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Formula One stock car season gets underway this weekend

Spalding’s Formula One stock car star Mark Sargent will be keeping a keen eye in his mirror for a looming Frankie Wainman junior when the season starts at King’s Lynn on Saturday (5.30pm).

Sargent had an excellent run in a shortened 2020 season and came close to winning the Chase Series which was a shortened points series for the formula – and a series which also helped NHS charities to the tune of £10,000.

He led the series from virtually the first meeting but his lead was whittled down by former world and points champion Wainman and come the final round Wainman overhauled Sargent who was desperately unlucky not to pick up a good points haul in what were torrential conditions.

Spalding’s Mark Sargent (number 326) will be looking to give fans plenty to cheer when the F1 Stock Car season starts this weekend.
Spalding’s Mark Sargent (number 326) will be looking to give fans plenty to cheer when the F1 Stock Car season starts this weekend.

Sargent desperately tried to do the impossible in the final race of the day where he needed to stop Wainman finishing and also get a good result but three attacks on his rival saw the 515 car suffer extensive damage and Wainman has indicated he ‘owes’ Sargent.

Not one to slink into the shadows Sargent has come out fighting with some defiant social media posts and his altercation with Wainman will be looked out for fans with Sargent’s legions of Spalding fans rooting for the local star.

Back in 2018 Sargent won the first final of the year at King’s Lynn and given the pace he showed around the Norfolk Arena this year he will be hopeful to pick up career final number two this Saturday.

He will be joined on track by son Finn Sargent who had indicated towards the end of 2020 that he would only be racing on tarmac tracks but, after finding more enthusiasm for the sport, will be once again on both surfaces and is chomping at the bit to get out on track this weekend.

Jim Bamford will also be in action in the F1 stock cars on Saturday which means all of the area’s aces will be in action.

Following Saturday’s night of stock car action, the bangers take centre stage on Sunday in an event which is helping to raise awareness for men’s mental health and funds for charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably www.thecalmzone.net).

With suicide being the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 – and something which has touched several in the short oval racing community – it is hoped the event can help to get across the message that ‘it’s ok not to be ok.’

The main event is the 2L Banger War of the Worlds team event where Cieran Harmer and Callum White will be in action in the famous Aftermath colours.

Sonny Parsons and Jon Cullen will be racing in the 1500cc bangers on the night with the junior banger entry including Charlie Clarke, Alfie Nottingham and Sophie Allen.

With reduced capacities both these events are by advance ticket only. Tickets for Saturday night have already sold out but there are still some left for Sunday and these can be bought through www.stockcar-racing.co.uk

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