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By BSCDA, Sep 27 2018 09:48AM

The BSCDA are delighted to announce that GBE UK Ltd have come on board to sponsor the popular One Car Series for 2018.

GBE UK Ltd have shown their support with various Championships over the years however we are delighted that they have chosen this points chase to put their name upon.

After a successful launch of this new championship in 2017 it wasn’t questioned whether this would continue or not as it had proved extremely popular with drivers who are limited to one car. Whether it is all season or on the odd occasion, anyone can enter this series as long as they use the same car for each pair of meetings.

The driver chooses a shale round and a tarmac round when they book in to count as their “pair”. Points are tallied up throughout the year and as it stand it’s one of BriSCA’s leading ladies that tops the charts. Phoebe Wainman has had an incredible run in this point’s series and heads the way on 133 points, however hot on her heels is 2018 phenomenon Joe Nickolls. He has certainly caught everyone’s attention since making the move across from V8s to F1s and has rocketed up the charts over the past few weeks.

However there are plenty more opportunities left for other drivers to climb up the rankings so this is far from done and dusted yet

To keep up to date with the One Car Series points chase simply click here.

By BSCDA, Sep 22 2018 10:38AM

The second instalment of the World Final weekend saw another impressive turn out of cars, swelled by the traveling Dutch contingent, make the switch to Northampton International Raceway.

With the Brafield track’s surface now transformed to shale, in a change to the traditional format, this year’s World Masters would be contested away from the familiar Tarmac. Also on the bill was the re-arranged European Championship, the race having been scratched from its July date at the Northampton Shaleway as a result of the inclement weather.

This meant that the new world champion, Stuart Smith Jnr, would have the opportunity to complete a clean sweep of holding all four major titles at the same time (World, British, National Points and European).

In Smith’s way would be the likes of Dan Johnson (4), Nigel Green (445), Tom Harris (84) amongst the 32-car grid for the day’s opening feature race. Also on the grid were a number of Dutch challengers, headed by Bruce Potveer (H62) and Durk Greidanus (H29). Johnson and Green in particular would be eager to avenge Smith’s victory and improve on their podium positions in the previous day’s World Championship race.

Therefore when the green flag dropped, pole-sitter Johnson with Mat Newson (16) along side him, would have the momentary edge over Smith. Unfortunately for Johnson and Newson, the new world champion would once again prove to be the man to beat.

Smith seized an early opportunity to sweep past both front-row sitters, before the yellow flags came out on lap two, after a pile-up on turn two involving a number of cars including Green. With the track partially blocked and with the leaders scrambling to get by, the 445 car was left with nowhere to go, ending up sliding into the melee. Green was fortunate to escape the tangle and slot back into the restart.

The track staff took the opportunity to water the track, meaning that conditions for the restart would be tricky. At this point Smith headed Johnson with Newson down to third. Will Hunter was in fourth having made an impressive start and managing to avoid the early drama. Also in the top ten were Frankie Wainman (515) and Tom Harris, while Green would have to work his way back up the field from 12th.

At the resumption the 390 car lead the pack away as Johnson sat poised to attack. The 4 car followed its nemesis through laps three and four, well placed and seemingly happy to keep Smith in his sights, before a further caution for another group of stranded cars, this time on turns three and four. Greidanus would need towing to the infield and was joined by Wainman as an early retirement.

On the restart Smith once again led the field away. Harris began to pick his way towards the front with Green also now into the top ten. In a repeat of the previous restart, Johnson tailed the 390 car without being assured enough in the conditions to send the two-time world champion to the fence. With cars struggling for grip it was perhaps inevitable that a further stoppage would follow. This time the yellows came out for the H410 car of Jelle Tesselaar, whose race ended after contacting the back-straight fence. Newson’s race was also now over after being in contention early on. John Dowson (94), back on his more favoured surface, followed the 16 car to the infield as another notable retirement.

The fast-moving Harris had by now charged through the front-runners and had done enough to move the 4 -car down into third. Similarly, Green was also on the move, making his way into the top five. Will Hunter was keeping up his impressive showing behind Green, with Lee Fairhurst occupying fourth. Following on from a disappointing World Final night by the Bolton driver’s standards, luck would again desert the former world champion as he would not make the finish.

