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Spedeweekend 2011

Whistlin' Jack Smith >> Features >> Spedeweekend 2011


National Hot Rod World Championship

After the year long struggle for drivers to make those elusive spaces on the grid several drivers lost out on the day. 116 Steve Burrows had engine problems that caused him not to grid while 9 Glenn Bell, 261 David Casey and 17 Tim Moody had weight issues that made the cars illegal. This was an issue that cost 962 John Christie a place on the grid last year but in that circumstance the paying public were made aware of the issue.

780 Mike Loosemore was listed as the first reserve in the programme but did not elect to take up this place on the day so the grid was slightly thinner than usual, however 30+ cars at Ipswich is still plenty of cars.

During the pre-race driver interview 31 Dick Hillard spoke about car gremlins that would affect his race and he pulled off during the warming up laps. The atmosphere was bubbling up nicely and although the weather was hot it wasn’t mega hot.

Pole: 303 970 911 14 962 72 9 199 192 278 261 734 369 844 17 78 994
115 996 95 940 60 174 208 130 162 961 100 27 467 116 31 66 338

When the green was dropped Simpson put himself into the lead of 970 Shane Murphy. The outside line wasn’t working in the early stages 940 Gary Woolsey and 996 Stewart Doak both suffered out there, Doak briefly held third place but that seventh by the next lap. Crowd favourite 14 Phil Spinks held sixth for the first quarter of the race, Woolsey got himself past but 962 John Christie bumped him aside which also allowed Doak inside.

The front four of Simpson, Murphy, Haird and Blackman had pulled clear, but weren’t running nose to tail; they didn’t need to, the experienced men would know when the make a move through the traffic of Foxhall. The slower drivers were making life easy but on the back straight the big incident happened. Murphy had started to move out wide for an outside pass as Simpson stayed on the inside he then decided to move out wide entering turn 3, this caused the Simpson car to quickly flick sideway and skate outwards to the Armco of turn 3. Haird then bundled into the back of the Murphy machine and skipped onto the speedway; Blackman had a great view of this and stayed out wide moving beyond all three and into a lead that matched the length of the straight.

Murphy moved past Haird for second place and the chase began on Blackman. Just outside the podium places positions were still changing, Murray ran wide allowing both Woolsey and Christie past him. As the race neared its end Christie nudged Woolsey aside that helped Murray moved up a place, Christie was shown a black cross at this point of the race.

Blackman’s line had changed through the later stages of the race running wider through the corners but this didn’t mean that Murphy was catching him and the gap stayed pretty consistent. Going backwards though was the departing World Champion Haird who found Christie snap up the final podium place and then Murray pass in a separate move both within the last five laps.

If it was enough for Simpson to watch the second half of the biggest race of the year with his car laid up against the wall it ended with 78 Laurens Van De Velde spinning on the final lap and sliding into the parked car.

Blackman won his second world championship in a surprise result. Blackman has always been consistent but even his lap times were only good enough for the seventh fastest time, but once in front no driver was able to close in on him. Woolsey in sixth place was the last driver on the road not to be lapped from the 19 finishers; Christie’s black cross didn’t result in any penalty.

Res: 911, 970, 962, 95, 115, 940, 14, 72, 996, 60, 208, 961, 66, 369, 844, 278, 338, 467, 78

qualifying

The first driver to set a time was 60 Mark Paffey but his time was soon eclipsed by 14 Phil Spinks stood as the fastest driver through half the session with his lap time of 14.38 that looked mighty fast, it would have been enough to elevate him forward one group but as soon as 970 Shane Murphy bettered his time Spinks was back to group 2. Murphy’s slightly quicker time however was beaten by 303 Matt Simpson who pumped in 2 sub 14.3’s second laps for pole position. The other driver who started in group from the non-English was 996 Stewart Doak only 0.01s quicker than Christie to nudge him back to group 2 with 940 Gary Woolsey.

