Motor racing at Arena Essex Raceway


Motor racing at Arena Essex RacewayMotor racing at Arena Essex Raceway
Motor racing at Arena Essex RacewayMotor racing at Arena Essex Raceway
1.00pm   Sunday, 13 August - National Micro Bangers World Series Final plus Ministox and Lightning Rods Essex Championship

1st Race 1.00pm, gates open to public at 11:00AM
Admission prices on the gate - Full Price (15 – 64): £15.00,
Concessions: (under 5's free), Children (5 – 14): £5.00
Family Ticket (2 * Full Price and up to 4 Children): £40.00,
Senior Citizens (aged 65+): £10.00    Disabled (Blue Badge Holders): £10.00
Carers (accompanying wheelchair users or disabled children only): £10.00

Admission includes car park and programme - (Programmes subject to availability)
No need to pre-book. Purchase tickets at the gate. 

With last meeting’s Banger Wildcard event as a notable exception, the National Bangers so far this season have all been about Micro Bangers. A series of series qualifiers ran throughout the months starting right back in March, all of which lead up to today’s Micro Banger World Series Final. This is a chance for drivers, both relative newcomers and more experienced drivers, to compete for the ultimate title in a formula that has given us some interesting racing this year.
We also have the Lightning Rods back again, this time racing for the annual Essex Championship and the Ministox back again for a chance to ramp up a few more points towards the eventual end of season driver’s championship title.
I made the comment about the age and experience of the banger drivers taking part in today’s Banger meeting as it is noticeable that a number of the drivers that have been doing well in this series are ex-Junior drivers. That formula, though no longer part of our meetings at PRI, seem to have left a few graduates behind and given that the Micro Banger formula is the very thing that they drove in the Juniors, it seems that they may have something of an advantage when it comes to flinging Kas, Micras and other tiny tripe around our quarter mile. You can’t, however, rule out some of the more wily members of our regular crew; one nudge, one spin, one crunch can be all it needs to turn a banger race on its head as anyone that has seen or competed in a race will tell you.
Mind you, the same can easily be said for Ministox. The limited contact might not be as brutal as a banger race but what contact there is can really spice up a race, especially when a race is in its closing stages. This season has seen plenty of this kind of thing as our current crop has a number of locals and regulars with scores to settle with each other, not to mention a regular stream of visiting drivers from around the country that come down to try their luck, some doing pretty well for themselves!
As I mentioned in the last programme, most of the formulas here will go through their own version of the Essex Championship; each meeting features a drawn grid for the first heat which is then reversed for the second heat, the points scored over the two heats deciding where each car starts on the final grid. It’s going to be hard to decide who will be favourite to win this year as many of the drivers have had good meetings though I suspect that the state of the grid will make things a little clearer depending on how good each driver is at passing. Getting Sierras to pass, even on a larger short circuit like this one, can be very tricky and despite the non-contact nature of this formula, sometimes a door handle bash or three can’t be avoided!
Our next meeting is the traditional double header for the end of August when the PRI Bangers line up along with the Lightning Rods and the Stock Rods as they battle it out in their last Supreme Qualifier of the year on the Sunday. The next day, of course, is Bank Holiday Monday which means only one thing as the Banger folk line up in the biggest tin they can find in the latest Rawlins Transport Unlimited Big Van Banger Championship, this year featuring the 2l Stock Cars, Ministox and the Southern Championship for the Ninja Karts. It all starts at 1pm on Sunday, August 27 for the PRI Bangers and the Rods and the same time on Monday, August 28 for the Vans and the Stocks. Something not to be missed!

Arena Essex Raceway
Arena Essex Raceway