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By BSCDA, Oct 26 2019 02:09PM

Update from Northampton.

The track staff are working hard to ensure the track is in a raceable condition tomorrow. Yes the weather is against the team but they are busy pumping water off the track and also pumping the pit area.

The weather forecast is showing that the rain will cease at around 4pm and no further rain is given.

Work will continue throughout the night ready for tomorrow’s meeting.

Incarace have requested no vehicles arrive today/tonight as the pits are closed.

By BSCDA, Oct 25 2019 04:52PM

News from Spedeworth....

Regrettably, heavy rain has forced the postponement of Mildenhall on Saturday 26 October.

Mildenhall has been cancelled due to the weather we have had & due tomorrow, we have left this as long as we could

in recognition that so many Dutch competitors have travelled to the UK this weekend, the World of Shale Championship will be switched to Northampton on Sunday 27 October.

Northampton will be opening @ 8am on Sunday morning.

The Grand National Championship will not be run at Northampton on Sunday 27 October.

More news will follow.

By BSCDA, Oct 25 2019 10:56AM

Important information from the Spedeworth / Incarace team ...

It’s a big weekend in the BriSCA World over the next two days and all eyes will be on Mildenhall Stadium & Northampton International Shaleway.

To help everyone through the weekends events please read the points below to help in making the weekend a success:-

Mildenhall Stadium Event Info

• The pit area will open at 10am

• Admission turnstiles open at 3pm

• Safety Check / Scrutineering will take place for BriSCA F1’s as per Sophie’s information sent to the drivers. BriSCA F2’s will take place from 1pm. Can all BriSCA F2 drivers be aware that pre-meeting weighing is COMPULSORY so please arrive in ample time to allow this to be done. The meeting will not be delayed so if you arrive late and have to queue for weighing and miss the first race the promotion will not accept responsibility for this

• Drivers briefing will be held in the holding area for all drivers at 4.15pm so again please ensure you arrive in good time as the drivers briefing is mandatory.

• Race 1 will be the BriSCA F2 Last Chance Qualifier for the W o S. Grids etc will be supplied when you sign-in. If you are in race 1 you MUST be ready by 4.45pm to go onto the track. Drivers, it is your responsibility to be ready! Once the pit gate has closed it will not re-open.

• At the end of the meeting the bar will remain open and camping overnight at the stadium is permitted.

Overnight Info

• For everyone who is planning to attend both meetings this weekend and are camping or staying in motorhomes etc we are asking that you please stay at Mildenhall Stadium overnight (if you have not booked to stay anywhere else) and not travel to Northampton International until Sunday morning. This request is due to the pits being extended at Northampton as per the World Masters event and the remaining car park area will be for disabled parking and coaches only. Due to the amount of rain in the area over the past week the field next to the raceway used for car parking is accessible for cars but is not suitable for HGV’s.

Northampton International Event Info

• The stadium is not open to the public on Saturday.

• If you arrive in the early hours of Sunday morning at Northampton International please keep the noise to a minimum.

• Please be aware there will be NO public parking within the stadium car park on Sunday with the exception of a limited number of spaces for disabled persons and coaches. All other parking is in the field including staff parking.

• Sunday morning the pits and turnstiles will open at 8am. All persons attending the event will be issued with a wristband. Please keep the wristband on at all times. Failure to do so or if you lose the wristband will result in you being charge the admission price again and possible eviction from the stadium for the remainder of the event.

• Drivers:- please be aware that on arrival at the pit gate all persons with you MUST disembark from your vehicle to be issued with a wristband. Security will be assigning you a lane to queue in to enter the pits so please follow their instructions.

• Race fans:- Entrances for the event are allocated to specific purposes. The turnstiles in the field will be accepting CASH ONLY admissions (as per the World Masters event). If you are paying by card or have a pre-booked e-ticket please go around to the main gate entrance to the stadium where the staff will then direct you to the correct queue to enter the stadium. If you have pre-booked e-tickets please remember all persons with your e-ticket order MUST arrive together and enter the stadium at the same time. Failure to do so will result in late arrivals having to pay the admission price.

• Mechanics:- All mechanics must enter the stadium via the pit gate and arrive with the driver so the ticket allocations can be done together.

• Pit Parking:- There are a lot of cars for this event. Pit parking will be key to ensuring the event runs as smoothly as possible. BriSCA F1 Stock Cars will be parked in the main pit. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars will be parked in the bottom pit / extended pit area. BriSCA V8 Stock Cars will be parked in the extended pit area. PLEASE BE AWARE if you wish to park next to specific other drivers you MUST arrive together!

• Scrutineering:- All drivers MUST sign-in at the pit office by the track pit gate. BriSCA F2 Stock Cars – the scrutineering bay will be in the extended pit area. You MUST be signed-in before the scrutineer can do their job so please sign-in straight away once parked in the pits. BriSCA F1 & V8 Stock Cars will be advised on signing-in.

• Drivers Briefing:- This is compulsory for all drivers and will take place at the pit office at 11.20am. Please ensure you arrive early enough to be parked, signed-in and safety check / scrutineered so you do not miss the briefing.

• Finally, a reminder to everyone that the event starts at 12noon. Please arrive earlier rather than later to give yourself time to enter the stadium and be issued with a wristband to avoid missing any of the race action.

