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By BSCDA, May 1 2019 06:26AM

Taken from the Keep Fighting Battye Facebook Page...

"On behalf of Ann Battye, I can confirm that the funeral of Andrew Battye will take place on the 24th of May at 1.30 at Penistone Church and then on to Grenoside Crematorium at 3pm, with a gathering at the legion after. We all know Andrew loved the colours orange, black, white and blue. Feel free to wear any of these colours, wear your Wednesday shirts or just come as you see fit. I have been told that the show ground round the back of Tesco will be available for parking.


Let’s all give Andrew the best send off we all know he deserves, and no doubt Penistone will be brought to a standstill in remembrance of one of its best and most loved characters."

By BSCDA, Apr 29 2019 11:39AM

The final stop of the Easter weekend was at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester. 27 cars were in attendance to finish of the bank holiday weekend. Belle Vue regular Mike Heywood (424) attended his first meeting of the year and many fans had come to see the first outing of 2019 for John Lund (53) who returned to racing last year for 2 meetings after a couple of years away from the sport.


2/3rds format was used with an extra Whites and Yellows race to kick the meeting off. 9 cars took to the grid and a late arrival for the Sargent lorry due to traffic meant Finn Sargent (526) missed the race as did Mal Brown (34). The early running saw Chris Smith (342) go for a spin at turn 3, Mike Heywood (424) would also loop it around. Richard Howarth (495) would establish an early lead but lost the lead with a spin into the turn 3 wires. Sam Makim (93) took away the biggest hit of the race when he hit the end of the plating on the pit gate, with the car coming to an abrupt halt. Makim eventually got running but was many laps down. Out in front with 3 laps to run Rob Plant (364) took over the lead and went onto win his 2nd Startrax whites and yellows event of the year following his Sheffield success.


Whites & Yellows : 364, 276, 423, 216, 424, 101, 495, 342, NOF


Heat 1 next up with 14 cars taking to the track and there was an early spin for Bradley Harrison (25) which also delayed Nigel Green (445). The race trying to settle down as a big battle pack came to turn 1 and Mal Brown (34) the unfortunate victim, pushed out into the fence. John Lund (53) got himself into a battle with Phoebe Wainman (211) with Lund eventually getting the upper hand. Up front Jack France (216) had established a lead from the yellow grade. Kyle Gray (124) had a trip to the turn 2 fence, while Lund was now getting attention from Mat Newson (16) who managed to tap him wide into turn 1, completing the pass in turn 3 and this was not the last time they would meet. Long time leader France would come unstuck and end up in the turn 3 fence. Green, recovering from his earlier delay displaced one of the marker tyres onto the track which was collected by Karl Hawkins (175) and Wainman (211). Into the final stages with Rob Plant (364) leading, Nigel Harrhy (45) was starting to see Mat Newson (16) in his rear view mirror. Newson would nip up the inside of turn 1 when Harrhy went wide. Plant took back to back wins.


Heat One : 364, 16, 45, 220, 53, 555, 445, 34, 25, 211, 175, 124



17 cars for Heat 2 of the day. Jake Harrhy (345) starting at the back of the pack in his tarmac car. In the early running Nigel Harrhy (45) spins and Steve Whittle (183) gets caught up. Danny Wainman (212) and Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) find themselves locked in a fight for position, Wainman Jnr going on the attack nearly spinning them both out as Danny keeps the spot. Harrhy (345) spins at turn 1 and in a ripple effect is joined by Paul Hopkins (278), Tristan Jackson (101) and Steve Whittle (183) in the newly created turn 1 car park. Up front Karl Hawkins (175) nips up the inside of Mal Brown (34) just as the caution is called for Whittle parked on the racing line at turn 1. Order remains Brown and Hawkins but the danger man for both is 3rd placed Nigel Green (445). On the restart the brothers Wainman finally sort their battle out as Frankie gets by Danny. Up front and wasting no time Green passes Hawkins for 2nd and Brown for 1st, Brown unfortunately loosing a number of positions. Wainman Jnr next on the scene hits both Brown and James Morris (463), gaining position with Morris going for a spin. Green by this point had checked out at the front. Not done with their battles already brothers Wainman again find the same piece of shale. This time Danny wanting the spot. Half spinning them both at turn 4 before getting the position at turn 1. Green takes another win, Hawkins across the line for 2nd.


