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King's Lynn's Adrian Flux Arena to host banger racing 2L World Final

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A number of local banger drivers will be competing in their biggest races of the season when the 2L World Final is contested at King’s Lynn tomorrow (5pm).

Racing will also come from the 2L stock cars and junior bangers in an event that is being sponsored by The Tyre Bay and King’s Abbey Taxis.

Because of the pandemic, the big race for the 2L bangers has not taken place since 2019 and hopes of West Norfolk glory in the big race are high.

Ashley Garrod (49469235)
Ashley Garrod (49469235)

Perhaps the biggest chance of success lies with Ashley Garrod who topped the qualifying points for this event.

Garrod is consistently one of the top performers in this formula and has been chasing success in this race for the past 15 years.

He claimed the PRI World title at Bristol in 2019 so is no stranger to success on the big race stage, but victory at the weekend would eclipse anything else in his career.

Joining Garrod on the grid are his brother Terry Garrod, Wes Freestone, Chris Horton and Kieran Bowman. Father-and-son duo Russell and Callum Gill, Ryley Freestone, Andy Frost, Sam Hildon and Brad Bowman will be trying to make it onto the grid through the last chance race.

The Gills are proficient winners in the national bangers at Lynn but this will be the first time that the pairing have competed in the 2L bangers.

Andy Frost is set for his first appearance in three years and Sam Hildon – son of former Banger star grade driver Rob Hildon – will make his first 2L banger appearance.

Austin Freestone recently impressed in the 2L stock car UK Championship at Skegness where he qualified for the championship in pole position.

He will be looking to transfer that form onto the shale on Saturday.

Kegan Sampson – a winner at Lynn last month – will also line up and his father Lee is always impressive around the venue and should put in another good account of himself.

Completing the action are the junior bangers where Perry Williamson, Sam Malkin and Rhys Mills will be in action.

Heacham F1 stock car driver Willie Skoyles junior had a disappointing trip to Yorkshire over the weekend to compete in the final two World Championship qualifying rounds which took place at Bradford’s famous Odsal Stadium.

Skoyles junior has been very impressive in his performances over the past month but things have become more difficult for him in July after he was promoted to the blue grade.

He failed to qualify for the final at Bradford and left pointless.

The West Norfolk driver made the final at Sheffield by the skin of his teeth by grabbing the final spot with a 12th-place finish in the consolation but he failed to grid for the feature race.

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