Arena Essex: Thrills, spills as Darby wins derby

A FULL day of contact motorsport provided thrills aplenty at Arena Essex on Sunday with Eddie Darby winning the days main event, the Saloon Stock Car Essex Championship.

Darby was able to shrug off a big push from a lap down Billy Smith, which briefly dropped him behind Steven Webster. Darby was easily the quickest driver on track and he bumpered back past Wesbter before flagfall with Willie Skoyles following Webster in third. Smith was responsible for much of the action during the day, until he was disqualified for having a wheelguard flapping loose in the final. Darby’s heat one win after a great battle with Webster was largely thanks to the delaying tactics of Smith. Danny Colliver was the other heat winner, benefiting from a back straight crash which delayed several, including Darby, who rattled along the wall.

The day belonged to Chris Bradbury in the Brisca F2 Stock Car class, as the National formula competed in their latest World Qualifying round. Bradbury won two heats and the final with Sam Wagner winning the other heat after Stu Moss Jnr was disqualified for a ride height infringement. Adam Rubery won the Grand National allcomers race.

The race of the day in the Rookie Bangers was undoubtedly the consolation which saw first time racer, James Payne, narrowly holding off Matthew Young over the final few laps. Young pushed Payne wide on the last corner and hooked him into a spin as they approached the flag, Payne took the flag whilst bouncing off the barrier underneath the starter with Young just an inch or so behind. Cue epic scenes of celebration from family members! Earlier heat races were won by Robert Knight and Jamie Webb whilst the final saw some big crashes with Chris Whiteman touring around casually reading “Nuts” magazine whilst getting crashed by several including Tom Eastwood and Paul Chapman. Sam Watson was also getting stuck in, although when he became stationary on the back straight he got a big hit from Eastwood. Watson reversed Eastwood down the back straight, hoping to get Eastwood trashed too, but they eventually parted with Watson and Chapman combining to finish Richard Wellham’s Ford Ka. Matt Lewis took the win from Nathan King and Billy Reeves, Lewis booking his place in the Rookie Banger British Championship as a result.

A heavy head on between Eastwood and Antoni Colbi kicked off the Destruction Derby with a complete track blockage bringing out the red flags briefly. In the end the drivers cleared the blockage themselves by the age old method of driving into it at speed! Matthew Young made up for his earlier disappointment by winning the destruction derby despite a noticeable lack of steering at the end. His demolition of Lee Johnson along the way, particularly noteworthy.

The next Arena Essex meeting is on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May with the National Bangers joined by the Lightning Rods, Stock Rods and a rare visit from the Grand Prix Midgets, who compete for their World Championship title. Start time 1pm.

Darby was able to shrug off a big push from a lap down Billy Smith, which briefly dropped him behind Steven Webster. Darby was easily the quickest driver on track and he bumpered back past Wesbter before flagfall with Willie Skoyles following Webster in third. Smith was responsible for much of the action during the day, until he was disqualified for having a wheelguard flapping loose in the final. Darby’s heat one win after a great battle with Webster was largely thanks to the delaying tactics of Smith. Danny Colliver was the other heat winner, benefiting from a back straight crash which delayed several, including Darby, who rattled along the wall.

The day belonged to Chris Bradbury in the Brisca F2 Stock Car class, as the National formula competed in their latest World Qualifying round. Bradbury won two heats and the final with Sam Wagner winning the other heat after Stu Moss Jnr was disqualified for a ride height infringement. Adam Rubery won the Grand National allcomers race.

The race of the day in the Rookie Bangers was undoubtedly the consolation which saw first time racer, James Payne, narrowly holding off Matthew Young over the final few laps. Young pushed Payne wide on the last corner and hooked him into a spin as they approached the flag, Payne took the flag whilst bouncing off the barrier underneath the starter with Young just an inch or so behind. Cue epic scenes of celebration from family members! Earlier heat races were won by Robert Knight and Jamie Webb whilst the final saw some big crashes with Chris Whiteman touring around casually reading “Nuts” magazine whilst getting crashed by several including Tom Eastwood and Paul Chapman. Sam Watson was also getting stuck in, although when he became stationary on the back straight he got a big hit from Eastwood. Watson reversed Eastwood down the back straight, hoping to get Eastwood trashed too, but they eventually parted with Watson and Chapman combining to finish Richard Wellham’s Ford Ka. Matt Lewis took the win from Nathan King and Billy Reeves, Lewis booking his place in the Rookie Banger British Championship as a result.

A heavy head on between Eastwood and Antoni Colbi kicked off the Destruction Derby with a complete track blockage bringing out the red flags briefly. In the end the drivers cleared the blockage themselves by the age old method of driving into it at speed! Matthew Young made up for his earlier disappointment by winning the destruction derby despite a noticeable lack of steering at the end. His demolition of Lee Johnson along the way, particularly noteworthy.

The next Arena Essex meeting is on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May with the National Bangers joined by the Lightning Rods, Stock Rods and a rare visit from the Grand Prix Midgets, who compete for their World Championship title. Start time 1pm.

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