Thrills and spills galore at Foxhall

THE penultimate meeting of the 2007 season at Foxhall was very lively, despite the fact that two of the three formulas on duty rarely race at the stadium.

THE penultimate meeting of the 2007 season at Foxhall was very lively, despite the fact that two of the three formulas on duty rarely race at the stadium.

Almost 40 Ministox racers showed up for the grand final of the Woodbridge Classic Cars Series final where Billy Smith from Dereham had a comfortable win.

A normal graded-order race followed, with Smith starting from the back of the grid, from where he did well to make sixth, but all eyes were on the battle at the head of the field.

East Anglian racer Daniel Rose took up the running at around half distance, and survived a last-bend attack from Billy Madden to scramble over the line for a narrow win.

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In the final of the annual Long Track Championship, Rose got spun out on the first lap, but Smith was making rapid progress, again from the back of the grid. It didn't look as though he would have enough time to tackle the leaders, but a stoppage just before the end to rescue a trapped driver played nicely into his hands.

He was much closer to the leaders for the restart and within a couple of laps he had gone past them and went on to take his second comfortable win. Brighton's Tom Waller, on his first visit to Ipswich, took an excellent second place with Adam O'Dell third.

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In the Race For Fun, a low budget stock karts-only race, Stowmarket's Barry Kerr took the title without too much trouble, although Scotsman Lee Anderson at least kept him in his sights. Top Northerner Shaun Parkinson was third.

Kerr was soon on the march again in their next race, but span out with a couple of laps to go, leaving Matt Heighes to take a narrow win from Ipswich's Chris Butcher.

Their final produced an even-closer finish, Butcher almost grabbing it coming off the final bend as the Parkinson brothers disputed the lead. They nearly ended up taking each other out, but this rivalry had cost them a one-two in the race.

National banger team racing completed the bill, the teams featuring a mix of regular banger drivers and drivers from other classes.

It was very lively, with some extremely heavy crashes along the way. At the end of it all the two-litre stock car team just managed to stay ahead of the lightning rod team.

Gavin Bond went on a major wrecking spree in the Destruction Derby, but his car finally gave up, leaving two former banger world champions to fight it out to the finish.

Shane Davies finally got the better of the exchanges when Gary Madgwick's car could take no more.

Foxhall results round-up

Stock Cars

Race One - World Cup: 1 Barry Kerr (Stowmarket), 2 Lee Anderson (Aberdeen), 3 Shaun Parkinson (Leeds).

Heat: 1 Matt Heighes (Walton-on-the-Naze), 2 Chris Butcher (Ipswich), 3 Matt Parkinson (Leeds).

Final: 1 Ashley Parkinson (Leeds), 2 Butcher, 3 Shaun Parkinson.

Mini Stox

Race One - Woodbridge Classic Cars Final: 1 Billy Smith (Dereham), 2 Jack Harrington (Wigford), 3 Robert gamble (Hethersett).

Heat: 1 Daniel Rose (Ipswich), 2 Billy Madden (Dartford), 3 Adam O'Dell (Ampthill).

Final - Long Track Championship: 1 Smith, 2 Tom Waller (Brighton), 3 O'Dell.

National Bangers

Heat One - 1 George Morphey (Saxmundham), 2 Shane Davies (Gravesend), 3 Gavin Bond (Norwich).

Heat Two: 1 Gary le Grice (Costessey), 2 Carl Gould (Norwich), 3 Stewart Palmer (Dartford).

Final: 1 le Grice, 2 Bond, 3 Kevin Thurlow (Ipswich).

Destruction Derby: 1 Davies, 2 Gary Madgwick (Newmarket), 3 Bond.

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