An entertaining afternoon of cracking autograss racing at the Easter dash for cash eggstravagansa staged by Scarborough Autograss club at their Hunmanby Raceway was marred by a spectacular accident involving 12-year-old Bryony Stonehouse.
Bryony, who was competing in only her second race of the day in her debut meeting, made contact with a visiting driver going into the first corner, which sent her junior Mini cartwheeling several times through the air before coming to rest on its wheels, leaving the youngster severely shocked and suffering pain to her lower back.
The track marshals and on-site paramedics were on the scene within seconds but it took several minutes to extricate Bryony from her car and on to a spinal board as a precaution, due to the fact that her injuries were to her lower back, and get her off to hospital.
At the time of going to press, the news on Bryony’s condition is that other than bruising to her lower back and shock she is in good spirits.
Two other juniors were also making their racing debuts at Hunmanby, both of whom have a rich pedigree of motor sport success in their blood, 12-year-old Katie Milner is daughter of double British Rally Champion Johnny Milner, who raced around the Hunmanby oval in his early racing career and was on hand as a spanner man. He also gave a few useful tips on getting the car round the oval raceway which, at times, was offering no grip to the drivers due to some often heavy April showers.
Senna Proctor, son of former British Touring Car racer Mark, was also on his debut, making him the third generation of Proctors to race at the Hunmanby Raceway following in the footsteps of his father and grandparents Tony and Wendy, who were on hand to lend their support and encouragement both to him and all the other racers who had braved a bitterly cold Easter Sunday to entertain a large crowd.
Aside from the accidents and debuts, local drivers came away from the meeting with their fair share of the cash after being involved in some wheel-to-wheel racing with both fellow club drivers along with a gaggle of visiting drivers from as far afield as North Shropshire, Leicester, Nottingham and the Yorkshire Dales.
Siblings Jimbob and Hannah Johnson saved their parents a week’s pocket money by both taking victories in the class one and junior finals respectively, while another sibling pairing of Vicky and Sam Appleton was equally successful in their finals, with Sam finishing runner-up to Jimbob with some wheel-to-wheel duelling, while Vicky really is becoming at one in her class 14 open-wheeled special.
Samuel Jackson has ditched his junior mini in favour of a more powerful class four and was supreme in the wet to take the top spot in his final.