Refreshed And Ready To Return


This weekend will see the resumption of the 2019 National Series for BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, sponsored by Rob Speak’s Skegness Raceway.  For some drivers last weekend was one to tread water, whilst waiting for the next segment of the series, but for others, the break was most welcome.

The third round was a brutal and bruising event as many drivers, including a host of those who are National Series contenders, encountered some damaging times in the challenging pits bend at Stoke – particularly so at the start of the meeting final and the Grand National.

The two big winners of the third round were 995 Michael Lund and 560 Luke Wrench, as they joint top scored.  For Lund, his haul of 27 points has propelled him up the points chart, aided considerably by a fifth place finish in the meeting final when he was the first of the National Series drivers over the line in a race which was won by 12 Daniel Ford after he had hunted down impressive white top 322 Cal White.  For Lund, he had started that weekend 35 points adrift of top spot, but he is now with 21 points off the lead position; a place on the chart which is now occupied by Wrench, who also gathered 27 points at his most local venue.  Wrench displaced 24 Jon Palmer as the leader of the National Series, but having failed to qualify for the meeting final at Stoke, Palmer did rescue his evening with a controlled drive in the Grand National, and he does only trail Wrench by one point.

To put into perspective the closeness of the competition, there are just 47 points separating the leader of the National Series from the driver who is sat at the bottom of the table.  Compare that to the corresponding point in the 2018 National Series, when the gap was already a whopping 93 points after just three rounds.

There is still plenty of racing ahead before the National Series will conclude at the double points final round at Belle Vue in November when a brand new silver top will be crowned.

The Race For The Silver Roof will return to two tarmac venues this weekend, with round four on Saturday 19 October at Birmingham, and then on to Hednesford the following afternoon.  In each of the past two seasons, there has been a round at Birmingham, but this will be the very first time that Hednesford has hosted a round of the competition.  The move by Incarace to relocate their White & Yellow grade final to Hednesford will be a boost to car numbers at the vast bowl-like circuit.  Once again underlining the intensity and commitment of this year’s competition, all fourteen of the National Series contenders are booked to race at the two rounds this weekend.

Birmingham has been a happy hunting ground in the recent past for the top two on the National Series points chart – Luke Wrench and Jon Palmer, for they have each landed the Gala Championship at the circuit.

As for Hednesford, slightly surprisingly 606 Andrew Palmer is the only one of the fourteen Shoot Out drivers to have contested both meetings at the track this year, whilst former double World Champion 968 Micky Brennan and the competition’s youngest driver, 183 Charlie Guinchard, each scored well at the track’s most recent fixture in September.  The driver with perhaps the fondest memories of Hednesford is likely to be 101 Kelvyn Marshall, for that was the scene of his 2015 World title victory.

Could this be a pivotal weekend in the National Series?  For certain the competition will advance to its midway point, and the countdown to the climax will be on, with five rounds to go over the course of the upcoming three weekends.

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