2023 Gala Night – Saturday 18th November – 4:30pm – Skegness Raceway – Preview

14 November 2023 Off By bscda


Welcome to Skegness Raceway for our last meeting of the year. The BriSCA F1 Gala Night, promoted by BriSCA F1

Featuring BriSCA F1, BriSCA V8 Hotstox and National Ministox. Also BTCC drivers take part in a BriSCA F1 Stock Car Race.

Welcome everybody to BriSCA Gala Night 2023.  As well as some excellent racing on offer this evening, this is also the ‘end of term party’ and the annual shop window for BriSCA stock car racing.  Because of this, some of the usual rules and regulations are waived for the night and in particular we will see more than one driver using the same car during the course of the evening.  

One of the special features of the race programme tonight is the under 25 drivers’ Championship race for the BriSCA F1 Stock Cars.  The event always generates a lot of interest with young drivers from other stock car formulas being a common and popular feature of the race and lots of borrowed cars featuring.  To some extents, the race has almost become a victim of its own success with the entry having reached capacity on some occasions.  Hopefully there isn’t the need to restrict bookings and turn drivers away this time.  Whilst it is important that the regular young drivers of BriSCA F1 can take part in their big race, the guest drivers are very much part of the character of the event and no doubt help to draw additional spectators through the turnstiles.  The sport needs all of them. 

Making a welcome return to Gala Night this year are the drivers of the British Touring Car Championship who will be taking part in a BriSCA F1 Stock Car race.  The event was first staged last year although the partnership of Touring Cars and short-oval motorsport has been going on for much longer.  Many drivers in BTCC over the years have started their racing careers on the ovals and this has previously given rise to BTCC involvement in National Hot Rod racing in particular.  The best bit about the BTCC race at the 2022 gala night was not only the enthusiasm and genuine respect that the drivers brought to the event.  The race itself was actually a really good stock car race!  There was plenty of bumper in evidence and most of the participants were making excellent pace.  This year, the event has the potential to be even better.

From BTCC we have Paul O’Neill, Josh Cook, Aiden Moffat, Jade Edwards, Ricky Collard, Dan Lloyd, Adam Morgan, Dan Welsh, Dan Rowbottom, Dexter Patterson, Bobby Thompson and Ryan Bendley.

BriSCA F2 has often been part of this fixture with a separate Gala Night Championship having run in some seasons.  However, the V8 Hotstox take their place tonight which more accurately reflects the formulas over which BSCDA jurisdiction spans.  2023 can be viewed as a landmark year for the Hotstox with turnouts at meetings having surged in the middle of the season and the points title was uncertain to the very end of the fixture list.  Congratulations to 201 Evan Bullock on his victory in the silver roof chase and also to Thomas Brighton who gave him such strong competition and of course became the youngest winner of the World Championship a couple of months ago.  

Completing the night are the National MiniStox Club and no doubt there will be loads of the youngsters flocking here to race tonight.  We are never short of Minis for a Skegness fixture!  Rarely for a mid-November date, the Minis in fact have a tarmac weekend as they also have a fixture at Hednesford tomorrow and no doubt a significant proportion of the drivers will be travelling to race at both fixtures.

Booking List – 49 Cars

#NameHome Town
11Tom HarrisManchester
28Catherine HarrisWinderton
320Liam GilbankRotherham
428Ian CoulsonHartlepool
551Dylan Williams-MaynardRugby
6124Kyle GrayThrapston
7128Simon BinderCannock
8132James Hall-MortonCleckheaton
9147Eddie CollinsBirstall
10161Harry MoirFlitwick
11172Micky RandellSharnford
12178Richard BurtLoughborough
13180Jack WittsCharnock Richard
14191Joshua SmithLoughborough
15195Dean WhitwellCottenham
16219Jacklyn FairhurstOssett,
17220William HunterPreston
18242Joe NickollsMelton Mowbray
19252Sam FranceCleckheaton
20269Thomas RogersFinedon
21287Jansen WilkinsonSkegness
22295Louis GoodwinTrelawnyd
23311Sean NaismithAirdrie
24312John ThompsonDoncaster
25318Rob SpeakSkegness
26325Richard DaviesBirstall
27345Jake HarrhyCoventry
28357Emily GoodwinTrelawnyd
29368Callum ThorntonRiseley
30370Rowan VennieThe Netherlands
31381Tyrone EvansTipton
32384Carl BoswellBanbury
33388Ash PatchWinsford
34415Russell CooperSawston
35452Joshua SpiersEvesham
36453Thomas AndrewTideswell
37475Jordan CooperSawston
38504Tom ShawGreat Haywood
39506Stuart DawsonCarlisle
40524Jason CullWychbold
41526Finn SargentSpalding
42530Darren SheenUttoxeter
43555Frankie Wainman Jnr JnrSilsden
44559Lilly FinnikinLeek
45563Neil CoulsonHartlepool
46580Matty AllmanBedford
47H154Skippy Kay LenssenThe Netherlands
48H195Harmen ZwerverThe Netherlands
49H575Yoren WindandsThe Netherlands

