News from Short Circuit Magazine, April 1982

The GP Midget Club will organise this year's World GP Midget Car Championship at Swaffham, Norfolk, on Sunday, September 12. The meeting will be televised.

For the first time, the GP Club hope to feature an Australian driver, Graham Jones from Perth, in the event. Also invited is American woman driver Maria Alaina Schneider, who nearly got an invite to last year's cham¬pionship. But the deal fell through on a question of finances.

Britain's main hopes for this year's World GP Midget Championship are former title-holders Basil Craske and Mick Bonner. But veteran former Wimbledon speedway rider Geoff Hughes senior is reckoned by many as a 'dark horse' for the title, currently held by Holland's Hank Hansen.

GEOFF HUGHES junior, the British GP Midget champion, may miss this season's racing. He claims that lack of finances may keep him out of the sport.

ALF BOARER who, except for taking part in last year's European GP Midget Championship, was inactive in 1981, is still uncertain about resuming full¬time racing.

GP MIDGET Club circles have however been boosted by the come-backs of Robin Whall and Dave Cox, who have both been inactive for several seasons.

MALCOLM GOODMAN, GP Midget Club's National champion, is hoping to land a deal to race in Australia this winter.

NAMICSA

The Namicsa-sanctioned speedway-midgets open their season at Boston on Sunday, May 2, when 10 drivers contest the East Anglian Championship.

Invited to compete are Pete and John Smith, Tony Stubbs, Ian Fraser Ker, Clive 'Hellcat' Baker, Alan Fretten, John Reade, Chris Butler, Dermot McGivern and Geoff Rumble. Then on Tuesday, May 11, the speedway-midgets stage the first of three England versus 'World of Rebels' test matches at Crayford. Other likely staging tracks later in the summer will be Hacknev and Boston.

SIX Namicsa speedway-midget car drivers have been invited to compete in six races as part of an indoor motorsport series at Rotterdam's Sports Palais Ahoy in the autumn.

GEOFF RUMBLE, builder of the Dastle midget car and former pioneer driver under Spedeworth International in the 1960s, has emerged from retirement to race for Namicsa.