THE National Bangers got off to an explosive start at Arena Essex on Bank Holiday Monday with a huge smash within moments of the green flag. Louis Farnell’s car failed on the grid and before he could move to safety an unsighted Alfie Lee ploughed into him, setting off a high speed chain of collisions, which culminated with Jason “Boxer Jack” Jackson launching Jack Tuffen into an airborne crash. As the dazed drivers involved pulled to the infield to try to piece together what had just happened, Bill Crittenden followed Liam Read heavily into the fence whilst Scott Cornish raced to the win.
Heat two saw a mid race rollover for Joey Palmer. Palmer landed back on his wheels but couldn’t restart his car, so he remained as an obstacle on the pit bend. Cornish failed to navigate Palmer’s car, spinning into the wreck and losing any chance of a second win, instead his thoughts turned to mischief and he delayed the leader, Karl Douglas, just enough to allow Jason “Boxer Jack” Jackson to strike on the last corner and push him out of the way for the win.
Damian Wright, a welcome visitor from Ipswich, was destroyed by Crittenden in the final, an otherwise quiet event, once again won by Jackson.
An entertaining “Spinners special” race, won by Nathan Roberts preceded a great Destruction Derby in which Jackson somehow overcame the Cream Team duo of Jamie Harding and Danny Allen.
New National Champion, Will Morphey, was amongst the Junior Mini Stox entry, but it was Harry Steward and Aaron Totham who won the heats. Totham’s success came after a titanic battle for the lead with Ryley Freestone which ended with Freestone getting spun off of the inner kerb and barrell rolling roof first into the barrier. Thankfully Freestone was unhurt and returned for the final where he resumed his battling with Totham. This time however it was for the minor placings as Steward once again took up the lead with a great battle between Ryan Polley and Lauren Overy being resolved in the formers favour.
A welcome extra few cars enlivened the Lightning Rods even though a couple of them seemed to have been fitted with a self destruct button! Steve Norman and Dan Guidotti shared the heats before Norman got a little too robust in his attempts to wrestle the lead from Kiereen Thomas in the final causing both to slide wide allowing Anthony Lawrence to sweep by for the win.
The Stock Rods also provided three winners throughout the afternoon, Jamie Akehurst and Jamie Lee Callis won the heats before former Spedeworth racer, Andy Owen, dominated the final once he had deposed Daniel Imber of the lead.
Arena Essex powers back into action this Sunday 11th May with a big entry of the mighty 2 Litre Saloon Stock Cars looking likely to give the barriers a stern test. A World Qualifying round for the Brisca F2 Stock Cars, their only visit of 2014, as well as a good grid of Rookie Bangers will make this meeting one not to miss. Start time is at 1pm.