Mendips Raceway

Newsletter August 2012


Here we are now well into the second half of the 2012 season, which has been blighted by weather to an extent none of us could believe possible. Waking up to a wet morning on July 29th after two weeks of sunshine was very depressing, but the weather turned, and the crowds turned out for the Banger Olympic meeting, which was very gratifying. Business has been so bad for so many outside leisure activities that some will not survive-not only do people have less money to spend, but constant wet weekends give them little incentive to go out.

Brisca F2 stock cars

Three meetings to go, and all have significance for the south west drivers, and the last one nationally. The next event on Sunday August 26th is the final qualifying round for the 2012 Rookies Reward series, which has not been as well supported this year, but has still run its course. The sponsor is the Beeches Holiday Park, and we thank Chris Mikulla junior and senior for their support once again. The main trophy on the day will be the annual Freddie Funnell memorial trophy, which I am sure Chris Bradbury will have his eye on, but with a borrowed/hired car at the moment he may not be on top form! The second meeting on September 23rd will feature the Final of the Rookies Reward, and bear in mind that you only need attendance points to qualify, so if you want to be init, you need to contest the round on August 26th. Finally the Grand National Championship on October 7th sponsored by JB Racing Engines will crown the season, and we hope for a West Country winner for that title.

Top Ten

886 Chris Bradbury 149
522 Chris Mikulla 84
126 Jamie Avery 62
676 Neil Hooper 60
315 Justin Fisher 60
768 Tom Adcroft 54
464 Matt Linfield 54
990 Paul Rice 49
935 Nathan Maidment 48
53 Phil Mann 38


Our grateful thanks to all who supported us on July 29th. It was so sad that so many teams committed to it and then withdrew, as they all said what a good idea it was, at the time we launched it. Special thanks to those who brought extra cars, especially Tom Davey who brought three! The crowd appreciated and enjoyed it, and there were a lot of new people experiencing banger racing for the first time. It was good that all drivers taking part raced responsibly, as we were compelled to combine Mondeos and other 2litre cars to get the numbers up. Stu Harrop (9187) is now recovering from his back injury, thankfully.

The next two meetings in August are all Rookies, and please be aware that Caravandalism 12 is fully booked with 15 entries. If there is anyone who has booked who will not be racing, then please let us know immediately, as there are reserves. We do allow water tanks in the caravan cars, but NOT in the heats and final.
At a recent ORCI Rules seminar, it was agreed that no Lexus cars pre 2005 may be fitted with lsd axles from other cars, as they were never fitted as standard. Overbuilding of cars was again discussed at length, mainly for unlimited cars, and scrutineers will be actively discouraging drivers from this practice.
Please be aware that there will be a limit of fifty cars for the West of England Championship, so please make sure you are booked in if you wish to race. In common with all other Rookie Banger promoters, we will be charging £10 per driver to race, but there will be a substantial prize fund on the Final.

Rookie Bangers


129 Lee Dalton 46
384 Scott Benjafield 38
9 Mavis 35
458 Kenny Dalton 28
364 Darren Feltham 28
475 Ben Sealey (v) 26
109 Chris Neville 22
440 Eddie Redmond 21
13 Chris Jeanes (v) 19
744 Jake Carless (v) 17


162 Mike Cocks 16
175 Gary Hunt (v) 10
149 Lee Norman 10
27 Dean Quinn 10
27 Dean Quinn 10
440 Macauley Mills 10

All other drivers are white top, unless returning to racing with a grade held on retirement!

Reliant Robins

Thanks to all those who supported us on the 29th July, and you filled the gap left by those banger teams who withdrew, and very well! It was very obvious by the crowd reaction that many people has not seen Robin racing before, and we now look forward to the
final meeting of 2012 on August 27th. As always the meeting will have the figure of eight and the Destruction Derby, but problems with the ramp may mean we may not be running the ramp race this year. After the success of the Pairs, we may well run pairs as the second race. Either way, our sponsors are in place again, so we thank Mike Cocks and our Caterers Paul and Denise for their support again this year.

