MOTORSPORT: Stock racers out in force for Steve

The late Steve Newman.
The late Steve Newman.

Tragic Quadring race ace Steve Newman will be remembered by the stock car world at King’s Lynn’s Norfolk Arena this weekend.

The popular South Holland driver lost his life a little over a year ago while contesting the 2L Stock Car British Championship final at Mildenhall.

And while the 2013 British Championship takes place at Lynn this coming weekend, the meeting also sees the first staging of the Steve Newman Memorial – which will be contested by both the 2L stock cars and the 1300 stock cars, which Steve raced earlier in his career.

An indication of the high regard that Steve was held in the sport is indicated by the unbelievable amount of cars which are booked to race, with the majority coming to pay their respects.

The biggest turnout of cars for more than a generation are booked in for action, with virtually every active driver in the sport racing.

Racers are arriving from all over England, while there will be a double-figure entry of cars making their way down from Scotland, with National Points champion Stuart Shevill (Motherwell) leading the challenge.

Ryan Wright (Belfast) leads the Irish invasion, while Germany’s Frank Leoff heads the hopes from mainland Europe.

However, the long distance travelling award will definitely go to Freddie Kinsella, who will be jetting in from Australia on Friday before returning back down under on Monday.

In all, 85 2L stock cars are booked in for action.

Looking closer to home, it is not surprising to see all of the top local Spalding stars in action.

Steve’s cousin Andi Newman will be debuting a brand new saloon stock car – and you can guarantee that there will not be any driver on track trying to make more of an effort to win the event.

Other local drivers who will be in action in the 2L Stock Cars include Jamie Clayton, who is really flying at the Norfolk Arena in 2013, Simon Venni, Jamie Stafford, Dan Booth and Tom Yould.

Supporting the 2L class cars on Saturday night (6pm) are the BriSCA F1 stock cars, while the 1300 stock cars and the 2L bangers in a rear wheel drive session will be providing the additional entertainment on Sunday.

See next week’s Spalding Guardian for all the reaction from what promises to be a very emotional weekend of racing, in memory of one of South Holland’s favourite racers of all time.