Report 27th July 2017
Tonights meeting was kindly sponsored by The Barbary Coast Grill & Bar
PEPSI FORMULA 2 MANX OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2nd LEG and NATIONAL MINISTOX
#480 Garry Sime from Scotland won the opening Formula 2 race to close the points gap to current leader #164 Dougie Kinrade who finished 2nd, #299 Steve Smith from Lancashire who had repaired his gearbox damage from Monday’s meeting finished 3rd. Race 2 had to be stopped when Dougie Kinrade, Garry Sime and #545 Paul Fearn tangled, car damage meant Garry Sime retired to the centre. The restarted race was led by #751 Les Smart visiting from County Durham, until Scotlands James Yule #980 powered past taking the win, from Steve Smith and fellow Lancastrian #184 Aaron Vaight. #503 David Sutcliffe led home local drivers #7 Kevin Hooper, and Paul Fearn, followed by Les Smart and Dougie Kinrade who also had car damage. Race 3 saw Les Smart and James Yule both lead until Garry Sime took control just after half distance to win, James Yule finished 2nd with Aaron Vaight 3rd. All receiving the Barbary Coast trophies. Race 4 saw James Yule take another trophy back to Scotland, with Aaron Vaight a close 2nd finishing ahead of Dougie Kinrade.
PEPSI MANX OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP points totals after 2nd Leg.
1st DOUGIE KINRADE 63 points
2nd GARRY SIME 61
3rd JAMES YULE 57
4th DAVID SUTCLIFFE 56
5th AARON VAIGHT 55
Regular visitor to Onchan Raceway #53 Roger Stansfield from Clitheroe had a very successful meeting leading each race and scoring points each time, Roger led race 4 until being passed with only two laps to go. #124 Kyle Gray from Northamptonshire raced well to claim a top 3 finish in each race narrowly been passed on the last lap of races 3 and 4 by current Gold top Ministox Champion #1 Charlie Guinchard who made the long journey from Hertfordshire worthwhile claiming victory in all 4 races, but his fellow visitors made him race hard for the wins. This meeting was used to set the cars up to the demanding Onchan track ready for the Sword of State meetings which are held over the 2 meetings Saturday 29th and Monday 31 July, that’s when the sparks will fly !!
#77 Robert Hooper made his way through the pack to claim victory in all 3 Production Rod races ensuring he retained the annual Gold Cup Trophy. #59 Sarah Wass claimed the runner up in each race and the Victory Lane Ladies award, while #28 India Cowin and #134 Leonie Marchbank contested 3rd with good close racing. The Barbary Coast Grill and Bar trophies were presented to :- 1st Robert Hooper, 2nd Sarah Wass, 3rd India Cowin.
Racing resumes again on Saturday 29th July for the final round of the F2’s Open Championship and the 2nd round of the National Ministox T.T. Gates open at 7pm Racing starts 7.30pm.