Two of Arlington’s most popular stock car drivers, made the long trip to Ipswich, and both returned with silverware.
Former National Banger star Dave King, competes these days in the Historic Saloons formula, with the likes of MGs, Triumphs and various classic Fords all turning back the clock to the 1970’s.
Amongst an impressive grid of twenty six cars that included Anglias, Cortinas and Magnettes, King was there to win the Bob Studd trophy.
Meanwhile, fan’s favourite Tim James, is a modern day National Banger star taking on the sport’s biggest names right across the country. He was up at Ipswich taking part in The Raid – a ‘winner takes all’ event.
Things did not start well for either driver, especially James who found himself out of contention for most of the early racing.
King was also having trouble getting caught in the middle of the pack, and finding it very difficult to make an impact.
Things went better in his second race, in fact a little too well. By half way through the race he had fought his way to the front, but a roll over by one of the Volvos meant the race was halted in the interests of safety.
From the restart he went on to cross the line first, only to be adjudged of having jump started the re-commencement, and was docked two places down to third.
Being the gracious man that he is, he accepted the ruling, but it certainly motivated him to come out for the final. At this point he was in no mood for any mistakes or possible confusion.
With 5 laps to go, he powered past his competitors to head the race. A position he never gave up, as he went on convincingly to lift the much respected trophy.
As for James, he may have had a disappointing evening for the most part, but he always a speciality up his sleeve – the Demolition Derby. For such an amiable guy, it is hard to believe he can be so destructive, but over recent years he seems to have made his name in such a manner.
Ipswich was to be another notch in his record as he took on all-comers, to be the last car running. With a virtually clean car, James was in impressive form as he simply tore apart the competition in a devastating display to lift the night’s second trophy for Arlington.