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2022

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NATIONALS 2022

NATIONALS 2022

Use the links  below to find out who has qualified for the Mens Nationals and the Ladies and Junior Nationals 2022.

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440 Drivers Set To Contest The Annual Men’s National Championships At Thornborough 
 
North Yorkshire is gearing up for one of the biggest events on the Autograss calendar when the
Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club hosts the H&T Trailers Men’s National Autograss Championships next weekend, (July 30/31st).
 
The permanent track at Thornborough, seven miles south of Bedale near West Tanfield, and just three miles from the A1, will see some of the best Autograss racers in the British Isles descend on the Hillside House venue to do battle in the various classes over the two days with both fast and furious action on track and a host of attractions for all the family off it.
 
Lots of local drivers will by vying for honours out of the 440 entered who will do battle around the spectacular 300-metre oval track in eleven classes, from fairly standard Stock Hatch cars right the way through to the ultra-powerful, twin-engined Class 7 Super Saloons and the mighty Class 10 open-wheeled Specials, some with V8 engines.
 
Northallerton’s Andy Dockray should also go well over the weekend alongside other Anglo Scottish Finance sponsored Class 1 campaigners such as Pete and Mark Watson, Ian Ullathorne, and reigning champion Jimbob Johnson. 
 
Class 2 racing is always close and very competitive, and this years’ Nationals, sponsored by CC Fabrication, will be no exception. Current champion Ashley Robinson will be battling against the likes of Brad Ellison, Jack and Rob Farrow and Yorkshire Dales overall club champion for 2021 Ben Fiddler from Halifax in car YD1.
 
Seasoned campaigner Martin Gould from Shropshire, and Keith Kelly from County Wicklow in Ireland, both in SDG UK-sponsored Class 3, will be challenged hard by the local Allanson family with father Chris, from Aldborough, and son Callum, from Yarm, whilst 2021 champion Ryan Power, who has a brand-new car for this year, will be trying to repeat his nail-biting final win from last year. Mark Lawson from Knaresborough will also be competing in Class 3.
 
Current Class 4 champion Adam Hendley from York will be looking to retain his title from Darren Grasby and a very rapid Ben Gould. Darlington’s John Fishwick and James Almack, who lives just half a mile from the Thornborough track, will both be hoping to grab a place in the final in the class sponsored by Country Gas Ltd.
 
Class 5 representation from Yorkshire Dales rests with Hemingbrough’s Colin Chilvers with the car performing well this year for both Colin and daughter Sarah. The likes of Ryan Jones, Ian Thorndyke, and Daniel Lodge should provide stiff opposition.
 
In Class 6, sponsored by Northern Trading (Cumbria) Ltd, it’s expected to be the Conway brothers, Craig and Anthony, as well as regulars Micky Manning and Ben Gadsby at the front. Martyn Janes represents the home club in YD10 whilst York ace Carl Proctor will be hoping for a trouble-free run.
 
The ever-popular Class 7 Super Saloons, sponsored by Kitching Plant Hire, have big names throughout the entry including current National champion Andy Holtby (SC61) in his very rapid Chevvy LS3-powered Mini pickup. He’s expected to face a stiff challenge from drivers such as Craig Bagley, Cameron Mills, Colin Reid, Phil Barleyman, and Ian Stephenson along with Richard Blockley from Bradford who is sporting a similar power plant to the Holtby machine. Local hope Andy Jefferson from Pateley Bridge is also flying this year and proving that Autograss is very much a family sport as Andy’s dad Roger has also qualified for this year’s Nationals in his Class 9 having battled some very serious health conditions. 
 
In the open-wheeled specials, Class 8, sponsored by Procter’s Coaches, contains 40 drivers, any of whom are perfectly capable of winning the title if everything comes together on the day and they stay clear of any incidents on track. These include previous winner Dan Mackenzie, Mitch Wells, Anthony Read plus Yorkshire Dales’ own Daz Mullen from Barnsley all hoping to wrestle the title from last years’ winner Tom Lewis.
 
