Hard work pays off

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ELM racer Nicky Young took a top award at the Trackstar Banger awards night which took place at King’s Lynn Football Club on Friday.

Young stood head and shoulders above the rest as he finally landed the award he has been after since it was first devised five years ago, the National Banger Entertainer League.

Unlike the National Points where drivers just receive points for where they finish races, the Entertainer League rewards drivers for all of the other parts that make banger racing so unique from other forms of motor sport such as the standard of preparation of cars, racing more unusual machines and also using those cars to good effect by entertaining the crowd and destroying the opposition.

Nicky had finished runner-up every year since the series started, but hit the top of the chart back in May and the culmination of a lot of hard work has seen him remain there throughout the year despite the best efforts of over 400 other top National Banger Drivers from throughout the UK trying to move him off.

If that was not enough, Young also ended the season as the top local driver in the National Points finishing in a more than credible sixth place and also qualified for all of the major championships in the UK in 2010.

This Sunday (12 noon) sees the first half of Europe’s biggest festival of destruction – the annual Icebreaker Team Championships which take place at King’s Lynn’s Norfolk Arena with the 1500cc version taking place and the Unlimited one a week later.

Both events are fully booked with around 170 Bangers scheduled to be in action at each event with both meetings also having a massive waiting list.

Local teams include WMS Recruitment with two teams, “Mad Mob” and the Smurfs.