Newsletter April 2012


Here is the first Newsletter of 2012.  All of our newsletters and other information is now online here!

Many of you will receive this as an email, which is also the future of spreading information, and with the recent increase in postage prices, something we will be continuing.

New Drivers
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.

Driver and Mechanic admissions
Just a reminder once again about the free entries that are granted with your Mendips Raceway racing licence. In all cases, the driver and one other person is admitted free of charge-all other family and friends have to pay. When the tow vehicle or transporter arrives, that is when the free admissions are granted-not two hours later when a family member arrives on their own and claims a free ticket. If your wife, or girlfriend or mechanic wish to use the free admission, they must arrive with the driver. With Junior Rods, both parent are admitted free with the driver, and in all cases, we do not charge for drivers children under 15 years of age.

Brisca F2 Stock Cars
Many thanks to everyone who supported our World Qualifier on Easter Sunday, where Chris Bradbury took away his first, and possibly not his last Final win of the season. It was great to see Dennis the Menace down again-unbroken sequence of World Qualifiers for him stretching back ten years!

Our next meeting on May 7th is our annual Cancer Charity meeting. We have raised almost £20,000 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 presented for the second year running by Andy Maidment and family.. 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!

There will be a Charity Bike Race, with prizes for the most outrageous fancy dress, and it will be £5 to enter. Get some sponsors, and see how much you can raise! There will also be a race for under 12 year olds

Top Ten

522 Chris Mikulla 32
886 Chris Bradbury 32
835 Matt Westaway 26
768 Tom Adcroft 26
797 Dan Moss 18
126 Jamie Avery 15
315 Justin Fisher 14
641 Dennis Midler 13
76 Chris Rowe 11

The Micro meeting that started the year off was well attended and very entertaining, we shall fit in another one next year. Some great little cars and great atmosphere, with everyone up for the crash!

Hearses and Limos was a great meeting spoilt by the appalling weather but the much reduced Bank Holiday crowd enjoyed seeing the big cars. Man of the meeting undoubtably Shaun Dyer, especially taking on the two Lincolns in the DD!  This meeting will be on the calendar again next year.. THUNDERBOLT XII is our next meeting on Sunday May 6th, followed by the first World Qualifier of 2012, which is 1800, no Mondeos, a meeting that should be popular. PLEASE book in for these meetings if you have not already done so.

Rookie Bangers
Two drivers have been banned following the East Sunday meeting. Tom Davey (54) has been banned from Rookie Bangers only for six months for jacking up a stationary car in the Allcomers, with the final two months suspended. He returns to racing on August 9th 2012. Stu Harrop was banned for six months from Rookie Bangers only for two follow ins and ignoring the black flag. He returns to racing on October 9th 2012. Both drivers may race any other contact formulae.

New Grades for May 6th/7th*

Red Tops Blue Tops
363 Sam Trim 60 252 Steve Bugler 11
311 Danny Allen 28 329 Kevin Eales 10
262 Rob Bugler 28 920 Simon Sparrow 10
731 Shaun Dyer 28 135 Jim Astell 10
523 Swampy 28 184 Andy Nutley 9
517 Scott Weldon 25 113 Aaron Brown 9
162 Mike Cocks 17 315 Jack Holmes 7
58 Martin Dalton 17 801 Mike English 7
4 Bob Barnes 14 9 Mavis 7
508 David Browne(v) 13 277 Sean Rowell(v) 5

*grades not applicable for THUNDERBOLT as incarace draw is used.

