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Wisbech’s Downey bags win before huge Heinegone farewell meeting at King’s Lynn

Wisbech Driver Jacob Downey was a double race winner at the weekend in the 2L Stock Cars
Wisbech Driver Jacob Downey was a double race winner at the weekend in the 2L Stock Cars

A huge crowd is expected at the Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn, on Saturday (5pm) for one of the biggest Banger Racing events it has ever staged.

More than 160 Unlimited Bangers are booked to race in ‘Heinegone’, the farewell meeting of massively popular Dutch driver Pieter ‘Peewee’ Leistra.

Leistra has developed a cult following, mainly due to his commitment which has seen him race countless classic and rare cars over the years, always immaculately presented. On Saturday he will be piloting five different cars – one for each of the four categories by which the opening round of heat races will be split, plus another for the destruction derby.

Separate heats for American cars, pre-1970 and pre-1980 motors, plus more modern machinery, will be filled with a stunning array of cars.

A large Dutch contingent will join Leistra, with further entries drawn from all across the UK and Ireland. Legendary Wisbech-based driver Steve ‘Psycho’ Hemmings makes a one-off return to the track in support of his good friend. He and livewire team-mates Joe Barrett, Luke Brinton and brothers Luke and Joel Allen have all promised to race some very special machinery, as have March-based Mark Whitaker and Billy Bond. Wisbech favourite Nicky Young is set to race a car that is more than 60 years old.

The weekend begins with a party at the track on Friday night (7pm). Pre-meeting entertainment starts at noon on race day, with a drivers’ parade at 4pm.

Last weekend’s racing action saw Jake Swann (March) claim the final and Jacob Downey (Wisbech, pictured) a heat in Two-Litre Saloon Stock Cars, while Wisbech pair Caroline Garner (Lady Bangers) and Wayne Cottrill (Junior Bangers) were also race winners.

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