We would like to wish all drivers in advance “Good Luck” for the events. Race fans we would like to say “Thank You” in advance for your support over the weekend and don’t forget we will be finished off the weekend with a different type of bang thanks to a spectacular fireworks display at Northampton International.

See everyone over the weekend!

By BSCDA, Oct 24 2019 08:50AM

As we head towards the business end of the 2019 Shootout, the battle for the silver roof couldn’t be anymore tense. We have seen some excellent battles so far in the 6 rounds completed and there are just 4 more meetings left starting this weekend with the smallest of our tracks at Mildenhall, before attention turns to the shaleway at Northampton. We say goodbye to Stoke the following weekend which usually produces old fashioned stock car racing. Our final stop is for double points at the rope and post lined track at Manchester which could quite possibly be the last time at Belle Vue too.

Just 56 points separate the top 6 positions going into round 7, with World and British Champion, Tom Harris (1) leading the way. Tom’s Shootout started with only a 3 point gap to then leader, Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) and although there have been a few wins enroute to being the current leader by 12 points, Tom has had his fair amount of dropped scores, through punctures, contact and mechanical gremlins. Top scorer at the ‪Saturday night‬ Skegness meeting and a Grand Final win at the recent King’s Lynn meeting ensures a slender lead at this stage. The unknown in the Shootout was always going to be how Tom adapted to racing at Mildenhall, a track he hasn’t visited in 2018 or 2019. We might be hard pressed to find a time when Tom has raced any other formula at Mildenhall. While others have a setup that’ll work, Tom will need to get himself sorted quickly as he goes in search of his 2nd silver roof and his 3rd major title this year, which hasn’t been done since 2005.

Frankie Wainman Jnr (515), long time leader from the very beginning of the Shootout, goes from the hunted to the hunter. Frankie has done what he always does in these situations, when the car is fast he makes every lap count, gaining positions, when his car isn’t the fastest on a given day, he drags the car into the points and it usually lands somewhere in the top 10. While engine gremlins have bitten in the latter part of Frankie’s season giving him something else to contend with, he’s still in the hunt and I’m sure he won’t let the silver roof leave Silsden without a proper fight, you don’t win 14 silver roofs by accident.

The only driver in our top 6 to register a zero score shows how well last weekend went for Lee Fairhurst (217), starting the Shootout with half the points of leader Wainman Jnr (515). Lee has been in catch up mode ever since, showing absolute determination with a huge last bend hit on Harris (84) to try and take the Grand Final win last weekend but ultimately he just about survived to grab 2nd, which seemed to be the order of the day at King’s Lynn with 2nd in the Consolation, Grand Final and Grand National. Another strong showing at Sheffield with a win in the Heat and you guessed it 2nd in the Grand Final yet again. But in this game points make prizes and Lee was the top scorer at both King’s Lynn and Sheffield. The hunger is there for Lee to join the grand slam club and add the silver roof to the other 3 majors he has already won in his career.

With the tarmac stuff out of the way its full steam ahead for our European Champion Craig Finnikin (55) as he goes in search of his 2nd silver roof. Craig lit up the points chart in the 2nd round at Belle Vue, winning Heat and Grand Final, netting 46 points for his efforts and largely survived the previous round at Birmingham with a mid-twenties score. Where Craig struggled was the Saturday at Skegness banking just 9 points. When it rained the next day and the track was nice and slippy, a massive improvement in points and 3rd best points scorer on the day. With just shale left to go and some of his strongest tracks, especially Belle Vue, could he do it again to ensure Craig and Tom (84) share the 4 majors equally between them.

I don’t think many expected the driver who narrowly entered the Shootout with 12th place would be well in the hunt for the silver roof, that’s not an injustice to Bobby Griffin (166), it shows how far he has come in such a short amount of time. Not afraid of the rest of the drivers and showing them the bumper when needed. His biggest climbs came at Skegness, while he wasn’t the top scorer either day, 64 points from the tarmac weekend catapulted him up the table. A speed bump last weekend with 17 and 7 points respectively dropped him back a little, but if he can regroup, he’s in the hunt at this stage, to take his first major title, only 39 points behind.

The final driver in our top 6 is former World Champion Nigel Green (445), now its safe to say that last weekend didn’t really go to plan, Nigel was caught up in some kind of bad luck spell. An absolutely shocking time at King’s Lynn, spent nearly every race in the accidents, ending in loads of damage, fixing his car ‪until 1am‬ and a single point for his efforts. He did regroup for day 2 at Sheffield lodging 25 points on the board, but there was still signs his bad luck hadn’t completely gone. When Nigel is on form few can beat him but he needs to start making some inroads into the deficit he currently has to the leaders. This is the title he always wanted to win and it’s still possible at this stage.

Behind Green (445) we have a number of drivers who find winning the Shootout still mathematically possibly with some 361 points still on offer, but this weekend will be key for Mat Newson (16), Danny Wainman (212) , Paul Hines (259), Will Hunter (220) and Karl Hawkins (175) if they want to put themselves back into contention for the silver roof. Big 50+ point scores are required with trouble for the leaders in order for them to play themselves back into contention.

This weekend is our 3rd full weekend on the trot, weekend racing is all about keeping the damage to a minimum and if damage does strike, ensuring that all of it is identified at the track and resolved to ensure no points are dropped in the battle for silver. At this stage a single digit or even a zero could be catastrophic for the battle for the silver roof.

The battle for the silver roof continues on Saturday at Mildenhall and Sunday at Northampton.