GOSBERTON’S Barry Clow came within two laps of pulling off a shock result in the BriSCA F2 Stock Car final at the Norfolk Arena on Saturday.
He led the final in the closing stages, but was overhauled by Andrew Palmer (Peterborough) who won the race with Clow still doing well to keep back a whole bevy of star men to hold on to second place.
Clow did not manage to qualify for the final at the first attempt and had to rely on the consolation to qualify – which he did comfortably with a runner-up spot to Simon Farrington (Coventry).
In the heats, Steve Wycherley (Holbeach) produced possibly his best ever race from the star grade.
He was involved in a pulsating three way tussle for the lead which lasted for six laps and also involved Anthony Winters (Wisbech) and Micky Branston (Leicester), with the three using the bumper on each other and positions swapping on every bend in a fascinating stock car spectacle.
Wycherley had to be content with a fabulous runner-up spot in the end, with Winters eventually getting the verdict.
Another local driver who will have gone home a satisfied man will be Richard Clubbley (Surfleet). Clubbley has had a great start to the 2011 season and is looking to move up the grades.
Very much a Tarmac man, he made his shale debut on the loose on Saturday where a solid performance in his heat delivered a ninth place finish from a 30 plus car field.
This was then backed up with a fine eighth place in the Grand National.
Other local drivers who qualified for the final included Justin Parker (Spalding), who finished in fourth place in his heat, Mark Sargeant (Donington), who came home in fifth place in his heat, and Carl Issitt (Sutton St James), who managed a fine eighth in the consolation race.
As well as Clow’s runner-up finish in the final, Wycherley once again did well from the reds to come home in sixth and Issitt finished in eighth place.
Racing returns to the Norfolk Arena this Saturday (6.30pm) where the feature event is the 2L Stock Car English Championship.
The Saloon English is the biggest event to take place locally for the Saloons this year and a bumper late 40s entry of cars is already booked for action.
Local drivers have enjoyed a good start to 2011 and, with no upgrading having yet taken place in the formula, hopes will be high that one of our local aces will be able to take the championship for one of the formulas more established stars.
Simon Venni (Sutton St James) is already a double final winner this year whilst Andi Newman (Gosberton) was in fine form at the last King’s Lynn meeting taking a heat win.
Steve Newman (Quadring) is also set to make his 2011 debut, while Jamie Clayton (Moulton) is also in action.