Driver Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Pole Grid
60 Mark Paffey 14.66 14.58 14.51 60 10
467 Winnie Holtmanns 14.83 14.68 14.65 60 26
116 Steve Burrows 15.04 15.06 14.71 60 28
14 Phil Spinks 14.50 14.38 14.44 14 7
994 Keith Martin 15.10 14.88 14.84 14 33
27 Mikey Godfrey 15.11 14.95 15.00 14 24
278 Colin Gomm 14.78 14.63 14.62 14 19
338 Graeme Gordon 15.27 15.15 14.94 14 34
78 Laurens Van De Velde 14.96 14.78 14.74 14 30
9 Glenn Bell 14.60 14.57 14.51 14 13
199 Scott Bourne 14.73 14.69 14.54 14 15
192 Tony Moss 14.99 15.36 14.73 14 17
174 Jason Kew 14.61 14.58 14.65 14 12
31 Dick Hillard 15.02 14.75 14.75 14 31
911 Malcolm Blackman 14.63 14.51 14.72 14 5
962 John Christie 14.65 14.54 14.47 14 9
95 Gavin Murray 14.80 14.63 14.63 14 6
162 Carl Waller-Barrett 14.93 14.75 14.74 14 18
369 Tommy Maxwell 14.79 15.46 14.77 14 25
208 David Regan 14.61 14.52 14.59 14 14
970 Shane Murphy 14.40 14.43 14.36 970 3
844 Billy Bonnar 15.30 14.76 14.66 970 27
734 Ralph Sanders 15.07 14.98 14.89 970 23
303 Matt Simpson 14.40 14.20 14.22 303 1
17 Tim Moody 14.88 14.78 14.72 303 29
940 Gary Woolsey 14.65 14.50 14.47 303 8
996 Stewart Doak 14.73 14.51 14.46 303 4
66 John Van Den Bosch 14.80 14.78 15.66 303 32
100 Dick Burtenshaw 14.71 14.70 14.72 303 22
130 Andy Lane 14.91 14.71 14.70 303 16
115 Chris Haird 14.56 14.39 14.35 303 2
261 David Casey 14.80 14.65 14.68 303 21
961 Tom Casey 14.75 14.67 14.63 303 20
72 Willie Hardie 14.83 14.62 14.53 303 11

Colin Gomm and Tommy Maxwell tied for 16th place in the English points chart so the faster driver (Gomm) took his place in group 4 while Maxwell headed up group 5 regardless of his time.

Grid:
Pole: 303 970 911 14 962 72 9 199 192 278 261 734 369 844 17 78 994
115 996 95 940 60 174 208 130 162 961 100 27 467 116 31 66 338

Although V.D Velde was quicker than Hillard he was lined behind him. Bell, Casey and Moody all failed pre-race scrutineering and didn't start; Burrows had mechanical problems that prevented him from starting the race.

Support

As usual at Spedeweekend’s there was a healthy grid of supporting cars from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Several drivers were making their first appearance at Ipswich while 615 Chris Lehec raced for the first time in the class in the ex-Gordon/Brosnan Tigra. 278 Colin Gomm and 303 Matt Simpson both raced their spare cars in the support races.

Heat 1

333 Lee Wood led away the race before running wide allowing 482 Jason Cooper inside him, 76 Adam Maxwell briefly held second before 519 Luke Armiger moved past. Cooper though was quickly opening up a big lead. Lehec’s first race didn’t go well and blew up, the race was quickly stopped.

At the restart Cooper pulled clear of Armiger while A Maxwell tried to move inside 963 Terry Maxwell. A Maxwell slide out and 555 Gavin Taber was able to move inside these. Taber later moved inside Armiger in a forceful move that slow Armiger bump Taber out wide. From the back 303 Matt Simpson was easing through the traffic and took third on the line but this became second as Taber was dropped places for contact.

Res: 482, 303, 519, 6, 963, 555 (x-4), 190, 500, 278 (x-2), 871

Heat 2

The front row men of 209 Kym Weaver and 700 Ian Donaldson pulled clear at the start. Simpson was again the man on the move; he reeled in the front two. Donaldson left the door open for an easy pass but although he caught Weaver in the traffic he ran out of laps.

Res: 209, 303, 700, 306, 74, 6, 491, 871, 76, 503

Final

Pole: 303 482 555 871 190 519 278 503 780 491 152 339 198 761
6 306 74 209 963 700 500 333 39 76 187 155

Simpson’s World Final preparations looked good, after setting the pole position time for the big race on Sunday he secured pole for the Saturday final and simply pulled away from the rest. 6 John Holtby held second throughout the race, while third placed Cooper didn’t give Weaver any space on the outside when he finally caught him. This race is a normally a good sign for world qualifiers next year, 3rd to 6th placed Cooper, Weaver, 306 David Polley and 871 Graeme Callender all look good bets for first time qualification in 2012.

Res: 303, 6, 482, 209, 306, 871, 500, 74, 278, 963

World Final Revenge Race

For all the world finalists that were still working the race lined up as a reverse to the world final on the Sunday afternoon. 467 Winnie Holtmanns and 961 Tom Casey clashed early. The pack all raced around the outside of them, Holtmanns cleared himself but Casey was beached and yellows were needed. 338 Graeme Gordon led the restart with 844 Billy Bonnar behind; Bonnar tried the outside but slipped back to 7th place. 66 John Van Den Bosch was the next driver on the outside with the pack queuing up behind, V.D Bosch was punted off on the back straight sliding to the speedway, 60 Mark Paffey was also sliding off and new World Champion 911 Malcolm Blackman had to retire as well.

