17/4 English Championship - Northampton
Many commented this being one of the worst stewarded meeting in the class as only 12 cars made the finish, the final being won by Reid Murray.
Final: 591, 421, 12, 68, 688, 465, 557, 84, 398, 334
17/4 Arena Essex
Youngster Marcus Reeve took the final ahead of recently returned Paul Strawson who had won the second heat. Jason Brett won the opening heat.
2/4 Arena Essex
Season opener for the PRI version saw Marcus Reeve and Wayne Londors win the heats, the day finished with James Heard winning the final.
26/2 London Championship - Wimbledon
Won by Jason Busby.
In form Jordan Rochford took his third final in as many meetings which also included a heat win, the other being won by Gary Beggs.
Jordan Rochford won the final from pole after a heat win and fifth place, Ricky Shaw won the other heat.
6/8 National Championship - Hednesford
Qualifying heats won by Jordan Murray, Vince Litter and Roger Dormer that gives him pole ahead of Ben Murray who finished third in both of his heats. Ben Murray won the race ahead of Dormer, whilst
World Champion Gary Beggs was the first retirement. Tom Burgess finishes the day by winning the Grand National.
Final: 50, 7, 591, 80, 977, 688, 916, 51, 12, 730
Previous winners National Championship
24/7 British Championship - Aghadowey
Jordan Rochford takes the title ahead of Winston Weir, Gary Beggs, Mark Corry and Aaron Stewart. The result of the Irish Open
later in the day sees the top 3 reversed, Beggs wins.
Final: 977, 962, 974, 916, 917, 503, 339, 913, 57, 914
Previous winners British Championship
24/7 Great Yarmouth
The white, yellow and blue meeting sees Darren Wells take the heats and Brett Tillow the final. Matt Tillow debuts as 556 and Donald
Stewart becomes another victim to the posts.
21/7 Grid Positions
With immediate effect the finals of all meetings at Spedeworth and Incarace will lined up by points scored in the heats.
17/7 Arena Essex
Lee Page and James Heard wins the heats before Nigel Carroll wins the longer final.
Ally Neil led home Ricky Shaw in the first heat, with Shaw taking the next one. Vince Litter was quickly into the lead of the final that he won from
Ben Murray takes the final after Tom Burgess had won both heats.
Richard Norman transfers from PRI and takes two second places in the heats behind Mike Daniels and Jordan Murray. Richard Warner wins the final.
The former World Champion returns to racing albeit in a V8 Stock Car at Aldershot.
3/7 World Championship - Ipswich
Heat 1: 7, 636, 339, 679, 557, 193, 503, 411, 80, 387
Heat 2: 51, 50, 974, 918, 339, 636, 421, 962, 503, 397
Grid: 636, 339, 974, 51, 918, 7, 5, 50, 80, 503
Final: 974, 503, 7, 80, 51, 339, 411, 50, 557, 970
3/7 Arena Essex
Connor Reeve wins all three races.
6/4 Tipperary - Southern Irish Open
Jordan Rochford wins ahead of Richard Stewart, Garry Beggs and Winston Weir.
15/5 Hednesford - English Championship
Jordan Murray takes the title after securing pole winning ahead of Lee Skoyles, Ben Murray and Mike Daniels. Daniels won the opening heat and Mark Webb
the other one. Both Ben Murray and Richard Warner were docked places in the final.
Final: 503, 636, 50, 730, 411, 51, 346, 557, 339, 465
Previous winners English Championship
Ben Murray takes a heat and final double
24/4 Arena Essex
Dan Guidotti takes a heat and final double with Jamie Lee Callis winning the other heat.
Plenty of damage, most notably for Reid Murray who rolled in the final. There was wins for Carl Offord, Andy Brown and Ben Furness.
3/4 Great Yarmouth - Norfolk Championship
Reid Murray win his third final out of four meeting to take one of the first title races of the year. Reid also won a qualifying heat, Ashley Birkin won
the other one.
Pete Jennings and Barry Limer won the heats while Reid Murray took spoils in the final.
28/3 Arena Essex
The PRI season began with Jamie-Lee Callis winning all races.
Gary Beggs takes an heat and final double in the first meeting of the year in Northern Ireland.
Steve Putt wins the second heat and final, the opening heat is won by Richard Warner.
Colin Murray win heat and final to give him an early lead in the Polleysport-Yokohama Series. Due to high numbers cars were raced in two-third formats;
Daniel Gibbs and Barry Limer win the other heats.
27/2 Ipswich - Practice Session
Jordan Murray sets the fastest time of the 11 drivers with 16.092 - quicker than the 2L Hot Rods present.
14/2 Wimbledon - London Championship
The Murray family almost lock out the podium but Jordan is docked from second place. Reid Murray finishes first ahead of Ben Murray, Mike Daniels and Jordan
Murray. Heat winners are Danny Day and Reid Murray.
16/1 Autosport Show
Scott Cochrane's Sierra is on display for the Spedeworth World Champion section
1/1 Wimbledon - Winternationals
Ben Furness is first on the road but docked for contact, Jordan Murray takes title ahead of Mike Daniels and Furness.
Reverse heats won by Reid Murray and Daniels that gave Jordan Murray pole. Four members of the Murray family race at this meeting.
29/11 Wimbledon - Polleysport Series
Jason Busby secures the title with a fifth place in the double points final, that race was won by Danny Day. The following heats were won by Reid Murray and Michael Gabriel.
