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By BSCDA, Aug 7 2017 08:39PM

After a review of evidence today we can confirm that 445 Nigel Green has been reinstated as the Grand Final winner at Sheffield yesterday after initially being docked 2 places.

Full results are now featured on our results page.

By BSCDA, Aug 3 2017 11:09PM

Hot-footing it from winning the World Championship semi-final at Skegness last Saturday, European champion Nigel Green lines up at Sheffield on Sunday afternoon for his first outing on shale since the end of May.

Green won the final that day at King’s Lynn, and will be hoping to continue his winning form this weekend.

Having missed the British Championship at Sheffield in June due to being on holiday, it will be the last opportunity to gain some track time on the tricky shale oval prior to the Mintex National Points Champion Shootout round on October 1.

“It does make sense to put a few miles on the clock before the Shootout,” said Green. “But the main reason for going was I asked the lads if they fancied it and they said they did. And with it being a 12.30pm start time it means we can get back at a sensible time and have a good day out.”

Green, who surprisingly has yet to win a race at Owlerton Stadium since he began his F1 career in 2014, will face stiff opposition from the 30-car field.

Also in the line-up will be World champion Frankie Wainman Jnr, who returns to the track where he won his ninth British title in June. Wainman Jnr has an exemplary record at the Sheffield with 67 races wins, including 21 final victories during his illustrious career. With just the one final victory this season, Wainman Jnr will be determined to add to that impressive career tally.

Superstar Mat Newson has a fine record at Sheffield. He won his first final at the track in 2003 and this season won the final at the venue’s World Championship qualifier in April. He followed up by scoring two heat victories at the British Championship meeting culminating in a third-placed finish in the big race itself. As with the two previous visits to the South Yorkshire oval, Newson will drive the shale car he built for Mark Sargent this weekend.

“I’m going to use Mark’s car, like I have been recently, as he isn’t going to race for a few weeks,” Newson said. “And I thought the last couple of times I been to Sheffield I’ve won the final and the last time at the British I won two heats. So I thought I might as well take the car again and see if I can win another couple.

“I seem to be the bloke in form around Sheffield. Going back quite a few years when I wasn’t a star driver say ten years ago, I’d always go well there. Back in the day when I wasn’t particularly great for some reason I would always do well at Sheffield.

“I think I’ve done a couple of semi-finals there and I’ve finished in the top three in both of them. For whatever reason, the track suits me.”

Craig Finnikin is another Superstar who has a great record on shale, having won three finals this season on the loose stuff, all at Belle Vue. While Lee Fairhurst, more renowned as a Tarmac specialist, has won his one final this season on the Belle Vue shale, and could be a factor. Surprisingly, he has yet to win a race at Owlerton during his career.

Danny Wainman has been knocking on the door for a final win with three podium finishes this season and is another top-line driver who knows how to win around Sheffield, having won two finals there.

One driver who could steal a march on the big guns on Sunday and keen to continue his winning trend is B-grader Eliot Smith. Smith won his first final at King’s Lynn last month and has won around Sheffield before.

The meeting starts at 12.30pm and with 10 races and 40 BriSCA F2s booked in to support the meeting, it promises to be an entertaining afternoon of shale racing.

By BSCDA, Aug 1 2017 02:11PM

European champion Nigel Green won a tense World Championship semi-final at Skegness on Saturday night, after a race-long battle with Stuart Smith Jnr.

Prior to the race, many believed that if Green, the man in form this season on Tarmac, got away during the opening laps he would cruise to victory. Smith Jnr, however, was able to keep the pressure on Green throughout the 20-lap race with the Leicestershire driver only pulling away during the last few laps.

Green got a clean getaway from pole position, with Smith Jnr able to tuck inside as the green flag dropped on the 24-car grid. Into the first bend and behind the front two Rob Speak, the National Points champion, who was making his eagerly-awaited return to action in the semi-final, piled into those in front of him, pushing by Lee Fairhurst wide and holding up Paul Harrison along the way. As Speak and Fairhurst drifted wide, Ryan Harrison, Craig Finnikin and Ben Riley were able to slip through on the inner.

Up front Green led from Smith Jnr, Newson, Ryan Harrison, Fairhurst, Finnikin and Speak, who had past Riley and then got inside Finnikin out of turn four on lap two.

By lap six Green and Smith Jnr had pulled clear of the rest, as Newson was swallowed up by Harrison and Fairhurst into turn one and dropped down to fifth. Speak was next with a gap back to Finnikin, Riley and Paul Harrison.

