Former British champ Fendley from King’s Lynn keen to add Shale title

Dersingham racer Sam Coote will be looking to qualify for the 2L Banger World Final through the last chance race on Saturday night.

Dersingham racer Sam Coote will be looking to qualify for the 2L Banger World Final through the last chance race on Saturday night.

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One of the highlights of the Banger Racing calendar comes to Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow (6pm), as the 2015 Shale World Banger Championship is staged, with a large entry of the sport’s biggest names due to compete.

Support comes from the Banger Racing stars of the future in Junior Bangers, and the highly entertaining 1300cc Stock Car formula.

Lynn drivers Darren Fendley and Kevin Cooper are joined as qualifiers for the big race by Swaffham brothers Terry, Ashley and Jack Garrod.

Fendley, a former British Champion, will be keen to add the title to his CV, particularly after missing the race through injury when he had qualified on pole position in 2011.

Veteran driver Cooper is more likely to act as a spoiler to others’ chances, but on his day is still more than capable of winning races in the modern machinery he tends to race.

The Garrods will each be among the favourites for success. Terry in particular has claimed plenty of trophies at the track but has previously always suffered back luck in this race.

Seeking a place on the World Championship grid via the last-chance qualifying race will be Cooper’s son Ross, recent race winner Karl Thorpe, Joel Allen, Robert Betts and Jamie Childerhouse, all from Lynn, plus popular Dersingham racer Sam Coote.

The Stock Car entry includes local brothers Wes, Austen and Ryley Freestone, along with fellow Lynn driver Chris Brown.

Last weekend, BriSCA Formula One Stock Cars, Two-Litre Saloon Stock Cars and Ministox provided some terrific action at the track.

Norfolk racer Mat Newson was a Formula One heat winner, while Marham’s Jake Banwell continued his excellent form, leading both Saloon heats and the final, eventually taking third and second places in the heats.

Unfortunately Jake’s night ended with a visit to the fence which saw him sustain a back injury which looks like it will mean an early end to the 2015 campaign for the popular Marham youngster.

This is a shame as he was just fully hitting top form, as his results earlier that night showed.