MOTORSPORT: Record turnout honours Steve

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Rivals, fans, friends and family all paid an emotional tribute to late Quadring racer Steve Newman at the Norfolk Arena on Sunday.

The King’s Lynn venue played host to the first ‘Steve Newman Memorial’ event, which was run alongside the British Championship – an event the South Holland driver tragically lost his life at one year ago.

Steve’s children Billy and Charley led the cars out in go kart stock cars, which had been built for them by their father.

His old race transporter also came out on track and the first saloon to hit the circuit was that of Steve’s cousin Andi Newman.

The event was eventually won by David Aldous, with Andi Newman, fittingly, the first local driver home.

Steve’s ex-wife Kelly Newman, who is the mother of his two children, said the family were made up with the turnout.

She said: “The spectators and support were absolutely fantastic. People came from all over the world to support the day and all of the family really appreciate it, especially the kids.”

Before that, the British Championship was also contested – and with racers travelling from all corners of the globe to pay homage to Steve, it attracted a record breaking 84 2L saloon stock cars.

All of South Holland’s top racers were in action, with Simon Venni the best local performer.

He qualified for the British on the fifth row, with a third place in one of his heats being his best finish. Also making the grid for the British were Tom Yould, Andi Newman, Jamie Clayton and Jamie Stafford – which made Spalding the most represented area in the UK on the British grid.

Long Sutton’s Venni then produced one of the drives of the British Championship.

He was in 12th place at the end of the first lap and he maintained his position as the race settled down.

At the half-way stage Venni had battled his way up to seventh place and he continued to make swift forward momentum.

With five laps to go he was in fourth place and battling with Luke Grief for third – a battle he won with three laps to go as he finished a great drive in third place. Lee Sampson won the race.

The Steve Newman Memorial was also a great race. That man Venni enjoyed a titanic battle with Jamie Sampson, Aldous and Willie Skoyles before being involved in a big crash with Shane Davies.

He emerged unscathed but his challenge was over, allowing Aldhous to take top spot.