Sometimes in sport, as in life, everything you touch turns to gold, which was literally the case this week for popular Arlington driver, Steve Anscombe.
More known for his driving in the National Bangers, Anscombe turned back the clock at the weekend, by entering into the 2 litre stock car and domestic banger classes at Spedeworth’s jamboree of motor racing – Spedeweekend.
The event at the Foxhall Raceway, Ipswich, features every formula from across the short oval racing spectrum; from the young stars of tomorrow in their Ninja Karts, right through to the superstars in the pinnacle formula – the National Hot Rods.
Booked into two categories, Anscombe was set to have a busy weekend, but he had no idea of the success that was to come.
Things began at a pace for Anscombe when first of all he started on the first ever 100 car grid, Suffolk Championship. With so many bangers on track, in the chaos that ensued, Anscombe was an early casualty.
Easing into his stride, next up was the Betfred Trophy for the 2 litre stock cars. A bruising affair saw Anscombe come home ninth, but his stable mate Phil Hampton, did much better finishing in second place.
From there, things improved dramatically. A return outing in the bangers saw Anscombe take his first win of the day.
Back in the stock car for a qualifying heat for the Golden Helmet title, Anscombe secured his second win of the day. Hampton, once again crossed the line as runner up.
Completing a busy Saturday session, Anscombe went out in the day’s final event, the Destruction Derby. Ahead of a hectic grid of cars, somehow he managed to be the last car running for his third win.
Having both qualified for the title race, the attentions of Anscombe and Hampton on Sunday, were focussed well and truly on the Golden Helmet.
A ferocious race that had to be stopped after a couple of collisions was dominated by the experience of Anscombe. Not having things all his own way, being chased in particular by Hampton, Anscombe held off his challengers to cross first and lift the coveted title.
It promises to be a noisy night at Arlington this week, as the thunderous V8 Stock Cars come to town. They are joined on the bill by the domestic and Junior Bangers.
Racing starts at 7.30pm every Wednesday night, with turnstiles open at 6.30pm.