Local drivers fend off UK shale showdown challenge

British Champion 428 Lee Sampson will be back in action at the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday night.
British Champion 428 Lee Sampson will be back in action at the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday night.
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Shale track motorsport’s biggest Banger Racing championship of the year takes place at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow night (6pm), the Unlimited Bangers World of Shale.

Racing continues on Sunday afternoon (1pm) with more Bangers and Stock Cars in action.

Lynn driver Darren Fendley aims to continue his fine run of form which saw him claim the Two-Litre Banger World Championship last month. He heads the local entry for the World of Shale, alongside Swaffham-based National Points champion Terry Garrod and fans’ favourite Luke Allen.

The event has attracted the sport’s top drivers from all across the UK as part of its 80-strong entry.

They include defending champion Ian Redden of Northamptonshire, an acknowledged master of rear-wheel drive racing on shale, and Worksop brothers Tom and Jack Foster.

The ever-popular Lee Clarke (Bungay) and Sowter brothers, Carl and Taylor (Surrey) make the journey too.

Two-Litre Saloon Stock Cars and Unlimited Lady Bangers will also be in action on Saturday night. The Stock Car entry includes the formula’s new World champion, Norwich-based Simon Welton, as well as Lynn’s own British champion, Lee Sampson, and Heacham’s Willie Skoyles Jr.

Lynn locals Kate Calver and Kay Atter are sure to enjoy their annual outing in rear-wheel drive machinery in the Unlimited Lady Bangers.

The pair will be in action again on Sunday afternoon in a conventional Lady Banger meeting, when they will be joined by fellow Lynn racers Stacy Lightfoot and Kerry Ingram.

Sunday’s National Banger racing comes in the form of the crash-happy 1500cc Bangers in a National Championship qualifying round. Fendley and Garrod will once again feature, alongside the latter’s brothers Ashley and Jack, plus Lynn-based livewires Jake Burgess and Simon Eglen.

Junior Bangers, Modstox and Stoxkarts complete a packed programme.