Sport - Stock Cars: Jake, 16, makes fine debut

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Swaffham race ace Jake Banwell, 16, made his adult racing debut at the Norfolk Arena on Saturday in a debut that he will never forget.

Banwell followed in his cousin Craig’s footsteps into the 2L stock cars and produced some extraordinary car control en-route to a sixth place finish – passing far more experienced rivals from the rear of the 28 car grid.

Jake, who also performed a massive acrobatical rollover, was also presented with the Roundwheel Racewear merit award for his exploits.

Keeping the Banwell name at the forefront of affairs was Jake’s cousin Craig (Lynn) who came very close to winning the White and Yellow Championship.

Banwell came home in second place ahead of Fred Powell (Downham) and Scott Aldridge (Lynn).

He then went on to secure a third and tenth-place finish in his other heats before coming home in a battling eighth place in the meeting final.

Powell produced a good drive in the opening heat before he was reeled in by a fast-moving Willie Skoyles (Heacham), who eventually finished fourth.

Jamie Sampson (Rougham) was also placed throughout an action-packed evening.

In the lady bangers, Ely’s Danielle Hewitt took the title for the first time.

Kate Calver (Swaffham) was unlucky in the first All Comers race when she broke a steering arm after clipping the fence while trying to avoid a near-track blockage after leading the race.

Stock car and banger racing returns to the Norfolk Arena on Sunday, December 9.

A busy night of action will see the unlimited banger nutcracker, 1500cc banger national final, pre-70 for the unlimited bangers and 1300 stock cars all take to the popular circuit.