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Saturday 16th August 2014

Two weeks before their World Final at the same venue, the Two-Litre Saloon Stock Cars stole the show at the Norfolk Arena, King’s Lynn on Saturday 16 August. Nearly 50 cars were in attendance, with Scot 600 Barry Russell a surprise winner of the meeting final. A decent field of Formula One Stock Cars were also in action, with 390 Stuart Smith Jr  proving his class. Also racing were Pre-1975 Bangers which might have disappointed in number, but still put on an entertaining display with an eclectic mix of impressive cars.

Saloon Stock Cars

The entry was swelled by plenty of drivers wishing to make the most of a last opportunity to get some laps in at Saddlebow Road before the World Final. That said, there was still only one driver from the west country in 677 Eddie Darby, plus who had travelled from Scotland in Russell, 607 Steve Honeyman and Englishman 219 Luke Grief. There was also a debut for yet another of the Barnes dynasty, sixteen-year-old 7 Harry Barnes.

An opener for the white and yellow graded drivers tracked 21 cars, including the inexperienced on shale, but red-graded  Honeyman. 84 Carl Boswell led from start to finish to take his first win, ahead of 144 Daniel Bullock and 214 Tom Yould, after 298 Ian Elms had crashed out of second with a lap to go.

The meeting proper saw the field split into two-thirds heats, each fielding around 30 cars. The first saw Boswell move into a big lead, as further back the new National Champion 401 Steve Webster took a spin, followed a couple of laps later by his English Champion brother 402 Shaun. Grief was another big name to gyrate, in his case twice. The race was interrupted with Boswell still leading when 217 Sid Madgwick required assistance on the back straight. Boswell had a cushion from his pursuers of the lapped 220 Casey Englestone, but the latter immediately unlapped himself when the race went green, delaying Boswell in the process and allowing former British Champion 512 Darren Barnett, currently yellow-graded, to pounce into the lead, with others following him through. 18 Jamie Clayton, winner of the previous two finals at the track, gradually reeled Barnett in but wasn’t able to challenge for the flag. 641 Willie Skoyles, with a slightly underpowered borrowed engine after a blow-up at Taunton two weeks’ earlier, completed the top three. Barnett said: “It was going alright – just in time for the World, hopefully!”

Elms led the early stages of heat two, as it appeared that 149 Jamie Sampson considered Grief’s Scottish base enough to make him an honoury Shevill brother for the day, following him in before being put away himself which led to a caution period. By this stage 26 Tommy Barnes had moved ahead of Elms, but he was to hit trouble on the resumption, taken out by what appeared to be a combination of the lapped 417 Fred Powell, on his first appearance of the season, Barnett and 499 David Aldous. Aldous moved ahead of Barnett to take the lead with three laps to go, while Elms was doing well to hang on and moved back into second, before being demoted by Barnett and 156 Darren Goudy on the final bend. Aldous had obviously enjoyed the race: “Proper stock car racing,” he said. “He [Barnett] could have taken me out, I could have taken him out, but you want to finish races,” adding his thoughts on the World Final: “It will be hectic!”

Boswell led heat three until he collided with the spun Darby, allowing 164 Neil Kent and 538 Jake Swann in front. Swann nosed inside Kent for the lead, but the latter fought back until spun by the lapped Bullock. He quickly recovered to finish second to Swann, with 698 Danny Colliver third. A hectic race which saw the stars involved in some huge battles ended with 349 Michael Allard being taken in hard by the pack on the final bend and rolling.

The all-in final raised 35 cars and continued the high levels of action. Former British Champion 428 Lee Sampson performed a wall of death routine as he took a ride around the fence on the road bend, before coming back to ground and continuing, while Clayton’s bid for a third successive final win Aldous pushed him wide and Powell hooked his car around. Elms led the early running before 47 Andy Davies (in injured brother 158 Shane’s car) and 128 Craig Banwell found a way through. Russell then moved ahead in the closing stages, followed by 730 Deane Mayes and 306 Daniel Parker. Davies managed to half spin the latter to reclaim third before the line. Further back, the recovering Clayton tangled with Steve Webster delaying him further and so he then took the opportunity to exact revenge on Powell, following the local veteran into the fence. Russell’s win showed that no one can be discounted from the forthcoming big race and he enthused: “I love it here. I’d race here every week if I could.”

An all-comers race completed the action for the Heavy Metal Brigade and saw 24 cars return to the track. Harry, who had suffered a number of spins on his debut, managed to hold the lead for a few laps before being spun by 591 Aaron Morris who was then passed by Bullock. Banwell fought his way into the lead, with Morris following him past Bullock, and then returning to the front. A charging Parker had passed everyone in front bar Morris before half distance, with the race then neutralised to assist a stranded Colliver. That allowed the stars to make up some ground but it was 131 Timmy Barnes who posed the biggest threat in third. As the green flags flew, the front three pulled away and Barnes found a way past the pair in front to take the win from Parker and Morris.

Formula One Stock Cars

While some of the big names were in Holland, there was still a good turnout of 23 F1s in the pits, and although there were still a few stars present, it would be a chance for the lesser lights to shine. Amongst those was 62 Steve Wycherley, the former F2 man making his debut in a Tony Smith-supplied car.