Up front the leaders began to negotiate backmarkers, and with Smith Jnr close behind Green was forced to use the front bumper to full effect. First to go into turn one was Paul Carter, who was sent careering into Bradley Harrison who had a couple of laps earlier been involved in a tangle and was parked by the fence.

Next lap and Green went for what appeared a desperate lunge at Steve Webster into turn one, but only managed to spin the A-grader and was lucky not to be collected himself rather than simply drifting wide.

This manoeuvre allowed Smith Jnr through on the inside to take the lead at the halfway mark. Further back Ryan Harrison was still keeping Fairhurst at bay, with Newson closely pursued by Speak, ahead of Finnikin, as Riley slowed with a rear puncture.

Two laps later and Green forced his way back into the lead out of turn two and led past halfway from Smith Jnr, Ryan Harrison, Fairhurst, Speak, Newson, Finnikin, Paul Harrison, Michael Scriven and Frankie Wainman Jnr Jr.

From then on the race was about whether Smith Jnr could close on Green and snatch a famous victory. With an important top-two finish on the cards, the Milnrow star was driving a restrained race and was never in a position to safely make a move. Indeed, in the last five laps Green began to edge away and went in very deep on the brakes into the last bend just to create more distance and was able to take the flag and a front row slot for Ipswich in September.

Smith Jnr finished a very solid second, with Ryan Harrison holding off Fairhurst for third place. Speak came home on his own in fifth, with Newson sixth. Finnikin finished seventh, ahead of Paul Harrison, Scriven and Wainman Jnr Jr, who qualified for his first World Final in tenth spot.

So, in just a matter of a couple of weeks Green has won the European title and earned himself a place on the front row of the grid for the second year in a row for the World Final.

“I judged the start well and managed to get a break and got round the first corner clean – so that was the first box ticked, “ said Green. “And it was going well for five laps but as soon as we caught the backmarkers up, nobody was moving at all, and obviously I had Stuart behind me about ten yards off my back bumper.

“I knew I couldn’t give those in front of me too much time and give Stuart too many opportunities, so I had to clear them up. Unfortunately, it was a bit wet offline and I hit one lad (Webster) and he got sideways across the front of me. Fortunately I squared him back up but that put Stuart in front of me.

“I thought I’d go with him, actually, and sort it out at the end of the race but I braked a bit later than him and ended up pushing him wide and got underneath him without really intending too.

“So from then on he drove with his head and we didn’t start crashing into each other and we finished 1-2. It worked out well and it’s good to know I can race with him. It was a good race, but not a perfect race for me at all. I feel a bit sorry for those boys as they were taken out of the race but if you’re not looking in your mirrors you’re going to get moved. I didn’t have time to be too fair in a race like that!”

Smith Jnr was more than happy with second place and his car around the Skegness Tarmac.

“I think I was more consistent but it’s always easier to be the one chasing,” said Smith Jnr. “But Nigel did sort of get it wrong with one backmarker which let me get past, but even before then I was there or thereabouts.

“In the last five laps the car really began to tail away, otherwise I would have had a closer shot at him. If I had been close enough I would have gone for it –100 per cent.

"I would have gone for the win. I tried to but as I committed he committed into going faster. So then I backed off and put the brakes on.

“I could have left it all on and hoped that he'd hit Chris Cowley and gone in the fence but it would have been do-or-die and in a semi-final sometimes you can’t do it.

“I’ve done my job. I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads and got car was going great. Now we've got to go to Ipswich now and finish the job.”

Harrison was the one driver to make significant inroads from his grid position on the fifth row and was satisfied with his night’s work.

“My plan all week has been to just get into them but Speaky took such a charge I just sat back a little bit and let him do all my dirty work,” said Harrison. “I took a fair shot at the next bend but the car was really good, it was nice to drive.

“Everyone is so close now if you gain a tenth on a lap you know you’re doing something right.”

Fairhurst was also pleased with his result. “I was sniffing for third at one point but I didn’t want to risk taking myself out, going for it and the yellows coming out,” Fairhurst said. “To be honest there’s little difference between rows four and five.”

Racing for maybe the last time in an F1 stock car, Rob Speak enjoyed his race. “It was good. I really enjoyed it,” Speak said. “I gave them the big ‘un going into the first bend and it came out of gear and I couldn’t get it back in and by the time I’d got it sorted… it wrecked the race for me really. The car was quick enough though.”

