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Saturday 16 May 2015

Report Mark Paulson


Almost 100 National Bangers raced in tribute to Michael ‘Bandit’ Bailey at his twelfth annual memorial meeting at the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday night (16 May). The Unlimited Bangers stole the show with action aplenty, and Great Yarmouth’s 439 Danny Sutton taking the title, while Wisbech-based 51 James Licquorice claimed the Two-Litre version. Also in action were 1300cc Stock Cars, with 780 Simon Sparrow taking his second consecutive final at the track, and the second appearance of MicroStox, where 160 Jacques West was again the pick of the bunch.


Unlimited Bangers

Th3 69-strong turnout included a whole host of big names and some impressive machinery. There were a number of Yanks, all used, except for 514 Charlie Taylor’s Cadillac Fleetwood which had previously been present but not raced. It was also good to see a few of the drivers from Bandit’s former Predators team who don’t race regularly anymore. 

An usual two-from-three heat format was adopted, with 30 cars in the first. 579 Gary Beecham (XJS) was lively early on, culminating in him blowing up the visiting 119 Kieran McGhee (Vole), only to be blasted by 32 Alan Wombwell (TX1), which led to a stoppage to help Beecham out. He and Wombwell had both done enough to earn entertainers awards. There was then another stoppage when 421 Nigel Riley blasted 372 Barry Overland in an all-Yank affair. Riley was run in by Taylor on the restart, and then did his best to make a nuisance of himself for the rest of the race, managing to land a t-bone on 898 Andy Battle as he passed. Battle was in second place and managed to hold on, but was unable to challenge 601 Chris Medler who had been in front for most of the race.

Heat two had 38 cars and featured a bit of a pile-up on the scoreboard bend. 377 Zak Street led almost the entire race but was really struggling with a loose wheel in the last few laps. He was reeled in and spun out by 247 Lee Clarke on the final lap, although it transpired Clarke was a lap down, and the win was taken by Michael Bailey’s former Team Black team-mate, 95 Rob Taylor, from 209 Tom Waller, with Nigel Riley given the race entertainers award.

There were 37 in heat three, which saw 196 Ben Harrison (returning his Lincoln Continental from Stoke) blow up 176 Ady Gibbs, with 779 Luke Allen also getting involved. 328 Dan Lathan followed in Medler, while 133 Karly Day gave up the lead of the race to follow in 388 Taylor Sowter. With Day unable to detach himself from Sowter’s wreck, that set up the action of the race, as Harrison blasted the Bear, with 521 Ashley Riley then piling in, followed by Allen and 41 Paul Pentecost. Slightly further round the bend, 791 Nicky Young was blitzed by 137 Jay Chilton who was then done by 180 Mark Foster. All of that led to entertainers awards for Harrison, Foster and Day. Out front, Street took over the lead from Day, with Young in second until he got caught in the bend four action. But while it was Street who took the flag, a check of the lap sheets revealed World of Shale champion 148 Ian Redden to be the true winner, from 160 Shayn Winsor.

The all-in final raised 39 cars, with some big action on the roadside bend between 960 Ross Winsor, 10 Ben Collins and the Team Sowter and Bears cars, earning race entertainers awards for Sowter, Foster and 884 Tom Filmer. Foster was also awarded the trophy for best hit of the night. After red flags to assist 1346 Adrian Court, 439 Danny Sutton pulled clear to take the win from Shayn Winsor and 811 Pete Winter.


Two-Litre Bangers

A slightly disappointing field of 25 cars led to three all-in races, with the first being run as the feature for the Bandit Memorial trophy. All but one made it out for that, which saw 390 David Gibson follow in 479 Jason Wood, with 108 Tom Smith then dumped into the latter by 89 Joe Barratt. Out front, 51 James Licquorice overhauled 170 Darren Teal for the win, with Gibson also following through. 

Down to 20 for the first allcomers, where 392 Sam Baines spun 390 Dan Stacey from the lead, with the latter then blasted by 174 Callum Henderson who was later put away by 338 Terry Garrod, earning Garrod the race entertainers award. Licquorice caught and passed Baines for his second win of the night, earning an upgrade to yellow, while Baines spun from second, handing the place to team-mate Gibson.

