STOCK CARS: Issitt set to make racing return

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A ONE year exile will be ended on Saturday (6.30pm) at King’s Lynn’s Norfolk Arena when popular Sutton St James F2 star Carl Issitt returns to action.

Issitt could not have picked a better time to return than when King’s Lynn holds its World Qualifier, which traditionally marks the start of the annual stock car season.

This year’s world final takes place at King’s Lynn for the first time in over a decade and will represent the best chance that Issitt has ever had of taking the gold roof.

Lynn’s world qualifier has historically been a good meeting for Issitt. Several years ago he did the treble by winning his heat, the final and from a lap down the Grand National – the only time this has ever been done at the Norfolk Arena.

He will be joined in the red tops by Holbeach’s Steve Wycherley. Justin Parker (Spalding), Mark Sargeant (Donington), Craig Tomblin (Deeping St Nicholas) and Barry Clow (Gosberton) are also booked to race.

Also in action are the 2L Stock Cars, who will be racing in the Clive Grief Memorial final.

Simon Venni (Sutton St James) and Andi Newman (Gosberton) are both competing, with Venni in particular looking to build on what was a very encouraging 2010.

Completing the line up are the 1300 Stock Cars, where Dan Booth (Pinchbeck) will be in action for the first time as National Points Champion and will be sporting the silver roof.

However, with Booth also wearing the gold as Gold Roof champion and St George’s cross as English Champion, getting the roof colour right on the 216 machine is becoming something of a mission in itself.

The 1300 Stock Cars are also contesting the Clive Grief Memorial final, which was also won by Booth last year.