Junior Drag Racing Fun Day
Santa Pod Raceway, 23rd August 2018

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The Junior racers all took part in a group photo after the successful event. Thanks go to Andy Wheeler for support and organisation of the racing with the help of James Ingram, and Donna Finnegan of Santa Pod for managing the event, which featured charity Zachary DayZaway which organises fundraisers for weekends away for families that have sadly lost a child.

Frankie Fordham won the most trophies in the day when he became runner up in the JMA competition and also had the best package of 0.0734 and best reaction time of 0.0011. Dad Matt Fordham said that Frankie has been racing at some German and French championship rounds and won at Bad Soderheim in Germany. Frankie's Half Scale JMA has sponsors Royal Purple Oil, Adrenalin Clothing and CSP Detailing.

Kaitlan Deevey was winner in JMA, qualifying no.1 in the one shot qualifying session which gave her a bye in round one and then defeating Katie Ellis and Thomas Cook-Abbott before the final when a quicker reaction time was the key to the win against Frankie Fordham.

Brooklyn Whitnall was licensing for Junior Drag Bike on the Shark Attack Racing machine.

Junior Drag Bikes included the machines of Brooklyn Whitnall, Meggie Talbot (whose 13th birthday it was today), Blade Dummer, Liam Holgate and rookie Casey Holgate. Meggie is looking to do a deal to tutor a new racer next season on her current bike.

Matthew Dowdy, pictured with Dad Michael, has his new Viperizer Racing dragster down into the 7.9s and has been attending RWYBs to fine tune the setup.

Frankie Taylor and Freddie Taylor race in JMA and JM respectively. Frankie is in her first season, whereas Freddie is in his second season and qualified no.2 of six cars in JM and won the JM elimination, defeating Sam Fairhurst, Daniel Weir and, in the final Luke Mugridge.Frankie is daughter of Joe Taylor and Freddie son of Lee Taylor, both members of the Banshee Outlaw Anglia team of Mick Taylor.

JMA racer Skye Collier's parents Jerry and Sharron attended the Redline Rumble last weekend and stayed at SPR for the few days between races. Skye qualified fifth but was eliminated by Jordan Payne in round one.

Harley Coulsell's dad Mark also attended the Redline Rumble to do some test passes in his Limited Funz slingshot. He said 'We hadn't run thye Junior since the Summernationals, it has gone through three fuel pumps in the last year and we hope the latest one lasts a bit longer'. The Junior and slingshot were at the Fitted UK car show at on 29 July, a huge motoring show at Eventcity, Manchester. Meanwhile Harley is looking to move up to JMA next year but that will involve getting a new chrome moly chassis for the car as steel is not permissible in the JMA division.

Kimmy and Richard Willcox are in a Junior Dragster and licensing a Junior Drag Bike respectively. Dad Andrew Willcox said 'We want to do European races in the FIM-E series for Junior Drag Bikes, but once Richard is licenced he has to hold the ACU licence for a certain period of time before he is eligible for the FIM-E licence'.

Jordan Payne, who is looking to sell his multiple championship winning car to fund his Corvette Super Pro entry, qualified 10th today and was defeated by Frankie Fordham in round two.

Luke Mugridge qualified no.1 in JM division with a 0.156, and was runner up to Freddie Taylor having defeated Scott Gibbons in round one and then enjoying a bye run in the semi-finals.

Matthew Dowdy was lucky in qualifying when his car launched to a 0.164 RT and the engine cut out a few yards down the track. The same problem recurred in round one, leaving Holly Moore a victory despite red lighting in a 'first or worst' decision.

Holly Moore qualified 11th with -.1367 and then went green against Thomas Cook Abbott in the quarter final, but running some 1.6s slower than her dial in. Holly's Dad Martin recently tested his refurbished Chevette at SPR and plans to compete in it as Moore's Motorsport in Super Comp.

Daniel Weir qualified third in the JM division and defeated newcomer Stevie-Jane Wright in round one before losing to eventual winner Freddie Taylor in the semi final.

Newcomer Casey Holgate has just licenced recently on brother Liam's previous bike and qualified in fourth with a 13.82 on 13.28 dial in. Casey then defeated Blade Dummer in round one and was runner up in the event.

Meggie Talbot, runner up at the NitrOlympX last weekend, qualified no.1 with a 9.540 on 9.38 dial and won the event after Liam Holgate broke and then defeated Casey Holgate in the final.

Blade Dummer qualified second qith 8.814 on a 8.65 dial in and but another 0.3s light saw him defeated at the hands of Casey Holgate.

Liam Holgate had the quickest bike with a qualifying pass of 8.312/83.04 on the minimum dial in of 7.90 but had problems in round one of eliminations.

Jordan Payne is in his last season of Junior Dragster racing and plans to sell the car to finance him in Super Pro ET in Dad Nigel's Corvette. Both are sponsored by Nimbus Motorsport and Beech Underwriting Agencies, and a host of other sponsors including new partnership with Racetech seats.