Report 24th July 2017
Tonights meeting was kindly sponsored by Driver.co.im
PEPSI FORMULA 2 MANX OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 1ST LEG.
Drivers from England and Scotland travelled to the Isle of Man to compete with local drivers to decide the Pepsi Manx Open Championship, held over the next 3 meetings. All races provided fast close racing local driver #545 Paul Fearn won race 1 followed by fellow locals #503 David Sutcliffe and #164 Dougie Kinrade. First time visitor #751Les Smart from County Durham led the early stages of race 2, until passed by Paul Fearn who took his second win followed home by #980 James Yule from Scotland and Dougie Kinrade in 3rd. The 16 lap final saw the lead change several times, the Driver.co.im sponsored trophies were presented to :- Dougie Kinrade who won finishing ahead of 2015 and 2016 Champion #480 Garry Sime another visitor from Scotland and David Sutcliffe. Garry Sime took victory in race 4 from Dougie Kinrade and James Yule. Set up changes to #184 Aaron Vaight’s car and a new gearbox in #299 Steve Smith’s car will see even more competition for Thursday’s 2nd Leg.
Top 5 point scorers after 1st Leg.
164 Dougie Kinrade 35 points
480 Garry Sime 33
545 Paul Fearn 32
503 David Sutcliffe 29
980 James Yule 28
Our local 1st Choice Windows sponsored Ministox drivers entertained the spectators with good close competitive controlled racing, each must be congratulated for their driving skills, race 1 was won by #17 Harry Watson slightly ahead of #51 Ted Davis, #27 Josh Watson was a clear 3rd ahead of the duelling pair of #25 Pemma Nissanka and #324 Jack Dobson. Race 2 must be the race of the season so far, with all cars circulating the track bumper to bumper, a slight nudge was all that was required to push the leader wide and a train of following cars would be through, the lead changed almost every lap. Ted Davis won from Jack Dobson and the following pack. Race 3 saw Ted Davis take the victory. The Driver.co.im trophies were awarded to 1st Ted Davis, 2nd Harry Watson and 3rd Josh Watson.
A&J Quality Butchers Bangers were competing for the Onchan Commissioners Cup. Action as soon as the green flag dropped saw chaos all around the raceway, #34 Josh Callin led initially until passed by eventual winner #8 Ste. Collister. #146 Scott Farthing finished 2nd ahead of #71 Steven Guest. Commissioners Cup leader #601 Ashley Faragher was spun out of 3rd place on the last lap and finished out of the points. Race 2 saw more carnage and another win by Ste.Collister with Scott Farthing 2nd and #26 Jason Collister 3rd, Ashley Faragher crashed out so did not add to his points total, meaning that both he and Ste. Collister entered the last race on equal points, Jason Collister was just 1 point behind with #9 Spud Collister a further point behind in 4th. Josh Callin was the early leader until passed by Ashley Faragher who led until Ste. Collister pushed passed taking the win. Faragher finished 2nd ahead of Spud Collister. The Driver.co.im trophies were presented to 1st Ste. Collister, 2nd Scott Farthing and 3rd Spud Collister. Ste Collister was awarded the Commissioner Cup scoring just one point more than Faragher.
Specical thanks to Matty Grant of MG Photography for the pictures
Racing continues this Thursday and Saturday for the F2 Manx Open Championship and action from the National Ministox who also compete from Thursday onwards.