Swift Signs and Shirts-sponsored Class 9 is no less competitive with names such as Phil Cooper, who is also competing in Class 10, Phil Rogers, and Dave Palmer. Another family connection is Sean Power who as well as peddling his new Class 9 mount will be supporting his brother Ryan in Class 3.
 
K S Coles (incorporating Wellington Business Park, Somerset) are sponsoring Class 10, with its variety of engine configurations from V6s and V8s, and twin-engined behemoths is always a favourite with names such as Vinny Gibbons, Liam Evans, Rhys Griffiths and Tony Jones are sure to put on a good show. But they will have to be at their very best to oust current champion Phil Cooper whilst Ripon’s Phil Peek will be flying the flag for Yorkshire Dales.
 
SEK Handyman and Removals are sponsoring the Stock Hatch class, which is new to the Men’s Nationals this year,having had a standalone event in the past, but this budget racing class will definitely contain some very close and competitive action along the way. Phil Peek from Ripon will be defending his title along with other regular stars such as Russ Victory, Franky Hindle, and fellow YD pilots Mark Grant from Shildon, Knaresborough’s Paul Lickley, John Tyson from Carthorpe and Topcliffe driver Steve Kniveton.
 
The main sponsor of the event is H&T Trailers and other sponsors include PR Photography and Bodyworx Racing.
 
There will be full commentary all weekend, numerous trade stands, food and drink outlets, a funfair, a licenced bar plus ‘YD-Fest’ on Saturday night with surprise entertainment. There is also a raffle with the first prize being a brand-new Brian James C transporter twin-axle car trailer (courtesy of H&T Trailers and worth over £4,600) which will be drawn live on the Sunday before the finals. Tickets cost £3 each or 4 for £10. 
 
Ticket prices cost £15 per day for adult admission with 12 to 15-year-olds and Senior Citizens being charged £5 per day. Limited availability camping from Thursday is available at a cost of £15. Gates open at 06.00 on Saturday with racing from 10.00 whilst gates open at 07.30 on Sunday with racing from 09.30. For further information, please visit www.ydautograss.co.uk or call Sue Nicholls on 07966 695646. 
 
Just a short ride from the venue there is Lightwater Valley Theme Park and the popular market towns of Masham, Thirsk, Leyburn, Bedale and Northallerton with the cosmopolitan cities of Ripon and Harrogate close by too.
 
FREE COMPETITION TO WIN AUTOGRASS TICKETS
 
Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club Ltd (YDAC Ltd) is offering three lucky winners the opportunity to attend the meeting free of charge by simply submitting their answer via email to the following question:
 
Who is the main sponsor of the 2022 Men’s Nationals at Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club?
 
Entrants should email the answer, along with a contact phone number, to ydnationals2022@gmail.com and three winners will be picked at random, each of whom will win two adult and two young person’s entry tickets for the weekend. Closing date is Wednesday 27th July 2022 after which the winners will be notified directly by the organisers. No purchase necessary and no cash alternative for prizes. Promotor: YDAC Ltd.
 
2021 Men’s Nationals Champions
Class 1 - Jimbob Johnson 
Class 2 - Ashley Robinson
Class 3 - Ryan Power
Class 4 - Adam Henley
Class 5 - Colin Thorndyke
Class 6 - Darren Bryan 
Class 7 - Andy Holtby
Class 8 - Tom Lewis
Class 9 - Dave Palmer
Class 10 - Phil Cooper
Stock Hatch - Phil Peek 
 

 

  • Andy Holtby (SC61) hopes to defend his Class 7 title but will face stiff opposition from Richard Blockley (YD145) 

  • Yorkshire Dales club champion Ben Fiddler (YD1) races in Class 2

  • Car YD37 will see Daz Mullen in action in his Class 8 Special

  • Chevrolet Power in his Class 3 Austin for Simon Farrer (YD24)

 
 

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