Last Chance: 184 968 517 213 844 578 674 979 387 618
Heat 1: 761 180 547 674 387 736 931 419 325 728
World Final: 7 3 918 24 560 B96 968 992 801 578
Consolation: 390 191 517 890 647 915 285 880 783 467
Final: 918 880 931 890 560 24 7 980 736 924
2Lt Saloon Stock Cars
Heat 1: 620 747 38 501 902 493 811 153 105 124
Heat 2: 902 747 711 153 38 811 493 169 501 620
Ironman Final: 902 105 747 711 811 27 8 620 153 38
ORCi Stock Rods
Heat 1 29 958 92 700 272 268 314 612 151 338
Heat 2 47 272 314 29 920 16 268 612 933 101
Heat 3 924 16 700 151 46 47 161 958 918
Heat 1: 7 628 88 14 480 42 60 6 207 136
Heat 2: 42 29 290 6 202 68 50 617 96 78
Heat 3: 88 14 617 29 7 290 202 484 172 339
BRISCA F2 STOCK CARS
MOODIE ON TOP OF THE WORLD
History was made at NuttsCorner Raceway on Saturday 2nd Sept 2023, when the BriSCA F2 Stock Car Championship of the World was hosted for the first time outside of the UK mainland. The race has a long history dating back to 1963 when Roy Goodman took the spoils in the inaugural running at Swindon.
The weekend started off with a well-supported practice event on Friday evening, this was well received by the visiting contingent, many of whom were competing at the Co. Antrim venue for the first time.
The teams assembled in the pits from early Saturday morning, presenting their cars for pre-race checks as they got ready to tackle the biggest event of the race calendar. There was a session of pre-meeting practice before the International entrants contested their Time Trials which would dictate their starting slots in the main event. The final build-up prior to the commencement of the main meeting was the ever-popular grid walk, this gave the fans an opportunity to get up close with the drivers and their machinery, as many racegoers swarmed on to the circuit to collect autographs and take photos of their favourites. After something of a gloomy summer in Northern Ireland, fine weather arrived in time, allowing the droves of spectators to bask in glorious early September sunshine as they readied themselves to witness history in the making!
The first F2 action of the weekend was the “Last chance qualifying” race which would see the top 6 finishers progress the main World Final race. The race was lined up in graded order using WQ points with the gaps removed to form a closed grid. The race was only green for less than a lap when an early pile up in turns 1 and 2 spilled onto the back straight causing a caution period. Among the early casualties were NI80 Aidy Finnegan and 931 Rebecca Smith. At the second fall of the green, all got away in a smoother fashion with 844 Jack Prosser enjoying a brief spell out front before local lad NI517 Declan Og McFerran moved through into the lead. With the laps ticking away and the race at its midpoint, McFerran was still at the helm, but all the while 184 Aaron Vaight was making impressive progress as was former double World Champion 968 Micky Brennan. It soon became apparent that Vaight was the man to watch, as he edged ever closer to the leading McFerran car. With the end in sight, Vaight made his move for the top spot with Brennan in tow, demoting McFerran into third. Behind the leading trio was 213 Tom Bennett and Prosser; then 578 Mark Gibbs, 979 Paul Moss and 674 Steven Burgoyne all of whom were squabbling over the all important 6th and final qualifying spot. At the flag it was Vaight who captured the win ahead of Brennan, McFerran, Bennet and Prosser. After many laps under severe pressure Gibbs held on take 6th place transferring himself into the feature race.
And then, it was time!! Led by Mick Whittle with his eye-catching creation and 1972 World Champion Jimmy Murray on the replica of his world winning car, the World finalists entered the arena one by one between the flame cannons, the qualifying was complete, and the off-track preparation done and dusted. There was nothing more the pit crews could do, it was down to each driver behind the wheel!
This was an iconic affair and the atmosphere around the Co Antrim stadium was electric as the cars took to their grid position, as their fate awaited them.
7 Gordon Moodie was the pole sitter with fellow Semi Final winner 183 Charlie Guinchard alongside. Row 2 was comprised 560 Luke Wrench and 3 Liam Rennie.
Off and rolling they went for 2 warm-up laps at the end of which came the green. Moodie got off in text -book style pulling safely clear of Guinchard as he negotiated the first corner untroubled. Behind, it had all kicked off, as Wrench and H154 Kay Lenssen had moved ahead of Guinchard while 16 Craig Wallace found himself spun around on turn 2. A train of cars led by former World Winner Chris Burgoyne picked up the stricken 16 machine, causing the yellow flags to be aired.The race was still in its infancy (lap 1) which quickly saw the yellow flags changed to red, triggering a complete re-run.
The early pile-up claimed many casualties, including Burgoyne and NI467 Adian McFerran. The restart could have been something of a reprieve for Guinchard and although he offered up a better effort, Moodie again got off to a flyer! It wasn’t long until the race was suspended again, this time it was the LCQ winner Vaight who visited the turn 2 wall in style.
By now Moodie was making the starts look easy, making yet another perfect breakaway. As the race settled Lenssen dropped off the radar and Guinchard was back to 2nd ahead of Wrench and Rennie. Lenssen soon retired with what seemed to be a puncture, which could explain him dropping out of the top placings.
Come the halfway flag Moodie was well clear with Guinchard still second, behind that was Matt Stoneman who was a man on the move, closing ground on Guinchard. Wrench still kept pace in fourth with Rennie giving chase.
With the appearance of the 5 lap board, Moodie was a safe ¼ of a lap ahead, of Guinchard and Stoneman who by this point were together. There was an interesting battle developing for the remaining top 5 placing between NI918 Shea Fegan, 24 Jon Palmer and Wrench.
