On a bright sunny day, Sussex race fans came out in vast numbers to fill Arlington Stadium, for the traditional curtain raiser for Spedeworth, the Domestic Bangers Team meeting.
So many people were still queuing outside at the intended start time of 2pm that the meeting was delayed to allow everybody in safely.
Being a team meeting, the normal rules of engagement were forgotten as old rivalries were recommenced. For even the ‘racers’ in the formula, destroying opponents was the order of the day.
With thunderous hit after hit going in, the bumper crowd were royally entertained all afternoon. Indeed with a couple of well-known National Banger stars joining the fray, including The Bears’ Ash Riley guesting for Team Cheat, the level of performance was taken up a notch.
Heat one will be remembered primarily for the actions of visiting driver John Matthews from The Boyz team. With a long standing feud that has run through the winter season at Wimbledon Raceway, against the permitted rules he launched a head on attack on Arlington favourite Craig Hook.
This set the tone for the afternoon, much to the crowd’s delight, as the proverbial gloves were then taken off.
The Boyz took on their arch rivals The Dreamers, who on the day were ably assisted by Team Cheat, providing a cocktail of chaos and destruction!
The second race provided a nine car wrecking train on the Hailsham bend that was initiated by Harry Balchin on Haywards Heath’s Pete Hanmer. One after another, a further seven drivers extended the trail of twisted metal.
The best action of the day was saved for the final. An initial coming together between Craig Cooper and current Arlington champion Mark Pope, was very quickly succeeded by a further nine more drivers piling into what can only be described as a ‘melee of motoring madness’.
As each car joined in the impromptu Destruction Derby, the crowd on the pit bend cheered as one.
At the end of the day, the meeting was won by the Last Minute team led by Eastbourne’s Mark Almeida. The Entertainers title was lifted by Team Cheat with their guest stars Keiron Fry and Ash Riley from The Bears.
The real winners by far though, were all those inside the Stadium.
Next up at Arlington is the incredible Van Bangers event on May 4th. With The Bears captain, Nigel Riley, making an appearance, this is truly a meeting not to be missed.