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Sunday, 05 July 2015 - Chick Woodroffe Memorial Meeting Featuring All KA Micro National Bangers plus Ministox, Lightning Rods Supreme Q/R 3 and Stock Rods Supreme Q/R 3

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The first ever all Ford Ka National Banger event drew a couple of dozen cars to Arena Essex and, although Georgie Lee won all the races on offer, the real winners were the crowd, who were treated to some great action.
 
The first heat was probably the quietest of the day, although Shane Harvey found himself the subject of a pincer movement between Ricky Hutton and Alfie Lee.
 
The second heat provided one of the days highlights as Darren Mouser launched himself into a double rollover off the car of John Small at the start. Darren simply drove away as if nothing had happened! Later in the same race, Mouser and Small were part of a big wreck up on the pit bend, which accounted for many of the runners.
 
In the final Terri Anderson had her day finished by a big hit from Jack Puddle, who had earlier survived a spin across the speedway into the marker tyres. Georgie Lee did a good deed after he had taken the flag by pushing the car of Jack Deacon across the line to record a finish - Deacon having ground to a halt with a dead engine.
 
The Destruction Derby was a hard hitting affair with James Head striking first by hitting Jamie Harding head on. Head was then annihilated by two heavy hits from Steve Collings and Karl Douglas. Georgie Lee punted Jordan Edwards into the pit bend wall where he lay prone for a Ka killing hit from Collings. Ricky Hutton finished Collings interest in the event with a big hit, but was unable to find reverse gear quick enough to escape and Ricky Korpiela landed the final hit of the contest to take the win.
 
It was great stuff from the Ka's and more Micro National Banger fixtures would be great for 2016 when the fixtures get planned. Karl Douglas commented that they were so much slower than he was used to and found himself leaning his elbow on the window frame down the straights! That makes them so much safer than the National Banger Mondeos we see here, which have gotten so fast over the past few years that the crashes have become less frequent and more painful. The Micros certainly looked a lot more fun and we had the additional bonus of a few "Rookie" PRI Banger regulars having a go too...      
 
All the Lightning Rod drama happened in the first race with Jeffrey Rogers coming within an ace of winning his first ever Lightning Rod race. Rogers was leading comfortably when Richard Warner blew an engine on the back straight sending cars scattering. The incident had tidied itself up when Rogers was next on the scene and found out just how slippery the track had got out of the penultimate turn. He got completely sideways and slid onto the speedway track and then spun back across the track, collecting Richard Norman as he passed, allowing Nigel Carroll to sweep around the outside of everyone to take an entirely unexpected win! The Norman brothers dominated proceedings from then on, with Richard taking a heat win and Steven just holding off his brother to take the final.
 
Last lap dramas also affected the Stock Rod final. Jon Turvey probably had a right to feel aggrieved when the combined weight of Richard Haines and Carl Shackleford nudged him sufficiently wide to allow Haines a gap up the inside. Turvey tried to shut the door on Haines, but they both clipped the speedway track and lost momentum, allowing Shackleford to take to the outside and the victory. To further add to Turvey's woe, Haines and double heat winner, Dale Atkins both demoted him at the flag.
 
The Mini Stox had to suffer the worst of the track conditions in heat one with oil from the car of Archie Fryatt mixing with a wet track to make it like a skating rink. Car after car added itself to the turn one car park resulting in a stoppage. Lauren Overy took a fairly trouble free run to the flag at the restart. Heat two saw Josh Rayner take the spoils whilst the final also needed a stoppage after a crash on the pit turn from Ben Nicholls. James Waite took a dominant win at the restart with Steph Sore and Lauren Overy the best part of half a lap in arrears. Aaron Totham must have given his family a fright with a spin leaving him in the middle of the home straight, the pack then going either side of him - Aaron calmly driving away but sending Molly Smithson for a wild ride across the speedway track in avoidance.
 
Congratulations to Kieron Howe on his first win recently at Mildenhall. A great result. Things didn't go well for him here last time out. The incredibly tricky surface caught him out several times in practice and he backed it into the armco more times than he would probably care to remember. When he saw how many cars did the same thing in the first heat he was probably glad he didn't make it back out for that one!
 
We see that Archie Fryatt has a new car at his disposal - the former Kayleigh Glover car - Kayleigh incidentally now one of the flag marshals here at Arena. That's a great way to stay involved. Archie has had a lively season so far, his mechanical maladies last time at least slightly less destructive than the trail of devastation he left behind when he pressed the wrong pedal when unloading his car at home a couple of meetings ago!  
 
Captions:
 
Over, and over, goes Darren Mouser, but it wasn't going to stop him!
 
James Head (284) gets a big hit from Steve Collings
 
Jon Turvey and Richard Haines clash allowing Carl Shackleford (right) to win the Stock Rod final
 
Jeffrey Rogers spins out just yards away from his first win.
 
James Waite dominated the Mini Stox final, ahead of Steph Sore and Lauren Overy
 
Lauren Nicholls gets turned into Lauren Overy as the Mini Stox competition heats up
 
Sunday, 05 July 2015 Chick Woodroffe Memorial Meeting Featuring All KA Micro National Bangers plus Ministox, Lightning Rods Supreme Q/R 3 and Stock Rods Supreme Q/R 3
Sunday, 07 June 2015 National Bangers W/Q round 2 plus Ministox, Lightning Rods and Stock Rods
Monday, 25 May 2015 PRI Bangers plus, Stock Rods Supreme Q/R 2, Ministox and Junior Bangers
Sunday, 17 May 2015 All MPV (people carriers) National Bangers plus 2L Stock Cars, Stock Rods and Lightning Rods Supreme Q/R 2
Monday, 04 May 2015 PRI Bangers plus Junior Bangers, 2L Stock Cars and Ministox
Sunday, 19 April 2015 National Bangers W/Q Round 1 plus Stock Rods, Lightning Rods and Grand Prix Midgets Southern Championship
Monday, 06 April 2015 Micro National Bangers 4 Man Teams plus Junior Bangers, Stock Rods Supreme Q/R 1 and Ninja Sprints
Sunday, 05 April 2015 PRI Bangers plus Ministox, Lightning Rods Supreme Q/R 1 and 2L Stock Cars
Sunday, 22 March 2015 PRI Bangers plus Junior Bangers, Lightning Rods and Stock Rods
Sunday, 08 March 2015 Open Shakedown X featuring National Bangers Unlimited Overs and 2L Unders plus Ministox and 2L Stock Cars
    

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