The meeting began with a massive 31-car opening heat, which featured Mick Sworder, racing for the first time since Hednesford in April. Immediately the green flag dropped Jacklyn Ellis lost her offside rear wheel going into turn one, causing a complete restart, which began with 27 cars.

The race was dominated by Todd Jones, who scythed through the lower graders to take up the running by the time the race was stopped on lap five after Sam Render was left side-on to on-coming traffic at the end of the home straight.

Jones led the restart from George Elwell, Dean Whitwell and Neal Hooper. Further back Frankie Wainman Jnr had charged through the pack and was the leading star man, ahead of Dan Johnson.

On the restart Jones surged clear to win comfortably from a very fast Wainman Jnr and Johnson. Elwell finished fourth ahead of Hooper and Tom Harris.

The consolation fielded 22 cars and was led from flag-to-flag by former BriSCA F2 driver Craig Tomblin in his first outing in an F1 stock car. Danny Wainman had charged through to second and was almost upsides the leader by the chequered flag. Chris Cowley was third, ahead of Riley, Danny Colliver and Matthew Armstrong.

The forecast rain began to fall before the 30-car final and got heavier as the rest of the night’s racing progressed.

The yellows were out after a couple of laps after Mat Newson was stranded on the home straight. Whitwell led the restart ahead of Aaron Leach, Hooper, Colliver, Tomblin and Jones. Leach took over the lead while Jones had sliced through to go second when the yellows came out again.

On the restart Jones took over at the front while further back Riley tangled with Elwell. Harris managed to dive around the outside unscathed, but Finnikin, Smith Jnr, Johnson and Wainman Jnr all piled in to bring out the yellows once again. With the rain teeming down Jones set off at the green flag ahead of Hooper, Leach, Will Hunter, Colliver and Harris.

By halfway Jones had a sizeable lead but the fastest man on the track was Harris, who made dramatic inroads to go second and set about catching the leader. With three laps to go Harris caught Jones and hit him wide into turn three to take the lead and an impressive victory.

Jones recovered to finish second, with Nigel Green launching a last-bender on Hunter to take third in a drag race to the line. Wainman finished fifth ahead of Paul Harrison, Luke Davidson and Smith Jnr.

“I always excel in the wet and when it started to rain I had a big smile on my face,” said Harris. “I wanted to catch Todd unawares so he didn’t come back at me. In conditions like these you only have to hit them at the wrong angle and it can end your race.

“We’ve found a starting point with the car now – it’s a new engine – and changed a lot in between the heat and the final. With driving in the wet it’s all about being smooth and it suits my driving style.”

Harris started from the one-lap handicap in the 27-car Grand National and made up vast chunks of ground and was already up to 14th when the yellows came out just before halfway.

At this stage Armstrong led from Hooper and a flying Smith Jnr, who soon took the lead. From then on Smith Jnr was able to control the pace and ease to a comfortable win. Green came through to finish second, with Harris closing with every lap in third place from the one-lap handicap. Hooper finished fourth, ahead of Finnikin and Wainman.

By BSCDA, Jul 26 2017 08:23AM

Eliot Smith won his first-ever final at King’s Lynn on Saturday night 22 years after first competing in F1.

Having raced in V8 Hotstox, Smith had a one-off drive in the F1 stock car of Keith Chambers during the two-day European Championship weekend at Northampton in 1995. The son of Gordon Smith, the flamboyant Halifax star of the 1970s, then wasn’t seen out again until 2013 at Coventry, driving his own car.

Now 49 years old, Smith races solely on shale. “In 2102 I started my own business,” explained Smith. “I have a quarry and dig out the natural stone and it’s just been booming for me.“

So I thought now’s the time to do it, otherwise in a few years time I would definitely be too old. To be honest I’ve struggled for three years or so. I’ve done alright – I’ve had a three or four wins, including in the Grand National, but it has been a proper learning curve for me, and we just had the car dialed in at King’s Lynn.

“I can’t say we’ve altered the car drastically, but all it takes is minor adjustments. At the beginning of the season we went the wrong way with the weights on the car and we couldn’t work out what the problem was.”

As it turns out, it was only because of a change of plan by one of his mechanics that Smith decided to race at King’s Lynn in the first place.

