Monday, September 26, 2022

Arena Essex: Easter thrills and spills

CONNOR Reeve suffered the peaks and troughs of motorsport on Sunday when his heat one victory in the Junior Mini Stox category at Arena Essex, was followed swiftly by a huge crash in the next event. Reeve was looking to take his ex title winning Freddie Lee Mini to another victory when he was pitched hard into the fence by Bradley Lee, who was competing at his first meeting. The stationery Reeve was then struck hard by Daniel Newman and both cars rolled over on impact. Thankfully, although shaken, both drivers were fine and Joe Parsons went on to win the restarted race. Parsons had no answer to Reid Murray in the feature final, finishing second, whilst David Rogers disposed of Bradley Lee on his way to third.

After a popular victory for Arena veteran, Bernie French in heat one, Brian Jarvis then dominated the SuperBanger class, taking the second heat and final as the powerful cars proved more than a handful in the changeable weather conditions. On the first corner of the final, Wayne Barling found the same piece of armco as he had done when his throttle stuck open in an earlier heat. He then stood on the sidelines cringing as the increased rainfall saw car after car lock up and slide into his stricken machine.

The visiting Heritage F2 Stock Cars provided three different winners with Mick Whittle perhaps unlucky to only win the one heat, mechanical problems affecting the rest of his meeting. After rolling over at this corresponding fixture last year, Marty Page was happy to instead take the chequered flag in the other heat, whilst 2007 Arena Essex Champion, Andy Bateman, was the delighted winner of the final.

Finally the Rookie Bangers arrived in great numbers to get their season underway in style. The final was a particularly good race with Dave Palmer doing fantastically well to hold off Perry Bisnell over the final couple of laps to take a well earned win. Heat wins went the way of Sam Topley and Jamie McAngus with “Racey” Stacey Venton eventually winning the Destruction Derby in a confusing finale to the meeting. A nasty looking fire in the Dave Palmer car was eventually subdued by a number of extinguishers and the event was declared with a few cars still looking relatively mobile.

The Lightning Rod English Championship tops the bill at the next Arena Essex meeting on 22nd April with National Bangers, SuperBangers and Mini Stox providing plenty of contact thrills in support. Start time 1pm.

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