MOTORSPORT: Goodale is left in a spin

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A SPREE of local stock car and banger racing aces were in action at the Norfolk Arena last Saturday – and they gave the sizeable crowd plenty to cheer.

Simon Goodale (Moulton Marsh) put in one of his typically entertaining performances in the Micro Bangers.

He was involved in the action at the business end in the first heat, charging through the field and even finding time to slam Martin Pannett (Rotherham) into the wall to take up second place in the race.

Goodale then enjoyed a superb battle at the head of affairs with his Bad News team-mate Jason Giddings (Peterborough).

Understandably the two front men did not try and take each other out, but the crowd were treated to some thrilling ducking and diving as they duelled for the lead.

The decisive moment came with three laps to go when Goodale could not resist spinning the back marking Jason Farthing (Lynn) and the loss of momentum he suffered gave Giddings the breathing space he needed to stay at the head of affairs.

The fast moving star duo of David Gibson (Bourne) and Davey Cox (Swaffham) also found a way past Goodale by the time the chequered flag fell.

Meanwhile, Robert Heanes (Spalding) had a day he would want to forget in the 2L Stock Cars.

He was the first casualty in the White and Yellow Race when he clashed with Scott Greenslade (Wisbech) and things did not improve in the first heat proper when he hit the fence hard and his engine burst into flames.

Heanes will want to put the weekend behind him and take inspiration from the very real strides he is now starting to make in what is a very hard formula.

Spalding’s Andi Newman was the best local performer with a fourth and eighth place finish in his heats, while Simon Venni (Long Sutton) managed a tenth in the final.

British Champion Dan Booth showed his track craft in the 1300 Stock cars when he took advantage of a lower grade battle to take second place on the final bend of the first heat.

Ben Yould (Donington) was the top local performer in the formula though, when he backed up a fine third place finish in his heat with a third place in the meeting final.

Booth also continued his good run with fourth place in the final, which also saw Ben’s brother Tom Yould also place well.