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Monday, 06 April 2015 - Micro National Bangers 4 Man Teams plus Junior Bangers, Stock Rods Supreme Q/R 1 and Ninja Sprints

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Although there was a small entry for the Micro National Banger Team event, there was still plenty of action. Ironically the reason I expect there wasn't a great entry - the fact that turning around was permitted (who wants to go head to head in a Micro?) probably contributed to some great action. That's quite a quandary isn't it? Ban it and get bigger entries and better action as a result. Or stick to how it is and have few cars, but plenty of action. I know which I favour.
 
"Team Cheeseburger" eventually won the Team Championship. Brothers Georgie and Alfie Lee, Peter Bowley and Claire Jones took the success largely thanks to Claire's win in the final.
 
Pit bend wrecking was the order of the day with the Cream team largely responsible. Danny Allen barely did a lap all day, turning around for a succession of smashes, two of which resulted in the victim rolling over - Craig Guard and Jorden Edwards the two unfortunates. Jorden was in his first ever meeting, going it alone in a one man team. He bravely returned later, but eventually succumbed to a series of crashes again on the pit bend, enjoying the experience nonetheless.
 
Another one man team was the Essex Boys team. Four were scheduled, but only Grays own Mark Browning turned up. Unsurprisingly he was not to trouble the lap scorers.
 
Team Cheeseburger and the "Yes Geeze" team went head to head in one of the heats when Claire Jones spun out Karl Douglas. A number of pit bend clashes followed but Douglas, Lewis Canham, Dan Rose and Steve Collings were unable to prevent Jones from subsequently winning the final and Team Cheeseburger the title.
 
The team received some reward though, with Rose and Collings being the last two in the Destruction Derby.
 
The two dominant forces in the Junior Bangers, Alfie Jones and Bradley Lee, shared the heats before Lee took the final too, extending his lead at the top of the points.
 
A big entry of 26 Stock Rods saw several new names take to the track. One of the newcomers, former SuperBanger pilot, Louis Parker, rolled out of one of the races in spectacular style. His new car looking decidedly second hand afterwards. Tony Perfect took a fine heat and final double, with David Crouch winning the other heat, whilst Tommy Parker took some recompense for the Parker family by finishing in the runners up spot in the final.
 
The success of the Stock Rods is very pleasing - it is a great class. The top names have yet to show their hand this season, although we did notice Wayne Shackleford making great strides in the final, despite clashing with Jon Turvey in an earlier heat. Hopefully we will see a prolonged push from Luke Oliver, who once again seems to have returned to us, like a yo-yo!
 
Finally the 6-11 years olds in the Ninja Sprints put on a fine trio of races. The pick of them was heat two where Lewie Weaver went from fourth to first on the last lap. Jack Collins and Weaver shared the heats with Tommy Boulden leading home Jack Bailey and Weaver in the final.
 
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Jorden Edwards, from Grays, was in a one man team - with predictable results!
 
Team championship winners - From left to right : Alfie Lee, Claire Jones, Georgie Lee and Peter Bowley.
Top three in the Ninja Sprints, Tommy Boulden (centre), Jack Bailey (left) and Lewie Weaver
 
Not the start Louis Parker wanted to his Stock Rod career.
 
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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