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Veteran John Moat steals the show at stock car racing in King's Lynn

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Veteran 1300 stock car racer John Moat rolled back the years at King’s Lynn when he took his second victory of the season and posted the fourth-fastest lap of the night.

He powered from 12th up to fifth after a handful of laps, and a brilliant recovery drive after a spin saw him pass half the grid to come home in second place to current points champion Jacob Bromley.

In his second heat, he took the lead from Daniel Maltby with five laps to go and went on to take a hugely popular win.

Wisbech race ace “Ole’ Smiler” John Moat following victory in the 1300 Stock Cars on Saturday (Photo: Jim Harrod) (56701438)
Wisbech race ace “Ole’ Smiler” John Moat following victory in the 1300 Stock Cars on Saturday (Photo: Jim Harrod) (56701438)

He then worked his way up to fifth place with four laps to go in the race, and was closing on the leaders when he was involved in a big incident which saw him come home in eleventh.

Sonny Wright (17) then produced the best drive of his career to come home in second place. It was a sensational drive by Wright, who refused to throw in the towel when he was challenged by the higher grade Edward Selby.

Wright’s great final drive was backed up with a superb third place finish in the opening heat. Dean Moat sealed an eighth place finish in the final, whilst Tom Alsop’s ninth place final finish was backed up with solid fourth and sixth place finishes in the heats.

In the National Bangers. Max Stott had a commanding win in his second heat and come the final was unlucky when he crashed out when taking the lead on the final lap.

The Bartram brothers had a disappointing meeting by their standards until the Destruction Derby, where Brad was sensational and won both the event and an entertainer award. Joe Geeves had a trio of top three finishes in the Almera class with a runner up finish in both his heats, with Brad Wright putting in a tremendous drive to take the chequered flag.

Danielle Ellis recorded the best local finish in the Unlimited Lady Bangers with a third place finish in her heat, with Jodie Grief and Charlotte Whittaker both recording a fourth place finish each.

Stock Car Racing takes centre stage at King’s Lynn this weekend with BriSCA F1 Stock Cars, 2L Saloon Stock Cars and BriSCA MiniStox all in action. Daz Kitson will be in action in the F1s, whilst the Saloon entry includes Tommy Parrin.

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