Eighth Meeting - Thursday 8th July 2004
This was quick turnaround, only 2 weeks had passed since the last meeting at the Denton raceway. Anyway I had another maximum turnout of 14 racers. I just wish I had a bit more room to watch and a bit more room for a few more racers, I suppose it would spoil the character of the place! I think its now part of the Denton experience to have a lot of fun changing lanes and squeezing in around the top bend to watch the racing. Anyway back to the meeting, Pete Stanford Denton raceways new official photographer started early with some great snaps from the practise session! Hopefully Dunc will find these pictures and put them on the report. Due to my selection of dates (I promise I didn't know it would work like that when I picked the dates back in winter), the new gradings hadn't started but would come in to effect after the next Nelson meeting . This worked well for Kirky and Richard, Richard is due to move to Super Star and Kirky (about time) is due to move to blue.
2 heats of 7 were on the cards, first 2 from each, along with 2 from the consolation going into the Final. The Denton track championship is tight, so this meeting would help decide who would take an advantage going in to the last meeting in August.
Heat 1 - Kicked
off a bit quiet, maybe a few racers could see points coming their way if they
took it easy. Young Jon took the early lead in the scores with a solid
performance in lane 1, I followed Jon with Dunc not far behind. After the
2nd set of races Young Jon had taken out quite a lead. Dunc and myself had
lost ground and Pete was struggling a bit on his 1st lane. Chris Crewe
then took the advantage and scored well. Cath was doing well in a hard
heat and took some well deserved wins.
Heat 2 - I wasn't
sure if Nige and Kirky were running late, as I know the M62 can be a bit busy
early evening. I had gridded them in heat 2 along with Geoff who also
looked to be running a little late. Anyway all 3 turned up well on time!
Nige and Kirky had been in a local pub The Dane Bank and had been enjoying a
fine pint! Hil took heat 2 by the scruff of the neck and looked really fast on
Consolation - 10 racers were going to fight it out for 2 places. As usual on the shorter tracks the consolation race is often a cracker, as racers know they have to score quick points to do well. I took up the early running on lane 1, I had finally worked out how to get round lane one!! You would have thought I could have done that by now, especially as it's my track!! Pete was next to make his move with some strong race wins and 2nds. Dunc had a slow start, but as usual finished strongly, but unfortunately not enough to catch Pete and myself. I took the win ahead of Pete, just the 1 point in it and another 3 points to 3rd. Unfortunately I missed some of this race as I was catching up with my mum and Rach who had kindly helped with the brews and food!! Looking at the score sheet I can see a lot of non finishes for Nige and Dave who were lined up next to each other I can only assume that there was some bumper work going on with those 2! I'm also hoping that a photographer got some pictures!
Final Time - This
was sponsored by my mum and dad, with a real nice engraved plaque up for the
winner. Richard took up the early running and had a good start on lane 3.
Then Kirky and myself clawed our way back in the running. Chris struggled
a bit on the inner lanes. However this race would be down to 2 racers.
Pete had a straight set of wins on lane 1 and took 20 points! Young Jon
GN Time - 12 cars took to the track. There is only 1 more GN to go, so far it is very close at the top of the GN championship point table, remember only the top 4 points scorers go through to the GN championship final shoot out! This is a winner takes all race. Team Big have kindly offered to sponsor this race, which I know will be a cracker! I think most racers knew that it's going to be hard to make this race, so most went for the points! This made for some good racing, with some good bumper work and also some subtle use of the bumper to move dead cars to ensure you get the points. There were some good scraps in this race, however it was Dunc that took advantage of his gridding (all finalists start on the back straight, and the final winner starts behind them, I understand this is an old R.M.S.C.C rule when GN points went towards overall gradings) anyway this grid had worked at Littleborough and at Denton. I feel it makes the GN championship that little more harder. Dunc took a good win with 37 points, followed by Geoff and then Nigel.
Another great night of racing. Dunc took home some chocolate for his GN win, also Kirky and Young Jon took home some Les Cadburys Fingeres for their heat wins.
As always massive
thanks to my parents for the trophy and continued sponsorship with sausage roles
and pies. Also thanks to Gary for bringing some extra drinks and to Dunc
for fixing some more durable connectors to the track and battery.
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