West Norfolk driver shows his class at Adrian Flux Arena
Lynn’s Wes Freestone made his first national banger appearance of the season on Monday – and promptly showed the large local crowd just what they had been missing.
Competing in the Michael Bailey Memorial, Freestone came from towards the back of a near 50-car grid in the final to take the chequered flag.
Freestone was not the only West Norfolk driver to shine at the Adrian Flux Arena with several local names getting their hands on silverware during a great afternoon of racing and some hard-hitting action
It looked as though Luke Allen – one of Michael Bailey’s former Predator team-mates – was going to take the spoils in the memorial race after taking an early lead.
But he quickly fell down the order after his car suffered massive damage when trying to work its way through one of the many pile-ups.
Dover’s Andy Battle briefly hit the front but it did not take long before Freestone took the lead and he took a commanding win from Swaffham’s Ashley Garrod, who also put in a great drive from the back of the grid to claim third spot.
Lynn’s Robert Betts was the first Predator home in fifth place.
Earlier in the day, Allen had got a runner-up finish in his heat with Betts, Garrod, Ross Cooper and Chris Horton all also recording strong places in their respective heats.
Joel Allen took home an entertainer award while both Cooper and Allen picked up two for outstanding performances throughout the afternoon.
Lynn father-and-son duo Russell and Callum Gill had another great day in the 1500cc bangers with both placing well in their heats before Russell led Callum across the line to claim second place in the final which was won by Attleborough’s Cameron Hubbard.
Fakenham’s Paul Lovick took the chequered flag in his first heat of the 1500s to go along with a fine runner-up spot in the second, only to spin out when well placed in the final.
Ryley Freestone also recorded a top-ten finish in his heat and went on to pick up an entertainer award later in the day.
Meanwhile, Garrod, who was having a busy day racing both classes of the national bangers, was also the recipient of an Entertainer Award following a crowd-pleasing performance.
If things were busy for Garrod, things were off the scale for Kieran Bowman, who not only raced both classes of national bangers, but also took place in the ramp rollover competition as well.
A third place was his best return although he was heavily involved in the action in both classes of national bangers throughout the afternoon.
Dersingham’s Sam Coote also took part in the ramp rollover competition where he was the only driver who was able to do a complete roll in his car.