Season begins

The National Stock Car season starts this weekend at King’s Lynn.

Saturday sees the F2 Stock Car World Qualifier, the 2L Stock Cars and the 1300 Stock Cars, who are both contesting the Clive Grief Memorial; plus Sunday’s (1pm) restaged Unlimited Banger Icebreaker.

F2 stock car star Tom Smart will be hoping to shake off the curse of the Lynn World Qualifier which has seen him roll his car twice in recent years. Daz Kitson, Dave Polley and Anthony Winters are also involved.

A big turnout of 2L Stock Cars is expected which includes local hero Paul Licquorice. Ex-1300 Stock Car Racer Scott Greenslade and former MiniStocker 16 year old Tommy Parrin will debut in the Big League Saloons. Young Gun Jake Swan will debut in the Saloons and Shaun McMillan also races.

John Moat was confirmed as the main man in the 1300 Stock Cars – he was crowned the Drivers’ Driver of the Year after a nationwide poll of 1300 drivers. Wisbech veteran Buster Ketteringham is confident, while Lee Green is celebrating his 25th year in the sport.

Other Wisbech drivers include Lee Farrel, Les and Jonny Pearce, Richard Hampshire, Stephen Stovin, Jonathan Upchurch, Josh Harlock and Max Hawthorne.

Icebreaker local teams are Steve Hemmings, Tom and Jay Chilton, Ricky Twell, Joe Barratt and Reggie Reed (Predators); Wayne Cottrill, Rob Taylor and a recalled Andrew Parrin (Team Black); Kevin McLagish (Bad News) and Nicky Young (Wild Boyz). Lady Bangers include Caroline Garner, Trudy Gowler, Charlotte Whittaker and Helen French.