Former team-mates lead tribute to ‘Bandit’ at King’s Lynn

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The annual memorial race meeting for Michael ‘Bandit’ Bailey takes place at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena this weekend, one of the highlights of the Banger Racing calendar.

Big fields of Unlimited and Two-Litre Bangers are expected to pay tribute to the former racer, with action commencing at 6pm tomorrow.

Bailey spent much of his career racing in the colours of the Predators team. A number of his former team-mates will be racing in tribute, as they do each year – often with plenty of success, including a 1-2-3 in the Two-Litre category last year. Among their line-up are Lynn livewire Luke Allen and his brother Joel.

Hometown driver Darren Fendley looks set to race in both classes of Bangers as he mounts a challenge for this year’s National Points crown, having won similar titles at other promotions in the past. His main challenge could come from Swaffham brothers Terry, Ashley and Jack Garrod who have been on top form so far in 2015 and rarely miss any meetings.

Elder brother Terry is targeting a victory in the big, rear-wheel drive Unlimited Bangers. He said: “I’m still looking for my first win in the Unlimited – that’s what I want. To win a heat would be nice, just for all the effort.”

Lynn drivers Andy Frost and the experienced Kevin Cooper will be further ones to watch, with Frost in particular more likely to be taking home entertainer trophies for his crowd-pleasing antics than silverware for race victories.

Completing the programme are 1300cc Stock Cars, where home-town racer Wes Freestone is currently the number one ranked driver. Younger brother Austen may be forced to miss the meeting having faced mechanical troubles recently, while Chris Brown and Stephen Walden complete the home contingent.