At the front, Johnson’s day turned to frustration as the race got underway again. The 4 car never fully got going as the leaders raced into the home straight and worse was to follow as Johnson spun exiting turn four. As Hunter and Green swept by the stationary 4 -car followed by the rest of the field, Johnson’s title challenge was over.

Smith and Harris then began to battle it out, trading hits as the 84 car wrestled to get by. The crowd had been anticipating such a contest and were in turn treated to the two star men fighting it out over the ensuing laps.

Sensing an opportunity, the 84 car launched into 390 as the pair entered turn -three. With Harris now in the lead, Smith’s reply was instantaneous, taking the 84 car to the fence. With Harris’s car forced into riding the plate, Smith briefly pulled away. The 390 car could not evade Harris completely and the next attack would prove to be the decisive blow in the encounter.

The 84 car was arguably better suited to the changing track conditions. Once the surface showed signs of improving grip, Harris was able to close the gap between himself and Smith. Using his increased speed to full effect, Harris lined the 390 car up before firing Smith wide to the fence. Harris took advantage and as Smith struggled to regain momentum, the 84 car pulled away.

With the race rapidly moving to its conclusion and with the ever-changing track conditions, Smith was not able to get back on terms with Harris. Behind the front two, Will Hunter moved into the final podium position, where he would finish the race closely pursued by Danny Wainman (212). Dutch supporters were rewarded as Rutger Valk (27) and Nigel De Kock (H525) both returned top-ten finishes.

Dutch success would continue later in the day, nonetheless it was Harris who celebrated after taking the chequered flag to crown a third European Championship and deny Smith’s bid to add the chequered roof to his existing title haul.

In the day’s other feature race, Lourenz de Vries (H79) thrilled the Orange Army to lift the World Masters title. Following on from fellow countryman Sierd de Vries’s (H54) victory in the Consolation event, the H79 -man made it a de Vries double in the Masters race.

The Dutch yellow grader held off fierce competition from Johnson and Green in the closing stages, however the Friesland-based driver did enough to keep well ahead of the likes of Johnson, Green and Harris and was never in any real danger of being caught.

Green would at least taste victory in the final race of the weekend, the Grand National, nevertheless de Vries together with Harris were the standout winners on the day.

European Championship result: 84-390-220-212-11-H27-12-H525-244-555-169

World Masters Final: H79 Lourenz de Vries - 4-445-84-335-463-313-16-515-220-H40-242

Words by Simon Hughes

By BSCDA, Sep 20 2018 07:58AM

Stuart Smith Jnr powered to his second world title, after a dominant flag-to-flag victory in the Teng Tools-sponsored 2018 BriSCA F1 World Championship at Skegness Raceway on Saturday night.

In a race that few dared to predict and in the midst of one of the most eagerly anticipated World Finals in recent years, Smith Jnr emerged supreme to land the gold roof again for the first time since his victory at King’s Lynn in 2007.

Smith Jnr capped a memorable evening with victory in front of a packed crowd at the seaside venue. Starting from pole, the 390 car set a blistering pace as the green flag dropped and quickly established a decisive lead in the opening stages.

The Rochdale driver’s quest for another gold roof was helped as the main challengers battled it out amongst themselves in the early laps. With the front runners trading positions and hits, Smith was able to pull away.

Dan Johnson (4) applied early pressure, getting up alongside the 390 car into turns three and four after the 390 car drifted wide on the opening lap.

Behind the leaders, front-row starter Lee Fairhurst (217) did not get the start he had wanted. Forced onto the outside line of the circuit, the 217 car was soon overhauled by Johnson and the fast starting Tom Harris (84). Desperate to get back on terms early, Fairhurst went on the attack, sending the 84 car hard into the fence into turn four. In doing so the 217 car also slid out to the fence, losing a number of positions.

Fairhurst’s aggressive move allowed Johnson to take the lead briefly from Smith Jnr, who kept his composure to push Johnson wide into turn one at the start of lap two and hugging the inner take the lead down the back straight. As the front two exited turn four Smith was into a lead which he would not relinquish.

The early clashes promoted Roy Maessen (H400) into third, closely followed by defending champion Nigel Green (445).

