PREVIEW: Spring Bank Holiday 2014


The run of the current Bank Holidays will come to an end this weekend, but before they actually do it means that there are two more meetings to look forward to in season 2014 at Mendips Raceway where, this time, all of our regular classes will be in action over the two days at one or the other.

Naturally starting with Sunday, the BriSCA F2 Stock Cars will return and we will have the second round of the Rookies Reward for the white and yellow grade drivers. The lower graded drivers will have it all to go for again in the first race, this time sponsored by long-time associate of the series Merv and Mary Maggs, Merv being a long standing Stock Car driver for many years, all leading up to the Final in October, for the 13th consecutive year. The annual Marion Bennett Trophy is the one they will be going for in the Final, and 886 Chris Bradbury will be the favourite, he won this last year and will be going for his third Final in a row here, and also his seventh track championship in a row. With some very fast blue and yellow graded drivers though, the star men could have it tough. Just like the previous Bank Holiday weekend last month the National Bangers have ‘unders’ and unlimited to race for, albeit the other way around this time. The smaller cars last time, were under 1400cc which meant really small (but not Micro’s) and they came down to a dramatic conclusion in the Final when long-time leader 384 Scott Benjafield was stopped by 363 Sam Trim, and this allowed 329 Kev Ealson to take his first win. It had added significance as there were World Championship qualifying points up for grabs and as such Kev now leads the points charts with regard to the big events later on in the year. The bigger cars throw up a different avenue and it is they who have the World Championship qualifying points to go for this time. As ever, expect the unexpected, even with our regulars rather than a horde of visiting drivers which may be the case and just add to the drama. The Reliant Robins will be with us on Sunday, for the third running of ‘Crazy Day’ to add some extra fun into the three wheelers, and the latest round of the Midland Mayhem series, the previous of which was here on May Day Monday. The ‘Plastic Pigs’ were never intended to be a serious racing form in any case. The extra events will be announced at the start of the meeting but there will still be the points to go for in both the domestic and afore mentioned series. Monday will see a return to the all Sierra Special Rods who really have been on good form again this year with some very close racing, and last time out there were five different winners across the day. The Hot Rods continued to provide good and close racing and will continue to do so this weekend. Last time 18 Larry Langmead won heat and Final and the other was won by 125 Mike Hibbert, who is starting to look like he could be a points championship contender this year, with 718 Colin White unable to commit to every meeting. Finally, the Junior Rods will be back on track for the first time since Easter Monday. Like the Sierras, honours have been evenly spread this season and last time the heats went to 190 Ewan Gumbleton and 300 Charlie Ayles – two surnames familiar to Banger fans of course and then the Final saw 224 Jordan Edwards take the victory from 700 Ben Brice and 87 Callum Richards. Picking a winner is thus hard once again, so suffice to say it will be close for the 10-16 year olds.

Both meetings will start with a grand parade of cars at 1.00pm!

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