8/11 Wimbledon - Best in Britain
Roger Dormer wins his second title in 3 weeks ahead of Adam Eyles and Lee Skoyles. Ashley Burkin was disqualified from the lead with 2 laps left for not slowing
down when the yellows were out.
The heats were won by Ben Newman and Craig Boyd that gave Dormer pole.
25/10 Northampton - Midland Championship
Roger Dormer wins ahead of Nathan Olden and Ashley Burkin. Heats are won by Dormer and Jordan Murray.
10/10 Tullyroan - Irish Championship
Winston Weir takes the title ahead of Nigel Jackson and Richard Stewart. Feargal McNally wins the revenge heat.
English driver Ben Murray takes the final after competing in his 1200 mile racing weekend.
2/10 Aghadowey - King of Aghadowey
Ben Murray travels across the sea to win the title even though he had been shown several blue flags along the way. Heats won by Jordan Rochford and Gary Beggs.
What are they
When Super Rod grids slumped in 1988 Incarace made the decision to invent a cheaper big hot rod formula. This was the Lightning Rod
formula, RWD 2 litre big saloon cars. The original formula allowed for Sierra's, Capri's, BMW's and Volvo's but is now an all Sierra formula.
Small tweaks are allowed on suspension and engine.
PRI next took up running of the formula in 1991, with Spedeworth holding guest meetings in 1992, they started licensing their own drivers
and promoting from 1995. This soon spread to Northern and Southern Ireland. Lightning Rods began in Northern Ireland in 1994 but took until 1999
to run to the same rules as the ORCi regulated formula. Ringwood were also going to run the formula in 2006 (the Special Rods rules
being brought inline) but once Spedeworth took over drivers became Spedeworth registered. Now Spedeworth have the largest
The formula is seen as stepping stone from Banger or Stock Cars into a non-contact formula. The racing is rough, due to the size of the cars, small
tracks and competitive drivers. The basic Ford Sierra can have slight modifications to engine and suspension and race on control tyre. The Sierra
can be the 3 door, 5 door, XR4 or Sapphire version, but not the estate.
Over the years top drivers like the Farrer brothers,
Richard Boulton and Darren Ahern have won big races but also been banned. Steve Emerson of
Northern Ireland took the country's first World title (Northern Ireland have dominated other hot rod classes).
Top banger drivers like Carl 'Jack' Overy, Sonny 'Mush' Sherwood, Shayn Windsor and Jason 'Boxer Jack' Jackson have raced in the class but only
briefly. Some of banger drivers who perhaps weren't as quick as those just previously mentioned in bangers have had great success in this class,
notably Terry Shelvey and Lee Morrow. World champion drivers have also come into the class, Gary Madgwick was a former banger World champion
renowned for his lack of contact, while Diggy Smith and Steve Santry were Saloon Stock Car World champions.
When the class was first brought in many Super Rods drivers dropped down to Lightning Rods. This has now
reversed as many of the current Super Rod drivers have Lightning Rod experience. Although drivers are moving onwards from Lightning Rods or the
2 litre hot rods it is an entry level class that attracts new drivers annually to replenish those gone.
New for 2009 is GMP (Cowdenbeath) running the class, the cars are gradually being built. For 2010 the quality of drivers from Scotland may poise
a real threat for the long-standing drivers.
Grimley run a similar class that utilises the Sierra running gear but can be any RWD car (but doesn't give much more variation),
while Rolling Thunder has the pick up class which are just chopped down Sierra in the pick-up shape.
CAMSO have Lightning Rods but have yet to race with the English drivers mainly due to racing in the anti-clockwise direction.
For many years Mendips Hills have been running Special Rods which is an all Sierra formula using the 1600 engine with skirts and arhces allowed.
Ringwood used to run this formula but since returning becoming an independent formula after Spedeworth departed the Special Rods have stuggled
for numbers and been replaced for 2009 with the Mondeo Rods. The Mondeo Rods were run in 2008 by Swaffham who also ran a class called
Thunder Cars which has now been re-named as Lightning Rods.
The class runs at all the tracks at Spedeworth, PRI and Incarace in England. For 2007 Incarace took the class to the shale track of Coventry
but they have yet return.
Tracks Used: Aldershot, Arena Essex, Birmingham, Cowdenbeath, Eastbourne, Great Yarmouth, Hednesford, Ipswich, Northampton,
Nutts Corner, Rockingham, Tipperary, Wimbledon.
For further information check out the Track Guide
The World Championship has traditionally alternated from the Incarace, Spedeworth and PRI tracks. The 2010 World Championship will be held at
the Spedeweekend for the first time ever.
Being created by Incarace the National title was the first big title the formula ran to as part of the National Championship weekend, but due
to poor numbers at domestic meetings over the past few years it has been dropped, the title is still run later in the year but just over one
Production of the Sierra ended in 1993, the cars are now becoming harder to find. Although though not scarce they are quickly disappearing. The
use of Sierra's within other oval formulas hasn't helped either. The Ford running gear is put into many formulas. The most likely option will be the
replacement Sierra model the Mondeo, this car though wasn't rear wheel drive. The converted car may be the future but the Sierra still has a good
few years left. Swaffham and Ringwood have already moved towards the Mondeo, as new promoters they have nothing to lose but could be laying the
foundations for the class.