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.
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.
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.
|475||Ben Sealey (v)||26|
|13||Chris Jeanes (v)||19|
|744||Jake Carless (v)||17|
|175||Gary Hunt (v)||10|
All other drivers are white top, unless returning to racing with a grade held on retirement!
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.
|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|
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!
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
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.