Stoneman disposed heavily off Guinchard on the penultimate lap, and both cars collided hard with the turns 1 & 2 concrete. Rennie wasted no time at all in moving through to fill the second place void. Stoneman and Guinchard dusted themselves off and head down the back straight where Guinchard fired back at Stoneman landing both into the turn 3 fence. By now Moodie was less than a lap from home, but the 183 car lost a rear wheel sending it flying loose around the raceway. Instead of Moodie receiving the chequered flag he was greeted with a yellow, the race was suspended once more as the lose wheel was recovered, Guinchard exited his car and stood on top of it, before it was then removed to safety.
As the realisation of a one lap shoot out became apparent, the atmosphere grew to fever pitch, which was still an understatement! What was already an historic World Final had now come down to a last lap dash to the flag. Moodie’s massive lead had vanished;Rennie, Fegan, Wrench, Palmer and company were now on his tail.
Moodie made good of the resumption while the others bumped and banged into one another into turn three. Moodie toured down the back straight and looked to be out of reach for any challengers. However, Rennie mounted a gigantic last bend launch, missing Moodie completely and running himself hard into the wall.
Moodie rounded the final turn and sped to the flag, crowning himself World Champion once again. Meanwhile Rennie rode around the wall narrowly holding onto second spot ahead of Fegan. Next across the line was Palmer, B96 Jan Bekkers, Brennan, 992 Harley Burns, 801 Jack Cave and Gibbs.
Moodie celebrated in style with a fine display of donuts on the back straight, before mounting the roof! In his post-race interview, he voiced his displeasure at the late caution period, and commented - People thought he would get favourable treatment from his In-law promoter, but “having a 1 lap restart didn’t feel like that!”
The full format meeting followed for the F2 Stock Cars on Saturday evening; 761 Richie Bowyer was the heat winner with 390 Jessica Smith making a visit to victory lane in the consolation event.
The unfortunate delay to proceedings late on Saturday resulted in the rest of the meeting being postponed to the following day. In traditional style the meeting final boasted the Alan Benson Trophy. It was especially fitting that a Nutts Corner regular, young Shea Fegan, completed the distance in this boisterous affair ahead of the rest to take the coveted prize. Joining Fegan on the podium was 880 Jack Witts and 931 Jessica Smith who held sway out front most of the race.
It was a World Championship double header with the ORCi Stock Rods’ gold roof also up for grabs.
There was high interest in this event also with a large number of drivers from all corners of the UK assembled to do battle. The drivers contested the heat races on Saturday night before Sunday’s main race. The defending title holder 29 David Philp Jnr was the first victor of Saturday evening with a win in heat 1. Local lads Jamie Cardwell and Jack Morrow went on to win the remaining qualifying heats.
SALOON STOCK CARS
The all-action Saloon Stock Cars were also on the programme as they contested the Iron Man Trophy. There was visiting driver interest from both England and Scotland swelling the grid into the mid twenties. two graded heats would determine the grid for the feature Iron Man Trophy. 620 Aaryn Triggs was winner of the opening heat before 902 Buster Compton-Sage claimed the flag in the second encounter.
The Iron Man final was arguably the race of the weekend for the lively Saloon Stock Cars, 747 Matthew Stirling took up the running at the front closely followed by Compton-Sage while Irish Champion 153 Ryan Wright lurked menacingly in third spot. As the race progressed a caution period was called for debris on the racetrack, and this bunched the cars once again. There was a swap of positions at the front with Wright briefly taking up the top spot. Stirling, Wright and Compton-Sage continued to squabble for the placings with Triggs now in the battle also. Further cautions periods allowed Stirling to break clear in the lead, while Triggs, Compton-Sage and Wright continued to trade paint in some entertaining exchanges. Stirling went on cross the line in first place, however he was penalised by the race stewards for a jump start. Compton Sage was promoted to the win ahead of 105 Calvin Blake with Stirling demoted to third.
ORCi MINI STOX
Practice proved to be invaluable for the Ministox drivers on Friday evening and Saturday pre-meeting ahead of their debut at Nutts Corner Raceway.
It was a fast and busy track with the higher grade drivers demonstrating good lap times.
With 36 drivers in attendance, the race format for Saturday was 2/3 where all drivers would partake in 2 of the 3 heats against approximately 24 cars each heat. Their positions would determine their grid position for the Irish Open Championship on Sunday (highest points scorer on pole).
Heat 1 - lower grade drivers took their chance to shine from the offset. 136 Shaun Boyle held a healthy lead until half distance and yellow flag. The higher graders fought their way through with the top 3 all in contention on the last corner; winner was 7 Charlie Hardie followed by 628 Ross McLaughlin and 88 Kyle Rogerson.
Heat 2 - it was close fast racing throughout the field with 3 cars abreast at points. The blue graders were quick to make headway. Yellow flag formation; 628 Ross McLaughlin, 29 David Philp Jnr Jnr and 51 Finlay Gemmell. Later taking a hard hit into the wall allowing 42 Jake Wilson into 3rd place. 29 David Philp Jnr Jnr made it through into the lead. 27 Rab Scott collided with the wall retiring for the night. Following a yellow flag there was a last corner chase to the line which saw 628 Ross McLaughlin narrowly miss out, spinning before the start/finish line. Heat 2 result; winner was 42 Jake Wilson, followed by 29 David Philp Jnr Jnr and 290 Alfie Thomkins.
Heat 3 - Up the front it was the lower graders that showed good pace. Early yellow flag formation; 78 Nicole Allardyce, 480 Ollie Sime and 88 Kyle Rogerson. There were good battles from the back with the current champions 202 Cody Bradford, 290 Alfie Thomkins and 7 Charlie Hardie making their way through the field. It was 88 Kyle Rogerson who took the win, followed by 14 Demi Ritchie and 617 Christina Sillifant.
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