Sunday 19 April 1981, Arena Essex
Results and report from Midget News April 1981

The first race of the season run over 20 laps, saw 19 cars on the grid - two remaining in the pits after problems in practice. Greg Pugsley started from the back row of the white grades leapt into the lead hotly pursued by Mick Clements, also starting as a white grade. Alan Fretten got into third place but punctured letting Roland Parker through on lap eight. The next lap he overtook Mike Clements and steadily gained on Greg Pugsley with Geoff Hughes Junior only inches away in third. Pugsley, still a comparatively inexperienced driver, spun out leaving Roland Parker to take first place from Geoff Hughes Junior, Mike Clements and Eric Fretten fourth.

Race two saw some really close racing between Alan Fretten, Mick Bonner and Mick Clements. Clements took the early lead with Alan Fretton in second place after three laps and Mick Bonner starting from the back of the grid took third place by lap six. On lap eight Fretten took the lead from Clements and on lap 10 Bonner got past Clements to take second place for the remainder of the race. Fretten and Bonner were on their own with only inches separating the cars until the last lap when Fretten pulled away. Fretten took the flag and in doing so reduced the track record for 15 laps by six seconds. The new track record for 15 laps is four minutes 40 seconds. Mick Bonner took second with Mike Clements third and Roland Parker in fourth.

Race three, a marathon 25 laps, saw Mike Clements take an immediate lead and he held it all the way. Dan Hornby, who had been gaining well in fifth place, went into the fence. Dave Scott drove well into second place with Alan Fretten third and Roland Parker fourth. The terrific dice between these two ended when Fretten was momentarily slowed by a tail-ender. Parker, in close attendance behind, hit him in the rear putting Fretten. Parker, who got back into the race to 2nd place crashed on lap 21. Clements won, Dave Scott was second, Ray Rapson third and Harry Sayell fourth.

Race One: 1st 18 Roland Parker, 2nd 17 Geoff Hughes jr, 3rd 32 Mick Clements, 4th 2 Eric Fretten 5th 9 Brian Forrest 6th 8 Ray Rapson 7th 1 Harry Sayell 8th 11 Ray Collins

Race Two: 1st 22 Alan Fretten, 2nd 32 Mick Clements, 3rd 18 Roland Parker, 4th 17 Geoff Hughes jr, 5th 7 Dave Scott, 6th 8 Ray Rapson, 7th 2 Eric Fretten, 8th 1 Harry Sayell

Race Three: 1st 32 Mick Clements, 2nd 7 Dave Scott, 3rd 8 Ray Rapson, 4th 1 Harry Sayell, 5th 17 Geoff Hughes jr, 6th 2 Eric Fretten, 7th 96 Dermott McGivern, 8th 11 Ray Collins

Points after this meeting:

Pos No Driver Car
R1
R2
R3
Pts
1st 32 Mick Clements JWC
6
7
8
21
2nd 17 Geoff Hughes Junior Dastle
7
5
4
16
3rd 18 Roland Parker Fireball
8
6
-
14
4th 8 Ray Rapson BMC
3
3
6
12
5th 7 Dave Scott BMC
-
4
7
11
6th 2 Eric Fretten Arrow
5
2
3
10
7th 1 Harry Sayell BMC
2
1
5
8
= 22 Alan Fretten Dastle
-
8
-
8
9th 9 Brian Forrest Dastle
4
-
-
4
10th 11 Ray Collins BMC
1
-
1
2
= 96 Dermot McGivern Dastle
-
-
2
2