Nineteen returned for the second allcomers race, which Baines again led much of. He found time to put away debutante 07 Jack Redden who was then blasted by Barratt. But 399 Jonny Atkin caught and passed ‘Baino’ to take the win, while 209 Tom Waller was awarded the trophy for best hit of the night in the class.


1300cc Stock Cars

With a clashing meeting at Ipswich, the 1300s were slightly down in numbers, but still raised a decent 25 cars, including debutante 610 Steven Roberts. 

Proceedings began with the final of last year’s White & Yellow Grade Series, held over from Coventry earlier this year. The grid was based on 2014 end-of-season grades and points, allowing those who had recently been upgraded one last ‘hurrah’ from a lower grade. 22 Ian Cowern took full advantage as he waltzed to the win from the front row (after overcoming the fast-starting 341 Austen Freestone), before spending the rest of the meeting starting from the yellow grade. The trophy positions were completed by 780 Simon Sparrow and Freestone, with 400 Kevin Shinn coming home fourth.

All three would go on take wins in the remainder of the meeting. Freestone pulled clear to take the victory in heat one from 07 Ady Moden and 273 Kevin McClagish who had pitched Cowern towards the fence at the fastest part of the track earlier in the race. Fortunately for Cowern, 653 Gemma Rainer was in the right place to straighten him up before what would have been a very heavy collision.

Shinn then spun out erstwhile leader 794 Chris Brown to claim the spoils in heat two, in his first meeting from the blue grade. Brown quickly recovered in third place, which became second when he demoted 316 Danny McCluskey. Freestone half-spun Rainer as she challenged him for fourth, as the race saw a swift conclusion after 09 Buster Ketteringham had taken a hefty knock on the home straight.

The 18-car final provided a consummate win for 780 Simon Sparrow, his second in a row at the track and his third overall this season, lifting him to second in the points. The race had begun with McCluskey and 666 Steve Littlejohn pulling well clear, before a smoking 340 Wes Freestone spun Littlejohn whilst he was being lapped. 92 Gavin Nicholls then rolled on the home straight, bringing out the red flags. On the resumption, McCluskey broke clear of a four-abreast squabble for second, which saw 781 Scott Sparrow fired into the fence and 409 Carlos Pears roll on the back straight, leading to another halt. By this time, Simon Sparrow had got into second, from where he spun out McCluskey and then pulled clear to win, followed by 08 Lee Green, with Moden completing the trophy positions.



After one broke down en route and another failed scrutineering, we  were left with just three MicroStox for their second appearance at the track. Once again, the experienced Jacques West proved the pick of the bunch, scoring a heat-and-final double. His one defeat came at the hands of 236 Robbie Bruce in heat one when West’s handicap proved a little too large, although he did overhaul 421 Jim Cogger on the final bend for second. After that, it was relatively plain sailing for West, though the three cars did manage to provide surprisingly close racing throughout.


Unlimited Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 601 898 328 338 960 128 439 514 196 nof
Heat 2 95 209 821 160 148 247 338 79 433 521
Heat 3 148 160 22 821 247 433 439 128 898 790
Bandit Memorial Final 439 160 811 601 821 382 nof
Destruction Derby 196
Merit Awards 513 514 757 811
Entertainer Awards 32 579 421 133 196 180 388 180 884 328
Entertainer Awards 119 211 266 428
2L Bangers 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Bandit Memorial Final 51 390 (DG) 170 673 128 339 261 399 287 209
All Comers 1 51 390 (DG) 399 128 673 339 337 701 287 261
All Comers 2 399 392 673 128 287 701 338 261 390 803
Destruction Derby 392
Merit Awards 171
Entertainer Awards 209 338 399 479 390 (DS
1300 Stock Cars 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
White & Yellow Final 22 780 341 400 781 444 273 316 838 666
Heat 1 341 07 273 781 653 409 838 340 09 276
Heat 2 400 794 316 341 653 08 92 673 781 409
Final 780 08 07 333 653 838 673 341 666 794
Micra Stox 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Heat 1 236 160 421
Heat 2 160 236 nof
Final 160 421 236
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  • 32 579 mh
  • 328 388 mh
  • 439 mh
  • 51 win 338 win mh
  • 514 mh
  • 7 mh (2)
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