The field started to spread out Gordon had 199 Scott Bourne and 72 Willie Hardie behind him, while the battle for fourth was hotting up. 940 Gary Woolsey bumped 192 Tony Moss aside that allowed 95 Gavin Murray to move beyond the pair. Woolsey seemed to attack the next bend and missed sliding wide to let 115 Chris Haird inside. Woolsey was instantly shown the black flag.

Res: 338, 199, 72, 95, 115, 996, 192, 162, 78, 844

Best in Britain

Pole: 66 306 338 962 95 78 996 72 199 500 190 369 482 209 155
519 844 503 303 76 491 74 555 60 162 6 278 115 39

The drawn grid put V.D Bosch on pole and he pulled away from Armiger and Polley. Bonnar barged inside Polley to move up put that place was lost to 962 John Christie who positioned himself on the outside to move up to second place. Armiger and Bonnar clashed on turn 2 that also slowed up Haird. Haird got going but was a lap down and just behind Christie who was closing in on V.D Bosch. In traffic Christie caught the leader, back-marking 278 Colin Gomm held his line but Christie was the first to the outside and shot past the pair into first place. Haird was tracking Christie’s every move and unlapped himself. Murray was able to take second place after successive outside manoeuvres on Polley and V.D Bosch.

Res: 962, 95, 66, 303, 996, 60, 306, 72, 338, 491

2L

Heat 1

50 Wayne Woolsey got the break from pole leading away fellow front row man 65 Mark Willis. 70 Shane Murray moved inside Willis to take up second place. Towards the back of the pack 935 Philip Beatty took a spin on the back straight, he returned to action in front of the leaders. Woolsey eased out wide to lap Beatty but stayed out wide allowing Murray into the lead. Woolsey continued to slow and retired. As the race moved to the middle stages cars were flying off in different directions; 30 Martin Codling slide onto the speedway, 96 Kevin Randell and 300 Tristan Jackson clashed on turn 3 which ended his race while another crash caused the yellows to be aired. 566 Marc Crome was facing the wrong way and 54 Adam Hylands was in the wall at turn 2.

Murray had Beatty in-between himself and second placed Willis but as soon as the race restarted Murray slowed giving the lead to Willis. Willis was under big pressure from 903 Denver McLean and didn’t hold a tight line through the corners, with 4 laps to run McLean moved inside and took the win.

Res: 903, 65, 920, 565, 310, 31, 175, 39, 918, 88

Heat 2

After all the damage of the opening heat everyone was back out in the second heat which was gridded as a reverse to the opening heat. World Champion 110 Jason Wilks led off 87 Jason Busby, 306 Will Reed soon moved beyond him for second place. At the back of the grid Murray spun himself out. 304 Danny Fiske had a spin and then 933 Gary Campbell, 918 David McMenemy, 118 Lewis Shelley and 8 Damon Wellman all crashed for the first yellow of the race.

Wilks led off the restart but 38 Mark Constable had a big impact on turn 2 for another yellow flag. Once restarting Busby lost his third place to Codling and fell back down the order; Reed kept close to Wilks but never made a move.

Res: 110, 306, 30, 75, 304, 303, 7, 87, 935, 96

European Championship Final

Pole: 903 65 7 110 565 306 31 96 304 935 918 10 22 543 118 300
920 75 175 303 39 30 87 310 904 933 88 54 43 50 70 566

McLean’s pole position didn’t become the ideal place to start as the grid got too close to the control on the rolling lap and this enable 920 Derek Martin to get the jump on McLean and lead into turn one. The front five of Martin, McLean, Willis, 7 Collin Moss and Wilks were locked together. Willis moved inside McLean on lap 13 for second place and then set about passing Martin. Willis put himself onto the outside and so did Wilks. Willis suddenly slowed when he had positioned himself on the outside of Martin, at this point 75 Chris Crane, 303 Gavin Botfield and 306 Will Reed were only a few car lengths back of the top 4.

McLean had a different tactic to pass Martin and moved inside, this enabled Moss and Wilks to move passed as well. Martin dropped back to fourth place but a penalty cost him another 2 places. Top 6 cars were all built by Ludlow.

Res: 903, 7, 110, 175, 75, 920 (x-2), 306, 303, 96, 87

European Revenge Race

Murray’s poor weekend continued and although had pole position he pulled off before the green flag even dropped. McLean was out by the end of the first lap. Woolsey had changed engine over the weekend and blasted into the lead and pulled clear. The drivers holding the other podium places were being hustled from the faster drivers behind them; Miller spun off turn 4, then Jackson and Shelley spun off on the back straight. 43 Paul Wright inherited second place but Woolsey was too far ahead.

