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Round-up of the stock car action from the weekend meeting at King's Lynn



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Donington F1 stock car star Mark Sargent experienced the highs and lows of racing at King’s Lynn last weekend.

Things started badly for the Sargent team when son Finn had to pull out of the meeting a few days before the event, and in doing so miss his first outing at King’s Lynn for several years.

Things were also looking bad for Mark when he was waiting for a rebuilt engine during the week, which ended up not being ready until Saturday.

Things started off well on Saturday for Donington F1 star Mark Sargent with victory in his heat. Photo: Jim Harrod
Things started off well on Saturday for Donington F1 star Mark Sargent with victory in his heat. Photo: Jim Harrod

Being determined not to miss racing at his local track and knowing many fans would be turning up to see him, Mark arrived at the track on Saturday with a car with no engine.

And, when it arrived separately, his team did a sterling effort to fit the engine in the pits - and the large crowd watching the pre-meeting work erupted when the V8 Chevrolet finally burst into life.

Mark was rewarded in his heat for the hard work from him and his team when he produced a fantastic drive to take the chequered flag.

Mark had a meteoric start to the race, and by the 10th lap had hit the front from Lewis Galer.

Josh Smith chased him as the laps closed down but Mark never looked in danger and, when an engine fire developed on the Smith machine which saw the race stopped a lap early with the result declared, fans of the South Holland ace were able to celebrate.

However, the celebrations were cut short on the first lap of the final.

Things came crashing down in the final when he rolled his car, and is seen here extracting himself from the damage to the appreciation of the crowd Photo: Dave Bastock
Things came crashing down in the final when he rolled his car, and is seen here extracting himself from the damage to the appreciation of the crowd Photo: Dave Bastock

Having performed so well in his heat, hopes were high that Mark would continue that form into the feature race.

But those hopes were dashed on the first lap when Sargent found himself at the front of a train of cars vying for position and ended up hitting the car and rolling it onto its side. Thankfully, after a few moments, Mark climbed out of his car ready to fight another day.

Robert Heanes had a good night in the 2L Stock Cars with a third place finish in the white and yellow race, which was then backed up with a tremendous runner-up finish in the first heat featuring all grades.

Simon Venni was the model of consistency with a fourth place finish in both heats and the final, while Wes Starmer also picked up a couple of top 10 finishes.

The 2L Banger East Anglian Teams take place at King’s Lynn this Saturday (5pm), with action also coming from the 1300 stock cars and junior bangers.

James and Caine Parnell will be in action in the 1300 stock cars, while the junior banger entry includes Liam Waterfall, Shane Lee and Curtis Murkin.

Waterfall has had a great start to the season and will be racing under the flashing lights of superstar for the first time.



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