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West Norfolk drivers play their part at Adrian Flux Arena stock car meeting

A big weekend of stock car and banger racing took place at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena where West Norfolk drivers once again enjoyed plenty of success.

Jake Banwell began the weekend off in style in the two-litre stock car European Championship with a fantastic victory in his first heat.

Following that high spot of the weekend, Banwell failed to finish any of the other qualifying races in the two-litre formula.

And things did not go too well in the European race itself when he got spun out before even crossing the start line.

Stock car 2 (11808712)
Stock car 2 (11808712)

He was then spun into the fence before getting collected by the pack which has unfortunately aggravated a back injury he suffered a few years ago which will see him having a bit of time out to fully recover.

Norwich’s Dan Parker won the race after being involved in a titanic battle with Diggy Smith throughout the race which was not decided until the very last bend.

The saloons will also be remembered for a big crash which saw Scottish star Barry Russell sent airborne.

This saw him go over the Armco barrier with the secondary safety fence then showing its importance by stopping the car entering the spectator area.

Stock car 1 (11808710)
Stock car 1 (11808710)

The King’s Abbey Taxis/Tyre Bay two-litre banger World Final was the highlight of a busy weekend of national banger racing.

Following his victory in the two-litre banger Michael Bailey Memorial, West Norfolk hopes were high of a success for Wes Freestone.

A fantastic drive by Freestone saw him force his way up to third place only for him to get caught up by backmarkers and end up not completing the distance in the race.

There were also great drives by Kieran Bowman, Robert Betts and Ross Cooper in the main event but none managed a top-ten finish in the race, which was eventually won by Canterbury’s Stu Cumming.

Davey Cox was in great form in the Old Skool FWD banger meeting on Saturday.

Cox took home not one, and not two, but three entertainer awards with a devastating display throughout the evening.

Fakenham’s Paul Lovick also had a great night picking up an entertainer award and taking home a brace of top-three finishes, including a third place finish in the final.

The father-and-son duo Russell and Callum Gill were also placed well throughout the evening.

Stock car and banger racing return to Lynn on June 22 when it is the all-Destruction Derby night for the national bangers, with the two-litre stock cars also back in action.

The racing at the Adrian Flux Arena will also include the annual Veterans’ race.

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