Dan’s evening fails to go with a bang at Foxhall
SHANE Davies roared to victory in the National Banger World Final at Foxhall Stadium on Saturday night.
Despite Davies fearing that “one of at least five of my enemies would try and take me out” he romped home to record a hugely popular win by half a lap from Lee Hughes before adding more personal glory with victory in one of two “allcomers” races.
In a super-fast race, Mark Welland could consider himself unlucky after taking full advantage of pole position and roaring away, only for the hearse of Dutchman Richard Steggles to bury Marc Blower thus bringing about the reds and a complete restart.
On the restart he once again got away until he got held up, allowing Davies through, but fought back bravely to take fourth place.
Defending champion Dale Hughes had to settle for sixth as over 220 cars went all out for the win.
Three last-gasp qualifying races kicked off proceedings in sublime fashion with winners Deane Mayes, Andy Newton and Davey Cox all securing sought-after places at the back of the golden grid.
The biggest field of the night at 65 competed in the second heat and produced a track-blocking crash on turn two. With the car count already rising, Gladiator Phil Smith in his stretch limo blasted ‘Bear’ James Taylor with John Kirkbride, Wilf Speak and Lewis Harvey completely wrecked and 17 cars in total all perishing.
Davy Patton used his Yank tank to totally blitz Dean French in the final eliminator before emotions threatened to boil over with Ricky Hutton hitting Gladiator Marcus Sprawling on the shale after the race had already been red flagged.
‘Team Bears’ totally dominated the first of the Allcomers races with first Shane Fry, then team-mates Ash Riley and finally Karl Day finally getting the job done for the team, this coming after another huge crash and flames from Gavin Perryman’s stricken car as just six cars finished.
There was no separating Ash Riley and Steve McGrath in the Destruction Derby as they perished together on a winning note.
Meanhwhile, Dan Rose’s big weekend went out with a whimper when his banger boobed on the biggest night of his racing life.
The Tuddenham teen, who celebrated his 18th birthday last Tuesday, was approaching the starting grid - ahead of the final - when his 2.9 litre Ford Granada let him down.
Rose was forced to watch from the sidelines after his car’s distribution drive sheared in half.
“The car has been fine all week and I thought we had cracked it,” said the Suffolk New College student.
“I was seventh on the grid and I am not saying I would have won but I was in a good position.”
Rose spent hours working on his car along with mechanics Ben Lloyd and Alex Wright and dad Peter at their workshop in Henley, prior to the race.
“We spend most of the year putting cars together and going through them with a fine tooth-comb, that is what I don’t understand,” explained Rose.
“I have had a lot of criticism on the Internet since the race, mainly from people in Ipswich who are jealous that I made the final, saying that my preparation was not sufficient. As far as I am concerned it was just unfortunate.”
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