WHAT an explosive session our June meeting turned into. Both the F1 and F2 drivers providing real stock car racing action of the highest order.
Our two final winners, Mark Gilbank (F1 21) and Daz Shaw (F2 377) had to work really hard to collect the spoils of victory and are to be congratulated. However, these two seasoned campaigners we are sure won't object to sharing the limelight with Miss
Hayley Parkinson, winner of the F1 consolation race despite enduring race cautions and a threat from second placed local track specialist Paul Phillips (263).
This was Hayley's first F1 win and proved an emotional result for the 54 team. Fitting then that she should enjoy a crowd reaction usually reserved for final (even World final) winners.
The F1 World Championship Qualifying rounds are complete and the two Semi Final grids released. Buxton on the 29th July looks as though it could turn into a very hard fought contest with some very fast tarmac specialists joining Frankie Wainman Jnr and Stuart Smith Jnr on the grid. Both Semi Final races look as though they could throw up some surprises this year - and it is good to see that the aforementioned Hayley has also made the cut for the Sheffield event on the 22nd July.
We extend a particularly warm welcome tonight to the Veteran's Assocation who are sponsoring this Don Round Memorial Trophy meeting. Don's extremely hard work in keeping together past and present drivers, mechanics and fans of stock car racing is worthy of recognition and we are proud to be associated with the Association that does so much for the sport.
Not a fan of the rule that penalises a driver or mechanic for not taking the race winning car directly to the scales, but it is a rule. A reminder then to all tonight's winners and their teams to GO DIRECTLY TO THE SCALES!
There's no pleasure for fans or drivers in having the results changed.
We are eagerly awaiting the commencement of racing tonight, with last month's activities still very vivid in our memory. No doubt the action will come thick and fast and it just remains to thank you all, fans, drivers, teams and meeting sponsors for your support.
SATURDAY JULY 7 ENTRY LIST
FORMULA 2 HEAT 1
"C" Grade 349 Henry Howell Stoke-on-Trent , Staffs. 406 Simon Mawdsley Blackburn , Lancs. 434 Mark Gardner Coventry , W.Mids. 537 Paul Ogden Rochdale , Lancs. 543 Greg Godley Sheffield, S. Yorks . 956 Len Perkins Melton Mowbray, Leics.
"B" Grade 9 John Baguley Nottingham 145 Graham Mole Lincoln 222 Pete Bott Evesham, Worcs. 225 Tony Blackburn Leeds, W. Yorks . 398 Paul Nicholson Lincoln 448 John Wright Chesterfield , Derbs. 599 Jonathan Lawrence Stevenage , Herts. 661 Danny Queenan Dudley , W. Mids. 953 John Lund (II) Clitheroe, Lancs.
"A" Grade 50 Tim Pullen Birmingham , W. Mids. 151 Gary Maynard Stockport, Cheshire 379 Stuart Cayzer Haverhill , Essex 656 Adam Joyce Burton-on-Trent, Staffs 833 Robert Kaye Huddersfield, W. Yorks .
"Star" 101 Kelvin Whalley Macclesfield, Cheshire 219 Chris Mitchell Colne, Lancs. 377 Darren Shaw Castleford, W. Yorks . 606 Andrew Palmer Peterborough , Cambs. 702 Allen Cooper Huntingdon 871 Mark Simpson Skegness, Lincs.
Super Star 29 Chad Harris Nuneaton , Warks. 886 Chris Bradbury Winnersh, Berks.
FORMULA 2 HEAT 2
"C" Grade 332 Chris Eaton Leicester 400 David Sharp Burton-on-Trent , Staffs 407 Richard Mawdsley Ellesmere Port, Cheshire 623 Robert Dobie Milton Keynes , Bucks. 646 Steven Woodrup Rochdale , Lancs. 860 Andrew Brewin Warwick 863 Nigel Russell Southam, Warks.
"B" Grade 109 Stuart Biddle Coventry , W. Mids. 140 Stuart Haywood Leicester 156 James Joyce Burton-on-Trent, Staffs 348 Lee Johnson Rotherham, S. Yorks . 355 David Grindey Ipstones, Staffs. 433 Stephen Lilley Rotherham, S. Yorks . 589 Colin Eardley Stoke-on-Trent , Staffs. 788 Stephen Mallinson Littleborough, Lancs. 926 Neil Turner Liversedge, W. Yorks .
"A" Grade 20 David Tagell Biddulph, Staffs. 270 Mark Gibbs Leek, Staffs. 302 Jim Bamford Peterborough , Cambs. 452 Mark Armitage Newport , Shrops. 494 John Dowson Jnr Thornley, Co. Durham . 748 Jason Irving Slaithwaite, W. Yorks .
"Star" 13 Andy Ford Sheffield, S. Yorks. 249 Jonathan Gibson Bury, Lancs. 362 David Harley Swadlincote, Derbs. 667 Tim Farrell Plymouth , Devon 782 Stuart Rolph Chatteris, Cambs.
Super Star 7 Gordon Moodie Windygates, Fife , Scotland
FORMULA 2 HEAT 3
"C" Grade 138 Gary Ford Sheffield, S. Yorks . 274 Trevor Bonnett Ely, Cambs. 356 Andy Corbett Warwick 520 Jason Clarke Tamworth , Staffs. 577 Paul Caton Banbury, Oxon. 712 Darren Pearson Coventry , W.Mids. 917 Nigel Wiles Coventry , W.Mids.
