FATHER and son, Wayne and Danny Londors had mixed fortunes at Arena Essex on Sunday as the Lightning Rods provided many of the days highlights.
Danny Londors was making a bid for the lead of heat one around Jay Page Fuller when Fullers front wheel tangled with Dannys rear and the two became entangled. Wayne meanwhile was making good progress through the field when he dived up the inside of Sam Shirmer just as Shirmer attempted to cut inside the car ahead. In an instant, Londors was sent up the inner curb and launched onto his roof . Thankfully the following pack all avoided the car and Londors climbed out unharmed, although the damage ruled him out for the day.
Marcus Reeve was awarded the win, the early stoppage a relief for Reeve as he had Rob Merritt climbing all over him. Reeve was out of luck in the second heat, getting squeezed into the fence by Merritt, in much the same way that Ben Lewis had been earlier in the race by Anthony Lawrence. Jim Heard raced away to victory.
Keeping the theme of race winners striking trouble next time out, Heard was an early spinner in the final, a dive at Page-Fuller saw him already sideways when he was tagged round by Danny Londors. Page-Fuller was then involved in crash with Shirmer and Merritt, which left Shirmer stationary on the pit bend for a few laps. Danny Londors put his families earlier troubles behind him to take the win after a brief stewards enquiry into his clash with Heard.
It was girl power to the fore in the Mini Stox with all the podium places in the final locked out by Abbie McGuiness, Jamie-Lee Thompson and Gemma Robbins. The final was stopped early following a crash for the unfortunate Sam Carter, who lost control and was clipped by Josh King into the armco on turn two. McGuiness and Thompson each had a win apiece in the heats.
Finally a paltry entry of National Bangers contested the Impact Videos Shootout event. Karl Douglas marked his return to the formula with a win in both the Unlimited and 2.0 Litre versions of the title.
The next action at Arena Essex is on 18th June when the PRI Bangers take to team racing for the first time. The Stock Rod National Championship will bring a good grid of hot hatchbacks to the Thurrock track, whilst Stock Cars and Ministox provide support. Start time – 1pm.