Res: 50, 43, 54, 88, 935, 96, 918, 10, 39, 7

Lightning Rods

Heat 1

541 Harry Skoyles led away with 503 Ben Murray in hot pursuit. Racing in and out of the traffic Murray was able to snap up first place by holding and an outside line when lapping 616 Billy Smith, 730 Mike Daniels and 846 Lindsay Wilson. He didn’t make it beyond of all them as Skoyles slide up the inside bouncing over the inner kerb. Murray ended up several car lengths behind once these three were cleared but Skoyles was hampered a few laps later. 73 Leyton O’Reilly slowed on the back straight to retire and this gave Murray the chance to catch and ultimately move past on the outside.

Res: 503, 541, 452, 320, 943 (x-2), 636, 28, 920, 314, 265

Heat 2

9 Ian Atkinson led away 937 Ben McKee in a race hat had notably more contact than any other hot rod race. The big crash being 203 Jordan Murray being rammed into the fence by 346 Andy Brown who was disqualified, the other contact went penalty-free.

McKee was clear of the carnage behind. 452 Adam Eyles was spun out by 943 Jason Devlin, Eyles built up speed on turn 3 that caused the battle for second (781 Neil Wollington and 355 Mick Walker) that was trying to lap slower cars had to swing out wide, the back-marking Wilson and 918 Richard Stewart being turfed onto the speedway.

Res: 937, 781, 355, 974, 240, 917, 265, 368, 73, 503

Final

Pole: 503 355 320 937 452 28 636 368 633 9 411 846 78 346 484 203
541 781 265 240 974 917 920 314 73 51 730 943 616 987 918

Skoyles got the drop on pole man Murray, Murray though retired on lap 2. A much quieter race than the heats Skoyles was able to pull clear of Walker and 320 Simon Hopcroft-Lopez. The only time Skoyles had to worry was in traffic when Daniels went spinning in front of him to caused Stewart to be knocked sideways on the home straight. The quick reactions of Skoyles saw him avoid that car and continue on for the win. In previous years the driver that led this race away had been taken out by a back-marker, although an incident did occur Skoyles drove around the danger.

Res: 541, 355, 320, 937, 240, 781, 452, 265, 28, 368

Stock Rods

Heat 1

257 Ashley Brown led off from pole but was instantly under pressure from 29 Davy Philp Jnr on the outside and 67 Kerr Paterson behind him. Brown ran wide allowing Philp, Paterson and 168 Andy Stuart all past. At this stage oil was dropped going into turn 3 and although many did slip and slide through the corner it wasn’t long before they were hitting the fence. 447 Stuart Smyth, 313 Jamie Bowring, 152 Shaun Taylor and 829 Stuart Fox all went into the fence. Fox’s impact caused him to cause a wheel that did bounce over the Armco fence but was stopped by the second safety fence.

Although it seemed like several laps had past Brown was put back into the lead, once the green dropped the trio of Philp, Paterson and Stuart moved past Brown. The front two were flying but ended getting caught in someone else’s accident. On the entry to the back straight 135 Clinton Groom and 55 Karl Graves had tangled, Philip hit the back and this caused him car to flip over. The yellows finally came out at this stage, but the two late for the two Scottish leaders who were both out with damage.

Stuart led away Brown who applied a lot of pressure over the final 8 laps. With lots of damage only 16 cars made the chequered flag.

Res: 168, 257, 288, 28, 251, 900, 60, 151, 87, 658 (x-2)

Heat 2

755 Mark Barber lead away with 171 Dean O’Dell behind. Yet again another crash caused a stoppage, this time it was 39 Danny Hunn, Graves (again) and 24 James Jack. This stoppage enabled third place Fox to close in Barber and O’Dell but the front two simply pulled away.

Res: 755, 171, 829, 110, 876, 447, 500, 59, 135, 658 (x-4)

Euro Challenge Cup Final

Pole: 755 171 500 876 257 151 829 87 447 135 74 ZA3 24 313 29 91
168 251 288 658 28 60 900 110 59 67 394 823 83 647 418 416

Barber, Sturt, O’Dell and 288 Harry Palmer led away the race. Lap 2 251 Lee Ribbans got himself out of shape which caused the pack to scatter; although no major crashes 500 Kim Carter and 647 Jonathan Lattka was out. The front four pulled clear as the field began to spread however the action was saved for the final few laps. Dodging in and out of traffic fifth placed 876 Lewis Clark started catch. With 3 laps to run 418 Patrick Smith Jnr held up Barber, this enabled Sturt to move to the outside as Barber waited for the door to open. Smith gave the leader to room but Sturt now second launched a last lap challenge. Sturt nosed inside but Barber was able to hold on for the win. From the back Paterson flew from 20th to 6th place recording the best lap time of 16.23s.

Res: 755, 168, 171, 288, 876, 67, 257, 29, 829, 28


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