Welcome to the scene folks and back to Mendips Raceway, albeit a bit later than we all expected ! The doors are open - come on in!
It was the 1908 London Olympics which saw the marathon moved an extra 385 yards to suit the King’s viewing pleasure. We as fans, drivers and promoters have been through a COVID marathon, so a few more yards won’t hurt us. Hopefully it will be plain sailing from here on in. 6 formulae over 2 days in a rare bank holiday with racing this year!! SUNDAY
So a first time out in the hills for Europe’s biggest oval formula and after two fault starts, we will finally see the F2’s down the Mendip hills again! Interest has been busy and with it also being a world championship qualifying round and still being early season, lots of new cars and drivers to inspect. Our list of drivers is led by the silver roofed Luke Wrench (560) and last year’s top point scorer Jon Palmer (24). Former World, European and British champion Chris Burgoyne (647) leads a small Scottish invasion and with a first appearance here since the 2018 World Final. Skegness is the venue for the world final this year and the Fun Coast is popular venue with fans and drivers alike. Some new faces out in the track today include former National Saloon English Champion Kieren Bradford (27) and Lauren Stack (928), grand-daughter of the infamous Kevin. There are also welcome returns for Ian England (398) and Tommy Farrell (667) complete with candy red livery.
A second time out and first in front of people for the youngsters and with it being the first day of school, some were a little race rusty, especially when it came to rules. Jake Ralfs (28) leads the points in his very much old school mini and proof that when it comes to great handling car there’s nothing better than a Mini! Dylan McDermott (36) also had a good day too, both of them heading to first time red top. Lewis Allan (311) capped a good day with a win in the final and superstar status to boot. Fresh from his impressive display in the final last time Charlie Cocks (162) rises to a first time blue.
The rookies are back for their first time since their West of England championship. Usual suspects lining up for race action include Ryan Hall (99), the always trying Darren Willis (126), junior rod graduate Jacob Filer (17) and the always rapid Jake Bond (743). Also check the rolling lap, just in case couple Big Mac (440) and Abbie Deeprose (962) are holding hands. Although the last time they raced together – Big Mac obliterated his missus – tears before bedtime there! F2 177 Chris Maters. White194 Luke Johnston White660 Becky Pearce White727 Tom Gatton White734 Glen Saunders White762 Mike Cocks White928 Lauren Stack White
Yellow Grade 27 Kieran Bradford Yellow398 Ian England Yellow746 Gary Kitchen Yellow844 Jack Prosser Yellow915 Jamie Jones Yellow976 Dan Kent Yellow
Blue Grade 195 Micheal Phillips Blue251 Craig Driscoll Blue287 Luke Beeson Blue315 Justin Fisher Blue325 Ryan Sheahan Blue578 Mark Gibbs Blue689 Joe Marquand Blue736 Josh Weare Blue787 Ollie Hertzog Blue801 Jack Cave Blue828 Julian Coombes. Blue895 Ben Goddard Blue979 Dan Moss Blue
Red Grade 16 Craig Wallace Red86 Jess Ward Red101 Kelvyn Marshall Red126 Jamie Avery Red127 Matt Stoneman Red210 Tristan Clayton Red 324 Jordan Thackra Red527 James Riggall Red581 Daniel Fallows Red606 Andrew Palmer Red890 Paul Rice Red992 Harley Burns Red
Super Star Grade 24 Jon Palmer S/S38 Dave Polley S/S182 Charlie Guinchard S/S647 Chris Burgoyne S/S783 James Rygor S/S
British Champion 542 Steve Gilbert British Champion
National Series Champion 560 Luke Wrench Silver.
Juniors 8 George Jenkins10 Archie Devine26 Harry Melville28 Jake Ralfs36 Dylan McDermott149 Ieuan Preston162 Charlie Cocks84 Callum Preston190 Thomas Gumbleton236 Alfie Brimble258 Riley Brimble286 Katie Wigman311 Lewis Allen314 Max Barraclough428 Ellie Murray429 Tristan Heathcote610 Alfie Murray856 Jamie Cocks Rookies 6 Danny Greening11 James Hooper13 Aaron Brown17 Jacob Filer21 Brad Worthington31 Liam Shipway70 Jamie Thomas99 Ryan Hall102 Max Williams111 Tom Ruby113 Chrissy Jeanes116 Joey Sutton126 Darren Willis133 Jody Jeanes144 Ashton Worthington154 Joe Odhams218 Kevin Plunkett270 Shaun Baker279 Mason Thomas298 Dave Greening328 Mark Trump366 Pete Warren372 Tom Cambridge440 Macauley Mills527 Will Darch595 Ben Wall743 Jake Bond771 Mark Trott773 Glynn Trott800 John Picton852 Ryan Hughes888 Alex Knight908 Dave Brown916 Robert James962 Abbie Deeprose MONDAY
First time out for our rapidly growing non contact formula. First up is a Dash for Cash – a way of recompense for the incorrect West of England grid. Sadly Race Controls abacus is solar powered and therefore in the night meeting it failed us. So drivers will line up for this race as they should have on Halloween with the added incentive of a winner takes all prize as an addition to the regular races! West of England champion Les Brice (700) leads the attack, along with usual favourites Dene Howard (41) and Dan Latimer (720) Former Junior Rodder Thomas Weeks (100) makes the big step up to Specials and more known for bangers Pete Stanley (40) and Beth Stevenson (61) also make their race debuts.
Then the day is finished off with the heavy mix of caravans and robins – a sea of fibreglass awaits! But before the wobble box distraction its some “normal” races. Rumour has it that Race Manager and self proclaimed legend Jack Bunter (128) might be making an appearance on the raceways, wobbling his way around – and racing too! Tom Weeks (100) is also double shifting and is a bit of expert of roofing it!
2l NATIONAL BANGERS
Family saloons are the choice of weapon as 2 litres of the banger world converge on the raceway. Firm fan favourites Boogie (252) and Roona (262) lead the entry along with World Champ Big Mac (440). Kenny Joe Gabriel (720) is always in the thick of it as is Tom Ruby (111). Expect action from Chaz (333) and Slug (270).
So to next time, and it’s our Midsummer Madness Weekender with Back 2 Basic bangers over both days with all our domestic formula on show too! Should be a beautiful weekend – that’s jinxed it! With all things considered please keep an eye on the socials and mendipsraceway.com if there are any last minute changes required due to government guidelines.
Cheers n gone
Jonny Robins 10 Jerry Weeks51 Sid Harrison100 Thomas Weeks119 Stacey Howe128 Jack Bunter272 Mitch Turley514 Luke Lodge
Special Rods 26 Leah Bennett40 Pete Stanley41 Dene Howard43 Andy Howard44 Sam Howard46 Angie Harris 47 Richard Howard60 Tom Bristow61 Beth Stevenson62 Bobby Hewlett100 Thomas Weeks120 Andy Latimer175 Kevin Oliver181 Ian McLaren275 Jack Buckingham278 Andrew Bressington303 Jason Oliver517 Scott Weldon720 Dan Latimer768 Joe Delahay 2L Nationals 111 Tom Ruby154 Joe Odhams252 Steven Bugler262 Rob Bugler270 Shaun Baker264 Shane Jennings333 Charlie Randell440 Macauley Mills (World Champion)527 Will Darch714 Paul Smaldon720 Kenny-Joe Gabriel742 Morgan Galley743 Jake Bond799 Tom Pearce908 Dave Brown962 Brad Deeprose