Sargent on the march at stock cars season opener

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Donington stock car star Mark Sargent made the best possible start to the new season with a maximum score in the first BriSCA Formula Two world qualifying round at King’s Lynn on Saturday.

More than 120 racers overcame constant rain to send the crowd home happy.

The 50-strong field was split into two qualifying heats, with Sargent drawn in the second.

South Holland drivers made a good start, with Spalding’s James Waterfall third in the opener and Low Fulney’s Justin Parker repeating the feat.

Then Sargent made eye-catching progress in his heat, charging to the front from his yellow grade starting position and from there, he eased clear for a comfortable win.

In the final, Sargent’s display was even more dominant when he raced into the lead, survived a caution period which closed up the pack and then pulled away to take the win, lapping most of the field in the process.

Meanwhile, Sutton Bridge driver Wes Starmer made a winning debut in the two-litre Stock Cars, winning the opening race in style with a last-bend lunge.

In Superbikes, Kirton star Ben Wilson is back on track for the new season after getting his hands on the new Gearlink Kawasaki Supersport machine he will ride in the 2015 British Supersport championship.

Wilson, who has begun pre-season testing on the Kawasaki at Mallory Park in Leicestershire, said: “It’s as if I’ve never been away and I feel comfortable on the bike.