Newly-crowned champion fourth in memorial race

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Newly-crowned European saloon stock car champion Willie Skoyles junior paraded the trophy during a huge night of racing at the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday.

The Heacham driver enjoyed a decent night, scoring two top-ten finishes in the heats and fourth in the final of the Steve Newman Memorial race, despite suffering a few spins.

The Steve Newman Memorial final was won by Spalding’s Simon Venni, with Lynn’s Lee Sampson finishing third.

The six-a-side War of the Worlds team event featured a classic banger racing mix of good racing and big crashes.

The revived title, held for the first time in over a decade, was won by the VS Massive team, who included Lynn teenager Callum Gill in their line-up.

Gill played his part with second in the final and third in a heat.

But it was the wrecking in heat two and the final that stole the show.

Initially, that was dominated by the Sussex-based Bears and Team Sowter squads but in the final it involved almost every car on track with a massive, track-blocking pile-up developing at one end.

Junior bangers were also in action on the Saturday night, with Lynn locals Marshall Waldron and Harry Cobb performing admirably.

Cobb headed home Waldron as he took the chequered flag in heat two, his first heat win.

He then followed that with a fifth place finish in the meeting final.

There was also racing on Sunday for the 1300 stock cars, who were also contesting the Steve Newman Memorial, the micro bangers and the lady bangers.

The 1300 Steve Newman Memorial final was won by Todd Payne (Norwich) who put in a great drive.

The best local finisher was Wes Freestone (Lynn) who came home in seventh place.

Chris Brown (Lynn) was unlucky after running in third place for most of the race and looking a good bet for a rostrum finish, only to retire with mechanical gremlins on the final lap.

Brown had earlier enjoyed two good heats where he had finished fourth and third.

The micro bangers also produced plenty of great action.

Ashley Garrod (Swaffham) was the best local finisher in the final which was won by Lyndon Stark (Boston).

There had been a local success earlier when Ben Green won the consolation after a great race with Bruno Norman (Swaffham).

Terry Garrod (Swaffham) took home an entertainer award and the meeting ended on a high for the Garrod family with Ricky winning the All Comers and Ashley the Destruction Derby.

Stock car and banger racing returns to the Adrian Flux Arena on Sunday. July 17.