“I wasn’t even going to go to King’s Lynn,” explained Smith. “I’m away next month on holiday, and my main mechanic had possible commitments on Saturday but his girlfriend told him to go racing and she would go on her own.

“If he had said he wasn’t coming, I would have used that as an excuse not to go! But, believe me I’m glad I went!”

Smith started the meeting well at the Adrian Flux Arena with victory in the 17-car Whites and Yellows race on a very greasy track.

Smith took the lead from William Fenwick early on until Russell Cooper took over into turn four on the penultimate lap. Entering the back straight Cooper clipped an errant marker tyre that had been pushed onto the racing line and half spun, allowing Smith to dive down the inside into turn three and take the chequered flag. Geoff Nickolls slipped through to take second place with Cooper, bogged down off the racing line, finishing third.

Heat one featured 20 cars and was led early on by Richard Woods until the yellows came out after Scott Davids was parked by the turn one fence. Woods got away well on the restart and was pursued by a flying Lee Fairhurst, who took over before halfway, while Frankie Wainman Jnr got moved aside into turn one by Mark Gilbank. More than half a lap covered the top three as Fairhurst was able to stroke the car home to an easy victory, with Gilbank on his own in second and Wainman Jnr third. Colin Goodwin finished fourth, ahead of Woods and Dutch driver Mark Tesselar.

Stuart Smith Jnr made short work of the stars and superstars in front of him during the opening laps of the 24-car heat two, as Dan Johnson and Tom Harris tangled into turn one. Soon after Smith took up the running from Neil Scriven.

Smith Jnr had now taken up the chase in third, ahead of Ryan Harrison in fourth. Smith Jnr moved into second as Scriven went wide into turn one, and with two laps to go nudged Smith aside to take the lead into turn one to go on to take an impressive win. Smith held on for second, ahead of Scriven, Harrison, Paul Hines and Danny Wainman.

Colin Nairn soon took up the running in the 23-car Consolation event before hooking up with Nigel Harry entering the back straight as Chris Farnell took the lead. The race was stopped just before halfway after Dutchman Joelle Tesselar and Sam Jacklin were locked together by the fence in turn two.

On the restart Farnell led from Paul Hopkins and Johnson until getting sideways entering the home straight, and Johnson was able to move past the two leaders into turn one and from then on was untroubled to the flag. Hopkins held on to finish second, ahead of Ben Riley and Mark Woodhull, with Mark Sargent and Bradley Harrison rounding out the top six.

Nairn led the 32-car final from the green flag, while further back a gaggle of stars and superstars tangled coming out of turn four. Crucially, it meant the big guns had to play catch-up, having been left nearly a lap behind the leaders. Harrison was the first to extract himself but soon after tangled with Sargent in turn two.

Up at the front it was Hopkins who took up the running ahead of Smith as the star names did their best to make up the lost ground. Fastest man on the track at this stage was Harris, who was fairly eating up the deficit, having past Johnson and was up to fourth by halfway. By this stage Smith had moved into the lead and was pulling away from Hopkins, who had Riley closing fast. Harris was soon up to third place but as the track began to become slicker, Johnson began to find some pace and began close up once more.

With no yellow flags to close the field back up, Smith and Hopkins were comfortably at the head of affairs but Harris had Johnson looming large in his mirrors as the lap boards came out, and soon had the Worksop star on his back bumper. Harris went wide into turn one which allowed Johnson to take the inside line and though into third with three laps to go.

Smith kept his composure and maintained his pace to go on and score a well-earned final victory ahead of Hopkins, who took a commendable second place. Johnson was a fast-finishing third ahead of Harris, with Smith Jnr fifth, ahead of Mat Newson, Bradley Harrison and John Dowson, who was racing for the first time this season.

Smith started the 29-car Grand National from the back of the grid, during which after a frantic couple of laps the yellow flags came out.

Woods led the restart, while further back Hopkins went wide into turn three and was collected by Harris, causing Johnson, Riley Harris, Johnson, Newson and Woodhall to pile in.

Farnell took up the running but Dowson took over the lead soon after as Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr gave chase further back. Wainman Jnr nudged Smith Jnr wide into turn three to go third.

It didn’t take long for the world champion to pass Farnell to move into second place before halfway. Wainman Jnr then reeled in Dowson with three laps to go to take the lead and the victory. Smith Jnr finished third, ahead of Danny Wainman, Fairhurst and Bradley Harrison. Final winner Smith, from the back of the grid, came home a very credible seventh.