Lynn stock car driver Scott Aldridge made a dream start to the season at the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday night at his local track.
He scored his first-ever win in BriSCA Formula Two, one of the fastest categories in the country.
The Formula Two world championship qualifying round raised a capacity entry of more than 60 cars. Aldridge was drawn in the opening heat which took place after a heavy rain shower, making conditions very tricky. He led until almost half-distance before dropping out, meaning he would have to try again in the consolation race. That proved a case of second time lucky, as Aldridge dominated in a flag-to-flag victory.
When told afterwards that the car looked to be running very well, the former Saloon Stock Car, Banger and Lightning Rod driver joked: “It’s the driver! I’m over the moon.”
Aldridge was brought back down to earth in the final when he crashed out of the race won by eight-times world champion Rob Speak (Manchester) from Peterborough’s Andrew Palmer and Carl Issitt (Spalding).
Also in action were Two-Litre and 1300cc Stock Cars, both competing for the Clive Grief Memorial Trophy. Each raised excellent fields of around 50 cars.
Simon Welton (Norwich) and Billy Smith (Diss) won the respective main events. Hometown driver Wes Freestone managed a best finish of third in his heat in the 1300s.
In the bigger two-litre cars, Lynn drivers Lee Sampson and Willie Skoyles struggled to find their best form. Drawn in the same heat, Sampson finished seventh and Skoyles was ninth after both had spun early on. Neither was able to make much impression in the final but Sampson salvaged a reasonable points haul to start the season by placing fifth in the allcomers race.