Allard retains track title

One of the year's biggest turnouts of bangers assembled for the climax of the Summer League at the Yarmouth Stadium last Sunday, writes Graham Utting .

One of the year's biggest turnouts of bangers assembled for the climax of the Summer League at the Yarmouth Stadium last Sunday, writes Graham Utting .

Going into the final round, top of the points were Yarmouth duo Michael Allard with Danny Coleman just nine points behind. This lead was cut to just seven points after the first heat, the race being won by Diss driver Deane Mayes.

Neither Allard or Coleman troubled the lap scorers much after this, the best finish being an eighth place for Allard in the night's final which secured him the Yarmouth Summer League title for the second year running.

Coleman and Mark Donoghue took the other two trophies.

Yarmouth's Simon Monk collected a win and a second place during the evening's heats. Gavin Ray (Belton) also gained some well-needed points with top-five finishes in all three races.

It was also very tight at the top of the rookie rod series, and going into the night's final only nine points separated leader Mark Hunt (Yarmouth) and Norwich's Mark Arthurton.

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However, Hunt made sure of the title with a faultless drive from pole position on the grid. Rollesby's Bradley Hudson finished the final in second place which secured him fourth place in the series, Arthurton holding on to second place ahead of HalesworthBernie Reeve.

The stock rods contested their East Anglian Championship too, completing a very busy night at the circuit, Tunstead's John Madden claiming the title. Having already won a heat he lined up on the front row next to pole sitter Paul Rice (Hevingham).

However, once Madden got in front he drove well and never looked like losing the lead. Icklingham's Rob Sore took runner-up spot with Rice in third.

This Sunday at 6.30pm sees the return of the national bangers contesting a round of their world final qualifying series in cars under two litre rear-wheel drive, so expect a few older cars Cortinas/Capris taking to the track.

There's also the final of the Norfolk Gold Cup series for the ministox with some good prizes on offer, and the grand prix midgets, one of oval racing's oldest formulas, make one of their occasional visits to the stadium.