We're off. A veteran of circuit and rally photography, this was my first foray into the mystical world of short oval circuit racing, stock car, banger racing to you and me. 187 Wayne Green and 909 Justin Washer, Stock Rods 1400cc non contact.

We’re off. A veteran of circuit and rally photography, this was my first foray into the mystical world of short oval circuit racing, stock car, banger racing to you and me.

 

Lesson 1 Not all action on the circuit is full on demolition derby. For the most part the classes allow limited contact, "spin and turn" rather than belt and braces into the wall. Some of the classes and cars are surprisingly quick around the tight oval bends. 187 - Wayne Green, Stock Rods 1400cc non contact.

Lesson 1
Not all action on the circuit is full on demolition derby. For the most part the classes allow limited contact, “spin and turn” rather than belt and braces into the wall. Some of the classes and cars are surprisingly quick around the tight oval bends.
187 – Wayne Green, Stock Rods 1400cc non contact.

 

187 - Wayne Green, Stock Rods 1400cc non contact.

187 – Wayne Green, Stock Rods 1400cc non contact.

 

192 Adam Daniels, Stock Rods 1400cc non contact.

192 Adam Daniels, Stock Rods 1400cc non contact.

 

It's quick. This is short oval circuit racing, you can see how tight the course is here, but you'd be surprised the speed some of these cars can get.

It’s quick.
This is short oval circuit racing, you can see how tight the course is here, but you’d be surprised the speed some of these cars can get.

 

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And the winner is…..

 

Sierra If you've ever wondered why you never see a Ford Sierra on the road, they're all here in the 2 litre Stock Cars. 136 Paddy Coneley 275 Phillip Rowbottom 133 Ben Wyatt

Sierra
If you’ve ever wondered why you never see a Ford Sierra on the road, they’re all here in the 2 litre Stock Cars.
136 Paddy Coneley
275 Phillip Rowbottom
133 Ben Wyatt

 

136 Paddy Coneley 275 Phillip Rowbottom 133 Ben Wyatt

136 Paddy Coneley
275 Phillip Rowbottom
133 Ben Wyatt

 

2 Litre Stock Cars 379 Ade Clifton 309 Andy Oliver

2 Litre Stock Cars
379 Ade Clifton
309 Andy Oliver

 

 

The Marshall. As with all Motor Sport, none of it would happen without the presence of these chaps, the marshals. All volunteers, their commitment to turn out, rain or shine, and ensure the safety of everyone present should not be forgotten.

The Marshall.
As with all Motor Sport, none of it would happen without the presence of these chaps, the marshals. All volunteers, their commitment to turn out, rain or shine, to ensure the safety of everyone present should not be forgotten.

 

2 Litre Stock Cars 77 Steve Davies 333 Phil wise

2 Litre Stock Cars
77 Steve Davies
333 Phil wise

 

A watching eye.

A watching eye.

 

Stock Rods 705 Dave Ham 45 Jordan Wainwright

Stock Rods
705 Dave Ham
45 Jordan Wainwright

 

The Wall. It's quite a shock the first time a car impacts the safety wall straight on and at speed literally feet in front of you. My initial reaction was that the driver had to have been hurt in that collision, the grin and raised thumbs said otherwise. 168 Luke Fairey 203 Dave Shave

The Wall.
It’s quite a shock the first time a car impacts the safety wall straight on and at speed literally feet in front of you. My initial reaction was that the driver had to have been hurt in that collision, the grin and raised thumbs said otherwise.
168 Luke Fairey
203 Dave Shave

 

Accidents do happen, of course they do, this is high contact motorsport, but thankfully images such as this are rare. The fire was extinguished astonishingly quickly by the marshals, and the driver, and no doubt the car, raced another day. 818 462 Nico James

Accidents do happen, of course they do, this is high contact motorsport, but thankfully images such as this are rare.
The fire was extinguished astonishingly quickly by the marshals, and the driver, and no doubt the car, raced another day.
818
462 Nico James

 

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Sliding Micro Bangers

 

Micro Bangers I suppose this is what we have all come to see, wanton mindless destruction. Oh yes! 106 Darrell Stevenson 137 Connor Robinson 333 Matt Thomas

Micro Bangers
I suppose this is what we have all come to see, wanton mindless destruction. Oh yes!
106 Darrell Stevenson
137 Connor Robinson
333 Matt Thomas

 

An anxious wait. The safety frame in these cars are strong, but the impacts are massive. This nervous wait ended with the driver clambering through the windscreen and walking away. He'll be back. 366 Paddy Jewel

An anxious wait.
The safety frame in these cars are strong, but the impacts are massive. This nervous wait ended with the driver clambering through the windscreen and walking away. He’ll be back.
366 Paddy Jewel