2012 Points Championship to date

499 Lee Charles 135 1 John Coombes 29
445 Niki Loader 101 99 Steve Chappell 24
444 Mark Loader 75 26 Russ Gillingham 22
100 Jerry Weeks 70 115 Josh Collins 21
266 Micky Ford 64 369 Bradley Butler 21
3 Dan Tytheridge 62 201 Matt Poole 20
674 Matt Ashmore 58 270 Shaun Baker 20
21 Brad Worthington 53 111 Tom Ruby 19
33 Jack Carnell 52 162 Mike Cocks 18
144 Wayne Thompson 42 301 Fred Moore 17
644 Mark Thompson 38 39 Simon Falkner 13
364 Darren Feltham 35 437 Cliff Worthington 12
264 Steve Ford 32 116 Sam Summerhayes 12
78 Mark Bowskill 30 443 Pete Greenslade 5
702 Allen Cooper (v) 30

Hot Rods

Congratulations to Steve Hunt(282) for his second Points Championship win, and it has been a good season for the Hot Rods. One more meeting, on August 27th for the West of England, and thanks go to Steve for his sponsorship. Regrettably he will be after winning that as well to save some money, so good luck to anyone trying to beat him! The races will be run as last year with two qualifying heats and a Final. Most improved driver of the year without doubt has been James Griggs (258) , who is to be heartily congratulated on his achievement. Only one more place to go on the points chart!

Final Points table for 2012.

282 Steve Hunt 150
258 James Griggs 122
718 Colin White 120
18 Larry Langmead 107
205 Mike Norton 92
117 Dave Tossell 82
904 Wilson Hamilton 77
35 Neil Muddle 47
55 Alistair Lowe 45
313 Ross Hawtin 13
13 Rick Lee


Junior Rods

Two more meetings for the Juniors this season. Macauley Mills(404) retired after the last meeting, and this next meeting will the last for Dan Steeds(796) who has made his mark battling with the A40, just to be different. Great car in the dry, but not in the wet! Two new drivers set to join this time round, in a Micra and a Seicento, but the points championship is between Sid Harrison(510) and Zoe Cambridge(273) both in Minis, so they’re not finished yet.

2012 Points Championship to date

510 Sid Harrison 125 224 Jordan Edwards 35
273 Zoe Cambridge 100 313 Charlie Boorer 31
404 Macauley Mills 98 198 William Steeds 26
87 Callum Richards 74 39 Sophie Harris 17
362 Aaron Loader 69 111 Natasha Howe 15
796 Dan Steeds 66 761 Kyle Williams 13
25 Brad Seymour 55 777 Eden Bird 10
24 Sam Crane 55 703 Joe Harrison 9
16 Dan Milverton 51 30 Joe Capel 8
203 Charlie Norton 49 144 Ashton Thompson 3
61 Beth Stevenson 42 101 Jack Mintram 3

Special Rods

Still very close at the top of the Points Championship with two meetings to go! There will be one more regrading after the next meeting on August Bank Holiday Monday, before the West of England Championship on October 7th. Please note that we will not be offering any day licences for the remainder of the 2012 season.

2012 Points Championship to date

23 Ross Stuckey 98 41 Dene Howard 48
47 Richard Howard 96 304 Tim Weare 48
210 Paul Barnes 85 44 Sam Howard 39
173 Alan Cambridge 78 270 Shaun Baker 38
18 Russ Colenut 74 136 Jason Horseman 36
441 Tom Major 70 21 Paul Barnes 33
122 Joe Rowe 69 26 Andy Bennet 31
43 Andy Howard 59 6 Andy Wadley 24
440 Steve Griffin 58 27 Dean Quinn 24
120 Andy Latimer 49 35 Mark Johns 23

Marshalls and track staff

There will be a Refresher/Training session for all track staff, primarily to view and discuss the new ORCi Rescue Training DVD, on Saturday 25th August at 10am, at the Raceway, in the briefing room. While it is most important for the Rescue Team to attend, we will also be having a refresher for all staff who work on track, so everyone is welcome.

For Sale and Wanted

Wanted - Ford Cortina Ghia alloy wheels - Graham 01963 220028

Wanted - Recovery truck 3.5 tonne up to £1800 cash waiting - Steve Griffin 07909 932062

Dinner Dance 2013 - This will take place on Saturday February 9th 2013, and we have managed to keep the price at £25, as last year.

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