Season starts in style with record entry list

Sutton St James F2 star Carl Issitt ANL-160103-144644002
Sutton St James F2 star Carl Issitt ANL-160103-144644002

The national stock car racing season kicks off at the Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn, on Saturday (5.30pm) with a record entry of cars set to start the season in style.

BriSCA Formula Two Stock Cars contest their opening world qualifying round while the Two-Litre and 1300cc Stock Car categories both race for prestigious Clive Grief Memorial Trophies.

You’ve got to be in it to win it. I think it will be very, very interesting.

Carl Issitt

It is a big year for Formula Two racing on shale-surfaced tracks with the world semi-finals back at King’s Lynn in August and the world final also on the loose.

Among the hopefuls for this year’s world crown is Sutton St James’ Carl Issitt, a regular front-runner at the track.

“You’ve got to be in it to win it,” he said.

“I think it will be very, very interesting.

“We’ve been right through the car, the engine’s been away. We’ve got one or two new little tweaks so I’m hoping we’re going to get back to the absolute best.

“I didn’t feel the car was as quick this season just gone as it was the year before. I think it was just changing a few dampers and things about as they got damaged and it wasn’t quite the same.”

Issitt will be joined by James Waterfall (Gedney Hill) and the King’s Lynn White & Yellow Grade Series champion Steve Wycherley (Holbeach), both hoping for good starts.

There are also drivers from Scotland, Holland and all over England.

Pinchbeck driver Dan Booth will be making his return to 1300cc stock cars after three years away.

The former British champion is among a record entry for this event of more than 50 cars and should be capable of challenging.

The massive 60-car two-litre saloon stock car entry includes South Holland’s Robert Heanes, Andi Newman, Wes Starmer, Simon Venni and Tom Yould.