British GP Midgets Birmingham race report

Gary Bonner won the final at the Grand Prix Midgets only Incarace venue of the 2003 season, at Birmingham Wheels on 7th June, fending off some fierce competition from the yellow grade drivers. Eleven drivers made the journey to Birmingham but ...

Gary Bonner won the final at the Grand Prix Midgets only Incarace venue of the 2003 season, at Birmingham Wheels on 7th June, fending off some fierce competition from the yellow grade drivers.

Eleven drivers made the journey to Birmingham but despite the low turnout the meeting saw some very close wheel-to-wheel racing, which made up for the lack of cars. This meeting was also the first this season for local Birmingham driver Ez Walker in his Westfield, and for Dave Smith in his Bullet, complete with rebuilt engine only completed at 3:30 that afternoon!!!

The first race was won by Ez Walker after taking the lead on the second to last lap after Peter Bourne who had looked set to take the win had to pull off due to the car cutting out because of coil problems. Gary Bonner also did well from the blues taking second with Andrew Bilby, Daz Rycroft, Neil Clarke, Alan Buckland, Gary Jones*, and Steve Terry rounding off the top eight with no other finishers.

The second race saw a deserved win for Peter Bourne taking his first victory of the season. Only nine started the race as Steve Terry had to pull of due to oil spillage and John Salter had problems with his fuel pump. Gary Bonner and Gary Jones also made contact coming out of the first turn, which resulted in both having to pull out of the race. Peter Bourne was followed closely over the line by Ez Walker, Andrew Bilby, Neil Clarke, Daz Rycroft and Alan Buckland, who were the only finishers.

The Midland Championship final saw local driver Ez Walker take the early lead, closely followed by fellow yellow grade driver Peter Bourne in what was a very successful night for them, taking two out of the three wins. However, the final was dominated by Gary Bonner who was able to close down and eventually pass the two yellow grade drivers, and take the lead. John Salter was also flying, and was only just kept off the podium in the closing laps by Peter Bourne. Gary Bonner took the victory, followed by Ez Walker who had been quick and consistent all night, Peter Bourne, John Salter, Andrew Bilby, Neil Clarke, Daz Rycroft and Alan Buckland, who rounds off the point's scorers. It was interesting to note that everyone finished the final with no car failures!!!

* Subject to technical committee confirmation.

-Gavin Terry-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Neil Clark , Peter Bo