Wisbech short oval racing driver Max Stott made an impressive debut in Two-Litre Stock Cars at King’s Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday night, coming agonisingly short of winning his first race before placing second in his next.
More than 120 stock cars braved the conditions to open the 2015 season.
The enthusiastic racers overcame incessant rain to put on the best display they could and send the crowd home happy, if a little damp.
In an immaculate new machine with stunning paintwork, Stott moved into the lead of his opening heat and opened a gap to the rest of the field before he was reeled in over the closing laps by Wes Starmer.
Entering the final bend, Starmer nudged Stott wide and nipped through on the inside to take the win.
With conditions even more tricky off the racing line, Stott spun and struggled to restart as more cars swept past. He eventually crossed the line in seventh.
Stott put any lingering disappointment behind him in his next heat, with an impressive display.
He must have thought he had clinched his first win when the chequered flag fell on him but he was to be denied when a check of the lap sheets revealed Stott to actually be in second – a highly creditable result nonetheless.
The Clive Grief Memorial final was claimed by sophomore Norfolk driver Daniel Bullock while experienced Wisbech driver John Moat finished third in the 1300cc Stock Car version of the same event.
Scott Sparrow, also of Wisbech, secured two top-three finishes in the smaller cars’ all-comers races.
Completing the programme were 50 BriSCA Formula Two Stock Cars contesting 2015’s first world championship qualifying round.
Ollie Skeels fared best of the Wisbech contingent, placing second in his heat.