"B" Grade 37 Tony Smith Pattishall. Northants. 70 Brian Shadbolt Honeybourne, Worcs. 84 James Baguley Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. 259 Simon Farrington Coventry , W. Mids. 284 Jody Griffin Lincoln 495 John Cayzer Saffron Walden, Essex 609 Brandon Davies Loughborough, Leics. 798 Mark Sargent Spalding, Lincs. 802 Dean Simpson Keighley, W. Yorks .
"A" Grade 252 Rick Irving Huddersfield, W. Yorks . 347 Mark Froggatt Rotherham, S. Yorks . 431 Andrew Gibbs Warwick 613 Ian Serpell Plymouth , Devon 725 Paul Broatch Bedale, C. Durham. 905 Robert Mitchell Colne, Lancs
"Star" 224 Mark Webster Leeds, W. Yorks . 559 Bert Finnikin Leek, Staffs. 676 Neil Hooper Exmouth, Devon 732 Darren Kitson Wisbech, Cambs. 925 Paul Wilson Huddersfield, W. Yorks .
Super Star 647 Chris Burgoyne Falkirk, Scotland
FORMULA 1 HEAT 1
"C" Grade 194 Kevin Clare West Hallam, Derbs. 326 Peter Eastment Lincoln, Lincs. 481 Bill Morris Kingham, Oxon 407 Craig Smith Stourport, Worcs.
"B" Grade 19 Steve Baxter Loughborough, Leics. 276 Mark Poole Stoke-on-Trent , Staffs. 411 Peter Kaulbarsch Morecambe, Lancs. 462 Scott Davids Worsley, Manchester 136 Steve Jacklin Denton , Manchester . 189 Stuart Heppenstall Gainsborough, Lincs. 54 Hayley Parkinson Preston , Lancs.
"A" Grade 73 Rob Cowley Nuneaton , Warks 257 Timmy Aldridge Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. 51 Nick Smith Aveley, Essex 323 John Riley Rossendale, Lancs. 185 Lenny Smith Burton-on-Trent , Staffs. 322 James Neachell Sutton Coldfield, W. Midlands .
"Star" 33 Peter Falding Rotherham, S. Yorks . 4 Daniel Johnson Worksop, Notts. 380 Steven Cayzer Saffron Walden, Essex. 107 Lee Robinson Barrow-Upon-Soar, Leics. 84 Tom Harris Shipston-on-Stour, Warks.
"S.Star" 53 John Lund Clitheroe, Lancs. 335 Mark Woodhull Loughborough, Leics.
FORMULA 1 HEAT 2
"C" Grade 214 Adam Slater Melton Mowbray, Leics. 294 Jonathan Clare West Hallam, Derbs. 493 Andy Powell Partington, Manchester 285 Richard Earl Scunthorpe, N. Lincs.
"B" Grade 11 Neil Scriven Cirencester, Glos. 171 Keith Roberts Hatton, Derbs. 35 Neil Shenton Middlewich, Cheshire 40 Steve Smith Coventry , W. Midlands . 105 Chris Bonner Poynton, Cheshire . 198 Nigel Whalley Northwich, Cheshire . 263 Paul Phillips Nuneaton , Warks.
"A" Grade 2 55 Eric Brown Letham, Angus , Scotland . 37 Chris Cowley Nuneaton , Warks. 8 Mick Harris Shipston-on-Stour, Warks 383 Dave Johnson Worksop, Notts. 242 David Nickolls Melton Mowbray, Leics.
"Star" 152 Neil Scothern Derby . 16 Matt Newson Norwich , Norfolk 97 Murray Harrison Rothwell, Northants. 22 Will Yarrow Desborough, Northants. 291 Dan Squire Rugby, Warks.
"S. Star" 390 Stuart Smith Milnrow, Lancs. 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr Silsden, W. Yorks 21 Mark Gilbank Rotherham, S. Yorks
FORMULA 1 HEAT 3
"C" Grade 246 Ian Brickley Hinckley , Leics. 330 Graham Wagstaff Walsall, West Mids . 394 Chris Clare Ilkeston, Derbs. 307 Tim Warwick Bedford .
"B" Grade 280 Colin Nairn South Wigston, Leics. 91 Tony Smith Loughborough, Leics. 231 Mark Peters Ware, Herts. 12 Michael Scriven Lechlade, Glos. 129 Steve Lewin Norwich , Norfolk 415 Russell Cooper Linton, Cambs. 337 Dave Willis Knaresborough, N. Yorks . 215 Geoff Nickolls Melton Mowbray, Leics.
"A" Grade 70 John Walker Dolphinholme, Lancs. 244 Mick Rogers Kidderminster , Worcs. 338 Chris Brocksopp Cossington, Leics. 223 Garry Townsend Rugby , Warks. 321 Edward NeachellSutton Coldfield, W. Midlands .
"Star" 212 Frank Wainman Sen. Silsden, W. Yorks . 180 Ray Witts Coppull, Lancs. 97 Murray Harrison Rothwell, Northants. 22 Will Yarrow Desborough, Northants. 271 Mark Keeling Macclesfield, Cheshire
"S. Star" 259 Paul Hines Hinckley , Leics. 391 Andrew Smith Newhay, Lancs.