Report Sunday 29th April
Todays meeting was kindly sponsored by Jaks Bar & Steak House
The 2018 stockcar season began on Sunday. Nice sunny weather, a good crowd of spectators saw a good turnout of well-presented cars in each class from existing drivers that have raced many years and new drivers making their racing debut, this all bodes well for a successful entertaining season which runs throughout the summer until September.
WINDOW WIZARD MINISTOX
#179 Jordan Halligan–Bunce led the opening lap of the season, #324 Jack Dobson then led until the race had to be suspended to recover the damaged Jordan Halligan-Bunce car after it had clashed with the safety fence. Jack Dobson led the restart and claimed the first win of 2018. #27 Josh Watson passed #25 Pemma Nissanka on the last lap to claim 2nd. Last seasons Points Champion #1/17 Harry Watson suffered a head gasket problem finished 4th ahead of newcomer #123 Ben Kelly and #777 Jake Hooper. Jack Dobson continued his good start to the season taking wins in the remaining 3 races, leaving his competitors to fight over the remaining places. Ben Kelly drove well finishing all races and gaining lots of experience, Jake Hooper also suffered engine problems, but down on power managed to finish the meeting with a sick sounding engine. The Jaks Bar trophies were awarded to :- 1st Jack Dobson, 2nd Pemma Nissanka, 3rd Josh Watson. Ben Kelly received the Whites and Yellows trophy.
Jack Dobson was also awarded the “Robin Smith Future Star” award for being the overall ministox winner of the first opening meeting. Robin Smith was an avid stockcar spectator who sat in his wheelchair in all weathers with his wife Helen at his side. Sadly Robin passed away in December last year and his wife Helen wanted to donate a memorial shield in his memory.
MANN CONSTRUCTION FORMULA 2s
Long time racer #115 Mike Booth returned to action and claimed the win in race 1, from last season’s Production Rod Champion #77 Robert Hooper now behind the wheel of a very impressive looking Formula 2. #164 Dougie Kinrade overcame problems encounted in race 1 to win races 2 and 3, while F2 newcommer #43 Josh Dallimore sorted his earlier problems to finish race 3. #7 Kevin Hooper won the meeting overall from Dougie in 2nd and Robert 3rd.
SWIFT MOTORS PRODUCTION RODS
Very well presented cars from regular drivers and newcomers to Production Rods, saw some good racing. #205 Steve Hands made a very successful return to Onchan Raceway having last raced in the late 1980’s . Steve’s experience and the car that Robert Hooper had won the Championship in last season helped Steve to 3 race wins. #22 Nick Ford raced well all afternoon and made rapid progress from towards the back of the grid to finish runner up. #16 Paul Craine was the first roll over of the season in the last race. The Jaks Bar trophies were presented to 1st Steve Hands, 2nd Nick Ford and 3rd #337 Lee Merryweather. #537 Tina Quayle won the Victory Lane Ladies award.
A&J QUALITY BUTCHER BANGERS
Twelve cars of all shapes and sizes gridded for the first Banger race, with only 3 completing race distance you can imagine the carnage which took place, entertaining the large crowd. Ex Formula 2 racer #24 Lee Jordan won from #66 Nick Collister and #71 Steven Guest. #419 Jake Clague raced to victory in race 2, while #18 Grant Crellin took the chequered in race 3 which saw 5 drivers complete race distance from the 9 starters meaning there had been lots of quick repairs performed in the pits between races. Lee Jordan won the meeting overall from Jake Clague in 2nd and Steven Guest 3rd.
Photo credits to: Joanne McGlynn, Yvonne Dillon and Mike Buckley
Racing returns to the regular Monday evenings from 7th May with the action starting at 7.30pm.