A 14-car whites and yellows race kicked things off, with 313 Karl Roberts passing early leader 451 Martin Spiers. He would stay there until two laps from home when a puncture caused a spin and denied him the win. 76 Aaron Cozens, who had spun 415 Russell Cooper from second, was the beneficiary, winning from Spiers and 463 James Morris. Cozens was clearly delighted: “Over the moon – two times on the trot now. I was fairly lucky that he spun out.”

The rest of the meeting would be all-in, yielding fields of just over 20 cars for the two heats. When three white graders spun at the start of heat one, it was Spiers who emerged in front, staying there for the majority of the race. 249 Joff Gibson eventually found a way through with five laps to go, but was delayed by a spinning Cozens, allowing local superstar 16 Mat Newson past. Gibson fought back but Newson held on, with 197 Ryan Harrison and 390 Stuart Smith Jr then passing Gibson too. Newson held on for the win, with Smith passing Harrison for second on the final bend.

Cozens built a big lead in heat two as Smith and Newson were flying through the pack whilst having a good scrap with each other, passing and re-passing. They may have caught Cozens anyway but their task was made easier when he was delayed by 45 Nigel Harrhy and then spun with four laps to go. That let 97 Murray Harrison lead for a couple of laps, but Smith passed him with two to go. Harrison Sr held on for second while his son passed Newson for third on the final lap. Smith’s eye-catching pace in his new car was suggesting he could be a factor for next month’s World Final at Coventry despite a lowly grid position. He said: “There’s been some good racing. We came to dial the car in – we’ve had teething problems with it.”

We were down to 15 cars for the final and despite the relatively small field there was still lots of action and cars tangling. Cozens led before being passed by Roberts, while Smith was up to third within three laps. He and Newson were again the pace-setters. Newson briefly relieved him of the lead but Smith fought back to take the win from the local man, 191 Josh Smith and Roberts.

One less returned for the grand national which saw yellow flags for a tangle on the fourth bend with Roberts leading from 215 Geoff Nickolls, Ryan Harrison and Newson and Smith still some way down the order. Nickolls and Harrison moved past Roberts before Harrison hit the front and roared to victory. “I wanted that one,” he admitted. “It’s my first win of the season, believe it or not.” Smith passed Newson for second with two laps to go.

2500cc Pre-1975 Bangers

A slightly disappointing turnout of 25 classics were in attendance, with the ‘Unders’ and ‘Overs’ format (split at 1750cc) meaning the heats were thin on the ground. There were still some impressive machines though, with 280 Simon Goodale’s Triumph TR7 and 421 Lawrence Ault’s Morris Minor claiming the car of the meeting awards.

The heats for smaller cars were won by 216 Dan Booth, returning his Austin Maxi for a fourth consecutive year, and 312 Tom Reynolds (Ford Capri). The latter race saw 791 Nicky Young’s used Volvo P1800 being target for Ault and 77 Patxi Beasley, claiming them both entertainers awards.

The first larger car heat was dominated by Goodale and his Bad News running mate 27 Will Longford (Vauxhall VX4/90) who came home first and second in a formation finish. World Champion 390 David Gibson rolled out in his Triumph early on, while 557 Paul Bowen claimed the entertainers award in another Triumph. Bowen went on to win the second heat, his first ever win at the track, with his engine blowing just after he crossed the line. Longford was again second. 85 James Ellis was flying in his Mk3 Cortina that had previously seen action at Mildenhall, but was unable to catch the top two. 433 Ben Smith (Cortina Estate) claimed the entertainers award.

The all-in final raised 14 cars and provided a better race. Longford led initially, with Goodale spinning 597 Andy Ashman (Triumph) from second before relieving Longford of the lead. Booth put away fellow Maxi man 229 Sean Riddell to prevent him claiming a hat trick of final wins at this meeting, and move into third. From there he caught and passed Longford and then put Goodale into the fence to take the lead in all-action style. It wasn’t to end in glory though, as Longford fought back, turning Booth into the home straight fence from where he was unable to get going again. So Longford went on to win from the recovered Ashman and 338 Terry Garrod (Hillman Superminx). Entertainers awards went to Booth and Ellis, who had put away 22 Dave Vincent (A60) and Gibson in one go.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
White & Yellows 84 144 214 128 591 2 47 417 512 312
Heat 1 512 18 641 84 214 420 428 677 47 298
Heat 2 499 512 156 298 698 6 18 600 304 641
Heat 3 538 164 698 306 128 6 499 131 149 600
Final 600 730 47 306 128 698 499 428 220 512
All Comers 131 306 591 428 499 18 401 6 570 156
F1 Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
White & Yellows 76 451 463 330 415 313 249 62 428 307
Heat 1 16 390 197 249 463 451 559 330 215 97
Heat 2 390 97 197 16 249 463 215 559 313 191
Final 390 16 191 313 463 428 76 372 415 215
Grand National 197 390 16 191 313 559 215 463 91 nof
Pre 75 Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 216 77 673 325 421 45 312 376 nof
Heat 2 280 27 22 597 557 307 433 113 nof
Heat 3 312 325 433 77 421 nof
Heat 4 557 27 85 597 22 390 869 280 nof
Final 27 597 338 85 22 433 229 869 nof
Destruction Derby 433
Entertainer Awards 557 77 421 433 85 216 791
Car of Meeting 280 77

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