King’s Lynn duo head favourites in stock car season opener

Willie Skoyles Jnr
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The national stock car racing season kicks off at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow (5.30pm) with a record entry of cars set to start the season in style.

BriSCA Formula Two Stock Cars contest their opening world qualifying round, while the Two-Litre and 1300cc Stock Car categories both race for prestigious Clive Grief Memorial Trophies.

The massive 60-car Two-Litre Saloon Stock Car entry is packed with quality, much of it based in the local area which is a hotbed for the formula. Lynn drivers Lee Sampson (the British Champion) and Willie Skoyles Jr will be among the front-runners, while Heacham’s Chris Masters should be in the thick of the action.

Also competing are World Champion Simon Welton (Norwich), National Champion David Aldous (Diss) and the Peterborough-born Scottish Champion Luke Grief, son of Clive.

Like their bigger cousins, the 1300cc Stock Cars have also raised a record entry for this meeting of over 50 cars, with Lynn’s own Wes Freestone likely to be at the sharp end of proceedings, as National Points Champion. His younger brothers Austen and Ryley will also be racing at this year’s World Final venue, along with fellow hometown racers Chris Brown and Stephen Walden.

It is a big year for Formula Two racing on shale, with the World Semi-Finals set to be staged back at Lynn in August and the World Final also on the loose this year.

Drivers will travel from all over the country, with several visitors from Holland too, for Saturday’s meeting.

Hometown hopeful Scott Aldridge carries local interest, having switched to the formula in the middle of last year after several years in Saloon Stock Cars, Bangers and Lightning Rods.

The entry also includes National Points Champion George MacMillan (Glasgow), Skegness-based World of Shale Champion Mark Simpson, and the legendary eight-times World Champion Rob Speak (Manchester).