West Norfolk drivers enjoy home comforts

Local saloon fans had plenty to cheer at Lynn on Monday with half of the races being won by West Norfolk drivers.

Levi List did fantastically well to win his first-ever race on his home circuit in what was a very wet opening race following a heavy downpour at start time.

List made no mistake negotiating the very tricky conditions to take the chequered flag ahead of the experienced Jacob Downey.

Following List’s success there was more local cheer in the second saloon race which saw Austen Freestone win his first race anywhere in 2023.

Freestone made good progress throughout the grid and towards the end of the race was shadowing the leading two drivers in the shape of Ryan Santry and Rowan Venni.

He was ideally placed to nip up the inside when Venni made a last bend attempt to win the race by knocking Santry off line which forced both drivers wide.

Freestone went on to have a good run in the meeting final which was won by Dan Weavers – coming home in fifth place.

Hunstanton’s Chris Masters was also in action in the saloons with his best finish being a seventh place in the opening race.

Troy Cobbett was the busiest local drivers as he competed in both the 2L and 1500cc bangers and the places he picked up in both formulas have helped to elevate him to a career best second place in the National Points chart.

Kieran Bowman and Lewis Godfrey were both stars in the two-litre banger class.

Godfrey was class in his Mk 5 Astra and despite being down on power to many of his competitors put in a good race in his opening heat before the car went sick towards the end of the race.

In his second race, he claimed an entertainer award by pulling off a textbook follow in which then sparked off a mini crowd pleasing train.

Also getting an entertainer award in that altercation was Bowman who steamed in with a big shot. The red flags had to be shown for Kieran whose seat had collapsed in the big incident.

One of the benefits of being a local driver though is having a close headquarters and brother Brad was dispatched to get a replacement and Kieran was then back out in the final where he picked up an entertainer award with another great display.

Ashley Garrod secured a seventh place finish in the second heat of the two-litre bangers and he was also the best local finisher in the final which was won by Birmingham’s Luke Rawlings with an eighth place finish.

Sam Hildon’s fourth place finish in the 1500cc banger final was the best by a local driver.

Alex Smith had a frustrating day with a puncture in all of his races whilst National Champion Paul Lovick and Dan Bitson found themselves caught up in the middle of the action all day.

Steve Futter had a great day in the Reliant Robins, including taking the chequered flag in the second heat.