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, 14 May - National Micro Bangers World Series Q/R 3 plus 2L Stock Cars Supreme Q/R 1, Stock Rods and Ministox

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. 

The Micro banger World series continues today along with more from the 2l Stock Cars and the Stock Rods. We also have another go with the Ministox.
So far this season we have seen some great action from the Micro Bangers, their World Series producing some fine wins and a few drivers who seem to dominate the formula but the crashes and rolls have also been a great talking point, each round so far producing something memorable. That may be something to do with the size of the car, or maybe the fact that while so much has been done by drivers and mechanics over the years to develop the racing potential of cars like the Mondeo, the Granada or the Volvo amongst others, the smaller cars such as the Ka or the Micra are a little more unusual so we are getting to see the skills of the drivers more. Certainly the formula favours drivers of the Junior banger formula as we have seen with Bradley Lee, for example. Not that our older drivers are completely out of it.
It’s Supreme Qualifier time for the 2l Stock Cars today so there’s more riding on every point scored by the drivers today. The main final follows in October and all points scored in the qualifiers is put towards the final grid position of each driver on the day so chances are that you may well see even more effort being put into each of the races today. That isn’t to say that they haven’t been going out for it – our last meeting for the 2l Stocks at Easter had some great racing in it including a win for Don West who has become a driver to watch since he took over from Bob Dunn last season.
Of course you can never completely know what will happen with the Stock Rods. With increasing numbers of cars in this formula we are getting to that point where any higher grade driver really has to work hard to grab a trophy and one mistake can lead to disaster, not just for the driver involved but for anyone close by. It’s the kind of competitive racing that brings out the best in a non-contact oval formula and makes it very difficult to know who will win anything!
As for the Ministox, I have to say that despite the wholesale retirement of drivers from last season, there has been some pretty good drives out there. I suppose that the one bit of action that stuck in my mind was the end of the final at Easter when David Shearing pushed through in a four-way battle around the pit bend to pick up the win. Ah the enthusiasm of youth! It’s just one example of how this formula is shaping up this season and yet more promise of some great talent that will grace other formulas in the years to come.
We have more Supreme action in our next meeting when the Lightning Rods and Stock Rods both meet for their respective first rounds along with more 2l Stock Cars and PRI Bangers. That’s on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 29, starting at 1pm.

Arena Essex Raceway
Arena Essex Raceway