Good chance for Simon to be star

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Spalding’s Simon Goodale is one of the leading entries as classic car banger racing tops the bill at King’s Lynn’s Norfolk Arena on Saturday (6pm), playing host to the annual race meeting for pre-1975 cars.

He will be racing a Triumph TR7, the first time the 1970s British sportscar has ever raced at the venue.

“I will see what it’s like when I get there,” the 42-year-old farmer said of his chances.

“I think it’s an untapped source. It could be good, you never know.”

A regular racer throughout the season, Goodale is a specialist when it comes to the classic car events.

Last year he piloted a Cadillac Fleetwood limousine, a huge American car built in the 1930s. But his favourite is a British-built car of similar age – a Rover P2 – despite the extra work it required.

“I think the old Rover P2 looked a treat,” he added.

“We spent a bit of time 
doing it – it was in absolute bits. I think there’s a challenge to it.

“It’s good when you see an end result and you get a big smile on everybody’s faces – it is very rewarding.”

Goodale will be joined on track by fellow Spalding man Will Longford, the youngster he has had under his wing for the past couple of years.

“He’s got one of those Vauxhall VX4-90s – they weren’t very good when they were new,” Goodale laughed.

“I hope he does alright, bless him, he’ll put his heart and soul into it.”

Completing the programme are two of the country’s leading stock car categories, the two-litre saloon stock cars and BriSCA Formula One stock cars.

For the saloons, a last chance to sample the track before it stages the sport’s biggest event – the World Championship on August 30 – has led to the biggest entry of the season so far, with well over 40 cars booked to race.

Among them are the winner of the last two meeting finals at the track, Moulton’s Jamie Clayton.

Other local drivers who will be in action in the 2L Stock Cars include Robert Heanes, Tom Yould and Simon Venni.

The emphasis among the American V8-engined Formula One monsters racing this weekend is mainly on the stars of the future and budget racers who are the backbone of the sport, and looking to claim their share of the limelight.

Steve Wycherley (Holbeach) – a former F2 Stock Car star - will be making his F1 stock car debut at this meeting.