Newsletter June 2011
This Newsletter keeps you up to date with everything that is going on at the Raceway, and most importantly, your change of racing grade or roof colour. All of our formulae are regraded usually after every two meetings, and once notified, you must repaint your car roof in the correct grading colour.
Booking in to Race
It is important to book in, so that we know how many drivers we will have at each meeting, to decide the number of races. We at Mendips Raceway make it very easy by offering you the chance to book for your next meeting when you sign on for the present meeting, but you can also visit the website and book in online, or phone us on 01963 220028 .
If you are a banger driver and wish to race elsewhere, we do the booking for you-just let us know where and when you wish to race away and we will book you. This does not apply to non ORCi tracks.
Brisca F2 Stock Cars
Thanks to everyone who attended the last meeting, and sincere congratulations to Phil Mann (53) for his very first Final win, and so pleased that it was a real annual trophy! We miss our usual June date as the British Championship is on at Belle Vue, but we welcome everyone for our July date, Sunday 24th which is our annual Cancer Charity day. We have raised around £15000 over the past 10 years, and we are delighted that the stock cars will be racing on that day for the Pink Ribbon Trophy, which has been made especially for this occasion. Please make the effort to race on that day, as cancer is a terrible disease that affects every family, and we always have a great day fundraising, and the more outrageous pink stunts the better! Have a look at the 2010 pictures on our website to get the idea!
886 Chris Bradbury 72
676 Neil Hooper 68
921 Jack Aldridge 64
522 Chris Mikulla 52
783 James Rygor 37
835 Matt Westaway 34
53 Phil Mann 32
464 Matt Linfield 28
315 Justin Fisher 26
374 Gary Stephens 26
Two more meetings come and gone in May, and they were both very good, with 33 cars attending both 1800s and Unlimiteds. On Sunday 29th unfortunately, Darren Wade(891) was banned for three months after an infield attack on Sam Trim (363), and Paul Smaldon(714) loaded for attacking after the red flags had been shown. On Monday, the racing was also very heavy, but no further penalties were issued. It would not be right for us to comment on the seven drivers that have been banned by their promotion for missing a championship event on their home track, but there have always been cases where relationships break down between drivers and promoters, and drivers feel that they have to move on. We have always had Devon and Cornwall drivers register with us, and Bristol are drivers have registered at Autospeed, so this is not new. What I would like to think is that if a number of our drivers felt they wanted to race elsewhere, then they would feel able to talk to us about it, and we would understand.
I bet Pete Stanley is fed up already with being called a veteran, but he certainly has turned on the style this year in both Track points and World Qualifying, so well done there!
Filo’s CRASHMANIA is next month, and we really need to have those forms in soonest!! You can enter and pay next meeting, at British Beef night, so don’t forget.
Finally on June 26th the BBA English Championship will be run as first race, with the top fifteen Mendips drivers plus fifteen seeds from other ORCI promotions, including the defending Champion 247 Lee ‘Bro’ Clarke, making his debut. The exact split will depend on visiting driver support.
40 Pete Stanley 98 40 Pete Stanley 56
517 Scott Weldon 95 517 Scott Weldon 53
363 Sam Trim 68 210 Paul Barnes 46
58 Martin Dalton 67 252 Steve Bugler (v) 42
790 Dominic Gumbleton 56 44 Steve Griffin 37
44 Steve Griffin 56 58 Martin Dalton 23
210 Paul Barnes 46 446 Jason Burt 21
252 Steve Bugler (v) 42 9 Adam Elias 19
224 Dale Edwards 40 15 Ben Tovey 16
303 Jason Oliver 39 224 Dale Edwards 15
Caravan Race 2011
If you are intending to take part in the 2011 Caravandalism event on August 29th, please book in as soon as possible. We will limit bookings this year to 15 caravans as last year was just too big, and while the crowd loves to see the caravans smashed, the constant starts and restarts mean they soon get bored with it, so as there is a lovely trophy to be win, we really need to try and get a race out of it, or try to find a different way of establishing a winner.
