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Kings Lynn – 3/6/23 – Meeting Preview

We return for another action-packed event here at the Adrian Flux Arena in an all banger night. 

The Unlimited Bangers headline the evening with a World of Shale qualifying round. The stakes are getting higher and it’s all to play for as it comes down to the closing stages. The top 15 drivers in both the race and entertainer points will find themselves on the grid come September.

459 Blake Platts currently tops the race points and really is continuing to showcase his talent on the shale. Some would argue that his BWS Wildcard win at Mildenhall back in June of last year came as a surprise, but Blake has proved critics wrong going on to secure the Unlimited 25 & Under GB Championship here at Kings Lynn, as well as form part of the winning Silver Boys Icebreaker team earlier in the year. Blake has continued that momentum, seeing him hold onto that lead at the top of the table for several meetings and will be a strong favourite come the big race. 350 Liam Webster has really impressed since joining the ranks. He secured the Unlimited King of the Fens back in October and has regularly put strong performances in since, resulting in him currently sitting in second in the standings. 271 Ashlun Woods is having a strong season and sits fourth in the standings, bang in the middle of a Smith sandwich. The Gladiator brothers are dominating proceedings here at the Adrian Flux Arena, with 589 Simon romping away in the lead of the National Points. They’ll both be looking to score highly again tonight. 209 Tom Waller secured the Unlimited East Anglian Championship in a dominating display the last time they were out on April 8th. The likes of 199 Kris Clifford, 247 Lee Clarke, 374 Sam Markham, 455 Ricki Finney, 548 Alex Utting, 639 Tye Williams and 673 Darren Fendley will all be drivers to keep an eye on at the business end of proceedings. 129 Joe Skutela took his maiden National Banger victory here at the Easter Saturday meeting and will be looking to replicate that success once again this evening. Ex-World of Shale Champion 01 Kyle Shires makes a rare appearance, and is a very welcome addition.

51 James Licquorice heads up the entertainer standings and has been in particularly top form in the Unlimiteds so far this season. He’ll be looking to get stuck in to the action this evening and maintain that lead. World of Shale Champion 828 Jordan Sharpe is in hot pursuit. He leads the overall entertainer standings and has been on top form all season – expect to see Sharpey in lively spirits once again. 214 Connor Osborne, 101 Cieran Harmer and 178 ‘Slim’ Kieran Bowman have all be provided on the crashing front of recent, and will be one’s to watch again this evening. Keep an eye out for 224 James Burrows, who usually has some form of material which he puts to good use.

The 1500 Bangers are also on the bill for the East Anglian Team Championship. The Scrapyard Screamers were last year’s winners, but don’t look set to feature this evening, so we will be in store for newly crowned champions. THP7 will be the favourites for the titles having took second place behind TKC at the 1500 Icebreaker earlier in the year. It’s been great to see 730 Deane Mayes back in the bangers on a more frequent basis, and whilst Saloon Stock Cars remain his focal point, he still produces the goods in the Bangers. He took a final win in the 1500 Bangers on April 1st, and with no TKC present, and recruiting one of the former’s drivers, 608 Lenny Murkin for the event alongside 30 Brandon Mayes and 566 Tony Pallett, they look a very strong line up. Last year’s runners up, Team Havoc, are back once again. 69 Brad Bartram will be looking to lead them into contention with 479 Joel Allen and 495 Aston Gibbons by his side. Team STB and The Jokers could be ones to keep an eye out for. Both teams boast strong line ups with STB featuring National Champion 26 Paul Lovick and 12 Troy Cobbett who is having a top year, whilst Jokers have 231 Alex Smith among their ranks who is always quick in the 1500 class.

The Sharpe Boyz of 828 Jordan and 829 Jay have been on superb form entertaining the crowd all season, and they have recruited two strong candidates on the crashing front in 23 Sonny Parsons and 257 Ben Waddingham, so expect to see them putting the bumpers in. Blue & Black have two teams out this evening and the likes of 267 Tommy Wright, 551 Brett Jackson and 743 Kavan Barton always get stuck in. Team Folded Deckchair should be on top form – 44 Alfie Hill and 910 Jack Rookard aren’t shy of a crash or two. 

There is certainly a top mix of teams which usually serves well for a good night of racing. The Unlimited Lady Bangers conclude the fixture. Although only a small number of ladies booked in to race this evening, the racing is usually very competitive. The star grade quartet of 10 Charlotte Coote, 57 Sophie Tillow, 477 Amy Steele and 502 Becca Bitson should be the ones at the head of the pack come the end of the race. 713 Lauren Annetts put the best performance in of the lower graded drivers last time out, and will be looking to capitalise on that this evening.

The Junior Bangers were a very late addition to procedures, but with an impressive 33 cars booked in, the stars of the future will provide some top racing! It looks set to be a top night of action once again here at the Adrian Flux Arena. Action really is the attraction and we have some hard-hitting fixtures coming thick and fast, with the 2L National Bangers War of the Worlds Team meeting next up, with support from the Junior Bangers & 1300 Stock Cars – it’s set to be another top night of racing.

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