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World final wait goes on for West Norfolk drivers

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The wait for a West Norfolk driver to qualify for the BriSCA F1 stock car world final goes on.

Despite the large number of West Norfolk drivers who compete in short oval racing, the ultimate prize in the sport continues to prove elusive.

Indeed the last West Norfolk driver to qualify for the World Final at the first attempt through the semi-final was Bob Reeve back in 1958.

Willie Skoyles junior (49929990)
Willie Skoyles junior (49929990)

In that year Reeve went on to win the title but then had to defend it from the back after failing to negotiate the semi-final that year.

Things have been a bit barren since then and whilst football fans may think they have had it tough not having won a championship since 1966, West Norfolk stock car fans have had an even bigger drought cheering any success from a semi-final since.

Heacham’s Willie Skoyles Jnr had been looking to change all that on Saturday after squeezing onto the back of the World semi grid.

However things were not meant to be and after he was delayed in an incident in the opening laps he was always up against it.

Finishing the race itself was an achievement but he never got above 14th on the lap chart and eventually finished in 15th place – just three places out of the qualifying positions.

Leek’s Craig Finnikin won an exciting semi-final and will start on the front row of the big race which takes place at Bradford in September.

Skoyles commented “It was nice to be part of the main race – my first ever one in F1. Thanks for everyone’s support.

“Unfortunately it was over pretty early doors in the semi, getting caught with a spinning car and then turned myself.

“The car felt much better though - all the work over the last couple of weeks has definitely helped. Just need some luck now. Kept the team busy again last night getting a fair amount of damage each race.”

It was a difficult night for Skoyles who also failed to finish both the Consolation and the Grand National.

Skoyles still has a chance to make the grid through the second chance consolation semi-final which takes place at Sheffield at the end of the month.

Downham’s Karl Gilbert was the last West Norfolk driver to get in the grid through this route back in 2002.

In the F2 stock cars, Harry Hensby qualified for the final with an eighth-place finish in his heat.

Bangers take centre stage at Lynn this weekend with a pre-1990 unlimited banger session, pre-1994 micro banger session, 1500cc banger session and racing also from the junior bangers.

Russell Gill and Ashley Garrod will be continuing their battle at the top of the National Points and following his third place finish in the 2L banger world a couple of weeks ago.

Garrod remains top of the pile with a slender advantage.

Other drivers in action across the formulas include Kieran Bowman, Callum Gill, Darren Fendley, Terry and Ricky Garrod, Ashlun Woods, Ben Green, Sam Coote, Alex Ward, Harry Cobb, Ryan Leeks, Paul Lovick, Daniel Bitson and Jack Bailey.

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