Heat Two : 445, 175, 212, 515, 34, 45, 526, 463, 555, 276, 93, 101


18 cars for heat 3, beginning with a big train heading into turn 1. Mark Sargent (326) and Mike Heywood (424) finding themselves in the fence. Kyle Gray (124) and Steve Whittle (183) joining the turn 1 gang the next lap but Whittle rejoined. Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) having a difficult start to the race with the first of a couple of spins. John Lund (53) rolling back the years and battling in the lead pack getting to 2nd with Finn Sargent (526) down the road in the lead. Wainman Jnr spins again before finally getting it sorted and heading to the front. Will Hunter (220) also joining in with the spinning, pointing in the wrong direction twice in Heat 3. Mat Newson (16) taking Lund for 2nd and sets off to chase down leader Sargent (526). Father Mark going around at turn 4, with Finn requiring to take avoiding action. A delay with some back markers wasn’t enough for Finn to be caught and he wins Heat 3 (and keeps it this time) Newson over the line in 2nd.


Heat Three : 526, 16, 53, 515, 25, 463, 495, 212, 93, 211, 216, 424


19 cars on track for the Final, unfortunately Kyle Gray (124) didn’t make the start pulling off before the pit gate had even shut. Early running sees spins for Jack France (216), Nigel Harrhy (45) and Finn Sargent (526) with 3 cars also in the turn 1 fence. This all left John Lund (53) leading the race with the majority of the crowd crossing their fingers he could keep it. Further back Mat Newson (16) makes the best of starts from the back swiftly moving through the field. Nigel Green (445) also making progress shifting James Morris (463) and Phoebe Wainman (211) into the turn 1 fence. Newson catching Lund all the time and eventually getting close enough to deliver the hit into turn 3. Pushing Lundy just enough that he tangles with Sargent (526) and both delayed at turn 3 which is fast becoming everyone’s favourite parking spot with 5 cars littering the corner. Lund finally free heading into turn 3 again and Wainman Jnr (515) this time delivers a hit to send Lundy back to where he’d spent a considerable time getting going from. Up front it’s now Newson vs Green with the latter taking large chunks of time out of Newson. A delay for Newson passing back markers is all Green needed to get passed. Brothers Wainman again find themselves battling for position further back. Final win number 2 of the season for Green.


Grand Final : 445, 16, 175, 515, 212, 463, 25, 555, 211, 93, 45, 101



The final race of the long weekend for 16 cars in the Grand National, Nigel Green (445) taking the lap handicap. Early running sees a spin for James Morris (463) with Jake Harrhy (345) and Mike Heywood (424) taking a hit from Will Hunter (220), finding the fence at turn 3. Hunter comes unstuck a few laps later spinning out at turn 1 from 4th place. Up front Sam Makim (93) leads with John Lund (53) 2nd. Not for long as Danny Wainman (212) dives up the inside of Lund and sets off after Makim. 5 laps to go and without a caution Green has already caught Wainman Jnr. Up front, Makim held up by back markers was all that Wainman (212) needed to snatch the lead, one he’d never relinquish, Lund now with Makim who tangles last bend giving Lund 2nd place.


Grand National : 212, 53, 16, 445, 175, 515, 25, 555, 424, 93, 45, 183


Report by Daniel Smith

Pictures provided by Colin Casserley



By BSCDA, Apr 29 2019 11:39AM

The final stop of the Easter weekend was at Belle Vue Stadium in Manchester. 27 cars were in attendance to finish of the bank holiday weekend. Belle Vue regular Mike Heywood (424) attended his first meeting of the year and many fans had come to see the first outing of 2019 for John Lund (53) who returned to racing last year for 2 meetings after a couple of years away from the sport.


