King’s Lynn hosts bank holiday banger battle of the sexes

Lynns Callum Gill had a successful night last Saturday with three victories in the Unlimited Bangers which included taking a win in the East Anglian Championship
Lynns Callum Gill had a successful night last Saturday with three victories in the Unlimited Bangers which included taking a win in the East Anglian Championship

BriSCA Formula One Stock Cars headline an evening of full-contact motorsport at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow night (5.30pm) with a world championship qualifying round.

Formula Two Stock Cars and Ministox complete a full programme of BriSCA Stock Car action.

Then on Monday afternoon (1pm), the bank holiday crowds look set to be thrilled by the annual Banger Racing ‘Battle of the Sexes’ where a team of women – including local drivers Kay Atter, Kate Calver and Stacy Lightfoot – take on the men. The action-packed Micro Bangers, Junior Bangers and crazy Reliant Robins will also be in action in a frenetic afternoon’s racing.

Third in the Formula One world qualifying standings but top of this year’s national points, is legendary Yorkshireman Frankie Wainman Jr. At the season opener at Lynn last month, Wainman came within a whisker of a rarely-achieved maximum score earned by winning heat, final and grand national.

The feat is particularly difficult because of the lap handicap faced by the night’s final winner in the curtain-closing grand national event. Wainman, who was debuting a magnificent-looking new car only completed in the early hours of the morning, roared to heat and final successes, before scything his way through to third in the grand national.

Wainman said: “I think there is a little bit more in the car yet.

“To win heat and final, third in national was unbelievable.”

Among the big field of F1s is Norwich-based racer Mat Newson, last year’s track champion.

The Formula Two entry has been fully booked for weeks for their penultimate visit to the track ahead of the world championship semi-finals which are being staged at the Saddlebow Road venue in August. Lynn racer Scott Aldridge, a race winner at the track’s season opener, is among the competitors.

Another strong entry of Ministox is also expected, including winner of the final last time, Catherine Harris of Oxfordshire.

Lynn brothers Wes and Austen Freestone will be racing in the Micro Bangers on Monday, alongside Swaffham siblings Terry, Ashley and Jack Garrod. The entry also includes Lynn’s Ross Klyn, whose brother John will be racing in the Junior Bangers.

In last weekend’s St George’s Day action, Lynn teenager Callum Gill was crowned East Anglian champion in Unlimited Bangers with a fine display that saw him win three races on the night. The Saloon Stock Car English championship was claimed by Ely’s Sid Madgwick after a thrilling finish in which he overtook both Simon Venni (Sutton St James) and Simon Welton (Norwich) on the final bend. The latter duo had been having a ding-dong battle.