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King's Lynn Adrian Flux Arena stages massive BriSCA F1 Stock Car World Final on September 14 with Norfolk drivers chasing first title since East Dereham’s Bob Reeve won in 1958


By Pete Woodhouse


The Adrian Flux Arena will stage its biggest banger event of the year on Saturday (Sep 14, 5.30pm) when the Auto Tech Recruit BriSCA F1 Stock Car World Final comes to town.

Known as the Big League, F1 Stock Cars are the biggest and most popular formula in the short oval racing world and extra stands have gone up at the Lynn venue to accommodate what is expected to be a near sellout crowd.

Norfolk is seen as the hotspot of UK stock car racing but despite the huge success which local drivers have had in the overall sport, the F1 Stock Car World title – the biggest short oval race to take place outside the USA – has eluded them. Lots of pain and hard luck stories have come since East Dereham’s Bob Reeve won the title on August 23, 1958 at Belle Vue’s historic stadium.

Bob Reeve. (16388024)
Bob Reeve. (16388024)

Norfolk number one Mat Newson will be aiming to end more than 60 years of hurt on Saturday and is ideally placed starting the big race on the fourth row.

It is a very strong international grid with the high flying Tom Harris on pole position. Harris is juggling his F1 exploits with trying to forge a career in the Sprint Cars in the USA and he has been putting this experience to good use, being dominant on the shale tracks.

Matt Newson stox. (16388022)
Matt Newson stox. (16388022)

With drivers and fans travelling from all over Europe and even as far away as New Zealand, this will create a fantastic international atmosphere.

This will be the fifth time that the event, which first took place in 1955, has been staged at Lynn.

Although not in the World Final, Willie Skoyles will be looking to take the chance to impress. Skoyles has found the going tough in the competitive world of BriSCA F1 after winning the 2L Stock Car National Points in 2018. He has put in some great laps though and will be looking to put that behind him on Saturday.

The World Final weekend starts tonight (Friday – 6.30pm) when the overseas F1 Stock Cars, with over 70 cars taking to the grid, and the 2L Stock Cars are both in action.

Kieran Bowman stox. (16388029)
Kieran Bowman stox. (16388029)

• Callum Gill was unlucky in the Unlimited Banger World of Shale Championship last Saturday at Lynn. When the race was stopped at halfway Gill was not only leading but had lapped the entire field.

He was then a target for other drivers and ended up not finishing. The race was very destructive and brilliant to watch and ended with Sheffield’s Kyle Shires – who had won the last chance race and started at the back of the 50-plus grid ended up winning – taking up the lead on the final lap! Kieran Bowman raced a smart Yank which he put to great use and ended up taking home an entertainer award following another superb crowd pleasing display.



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