2/3rds format was used with an extra Whites and Yellows race to kick the meeting off. 9 cars took to the grid and a late arrival for the Sargent lorry due to traffic meant Finn Sargent (526) missed the race as did Mal Brown (34). The early running saw Chris Smith (342) go for a spin at turn 3, Mike Heywood (424) would also loop it around. Richard Howarth (495) would establish an early lead but lost the lead with a spin into the turn 3 wires. Sam Makim (93) took away the biggest hit of the race when he hit the end of the plating on the pit gate, with the car coming to an abrupt halt. Makim eventually got running but was many laps down. Out in front with 3 laps to run Rob Plant (364) took over the lead and went onto win his 2nd Startrax whites and yellows event of the year following his Sheffield success.


Whites & Yellows : 364, 276, 423, 216, 424, 101, 495, 342, NOF


Heat 1 next up with 14 cars taking to the track and there was an early spin for Bradley Harrison (25) which also delayed Nigel Green (445). The race trying to settle down as a big battle pack came to turn 1 and Mal Brown (34) the unfortunate victim, pushed out into the fence. John Lund (53) got himself into a battle with Phoebe Wainman (211) with Lund eventually getting the upper hand. Up front Jack France (216) had established a lead from the yellow grade. Kyle Gray (124) had a trip to the turn 2 fence, while Lund was now getting attention from Mat Newson (16) who managed to tap him wide into turn 1, completing the pass in turn 3 and this was not the last time they would meet. Long time leader France would come unstuck and end up in the turn 3 fence. Green, recovering from his earlier delay displaced one of the marker tyres onto the track which was collected by Karl Hawkins (175) and Wainman (211). Into the final stages with Rob Plant (364) leading, Nigel Harrhy (45) was starting to see Mat Newson (16) in his rear view mirror. Newson would nip up the inside of turn 1 when Harrhy went wide. Plant took back to back wins.


Heat One : 364, 16, 45, 220, 53, 555, 445, 34, 25, 211, 175, 124



17 cars for Heat 2 of the day. Jake Harrhy (345) starting at the back of the pack in his tarmac car. In the early running Nigel Harrhy (45) spins and Steve Whittle (183) gets caught up. Danny Wainman (212) and Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) find themselves locked in a fight for position, Wainman Jnr going on the attack nearly spinning them both out as Danny keeps the spot. Harrhy (345) spins at turn 1 and in a ripple effect is joined by Paul Hopkins (278), Tristan Jackson (101) and Steve Whittle (183) in the newly created turn 1 car park. Up front Karl Hawkins (175) nips up the inside of Mal Brown (34) just as the caution is called for Whittle parked on the racing line at turn 1. Order remains Brown and Hawkins but the danger man for both is 3rd placed Nigel Green (445). On the restart the brothers Wainman finally sort their battle out as Frankie gets by Danny. Up front and wasting no time Green passes Hawkins for 2nd and Brown for 1st, Brown unfortunately loosing a number of positions. Wainman Jnr next on the scene hits both Brown and James Morris (463), gaining position with Morris going for a spin. Green by this point had checked out at the front. Not done with their battles already brothers Wainman again find the same piece of shale. This time Danny wanting the spot. Half spinning them both at turn 4 before getting the position at turn 1. Green takes another win, Hawkins across the line for 2nd.


Heat Two : 445, 175, 212, 515, 34, 45, 526, 463, 555, 276, 93, 101


18 cars for heat 3, beginning with a big train heading into turn 1. Mark Sargent (326) and Mike Heywood (424) finding themselves in the fence. Kyle Gray (124) and Steve Whittle (183) joining the turn 1 gang the next lap but Whittle rejoined. Frankie Wainman Jnr (515) having a difficult start to the race with the first of a couple of spins. John Lund (53) rolling back the years and battling in the lead pack getting to 2nd with Finn Sargent (526) down the road in the lead. Wainman Jnr spins again before finally getting it sorted and heading to the front. Will Hunter (220) also joining in with the spinning, pointing in the wrong direction twice in Heat 3. Mat Newson (16) taking Lund for 2nd and sets off to chase down leader Sargent (526). Father Mark going around at turn 4, with Finn requiring to take avoiding action. A delay with some back markers wasn’t enough for Finn to be caught and he wins Heat 3 (and keeps it this time) Newson over the line in 2nd.


