King’s Lynn driver Darren de-Fends world title from Swaffham Garrods

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One of the highlights of the Banger Racing calendar comes to Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm), as the 2016 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 hugely popular Two-Litre Saloon Stock Car formula.

The World Championship will be defended by hometown driver Darren Fendley who has spent the season so far displaying his gold roof at tracks across the country.

Among the favourites to succeed him are Swaffham siblings Terry and Ashley Garrod. Younger brother Ashley, the UK Champion in Micro Bangers, is hoping to avoid trouble from his on-track rivals who have prevented him winning in previous years.

“It’s my favourite meeting of the year,” said the 26-year-old scaffolder. “I’ve always been there or thereabouts but I’ve always been stopped. If I can stay out of trouble, I know the car’s quick enough but it’s whether they’ll let me win it.”

Other contenders include big-name visiting drivers Jason Jackson (Essex) and brothers Jack and Tom Foster (Nottinghamshire), while local veteran Kevin Cooper and hometown young gun Joel Allen will also be gunning for glory.

Heacham’s Willie Skoyles Jr and Lynn local Lee Sampson, European and National Champions respectively, will be among the Two-Litre Saloon Stock Car frontrunners, while hometown racer Harry Cobb competes in Junior Bangers.

Last weekend’s action at the track saw Norwich driver Daniel Weavers crowned World Champion in 1300cc Stock Cars.

He won in dominant fashion from Suffolk’s Luke Morphey and Londoner Lee Pearce. Peterborough racer Andrew Palmer and Scotsman Chris Burgoyne won the BriSCA Formula Two World Championship semi-finals that were also contested on the night, Palmer securing pole position for the World Final in the process.