TEAM Kent assembled a raiding party of Paul Whiteman, Matt Lewis and Chris Whiteman and crossed the border to romp home with the Chick Woodroffe Memorial PRI Banger Team title at a blazing hot Arena Essex on Sunday.
The first heat of the day saw some big damage dished out by Tom Grantham to Chelsea Garcha whilst Jordan Webb took the win. The second heat unfortunately saw some very over the top Banger action with the ambulance called on track on a couple of occasions, firstly for Jason Webb and then for TJ Powers who was followed into the fence by Micky Cornish. Then came another huge smash as Alfie Lee thundered Dominic Boden in and Scott Cornish further destroyed the already wrecked car. After the steward had disqualified a few drivers who had transgressed the rules, Bradley Lee motored to his first win of the day.
Strangely for PRI Bangers, turning around was permitted in the final which lead to another huge smash -a head on this time between Josh Cant and Jamie Webb. This caused another stoppage, not for injury this time, but for a fire on the Webb car. Matt Lewis and Paul Whiteman were in second and third places for Team Kent, with team mate, Chris Whiteman attempting to stop the runaway leader Bradley Lee on the pit bend. Whiteman did just make contact with the passing Lee, but Lee survived to take the win. Ultimately however his unimaginatively titled Blue Team had to settle for second in the final standings behind Kent.
The Destruction Derby was decided between the Ford Focus pairing of Alfie Lee and Jason Jackson with the latter finally administering the killer hit.
The Stock Rod National Championship was dominated by Matt Rowling. Rowling lead from flag to flag in the main race, having qualified on pole with a heat win and another sixth place. World Champion, Luke Oliver narrowly held off Danny Johnson in the final whilst the unluckiest driver of the day was Adam Daniels who was clipped into a spectacular rollover by Wayne Shackleford in the first qualifying heat.
A couple of sensational Mini Stox battles between David Shearing and Aaron Totham saw the honours even with Shearing bumpering past on the final corner to win a heat, but Totham was able to shrug off a similar attack in the final. The latter race saw the two swapping places all race long. Meanwhile Charlie Sime took his maiden success in the other heat, whilst the girls did not have as good a time as of late – Abbie McGuiness bringing the final to a stop with a big impact on turn one and Nina Leigh bowing out of the sport, having reached retirement age, with a fairly disappointing final placing.
Billy King won heat and final in a fairly lacklustre Stock Car showing. Darren Nash was also a heat winner.
The next action at Arena Essex comes on 2nd July when the National Micro Banger World Series reaches round 4 with support from the Stock Rods, Lightning Rods and Mini Stox. Start time, as ever is 1pm.