Well done to everyone who took part in Crazy Day-it was a bit different and produced three winners. Everyone should be back for the next one on June 26th to give us a good field.
Once again Race Control forgot to award the Entertainers awards last meeting, so we will definitely give them out next time!
499 Lee Charles 82
3 Dan Tytheridge 52
87 Barry Richards 48
444 Mark Loader 38
78 Mark Bowskill 37
333 Mark Neville 34
445 Niki Loader 33
9 Adam Elias 33
162 Mike Cox 26
111 Tom Ruby 22
More new drivers in the Juniors, and a very tricky track at the start of last meeting, but everyone coped with it well. With the number still around the twenty mark, we have decided to change the format for now to two heats, with 8 drivers going to the Final, Final, and then an Allcomers race with the Final winner taking a half lap handicap. This gives the better drivers more races, until such time as the numbers build back up and we can go back to full format. This means all races are 10 points to win-no double points in the Final. The car mix is still working well, but we are working towards taking bumpers off all cars as the season progresses, and removing the plating that has been fitted to replace grilles on Minis.
Grades will change after the next meeting, but here are the points.
127 Louis Aldom 82
510 Sid Harrison 71
796 Daniel Steeds 58
404 Macauley Mills 55
397 Caine Down 36
6 Connor Jeffries 35
87 Callum Richards 34
111 Natasha Howe 31
14 Andrew Russell 23
205 Charlie Norton 23
Good to see two more drivers back at the last meeting, although Rick Lee still has some engine grief to sort out. If everyone managed to turn up together it would be brilliant! Steve Hunt (282) has now got quite a good lead in the points, and if he keeps up his appearances looks good for the Championship this year. Many thanks to Andy and Loreen once again for their continued sponsorship on May 29th, and to Wilson Hamilton(904) for supporting the May 2nd date(and taking his own trophies home! The Saturday night meeting on June 25th is for the huge Parkhouse Family Trophy, and then the final points scoring meeting is July 24th, with Filo’s Crashmania.
282 Steve Hunt 104
18 Larry Langmead 93
718 Colin White 88
55 Alistair Lowe 63
205 Mike Norton 58
258 James Griggs 45
904 Wilson Hamilton 29
117 Dave Tossell 26
578 Rick Lee 13
89 Mick Cave 12
Another tremendous Final at the May 30th meeting won by Points Champions Russ, who now seems to be the man to beat, after a fairly quiet start to the season. The new gardes will be in force for June 26th, and are listed below. I have not dropped Jack Stuckey(22) or Tony Robbins(13) to blue as they missed a meeting, and therefore remain red. We do carry a small stock of new tyres if anyone wants them, and always have used 13” in stock.
18 Russ Colenutt 89
23 Ross Stuckey 86
47 Richard Howard 78
42 John Major 65 13 Paul Robins(red) 27
41 Dene Howard 54 731 Dave Ruby 27
173 Alan Cambridge 48 925 Robert Parsons 27
39 Craig Harris 40 22 Jack Stuckey(red) 25
10 Stephen Hine 40 17 Lee Robins 24
122 Joe Rowe 38 35 Mark Johns 14
43 Andy Howard 37 136 Jason Horseman 14
372 Tom Cambridge 33 270 Shaun Baker 11
60 Steve Sayer 33 171 Shane Newman 10
19 Matthew Tegg 31
210 Paul Barnes 29
The Last Bit
Dinner and Dance: the 2012 Dinner and Dance will take place on Saturday February 4th 2012 at the Webbington Hotel, if you need to book the time, or the Hotel.
There was another break in recently at the track, where damage was caused and a car was abandoned in the car park. Any information that comes to light would be welcome.
3.89 and 3.54 Escort diffs , half shafts and axle casings.
Kai May (502)
Following his crash at THUNDERBOLT XI, Kai has been having treatment for a broken kneecap. At first, it was set in a cast, but that has now been removed and he has metal splints. He is due to see his specialist in two weeks to see if an operation will be required, but he is unlikely to get back to fitness until late August. We wish him well, and hope that this is an accurate forecast for his return to good health.