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By BSCDA, Nov 16 2017 11:02AM

Stuart Smith Jnr celebrated his first major championship victory for eight years at Belle Vue on Sunday night by winning the Mintex National Points Championship Shootout.


Smith Jnr went into the Shootout Finale, sponsored by Towndoor, with a sizeable 119-point lead over main rival world champion Nigel Green, with Lee Fairhurst and British champion Frankie Wainman Jnr the only other drivers with an outside mathematical chance of stealing the silver roof from the Milnrow superstar.


But Smith Jnr gave his pursuers little chance to respond and wrapped up the title by winning the two heats, the second in championship-winning style with a last-bender on long-time race leader Russell Cooper, accompanied by an appreciative roar from the sizeable Belle Vue crowd.


The meeting was also memorable for a Grand Final win from Belle Vue specialist John Dowson, who then went on to complete a famous double with victory in the Grand National from the one-lap handicap.


The meeting began with an 18-car Whites and Yellows race. It was an entertaining affair, with the lead changing hands many times and ended with Nigel Harrhy taking the lead with a lap to go to take a popular win. Ricky Wilson finished second, with Jack France third.


Heat two featured a huge 30-car line-up, with the yellow flags coming out after four laps, with Sam Jacklin leading, ahead of France and Martin Spiers. But it was Smith Jnr who led the Shootout pack in the chase to the front, ahead of Wainman Jnr and Green, taking the lead from Jacklin in the closing stages to take an impressive win. Wainman Jnr and Green followed Smith Jnr home in the placings, with Jacklin an excellent fourth. Fairhurst and Frankie Wainman Jnr Jr rounded out the top six.


Heat three lined up with 20 cars, and by halfway it was James Morris who led, when the yellow flags came out. Already at this stage both Green and Fairhurst were out of the race, with Ben Riley lying in second place, ahead of Smith Jnr, Mike Heywood, Wainman Jnr and Joff Gibson.


It was clear by this stage that all Smith Jnr had to do was stroke his car home and the silver roof would certainly be his, but the champion-elect wasn’t in the mood to settle for a place, and after passing Riley chased after leader Morris.


Morris was driving well and Smith Jnr had to pull out all the stops to get close, which he did on the final lap. Down the back straight Smith Jnr still had work to do but launched his car at Morris, collecting the A-grader before he could exit turn four and charged clear to take a famous win and the silver roof.


It was a fitting way to win the National Points title, and as Smith Jnr took the chequered flag he punched the air, celebrated with a few donuts, before clambering on to the back of his car to take the accolades from the grandstand. Morris took a deserved second place, ahead of Riley, John Dowson, Mat Newson and Wainman Jnr.


Smith Jnr was naturally ecstatic after the race. “It’s brilliant,” he said. “I approached the meeting to go out and win the heats and hoped that would do the job. And that’s exactly how it worked out. I just prepared the best I could and drove the best I could for the heats. I didn’t want it to go down to the final or have any problems in the heats.


“After I had won the first heat I knew if I could do the same in the second it would be job done. I could’ve settled for second but it’s just not in my nature to do that. James was driving well in the rough conditions, so it was a good way to win it.”


Next up was the meeting final for the Stuart Bamforth Memorial Trophy with 23 cars on the grid. Smith Jnr came out on track resplendent with a new silver roof attached, but his race didn’t even get as a far as the start/finish line.


As the field set off after the green flag dropped on a track that was degrading as the meeting went on Danny Wainman’s car dug into the track and Fairhurst and Smith Jnr collected him, badly damaging the Smith Jnr front axle, causing him to spin.


“There was a rut there that I had hit on the parade lap in the second heat when the car dug in, and that’s what happened to Danny Wainman,” said Smith Jnr. “He went wide out of turn four and his sump guard dug into the track and stopped him dead. Lee Fairhurst hit him and I hit Lee with my outside front wheel – it was just a real freak accident – but it completely destroyed my steering, shocker, suspension and front axle.


“And to get out for the National I went out with no brakes, the steering all over the place, the axle was virtually hanging off… It did really big damage. So that’s why it was good to get it over and done with before then.”


The race was immediately under the yellows, with Richard Howarth leading, ahead of Jacklin and Sam Makim. As the race went green again, Cooper charged to the front while further back Wainman Jnr piled Joe Booth into a turn one fence post, bringing out the yellow flags once more on lap five.


Cooper led the restart ahead of Dutchman Bouwe Arjen Hiddinga, Newson, Green, Danny Wainman, Riley and Fairhurst. Green soon was past Newson and got into the lead by halfway, but suddenly stopped in turn three, as did Fairhurst.


Wainman took over in the lead as the yellow flags came out on lap 12, with Billy Johnson second and Dowson now up to third, with only 12 cars still running.


Wainman looked to have the race in the locker but Dowson had other ideas and gradually closed the gap. Wainman was struggling to negotiate the third bend, which had cut up badly by this stage, whereas Dowson had found a quicker line, and with five laps to go took over the lead of the race.


However, while it was apparent Dowson was now in front, the starter was showing Wainman as the leader. Unchallenged, Dowson gradually pulled away from Wainman to take the flag and his first final win of the season. Wainman finished second, ahead of Wainman Jnr Jr, with Riley fourth, ahead of Paul Hines and Cooper.


“My car suits this track better than the top boys with their fancy gearing,” said Dowson. “I think I was getting the car to turn in better and tighter. Danny wasn’t very happy because the starter wasn’t giving me the lead, so he didn’t have a go back. He thought he’d won.”


