MIDGET MATTERS by Jack Brodie GP MIDGETS
Short Circuit, May 1982

TONY BREWER looks like emerging as a new star on the GP Midget Club scene this summer. He was an impressive winner of the season's opening meeting at Bovingdon, Herts, when he outpaced former GP World champions Basil Craske and Mick Bonner to win the 'Fretten Shield'.

Craske and Pollard later won support races, in which an impressive newcomer was Barry Hughes. He comes from a family steeped in midget car traditions: his brother Geoff junior won last season's GP British Champio.nship, while father Geoff senior is still among the sport's top drivers.

COME-BACK drivers to GP Midget Club circles had problems at the Bovingdon opener, which attracted 15 starters. Robin Whall found his car was not properly set-up, while Dave Wesbroom and Dave Cox failed to complete their cars in time for the meeting. Newcomer John Eaton had mechanical problems during practice which also limited his activities.

Also in trouble at Bovingdon were Dermot McGivern (the only Namicsa licence holder in the 'rival camp') who blew his engine in the championship event and Jerry Pinny. He stalled his car and was run into by a following driver.

NAMICSA

THE Iwade speedway training track in Kent refused an application by Namicsa to make use of its practice facilities. An Iwade spokesman said, 'This is one dirt track that prefers to concentrate on speedway bikes'. But British League speedway club Wimbledon stepped into the breach and granted Namicsa its needed facilities.

Namicsa chairman Ian Fraser Kerr also set up arrangements for any interested GP Midget Club drivers to take advantage of the Wimbledon facilities at the same time.

THE Namicsa-sanctioned 'East Anglian Championship' set for Boston on Sunday, May 2, was cancelled because of a clash of commitments by some drivers for meetings in Holland.

TONY STUBBS, a pioneer midget car driver in the early days of the sport's promotion by Spedeworth International, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is among starters for Namicsa this season. For the past eight years, Stubbs has concentrated on speedway-car racing in Holland, but has been tempted back into British speedway midget car racing

Says Stubbs, 'Going on to the speedway tracks looks like being the best thing that could happen to midget car racing in Britain, especially as the cars are more like those used in other parts of the world, and running with front engines'.

World Championship

The last time the World GP Midget Car Championship took place in Britain was at Northampton in 1980. Then, 35-year-old Norfolkman Basil Craske won the crown. And with this season's championship running at Swaffham on September 12, Craske believes he can relieve defending holder Hank Hansen of the crown.

INTERESTED spectator at Bovingdon was 1981 British GP Midget champion Geoff Hughes junior. But there's no signs at the moment of him reversing his retirement decision.

GP MIDGET Club action during May includes the Bill Boarer Memorial Trophy at Northampton on May Day Monday, then the Derek Kisby Memorial Trophy at Swaffham on Sunday, May 16. Both events honour former drivers. Bill Boarer lost his life in a swimming accident, while Kisby died from cancer in the mid-1970s.

ABROAD

IN the two day holiday meeting at Baarlo, Holland, Namicsa drivers Tony Stubbs and Brian Spicer took a string of minor places - never lower than fourth, with a second for Stubbs and third by Spicer their 'best effort in four qualifying events.

In the main final, Stubbs took the third place while Spicer was fifth home in the race which were for 'speedway cars' powered by 1600cc engines. An estimated 20,000 fans watched the second day's racing on Easter Monday.