Arena Essex: Friends and relatives gather for Bob Kitchener

THE final memorial meeting for former Banger racer, Bob Kitchener, took place at Arena Essex on Sunday, the friends and relatives who traditionally turn out to race in Bob’s memory having one last blast around the Arena tarmac, along with the Rookie Banger regulars.

Heat one for the class saw two heavy fencings bring about a restart, Dan Gardiner and John Turnball being the victims. Just as the red flag flew Mark Carroll went for a rollover right in front of the starter. A quieter resumption saw Chris Whiteman take the win.

A poorly subscribed heat two saw Darren Mouser causing all sorts of aggro, spinning cars left and right. Jimmy Hughes took the win.

The final saw a full contact win from Darren Mouser, who despatched several along the way, including David Newman who had a torrid time along the home straight, getting hit several times as he spun in traffic. Jamie Webb lead for much of the distance but eventually went out with a big bang on turn one along with a handful of other cars. As Mouser took the flag his front tyre shredded, with pieces of rubber getting flung into the air. If the race was a lap longer, Grant Underhill would have had the win, as it was he had to settle for second with Paul Harrison third.

Just eight cars returned for the Destruction Derby with Mark Carroll putting in a huge hit on Dan Guidotti in the opening seconds, earning himself the most destructive driver award. Greg Cheeseman looked on course for another derby win, slamming his car into reverse to try to protect his engine, but a particularly large hit from Dan Howlett ultimately lead to his downfall. Arny Kucinskas and Paul Harrison slugged it out in the final seconds but at the same time as Kucinskas went up in flames, Harrison had troubles with his harness so the event was declared a tie.

Lee West took an unprecedented four straight wins in the SuperBanger class. Karl Douglas was his closest challenger but couldn’t keep pace and had a damaging spin in one of the events, a rare incident in a rather processional display from the formula.

The Stock Rods saw Steve Gooch take his new car to victory in heat one, although it emerged from the race somewhat battle scarred after Dave Burton caused a chain reaction bump which ultimately earned him a disqualification from the meeting. Richard Haines set a new lap record on his way to victory in the second heat whilst the final went the way of Paul Haralambou, who has finally got his Vauxhall Corsa running as well as the Nova that preceded it. After a torrid 2013 so far, Wayne Shackleford won the allcomers race at the end of the programme.

The next Arena Essex meeting coincides with Fathers Day on 16th June, so there is one present sorted for you! The National Bangers return along with the Lightning Rods and Mini Stox. Start time 1:30pm.

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