Wainman was an angry and disappointed man after the race. “I saw John closing on me but, when he went past, the starter was still showing me as the leader,” Wainman said. “I was sure he must have been a lap down, so I backed off. If I’d had known I wouldn’t have done.”


The Grand National fielded 20 cars with Dowson taking the one-lap handicap. The race was under yellows on lap five with Howarth leading from France, Green, Wainman Jnr, Newson, Wainman Jnr Jr, Smith Jnr and Dowson, who was revelling in the difficult conditions.


France soon took the lead, as Green dropped back into the clutches of Smith Jnr who piled into the world champion into turn three and took both to the fence. With Green now out of the equation Smith Jnr collected his second title of the night, the Grand National Championship.


Up at the front France had the lead but, remarkably, Dowson had cut through the depleted field to run second and, as the lap boards came out, he caught France and pushed him wide to take the lead and the flag.


Wainman came though to take second place ahead of Wainman Jnr Jr to repeat the top three result of the final. Wainman Jnr finished fourth, ahead of Newson and Hines.


The result put a smile back on Wainman's face following his meeting final disappointment. Having finished the night as top points scorer of the Shootout contenders, Wainman leapt up the Shootout table to finish the series as runner-up.


After ten rounds, behind the dominant winner Smith Jnr, only four points covered second to fifth positions, with Wainman just one point ahead of Green, who had a disappointing night, with Wainman Jnr a further point behind in fourth. Fairhurst finished the Shootout another two points further back in fifth.

By BSCDA, Nov 12 2017 11:11AM

Today not only sees the final round of the 2017 Mintex National Points Shoot Out but also the last chance to score points in the 2017 DEB Teesdale Grand National Championship. This championship will literally go down to the wire as it is so very close. Scores on the doors as everyone makes their way to Belle Vue are...


No Pts

1 390 Stuart Smith 338

2 445 Nigel Green 330

3 515 Frankie Wainman 319

4 212 Daniel Wainman 296

5 16 Matt Newson 277

6 217 Lee Fairhurst 184

7 462 Scott Davids 172

8 422 Ben Riley 171

9 55 Craig Finnikin 168

10 84 Tom Harris 163

11 464 Luke Davidson 158

12 70 Aaron Leech 149


What a way to finish the Belle Vue season.


Good Luck to all competitors today, here's to a fantastic meeting. Start Time 3.30pm - Don't be late!

By BSCDA, Nov 11 2017 04:37PM

A BIG thanks to ALL the sponsors who have between them supported this event with close on 35k across the series.


That both race divisions have had a fantastic run in is a mark that this sport remains vibrant and respect to the drivers. Many believe Stuart Smith Junior has won, indeed bar a disaster and mathematics he has earned the right to celebrate victory on home turf but he has the slight matter of a score to settle with 'our Nige' after last week - and The Stuart Bamforth Memorial!


Equally, speaking with Gordon Moodie, he far from sees the 'fat lady' has sung, he may well feel a little easier at 2 recent cancellations but 47 other guys can spoil the party and he is putting himself under plenty of personal pressure as he has a personal achievement point to prove - so have others who want to stop him and raced hard to be in that top 4!


Obviously, as promoters, we would like a 'huge' crowd - but whilst for ourselves, as much for the sport and the drivers as they deserve it! I repeat my plea for banners, flags and 'make some noise' to celebrate BriSCA Stock Car Racing - The Finale - The weather is set, behind the scenes our team have worked damned hard. the drivers are coming - Don;t forget to get your special race day magazine [ plug ] just £2 for 32 full colour pages.


On behalf of Startrax we look forward to your support and sincerely hope you enjoy your day, please participate and be part of it to make it memorable. 2 drivers in particular, well 3 including Mr Lund are not able to be with us, close on 115 are - and the ones that matter!


And finally, our 2017 Sponsors for both BriSCA series and our sincerest thanks for their support!


Don't forget ALL admission is now simply pay at the turnstiles from 2.30.pm


Steve Rees


BriSCA F2 National Series Sponsor


R S Motorsport

Ed Creations

After Care NW Ltd

National Ventilation

Gilmore Engineering

Randall Motorsport

M A B Contractors Ltd

C & S Coaches

Stevenage Ins Services

Omex Technologies

Skegness Raceway

Startrax Oval Motorsport

BriSCA F2 promoters


BriSCA F1 Sponsors


Mintex

J Davidson Scrap Metal

Teng Tools

American Racer

Richard Baldwin Motorhomes

Bensons Waste Oils

Trinity Diesel

Stock Car Magasine

Marwood Caravan Park

Neil Stuchbury Motorsport

Towndoor Ltd

BriSCA F1 promoters

BSCDA

BMB



By BSCDA, Nov 3 2017 05:17PM

HELP NEED FROM DRIVERS!


On Tuesday 7th November Startrax are hosting around 70 children from a school trip who are visiting Belle Vue for an insight into Stock Car & Banger Racing as part of a project at school - It is combined with a cinema visit first to watch Cars 2


Obviously, this a great PR exercise and good for the sport and would be grateful of help from ANY drivers who may bring their cars along for around 90 minutes - arriving by 1.pm and you should be away by 2.15.ish - ANY formula, Any help most welcome!


Don't forget drivers, get organised and booked in for the National Points Shoot Out Final just over a week away. The first time we will see the fight for the BriSCA F1 and BriSCA F2 silver roof at the same meeting. It is going to be a fantastic afternoon so please book in asap.