King’s Lynn Gill father and son bid for stock car glory

Heachams Lewis Godfrey (93) in action in  the 4x4 SUV Bangers last Sunday
Heachams Lewis Godfrey (93) in action in the 4x4 SUV Bangers last Sunday

Following Sunday’s Wacky Races, Stock Car and Banger Racing makes a quick return to Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow night (5.30pm) with another four-formula special.

The 1500cc National Bangers will provide hard-hitting crashing action, ably backed up by Lady Bangers and Junior Bangers. The Stock Cars come in the extremely popular 1300cc format, with another excellent entry expected.

Lynn father-and-son duo Russell and Callum Gill will be making their first appearance of the season in the 1500cc Bangers, hoping to make a good start to their campaign in the opening National Championship qualifying round. Further Lynn drivers competing will be crash-happy trio Jake Burgess, Jason Farthing and Karl Thorpe.

They will be joined by Swaffham brothers Terry, Ashley and Jack Garrod who each competed in both the 4x4 Bangers and Two-Litre Bangers on Sunday.

Ashley managed the family’s best result with third in the Two-Litre final. There had been local success in both heats too as Lynn drivers Joel Allen and Kevin Cooper took victories.

Hometown driver Kay Atter will be racing in the Lady Bangers’ first outing of the season this weekend, while fellow local Oliver Betts goes in the Junior Bangers.

Lynn brothers Wesley, Austen and Ryley Freestone compete in their second 1300cc Stock Car event in seven days at the track. Elder brother Wesley fared best on Sunday, with a pair of eighth place finishes in the heats followed by fourth in the final.

Sunday’s Wacky Races meeting was enjoyed by another good crowd at the Saddlebow Road venue, with a big field of the unusual 4x4 Bangers and a decent showing of three-wheeled Reliant Robins providing plenty of entertainment for those in the stands and on the terraces.

Heacham’s Lewis Godfrey put on an excellent display in his first appearance in the 4x4 SUV Bangers. Godfrey went on the attack from the off. He recorded a fantastic runner up finish in the first race and earned himself an entertainer award in the next one, such was his impressive all round display. Dersingham’s Sam Coote also did very well until a blown engine saw an early end to his afternoon whilst Tom Reynolds (Heacham) scored well throughout the day. But the best local finisher in the final was Terry Garrod (Swaffham) with a fourth place in a race which was won by Jonny Atkin (Bourne).

Kevin Cooper followed in son Jon’s footsteps who got his name on the 2L Banger Commentator’s Cup back in 2012 with a heat win and runner-up together with a runner-up finish in the final seeing him end the day as the top points scorer of the day.