Arena Essex: Connor provides perfect Fathers Day present

LIGHTNING Rod racer, Connor Reeve provided the perfect Fathers Day gift to his father, Andy, by winning all three races at Arena Essex on Sunday.

Connor had a busy weekend, competing at the Lydden Hill staged Long Track Championship on Saturday, where he was spun into the barrier at the very beginning of the championship race. The hard work to ready the car for action on Sunday certainly paid off and there was no-one more pleased than Andy, who raced the car originally before passing it onto Connor.

Elsewhere, the 2 Litre Stock Cars provided the best race of the day in their first heat with Matt Fuller fighting his way to the front despite having a deflating front tyre. With three laps to go the tyre was completely flat, which allowed Dave Palmer, Steve Davies and Brian Jarvis to close in. Davies departed the battle when a clash with Palmer saw him pitched across the infield. With deft use of the bumper, Fuller somehow regained the lead only to lose out to Jarvis on the penultimate corner. As they braked for the final corner, Palmer launched himself at Fuller, Fuller made contact with Jarvis and they all flew out towards the barrier with Jarvis just managing to get the power down first to take the win.

Matt Fuller dominated the final two races of the day, getting clear as the other star men battled and slowed themselves down.

The PRI Bangers featured a lively pair of heats won by Tom Greenstreet and Paul Whiteman. The final saw John Murrell win, avoiding several pile ups that developed on the pit bend and a big crash on the home straight caused when Jamie Webb was spun into heat winner Paul Whiteman, sending cars scattering in all directions.

The Destruction Derby saw John Chambers get a heavy hit from Tony Hutton in the early stages and then again as he sat against the fence, warping his car completely. Hutton looked on course for victory until the final hit of the contest when Darren Mouser’s shunt caused his car to burst into flames, Mouser winning by default.

There were three winners in the Junior Bangers with Ben Raby and Bradley Lee sharing the heats, before Alfie Jones managed to fend off the advances of Bradley Lee to take his second final win in as many meetings. Lee managed to punt Jones into the corner a couple of times, but couldn’t shift him wide " You should have punted me harder!" Jones joked as they climbed from their cars after the event.

The next action at Arena Essex is on 5th July when the tracks founder – Chick Woodroffe – is remembered with the annual memorial meeting in his name. The National Bangers are going to all be all Ford Ka’s on this occasion, they are already a popular choice of Motor for the Micro Banger events across the country, but this is the first meeting dedicated solely to them. The Mini Stox, Lightning Rods and Stock Rods are in support and racing begins at 1pm.

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