STOCK CARS: Billy makes debut at dad’s memorial night

Billy Newman
Billy Newman
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The stock car racing world gathered to pay tribute to Spalding’s Steve Newman in his memorial meeting at King’s Lynn on Saturday night.

The event attracted a big entry of cars and also saw the debut of the late driver’s son Billy in Junior Bangers.

Simon Venni

Simon Venni

Sutton St James racer Simon Venni claimed the major honours, becoming the fourth winner of the Steve Newman Memorial Trophy with an assured performance on a track that caught out several drivers in conditions made tricky by the mixed weather.

Once Venni hit the front, he never looked like being beaten – coming home well clear of a good battle for second between Wisbech racer Wayne Cottrill Jr and home driver Lee Sampson.

Young Billy Newman led the drivers onto the track ahead of the big race in a poignant tribute to his late father.

Earlier, he had an eventful Junior Banger debut.

He found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when Wayne Cottrill III almost rolled his car and ended up landing on top of Billy’s Ford Ka, bringing an end to the latter’s racing for the night.

Also on the bill was the revived War of the Worlds team meeting for Unlimited Bangers which produced some hard-hitting action.

The six-a-side event featured a classic Banger Racing mix of good racing and big crashes.

The contest, held for the first time in over a decade, was won in dominant fashion by the VS Massive team based in the east of Norfolk.

It was the wrecking in heat two and the final that most entertained the crowd. Initially, that was dominated by the Sussex-based Bears and Team Sowter squads but in the final it involved almost every car on track with a massive, track-blocking pile-up developing at one end.