STOCK CARS: Big names to pay tributes to Spalding racer

Steve Newman (311), pictured with cousin Andi Newman (912), will be remembered on Saturday when his son Billy makes his debut in the Junior Bangers.
Steve Newman (311), pictured with cousin Andi Newman (912), will be remembered on Saturday when his son Billy makes his debut in the Junior Bangers.
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A weekend of stock car and banger racing action at the Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn, will remember the much-missed Spalding racer Steve Newman who lost his life four years ago.

The Steve Newman Memorial for Two-Litre Saloon Stock Cars takes place on Saturday (5.30pm) before the 1300cc Stock Car version is held on Sunday (1pm).

Saturday’s programme also features the Unlimited Bangers War of the Worlds six-a-side team championship and Junior Bangers.

On Sunday further action comes from Micro Bangers and Lady Bangers.

The Steve Newman Memorial pays tribute to a spectacular racer who provided entertainment galore on track.

This race is a big event for his fellow competitors and features a star-studded entry in the Two-Litre category.

Steve’s cousin Andi Newman (Gosberton) will be racing, along with Simon Venni (Sutton St James) and Robert Heanes (Holbeach).

The sport’s biggest names like Norfolk-based world champion Simon Welton, European champion Willie Skoyles Jr and national champion David Aldous will also be present.

Drivers from as far afield as Scotland are expected to make the trip.

Pinchbeck’s Dan Booth will be among the leading contenders in the 1300cc Stock Car category.

Poignantly, Newman’s son Billy will be making his debut on the King’s Lynn shale in Junior Bangers. He has been building experience in Junior Rods at Skegness and now moves into the contact racing his father loved.

In the National Banger classes, the War of the Words returns by popular demand following an absence of more than a decade.

The entry is headed by two squads from the very popular Sussex-based Bears outfit who are defending champions.

The Bourne-based Mad Hatters will be representing Lincolnshire.

Sunday’s field of Micro Bangers includes Spalding pair Ricky Ivatt and Dan Clarke as well as Holbeach-based commentator-cum-racer Matt Black.