King’s Lynn driver Lee crowned British saloon champion

Points Champion 338 Terry Garrod in action in the 1500cc Bangers on Saturday night 20.6.15
Points Champion 338 Terry Garrod in action in the 1500cc Bangers on Saturday night 20.6.15
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Lynn driver Lee Sampson was crowned British champion in Two-Litre Saloon Stock Cars for the second time in his career on Sunday afternoon at Taunton.

A win and a second in the qualifying heats on Saturday night gave Sampson a third row starting position for the big race.

From there, he rose to fourth in the opening exchanges, then made excellent use of the front bumper to demote those ahead and take the lead from Surrey’s Todd Jones.

Sampson carved through the back-marker traffic with ease, eventually taking a comfortable win ahead of Devon driver Eddie Darby.

n Pre-meeting favourites Team Jackpot lived up to the hype at the 1500cc Banger East Anglian Team Final by lifting the title with another dominant display by the Garrod brothers who formed the team.

Terry, Ashley, Jack and Charlie all contributed to the success of the team in one way or another with great performances both in recording results and blocking opponents. Ash was the top points scorer for the team with a win and runner-up finish in his heats backed up with a fifth place finish in the final where brother Terry was the team’s top finisher with a third place finish. The team did not just concentrate on scoring points though and put in some great crowd pleasing performances as well which was shown by Terry and Jack’s entertainer awards.

Other local drivers in the places throughout the evening included Darren Fendley (Lynn) who spearheaded a strong challenge from Team Bash which also saw Karl Thorpe score well, while Shaun Clarke (Lynn) was in the places for Team Cruncher.

Wes Freestone (Lynn) placed in both his heat and final in the 1300 Stock Cars on a night where a selection of quick lower grade drivers made life very difficult for the stars – indeed white top drivers in the shape of Gavin Payne (Norwich), Ben Whitehall (Ipswich) and Chris Morley (Boston) took all of the race victories with the top three drivers in the final all being white tops as well. Austen Freestone (Lynn) also performed well with a runner-up finish in the first heat being his best result with Steve Walden and Chris Brown (both Lynn) also scoring well.

There is a couple of weeks gap before racing returns to the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday, July 11 (6pm) with the Micro Bangers, 1300 Stock Cars, Lady Bangers and Junior Bangers.