smith Jnr was next ahead of Ryan Harrison, Hines, Ron Kroonder, Speak, Craig Finnikin and Dutch driver Johan Catsburg.

As the cars crawled down the back straight prior to the restart, Johnson was close to the back bumper of Green, with the rest of the field bumper-to-bumper behind in anticipation.

The next few seconds were crucial to the outcome of the race. As the green flag dropped Green got another great start, but Johnson was too heavy on the throttle and spun his rear tyres. That split second gave Green an extra car length of breathing space as the field barrelled down into turn one.

“The restart was good,” said Green. “I was getting bumpered down the back straight, so I went earlier than I aimed to because I thought “if these guys behind decide when I’m going I’m going to be in a mess here”, so I picked it up and got away.

“Fortunately, I got enough of a gap so I wasn’t in range from the guys behind.”

Smith Jnr said: “On the restart Dan lit his rear tyres up. He just needed to be calm and leave it on, but he was that far away into the next corner Nigel was gone.”

Backmarker Davidson moved out wide to allow the leaders through behind him, as Smith Jnr put heavy pressure on Wainman Jnr, with Harrison close up. Behind these as Hines dropped back, Speak forced Kroonder wide allowing Finnikin through to sixth, but a lap later Speak retook the place.

Green looked comfortable in front but as soon as he had to negotiate backmarkers Johnson closed the gap. It was before halfway that Green had his first worrying moment with the tail-enders.

As he forced his way past Jan Kuin, the Dutch dirt track driver immediately retaliated into turn three and pushed Green wide. This allowed Johnson to get closer to the leader’s rear bumper but Green soon recovered to re-establish the gap.

Behind them Wainman Jnr was on his own in third, but Harrison was picking up pace and had forced his way past Smith Jnr to go fourth.

Green then had another issue with backmarkers a couple of laps later as the race approached the halfway stage. Passing Evert van den Berg down the back straight, Green again received an unnecessary hit from behind as he went into turn three and drifted wide.

As the halfway flag came out Johnson was now only two car lengths behind Green, with Wainman Jnr next. Harrison was beginning to close on Wainman Jnr in fourth, with Smith Jnr next. Speak was sixth and Finnikin was close up behind him in seventh place.

As the laps ticked off Green maintained his lead and his composure. Hines tangled with New Zealander Simon Joblin on the inside of turn two in front of him, kicking up a cloud of shale dust, but Green negotiated the traffic unhindered.

As the lap boards came out Green was still just two to three car lengths in front of Johnson, while Wainman Jnr was under pressure from Harrison, who went past the world champion to go third.

As Green entered the final lap Johnson gave everything he had in his locker to try to close the gap. Down the back straight for the final time as Green negotiated the third bend, Johnson launched his car in a desperate attempt to make contact with Green’s back bumper.

It was a do-or-die effort. As the Johnson car leapt the kerb into the last bend he missed his target and clattered the Armco. After a fine drive Johnson’s race came to an abrupt end just 150 metres from the flag.

Undeterred, Green powered to a well-deserved victory and the gold roof. Harrison came home in an excellent second place ahead of Wainman Jnr, who took the final podium position. Smith Jnr was fourth, ahead of Speak, Finnikin, Catsburg, who finished as the highest-placed overseas driver, Danny Wainman, Michael Scriven and Kroonder.

“It was an enjoyable race,” said a delighted Green. “It all went to plan but it was a bit unfortunate when the yellow flags came out but it could have been worse.

“The car was amazing. The car was set up perfectly and was nice to drive. I was just taking my time through the traffic and that was where some of the gaps were closed up with Dan and he was making the most of every opportunity. I was just approaching everything with caution. The bumper I received from a few of the backmarkers didn’t help me, but fortunately I hung it out and happy days! World Champion!”

While Green came away happy with his night’s work, those finishing behind him had a less than satisfactory outlook on the race.

“It was really frustrating,” said runner-up Harrison. “I just didn’t get going at the start. The car just wasn’t playing the game. Everyone has been struggling recently with right rear tyres that are splitting. We went to Northampton on Wednesday with Rob Speak and we did a lot of laps. We used ten new tyres there and every one of them split.

“So I refused to run them because they are terrible when they split, so I ran a tyre that was old and had done two heats and the final at Birmingham, but Birmingham is the worst place to rerun tyres because it shreds them.

“But I said to my dad, I’d rather run a tyre that’s bit worn, a bit old, than have one that splits and is a waste of time.

“So we went with it, but that hurt me at the start of the race because it took too long to get going. But once it did, it was all coming at the end and doing what it was supposed to – but it was too little, too late.”

Wainman Jnr put in a game performance in defense of his title in third place but always believed Green would be hard to catch.

“I got a good start, we couldn’t do more than we did,” said Wainman Jnr. “I said beforehand if Greeny got away at the start he’d be gone, and he did.

“Ryan when past me apparently with one lap to go, but then the four lap to go board came out after that! When we had the one lapboard, I could see Ryan panic and he got past then.”

Fourth-placed Smith Jnr, one of the pre-race favourites, was disappointed with his result.

“The car was a lot poorer than I thought it would be,” he said. “After the first start I felt I had the drive but a couple of laps after the second start I could tell my car wasn’t that good. I was just hanging on then.

“We made some changes here after practice and I wish we hadn’t, because yesterday we had the car good but I think we’ve over-thought about it. We should just leave things as they are sometimes.”

Speak, competing in his last race before continuing his role as Skegness promoter, felt fifth place was as good as he was going to get. “It was alright, fifth was good,” he said. “But no-one was going to catch Nigel.

“I think I went off a bit by the finish. You try so hard at the start and then you try and relax into a rhythm to get yourself going and then after that you haven’t enough time to find a rhythm. I think I found one, then I went off a little bit and then it just didn’t click.

“But how can it when you’ve done just one race, a semi-final, and then get into a different car and race in the World Final?”

Danny Wainman made up the most places in the race from row 13 to finish eighth. “I did the gearbox on about lap four,” said Wainman. “It was vibrating its head off at about 4,500 revs. I wasn’t even braking into the corners, just rolling in and just picking it back up. It was mint. It actually went better than I thought it would being that slow down the straight.”

After such a determined drive Johnson came away with a DNF to show for his efforts. As Green celebrated on the centre green, Johnson received one of the biggest receptions from the stands after the race. Having sacrificed a certain second place in an attempt to win the World Final, he had his car pushed around the track on a lap of honour by Smith Jnr in front of an appreciative crowd.

“I wasn’t interested in finishing second, so I had to go for it,” said Johnson. “I just didn’t have enough drive out of the corners. Nigel was just playing with me, but I kept it as close as I could.”

Photo 1 N. Randon

Photo 2-5 C. Casserley

By BSCDA, Sep 18 2017 08:32AM

Congratulations to Nigel Green and everyone at Greensport Racing on achieving not only the World Championship at Ipswich on Saturday evening but the World Masters Championship too at Northampton the following day. What a memorable weekend for the Leicester based driver.

Full results are now online and a meeting report will follow soon.