Rookie Bangers

Grades for July 28th

Red Tops Blue Tops
458 Kenny Dalton 28 9 Mavis 9
475 Ben Sealey(v) 26 129 Lee Dalton 9
384 Scott Benjafield 22 56 Ricki Stevens 9
109 Chris Neville 22 309 Chris Parry 9
13 Chris Jeanes(v) 19 209 Russ Neville 8
744 Jake Carless 17 12 Kenny Gabriel 8
364 Darren Feltham 12 133 Jody Jeanes 7
175 Gary Hunt(v) 10 331 Duncan Kennard 7
149 Lee Norman 10 444 Keiran Bellringer 6
27 Dean Quinn 10 6 Andy Bradshaw 6

Reliant Robins
An excellent turnout of cars for the first meeting, and still no one could beat Lee Charles! Although the weather was truly awful, thanks for sticking with it and helping us run the whole programme. Entertainer awards went to Tom Ruby in the first, and Lee Charles in the Final, and each driver has received 10 extra points. Unfortunately, rollover points were not recorded and as the video man gave up quite early in the day, there is no record, so our apologies for that, which will be remedied next time.

If you are better on two wheels that three, don’t forget the Charity Bike Race for The Cancer Research funds on May 7th - £5 to enter, plus whatever you can get for sponsors!

Top Ten

499 Lee Charles 40
445 Niki Loader 23
33 Jack Carnell 22
644 Mark Thompson 14
266 Micky Ford 13
437 Cliff Worthington 12
674 Matt Ashmore 10
111 Tom Ruby 10
3 Dan Tytheridge 8
100 Jerry Weeks 8

Junior Rods
Good racing from the Juniors again, and well done to all the novice drivers who have really made good progress, and got up to speed. The difference that two meetings can make is easy to see, especially as the weather was so bad for the second meeting. The very wet track was difficult to drive, and yet all the races went off without many spills. The format works well, with everyone getting three races, so with the numbers as they are we will continue with two split heats, all in Final, and an Allcomers race.

As you are racing on Pink Ribbon day, don’t forget to bring your bike, and blag some sponsor money for Cancer Research UK for the bike race!

New grades for May 7th

Red Tops Blue Tops
404 Macauley Mills 49 198 William Steeds 20
510 Sid Harrison 48 16 Dan Milverton 20
273 Zoe Cambridge 41 61 Beth Stevenson 16
24 Sam Crane 30 30 Natasha Howe 15
87 Callum Richards 28 224 Jordan Edwards 11
313 Charlie Boorer 26 777 Eden Bird 10
25 Brad Seymour 26 761 Kyle Williams 6
796 Dan Steeds 21 703 Joe Harrison 6
203 Charlie Norton 21 39 Sophie Harris 6
362 Aaron Loader 21

Hot Rods
Thanks to Colin White for again sponsoring the CWS Mears Trophy on Easter Sunday, and to Wilson Hamilton for the racing on May 6th. Racing has been very competitive on both of the meetings so far, and Steve looks to be keen to win back to back points titles.

Top Ten

282 Steve Hunt 52
117 Dave Tossell 45
18 Larry Langmead 40
718 Colin White 38
258 James Griggs 32
904 Wilson Hamilton 26
35 Neil Muddle 18
205 Mike Norton 15
578 Rick Lee 7

Special Rods
Cracking start to the Special Rod season despite the weather, and another Final win for Barney. Good to see Steve Griffin (440) back in a Special Rod after five(?) years, and still able to cut it, and Andy Howard (43) back on form with the wet! Good set of results for Rowie as well, and the other banger man Dean Quinn(27) got his feet under the table. Let’s hope for better weather on May 6th.

No new grades until after May 6th, but below is the Top Ten

210 Paul Barnes 30
23 Ross Stuckey 27
122 Joe Rowe 26
43 Andy Howard 23
18 Russ Colenut 20
27 Dean Quinn 17
47 Richard Howard 13
35 Mark Johns 12
136 Jason Horseman 9
440 Steve Griffin 8

The Last Bit

Lap Scoring
We are very keen to recruit another lap scorer to work in Race Control. All you need to be able to do is to write quickly and concisely, and have some knowledge of the cars and numbers, although this comes with practice.

You do get the best seat in the house, and there is even a free lunch and some fuel money, so if you would like to have a go, please speak to Pat in Race Control.  If you try it and can’t get on with it, then there is nothing lost.

Any more information please give us a ring or email - 01963 220028 or

Banger Olympics

Download Team entry form for the Banger Olympics here.

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