Swaffham’s Garrod takes UK Micro Bangers crown

Ashley Garrod (centre) following his success in the UK Championship pictured with runner up Terry Garrod (right) and third placed Daid Gibson (Left)
Ashley Garrod (centre) following his success in the UK Championship pictured with runner up Terry Garrod (right) and third placed Daid Gibson (Left)
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Swaffham banger racing driver Ashley Garrod was crowned UK Champion in Micro Bangers for the second time in his career at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday night.

Triumphant in 2007 when his uncle Graham joined him among the trophy places, on this occasion Garrod was followed home by elder brother Terry.

With younger brother Jack finishing sixth, it was another successful day for the family, following on from Ashley’s success in the Ally Cox Memorial meeting at Swaffham last month.

“2015’s been a great year,” Ashley said. “I won granddad’s memorial meeting a couple of weeks ago, was over the moon with that, and this now.”

Terry added: “I’m really happy for Ash.

“It’s the second time he’s won. It takes a big effort from everyone.”

Ashley started from the outside of row five on the grid but soon worked his way into the lead, while brother Terry joined him at the front a few laps from home when he completed an around-the-outside passing manoeuvre on defending champion David Gibson (Bourne) who finished third.

Also finishing in the top ten in the UK Final were world champion Darren Fendley (Lynn) who came home in fifth place, Jack Garrod (Swaffham) sixth and Jason Farthing (Lynn) eighth.

There were also great performances from Kevin Freestone, Ben Green, Josh Green and Ross Klyn who all scooped entertainer awards.

Two-Litre (non-Mondeo) Bangers were also on the programme, with young Wisbech racer Ryan Leeks being crowned King of the Fens, after heading home Lynn local Shaun Clarke in their big race. Garrod, Fendley and Wes Freestone all placed in the main race as well with Wes also winning an entertainer award in the Destruction Derby.

Completing the programme were the hard-hitting Two-Litre Saloon Stock Cars who contested their Bumper Trophy. Spalding driver Tom Yould triumphed over a big field of cars in the main event, with Lynn’s Lee Sampson – a former winner of the title – in third. Carl Waterfield (Ely) and track champion-elect David Aldous (Diss) were also winners on the night.

Jamie Sampson (Rougham), Willie Skoyles (Heacham), Chris Masters (Hunstanton) and Craig Banwell (Lynn) all recorded good finishes throughout the night as well.

Four-wheeled racing action at the Adrian Flux Arena returns on October 24 when the BriSCA Formula One Stock Cars will be contesting an end-of-season Shoot Out round, joined by BriSCA Formula Two Stock Cars for their Grand National Championship.