The bumpers then flew again as the chasing pack went into lap three. Green’s forward progress, from row four, was hampered by the onrushing Harris. Eager to recover from the earlier trip to the fence, the 84 car moved a number of cars wide entering turns one and two. This allowed Fairhurst to recover and with Chris Cowley (37) also involved, Harris was moved down the order.

At the end of lap three the order was, Smith Jnr, from Johnson with Maessen in third. They were chased hard by Green, Fairhurst, Cowley and Harris in seventh. Also well placed were the likes of Frankie Wainman (515), Karl Hawkins (175) and Ryan Harrison (197).

Nevertheless with the opening laps now complete and the predicted early stoppages avoided, the front runners began to settle into the racing line as they pursued leader Smith Jnr.

Facing a clear track ahead of him, Smith Jnr now began to race away, and while Johnson and Maessen were able to stay within distance of the 390 car, further back the bumpers continued to go in. Eventual runner-up Green’s attempts to reel in the 390 car were again badly hampered by the attention from behind. This time it was Fairhurst who decided to move the defending champion wide, rather than settle in behind and work towards chasing down the race leader.

The impressive Maessen was in contention until getting out of shape on the back straight and bouncing off the fence under a shower of sparks, allowing first Johnson and then Green to get by. Maessen, in the distinctive Harrison-built chassis, then fell quickly down the order before retiring to the infield with race damage.

By now the race leaders were already beginning to catch the backmarkers. As the front-two began to get amongst the traffic, Fairhurst made another move to force Green out wide, moving into third. With 217 and 445 trading places, Smith Jnr and Johnson were noticeably beginning to move away, with Cowley staying in touch behind the front four.

As the race reached half distance the 390 car was evidently the quickest car on the circuit, as Smith Jnr expertly sliced his way through traffic and built a sizeable gap between himself and Johnson and remained firmly in control of the race.

Green was now alone in third after Fairhurst’s challenge ended as the 217 car headed for the infield, promoting Wainman and Harris up the order. Both traded positions several times, with neither driver able to mount a serious push towards the podium positions.

With the field now beginning to get strung out, Green concentrated on reeling in the leading pair. The pace of the 445 car began to show, as the reigning champion began to chase down Johnson.

Green was now homing in on the 4 car’s rear bumper with Johnson noticeably struggling with a lack of grip as tyre wear started to increase. The Green Tarmac car has developed a reputation for coming good in the later stages of big races, and with the laps counting down, Green was starting to make an impression on the long-time leader, after fighting his way past Johnson.

Smith Jnr’s dominance was not to be undone however. Even with the advancing Green closing the gap towards the 390 car as the lap boards were shown, Smith showed little sign of letting the pressure get to him. The Rochdale man seemed at ease as he continued to move through the traffic in the final laps. With Green never in a position to attack, Smith would enjoy a trouble-free route to his second world title.

As the last-lap board dropped, the 445 car was still the length of the straight away from Smith Jnr’s rear bumper. Smith Jnr turned on the style as the 390 car rounded the final corner, much to the delight of large sections of the crowd who cheered home the current British and National Points Champion, as he added the gold roof to the list of titles claimed this season.

With outgoing champion Green taking second place, Johnson was able to hang on for the final podium position, ahead of Wainman and Harris. Ryan Harrison capped an uneventful race in sixth position, in front of Mat Newson who picked his way through the field to round out the top seven with an impressive drive from row 15 of the grid after earlier coming through and winning the Consolation Semi. Willem Zwerver (H195) was the highest placed overseas driver in eighth place.

Green took some consolation from the night with a commanding drive to win the Harry Smith Memorial Trophy, before Mat Newson rounded off events with victory in the Ben Turner Memorial Trophy, denying Green a memorable Final and Grand National double.

With the 445 car sweeping through the field from the one-lap handicap, heading down the back straight for the last time, Newson used all of his experience to stand on the brakes entering the final turn, preventing Green from sending the 16 car wide. This allowed Paul Harrison (2) to barge his way past the 445 car as Green was himself forced wide. Newson retained the lead and the win, with Harrison second and Green in third.

Words by Simon Hughes

Photos by Colin Casserley

By BSCDA, Sep 12 2018 06:22PM

The booking list for both the World Final and World Masters are now online. Only a few days to go until the biggest weekend on the BriSCA F1 calendar.