Heat Three : 526, 16, 53, 515, 25, 463, 495, 212, 93, 211, 216, 424


19 cars on track for the Final, unfortunately Kyle Gray (124) didn’t make the start pulling off before the pit gate had even shut. Early running sees spins for Jack France (216), Nigel Harrhy (45) and Finn Sargent (526) with 3 cars also in the turn 1 fence. This all left John Lund (53) leading the race with the majority of the crowd crossing their fingers he could keep it. Further back Mat Newson (16) makes the best of starts from the back swiftly moving through the field. Nigel Green (445) also making progress shifting James Morris (463) and Phoebe Wainman (211) into the turn 1 fence. Newson catching Lund all the time and eventually getting close enough to deliver the hit into turn 3. Pushing Lundy just enough that he tangles with Sargent (526) and both delayed at turn 3 which is fast becoming everyone’s favourite parking spot with 5 cars littering the corner. Lund finally free heading into turn 3 again and Wainman Jnr (515) this time delivers a hit to send Lundy back to where he’d spent a considerable time getting going from. Up front it’s now Newson vs Green with the latter taking large chunks of time out of Newson. A delay for Newson passing back markers is all Green needed to get passed. Brothers Wainman again find themselves battling for position further back. Final win number 2 of the season for Green.


Grand Final : 445, 16, 175, 515, 212, 463, 25, 555, 211, 93, 45, 101



The final race of the long weekend for 16 cars in the Grand National, Nigel Green (445) taking the lap handicap. Early running sees a spin for James Morris (463) with Jake Harrhy (345) and Mike Heywood (424) taking a hit from Will Hunter (220), finding the fence at turn 3. Hunter comes unstuck a few laps later spinning out at turn 1 from 4th place. Up front Sam Makim (93) leads with John Lund (53) 2nd. Not for long as Danny Wainman (212) dives up the inside of Lund and sets off after Makim. 5 laps to go and without a caution Green has already caught Wainman Jnr. Up front, Makim held up by back markers was all that Wainman (212) needed to snatch the lead, one he’d never relinquish, Lund now with Makim who tangles last bend giving Lund 2nd place.


Grand National : 212, 53, 16, 445, 175, 515, 25, 555, 424, 93, 45, 183


Report by Daniel Smith

Pictures provided by Colin Casserley



By BSCDA, Apr 26 2019 12:27PM

Fitting right between the Bank Holiday Friday and Monday meetings it was off to Chesterton stadium, Stoke for a World Championship Qualifying round under the Startrax promotion on Saturday 20th April.


First being built in 1973, the track in the potteries has been under various promoters on and off over the years before being brought back to the BriSCA fold by Steve Rees Startrax organisation in 2011. It caused quite a stir back then, the track at first being akin to a mixture of speed bumps and craters, track lighting by town gas and lets say rudimentary facilities. Quite a bit has been done since, the track being now smooth, track lighting improvements and the facilities improved year on year.


One thing it does serve up though, is proper, old fashioned, `Old Skool` Stock Car racing. The fans just love the place and there is always action a plenty to see. Go in the bar and it`s just like the 1970`s, all we need is Draught Double Diamond and Babycham for the grown ups, Curley Wurleys for the kids and it`s like being back at Nelson in 1976.


Now onto the racing, just like 1976 it was a blistering hot day with the sun out (No Double Diamond to quench the thirst though) and the meeting was run on a two heat, consolation, final and helter skelter, sorry, meant grand national format.


Sixteen cars came out for heat 1 including Matt Newson in his first meeting of the season after his serious health scare earlier in the season….welcome back Matt you have been missed. John Wright 348 hit the front early on after what must have been an epic effort having suffered very serious damage after losing a battle of will with the Sheffield fence a week earlier. Wright was to remain unchallenged to the flag from 124 Kyle Gary and a very controlled drive for much of the race from Jake Harrhy until his radiator blew with a lap to go dropping him down the places.


