West Norfolk driver returns to form at World Final meeting
Norfolk race fans have got used to getting excited about a local driver winning the F1 Stock Car World title – but a possible fairytale story for supporters in 2019 ended as early as the first lap.
There was an element of romanticism about Norfolk star Matt Newson’s challenge for the title which took place in front of a huge crowd at the Adrian Flux Arena last Saturday.
Newson himself was fortunate to be alive never mind to be on the fourth row of the World Final after bouncing back from a serious illness which nearly took his life back in February.
Starting the race in pole position was heavy short odds favourite Tom Harris, who has been dominant on shale tracks in 2019.
Newson – along with the other main rivals for the title – knew that they had to dispose of Harris in the early stages of the race or they would be left chasing shadows.
He made a decisive move on the first bend which saw him crash out.
Newson did rejoin for a while but was a lap down and retired soon after.
Up front the predictions of Harris’s success if his rivals failed to nail him in the early stages of the race as he cantered to a comfortable victory.
A delighted Harris performed ‘donuts’ on the home straight and then again in front of the temporary grandstand on the bends three and four before climbing on top of his car, chequered flag in hand, and punching the air.
After his triumph, Harris claimed: “I knew I was going in the wall on the first corner. “Luckily it didn’t knock me out because it was pretty heavy. They were only ever going to get one chance.”
Meanwhile, Heacham’s Willie Skoyles Jnr, who moved into F1 Stock Cars in the close season, produced his best results since moving into the formula.
In the consolation final, Skoyles clinched a superb second-place finish following a dramatic race where the lead changed hands several times.
A quick turnaround between his consolation and the final saw Skoyles fail to grid for the final, but he gridded for the Grand National where he produced another great drive en route to a third-place finish.
Following the meeting, a delighted Skoyles said: “What a night and finally I have got a car that feels like it’s getting somewhere.
“In the heat it had loads of push going into the bends and got a puncture.
“We made some changes to the car and what a transformation. It went where I wanted and I even managed to lead a few laps.
“Second in the consolation and third in the Grand National was much better than I expected.
“It was good to be running with the reds in the consolation race, I think I’m keen again.”
Stock car and banger racing returns to Lynn on Sunday (1pm) when the 1300 stock cars, two-litre bangers, 1500 bangers and junior bangers will all be in action.