Swaffham banger racer rewrites history

Nearly three thousand people crammed into King's Lynn's Norfolk Arena to see Swaffham's Davey Cox rewrite the history books when he won the Trackstar Banger World Final for the third time.

Nearly three thousand people crammed into King's Lynn's Norfolk Arena to see Swaffham's Davey Cox rewrite the history books when he won the Trackstar Banger World Final for the third time.

His previous successes were in 1995 and 2006.

And the race win was richly deserved for the hugely likeable mechanic who has been a big part of Banger Racing in East Anglia for many years.

Yarmouth's Michael Allard took the lead from pole position when the green flag fell and was initially challenged by Bourne's David Gibson but it was Cox who soon came out of the pack to challenge for the Michael.

What followed was a pulsating race where Allard was being gradually reeled in by Davey with both having to contend with backmarkers, traffic and pile-ups on every lap.

With three laps to go Allard was forced very wide to avoid a car which spun right in front of him and Davey seized the opportunity to move up the inside and make a race-winning move to take the lead.

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Allard was then taken out by an illegal head on from arch nemesis Jason Jackson (London) and Cox was left with a near half lap advantage with Clenchwarton's Darren Fendley having made fantastic progress from the second half of the grid to move into second place.

When the chequered flag fell there was a triumphant punch in the air from Cox as he took the chequered flag with Fendley equally delighted as two out of the three West Norfolk Drivers on the 48 car grid took the top two places - a fantastic result and one which drove the local fans wild with delight!

In his post-race interview Davey was very emotional and dedicated his title success to the memory of his uncle who had recently died and had always helped Davey get his cars ready.

Charlie Garrod (Swaffham) and Luke Allen (Lynn) both qualified for the World Masters through the support races although neither completed the distance in the masters which was won by Rickie Beasley (London). Fendley finished in fifth place in the World Masters with Cox coming home in seventh place. Ricky Farrod (Swaffham) came home in third place in the All Comers which was won by Barnsley's Mark Heilds.

The biggest talking point in the 2L Stock Cars was the huge wreck made of Scott Aldridge's car after the Lynn Ace completed a hard rollover on the back straight and then was hit in the roof hard by Timmy Aldridge (Dereham).

Thankfully a shaken Scott emerged unharmed although the same could not be said of the car.

Jamie Clayton (Spalding) won the final with Lee Sampson being the best local finisher in fifth place and he was followed over the line by Karl Gilbert (Lynn) who made a welcome return to racing with his first appearance of the year and he will be pleased with some good drives seeing him place in all of his races with two third places being his highlight.

Kris Woods (Snettisham) and Willie Skoyles Jnr (Heachem) were also in the places throughout the afternoon.

Stock Car and Banger Racing returns to the Norfolk Arena on Saturday 31 July for the annual Summer Carnival Night where James Dylan's International Stunt Show makes its only appearance in East Anglia this year with racing action coming from the 1500cc Bangers, 1300 Stock Cars and Reliant Robins.

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