A return to a famous stadium
First meeting for Brisca V8 Stock Cars at Odsal Stadium.
The newly refurbished Odsal Stadium in Bradford hosted the Brisca F1’s for the second time this season and the fourth World Qualifying round for the Brisca V8 stock cars including Newark’s very own Dave Sharp in his famous car 63
The Home of Bradford Bulls Rugby team provides excellent viewing for spectators but is unusual for race goers as the race track is round the outer edge of the rugby pitch.
The MDS race team had only completed repairs to the car on Thursday and were hopeful of gaining more points at the new track.
Taking it a little easy in the first heat to get used to the changes in the car and also to a race track that he had no experience of racing on, Dave managed to avoid most of the spins and collisions occurring on the well watered shale. All drivers were struggling with the slippery conditions and race speeds only increased as the track dried out. After several spin offs and collisions with the wall 16 of the 22 competitors survived the race and Dave completed the heat just outside the points.
With only one F1 race between each of the V8’s heats it was all go for the pit crew to refuel, clean off shale and check for, and repair any damage, which revealed a split in the front bumper. Thanks to the assistance of team Stutchbury a temporary repair was made intime for the car to go out for heat 2.
The clay like shale had been again well watered and with difficult handling the first half of the race was a repeat of heat 1. Starting in mid field Dave battled with surrounding drivers to control the car and keep up the pace as wheels spun and the cars slid until the track dried. Fighting for position and trying to hold his line on turn three and four Dave was hit from behind and slid into the wall at speed he regained control, to again finish the race just out of the points.
Refueling and checking the car over revealed a bent track rod which had to be straightend, working at a pace a front wheel was removed the rod taken off roughly strained and everything replaced to get Dave and the car out for the final race.
Out of the 22 original starters only 17 were able to go out for the final race. With double points at stake the racing was hard. Dave spun on the straight but managed to quickly regain control and continued to race finally finishing in 8thplace and in the points.
As usual work is now taking place to get ready for the next meeting which will be at Birmingham wheels raceway on Saturday 26th June.
Massive thanks to Colin Casserley for permission to use his wonderful photo.