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The Open Sports Nationals

21 - 23 August 2009
Shakespeare County Raceway
  After the two month summer break in National Drag Racing in England, (in the middle of summer the Drag racing tour goes to Europe, where some of the sportsman categories race in the European Championships) we are at the Open Sports Nationals at Shakespeare County Raceway, to start the last half of the UK Championships. Here is how the Bristol teams did at The Open Sports Nationals.
    Super Gas - Conrad Stanley and the Panther Racing team had trouble with the Firebird this particular weekend, the car just didn't want to go straight, and Conrad was really having to drive the Pontiac down the track. With only limited qualifying sessions, over the two days the team didn't have much time to chase the problem, but in the last session did get the car down the track, without a problem, but they broke out of the 9.90 index (so this time didn't count). They qualified number 5 with an unusual off the pace time of 9.98@155mph.

Unfortunately this wasn't the last problem they suffered, after the burnout in the first round the Pontiac started to leak a little bit of fluid from the motor, and Conrad and the team sidelined the car. Conrad was happy that it didn't happen while going down the track, as if fluid gets underneath the slicks this can cause all sorts handling of problems. The Panther Racing Team took the car back to the garage to strip the engine down and find the cause of the problem, and will be back at the European Finals.
Conrad Stanley  
    Junior Dragster - While her Dad was having problems, Anna Stanley in the Panther Racing Dragster was having a pretty good weekend, driving the dragster to the number 1 spot in qualifying with a 0.007 reaction time, and then winning the meeting, beating Charlotte Watts in the final with a 8.01 seconds @ 82mph run.

Super Street
- The Guys in Super Street were definitely having a good weekend with John Grant qualifying number 1 with a 10.91 @138mph, Neil Grant number 2 with a 10.91 @ 135mph, and Bob Lees number 4 with a 10.93@ 133mph.

After managing to avoid each other in the first round match ups, everyone went through, John on a bye, Neil getting rid of Leigh Morris in the Jag, and Bob dispatching Martyn Sanger with the white Mustang. In The semi final, John faced Harrison in the Thatadoo Camaro, after a tense time in the pits trying to find out why the little 100e was chucking a lot of water into the catch bottle; nothing could be found at the time, and John cooled the car down and went racing between each round, and got the semi final win.

In the other Semi final Bob and Neil faced each other, Bob ran a near perfect 10.903 @ 131mph to Neil's losing 10.92 @ 132mph. The Final was an all Bristol affair with Bob and John, Bob red lit, handing the win to John, Bob still ran a 10.903 @132mph - how consistent is that!!
John Grant  
Neil Grant  
Bob Lees  
    After the meeting was over John took the 100e to the ZaNNetec workshop believing the problem to be a head gasket, it turned out to be to burnt pistons. See the ZaNNetec Web site to see a picture of the two burnt pistons.

Wild Bunch - Chris Hartnell with the Backdraft Slingshot Dragster had a mixed weekend, qualifying number 1 with a 9.909 @ 142mph, but problems in round number 1 on the startline prevented Chris going any further in this event. Pete 'Ed' Yates with the Ramraider Slingshot Dragster however didn't qualify so well but went all the way to the final, but came a up a little short against Roy Wilding, by breaking out with a 9.177 on a 9.20 Dial in.
Pete 'Ed' Yates    
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