Heat 2 followed directly after a bit of track watering. Nigel Green had arrived late for the meeting but missed the pit gate closing so had to wait out till the Consolation. A bunch of cars headed to the inside of turns 1/2 leading to a huge dust cloud, a lap later the yellows being brought out after Russell Cooper was fired into the fence by Dan Johnson but with a helping hand from a wallop by Bobby Griffin behind the 4 car. At the other end of the track, Phoebe Wainman had attempted an impressive launch over a marker tyre, the tyre winning out.


What appeared to be an infringement of copyright on Busters mid race track watering then took place as the bowser was brought out on track but this was to water the infield which was akin to dust bowl conditions if you were unlucky enough to enter.


At the re-start Bobby Griffin hit the front but with Tom Harris in pursuit and nibbling at the 166 back bumper, the Harris car getting past but with Griffin keeping check in second. On the last bend Griffin attempted a huge lunge, half spinning the 84 car but only just, Harris just managing to out drag Griffin to the chequered for the win from Nigel Harrhy in third spot.


The consolation saw a heavy line up of star men, Dan Johnson out after a half shaft failure in the heat, Nigel green out for his first race joining Will Hunter, Paul Hines, Mark Gilbank and Matt Newson who had all failed to qualify thus far. Early on 541 Willie Skoyles went into the turn 1/2 fence leading to chaos for all those around, Johnson having a mare of a meeting retiring with steering damage after a skirmish with Matt Newson up against the fence. Paul Hines fired Phoebe Wainman into Tristan Jackson 101, leading the Jackson going into the fence hard but getting going, whilst the main beneficiary was Nigel Green who had come through unscathed and soon hit the lead after getting past Robert Plant which he extended to the flag from Hines and then Plant in third spot.


Final time and it was absent of Franke Wainman 515 who had again succumbed to engine issues and had loaded up for the meeting after his heat. Early on Matt Newson span on the pit bend with Nigel Harrhy, Mark Woodhall and Bobby Griffin all piling in but getting going. Frankie Jnr Jnr span on the turn 1 bend and appered to remain stationary leading to the yellows just as the 555 car managed to fire up and get going as is the case with a flooded V8 Chevvy. At the re-start 20 Liam Gilbank led off from Woodall and Griffin but the yellows were out again soon after after Gary Jackson went sideways on into the fence being collected by other cars.


At this re-start Tom Harris had hit the front from Nigel Green and at halfway Finnikin had got to third before Nigel Harrhy lost a wheel and hub in a cloud of oil smoke leading to another yellow flag. The re-start saw Finnikin bog down with a misfiring engine, Harris getting away with Green in second, the two cars taking very different lines, Harris flat out with the rear end out, Green taking a more direct approach in and powering out of the bends but both staying close together. Out of the last bend Harris went wide into the loose allowing Green to close and on the last bend Green just kept the power on and went for a mighty last bender, missing Harris and clattering the fence very hard with steering damage.


In a great gesture of sportsmanship after the chequered Tom Harris pulled up behind Green and pushed the wounded 445 car across the line for a finishing place.


Grand National time and this time it was Tom Harris absent due to engine issues. Early on the yellows were out after Will Yarrow nearly rolled over after being perched sideways on one of the dumper tyres on turn one care of Phoebe Wainman who ended up alongside. At the re-start Liam Gilbank who had had a great meeting soon hit the front with father Mark in second and Will Hunter in third spot. It appeared that Mark was struggling for pace in second spot, possibly tyres or power issues whilst keeping strong and firm lines into the corners hindering all those behind Hunter eventually going for the inside line hooking up with the 21 car on the pit lane bend with Liam gone into the distance and looking for a great win…..that is till spinning on the turns one bend but getting going allowing Finnikin through for the win on the last bend, Gilbank junior coming in fine second spot from Paul Hines in third.


Yet again another great nights racing and action at Stoke……Double Diamond anyone???


Photos courtesy of Dave Bastock