Stock cars ready to go

Small Oval Racing: The new season of stock car racing gets under way at the Yarmouth Stadium this Sunday with the new start time of 5.30pm writes Graham Utting.

It’s an all-contact four formula special to start the season with a bang.

Continuing on from their excellent form last year the superstox return to Caister Road having already had some very lively meetings around the country.

Liam Lambert, who only started racing towards the end of last year, has already won the Midland Championship on the Shale at Coventry and the London Championship at the Wimbledon Raceway.

All this after winning the Best in Britain title also at Wimbledon on only his second appearance last November.

Another driver always worth watching is Caister’s Eddie Edmonds who should hopefully be racing his new machine which he had on show at the NEC in January.

The 1300cc stock cars could be about to have their best season for a few years as drivers from other promotions are now allowed to race at any meetings.

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The formula has gained welcome additions with Norwich’s Mark Arthurton, who last year was racing rookie rods with much success, together with Martham’s Stu Warby and local lad Ashley Kenny.

All three could surprise a few of the regulars, but the big question is: Can anyone can stop the Radcliffe brothers, with world champion Barry Radcliffe enjoying a great run of success despite having to start every race from the back of the grid?

Expect to see some new faces in the ministox class too as some drivers have reached the retiring age of 16 and moved on to a career in one of the adult formulas.

One driver who will certainly make an impression is Tommy Aylward, son of the current superstox world champion Colin Aylward, who will be racing as well

Always a favourite with the crowd the bangers will be on hand dishing out plenty of action throughout the meeting. and a good entry is expected following a few changes during the winter months.

Great Yarmouth teenager Jamie Plane made the perfect winning debut at Swaffham Raceway last Sunday.

The youngster had dominated the junior bangers for the last two years but was forced to move into an adult class after turning 16 years of age at the end of February.

He moved into the street stocks, which are a low budget stock car formula and after placing fifth in both heats he battled his way to victory in the final.

The banger action was provided by the smaller cars with the first round in the micro madness series.

Great Yarmouth’s Michael Allard dominated the proceedings both on the crashing and racing front with a number of big hits wiping out a lot of the opposition on his way to winning the meeting final.