Richard hoping for big chance to be Euro star

Hurdletree Bank stages Spalding Autograss Club's meeting on Sunday. Photo by Carole Shaw
Hurdletree Bank stages Spalding Autograss Club's meeting on Sunday. Photo by Carole Shaw
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Hot on the heels of the Banger World Final at King’s Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena, it’s the turn of the 1300cc stock cars to have their biggest event of the season at the track on Saturday (6pm) with the European Championship up for grabs.

Also in action are the massively popular micro bangers, with a full-contact programme completed by lady bangers.

The European Championship has attracted a huge entry of the little 1300cc stock cars that always provide action-packed races with plenty of hard-hitting bumper-to-bumper action at the Saddlebow Road venue.

A contingent of Scottish drivers will travel down to compete against the local specialists and visitors from the Spedeworth promotion who are more used to racing on tarred tracks than the loose shale that adds to the spectacle at west Norfolk’s premier motorsport venue.

Spalding’s Richard Smith will aim to qualify for the big race via the last-chance qualifier on the night, having only returned to the formula mid-season.

The former gold roof champion secured three top-ten finishes at the track last weekend.

He will aim to translate that form into a qualifying berth then hope for a favourable position on the drawn grid for the European Championship.

Bedford-based world champion Adam O’Dell, Essex racer Ian Beaumont – who won last weekend’s meeting final at the track – and top Scottish drivers Craig Haxton 
and Callum Barclay will be major threats to local success.

Hometown driver Darren Fendley won the Two-Litre Bangers World Championship on Saturday.

He makes a swift return this weekend in micro bangers alongside Holbeach racer Kevan Barton in what are set to be some carnage-strewn races with the little cars able to dish out – and withstand – some very big hits.

Meanwhile, Spalding Autograss Club’s fifth meeting of the year is on Sunday (11.30am start).

There will be 45 races with 15 different classes on show at the Hurdletree Bank track off the B1168, Holbeach.

The cost is £8 to enter, OAP £6 and under-16 accompanied by an adult free.

The club’s last meeting of the season will be on October 11 (11.30am start).

All meetings are weather permitted so check www.spaldingautograss.co.uk for updates or telephone 07982 704127.