Meeting Format

  • 4:30pm – BTCC introduction on track
  • 4:45pm – Race 1 – V8 HotStox Heat 1
  • Race 2 – BriSCA F1 Under 25s Championship
  • Race 3 – National Ministox Heat 1
  • ***BTCC Race***
  • Race 4 – National Ministox Heat 2
  • Race 5 – BriSCA F1 Heat 1
  • Race 6 – V8 HotStox Heat 1
  • Race 7 – National Ministox Heat 3
  • Race 8 – BriSCA F1 Heat 2
  • Race 9 – V8 HotStox Final
  • Race 10 – BriSCA F1 Heat 3
  • Race 11 – National Ministox Heat 4
  • Race 12 – BriSCA F1 Gala Night Final
  • Race 13 – V8 HotStox Grand National
  • Race 14 – National Ministox Final

From Skegness Raceway

PLEASE DON’T ARRIVE BEFORE THE OPENING TIMES LISTED ON THE OTHER PAGE, this caused major problems at the October Speed Weekend. Thanks

Sorry no overnight camping available.

A livestream is available for this event via the following link: https://www.247.tv/live/ovalracing/video/1214640-brisca-f1-gala-night-saturday-18th-nov-2023-4-30pm

We are thrilled to be welcomed into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame with our Certificate of Excellence and we have a 4.7 out of 5 rating on google. You really should be coming along to Skegness Raceway to be part of the excitement & fun that lots of people are talking about and have had a great time over the last few years. We are also members of Visit Britain and Visit England. Skegness Raceway is also home to the famous ‘SKEG VEGAS’ Sign.

Skegness Raceway boast fantastic facilities
We have a large undercover Grandstand, if you prefer to watch from outside, the arena is raised terracing so plenty of unhindered viewing. We also have Bars (including our family Raceview Bar, air con or heated), shops, catering, toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. 
We have no direct seating, large tyres are banked in on each bend which do create a seating area. You are welcome to bring your own chairs. The seaside end allows a great area for wheelchair viewing.

We have some ongoing improvements at the raceway, Please bear with us as we continue to upgrade the Raceway

Sorry there isn’t a cash machine at the raceway, you can pay cash or card but be aware we don’t have card machines in the bars and cash payment is quicker in the shops. Due to the Raceway location we struggle for a signal with mobile card machines.
Large free carpark adjacent to the stadium

There is full access to the pits.

Disabled parking is situated near the turnstiles (please don’t park in front of the turnstiles), would recommend early arrival to secure a space.

Trackside parking no longer available (hasn’t been since 2017) and there is also no longer a bus service to the Raceway, we do have a free car park. 

Note. Large quantities of food and drink are not allowed to be brought in to the Stadium arena. You may enter the Stadium with a small amount of food and non- alcoholic beverage suitable for one person’s consumption ie. Sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of soft drink. 
We will not allow cooler boxes, holdalls, shopping bags, backpacks etc. filled with refreshments. Nor will we allow trays, packs crates etc. of soft drinks. 

STRICTLY NO ALCOHOL or GLASS. Alcohol will be confiscated 
 If you have specific dietary requirements for health reasons, please bring a confirmation letter with you from your GP.
We race in all weather conditions.

Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed to be brought into the venue.

No tents, shelters, gazebos, marquee’s, pop up tents or similar are allowed inside the Stadium Arena.

Meeting Information

Gates Open: 12noon

Pit gate and car park 12 noon with turnstiles at 1pm

PLEASE DON’T ARRIVE BEFORE THE GATES OPEN, BLOCKING THE ROADS CAUSES MAJOR PROBLEMS, the turnstiles are open for 4 hours that is more than enough time to get everyone in, thanks

Paid Practice 1pm to 4pm, collect/pay for wristband and pay when you sign in in the pit office

This event is pay on the day only (cash or card) no advance tickets are available. we have a large capacity we won’t sell out.

Admission Prices

  • Adult £22
  • Senior £20
  • Junior  £10 (13yrs to 15yrs)

12 years and under as always go Free and can be added in advance
Adults 16yrs and above, Senior’s 65yrs & over, Junior’s 13yrs to 15yrs 

Card or cash can be used. Sorry there isn’t a cash machine at the raceway.

The event starts at 4:30pm with the turnstiles opening at 1pm the event usually finishes between 10 and 10:30pm

Trackside parking no longer available and there is also no longer a bus service to the stadium. We do have a large free car park

Well behaved dogs on leads are allowed to be brought into the venue.