We Continue


The 2019 National Series for BriSCA F2 Stock Cars, sponsored by Rob Speak’s Skegness Raceway, will continue into its second weekend of action, as it travels towards the inevitable conclusion of crowning a brand new silver top at Belle Vue in November.

The Race For The Silver Roof began at Smeatharpe Stadium, Taunton on 28 September, and despite miserable weather conditions, produced enthralling and compelling racing.  Thirteen of the fourteen National Series contenders were present, and prior to the evening’s racing they were invited to lead the Grand Parade where they were each presented with a commemorative mug.  The drivers then assembled on the infield for a further photo shoot.  From the heats and the consolation, each of the thirteen made it through to the meeting final – albeit some rather more convincingly than others.  Consequently, the sight of a baker’s dozen grouping of Shoot Out stars, amber lights flashing, made for an awesome view ahead of the start of the night’s feature race.

184 Aaron Vaight was the first National Series driver to finish the final, in third place behind local blue graders 126 Jamie Avery and 895 Ben Goddard, ensuring a mix of chassis and a mix of engines in the top three as if to further emphasise how wide open the Shoot Out will be this season and how varied the results are likely to be.  By the end of the night, two fifth place finishes and a fourth in the meeting final were enough for 24 Jon Palmer to emerge as the early leader.  Significantly though, all thirteen National Series drivers in attendance had opened their account.  The Shoot Out had begun, and with one round of the eleven completed, nobody was any the wiser as to who might run out the winner in six weeks’ time.

On to the second round at the Mendips Raceway, Bristol on 29 September and a shortfall in local drivers left a slightly disappointing car count.  Eight of the National Series drivers progressed from their heat to the meeting final, whilst five more gridded for the consolation, and when 905 Rob Mitchell took the chequered flag, he became the first Shoot Out driver to win a race since the start of the competition.

British Champion 542 Steven Gilbert led home 895 Ben Goddard in the meeting final, with 101 Kelvyn Marshall being the first of the National Series drivers to finish, in third.  127 Matt Stoneman managed a runner-up finish in the Grand National, which featured a lively clash between ex-double World Champion 968 Micky Brennan and 560 Luke Wrench.  That put the seal on Stoneman finishing Round 2 as the day’s top scorer, and he moved into second place on the overall chart, with Jon Palmer still leading the way.

By the end of the weekend, two of the eleven Rounds had been contested and perhaps unsurprisingly, it is two south west drivers who are at the top of the early leader board.

All eyes will now turn to the second weekend of action when there will be a change of surface.  The racing will be held on two shale circuits, with Round 3 at Stoke on Saturday 5 October (4.30pm) and Round 4 at Sheffield on Sunday 6 October (12.30pm).

298 Jake Walker is set to make a belated entry into the competition, and it is perhaps worth noting that his last visit to Stoke was on 21 September when he won the meeting final.  He may be pointless at the bottom of the National Series chart going into the weekend, but on home ground and on his preferred surface, can Walker make up for a missed opportunity at the opening weekend?

The National Series is alive and kicking.  Every driver in the competition is looking for a first time silver roof, and at this early stage, each and every contender is still very much a contender.  This weekend, BriSCA race fans have the opportunity to see how Round 3 at Stoke and Round 4 at Sheffield, will further shape the contest.  An even clearer indication as to the outcome of the competition will be in focus, once all drivers have had the opportunity to race twice on their preferred surface.

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