With their team mate Reece Priestly embroiled in a two way battle for the lead of Wimbledon’s Winter Banger League, The Dreamers team led by National Banger star Steve Anscombe, arrived on mass for the latest round of the competition.
For the early part of the season, Brighton’s Rob Barnes headed the leader board, but in recent weeks Priestly or ‘The Hobbit’ as he is affectionately known, chipped away at the lead and has now overtaken the visiting driver for the top spot.
As we get to the business end of proceedings, team tactics are going to play a vital role in determining just who will be crowned this year’s champion.
Out to assist Priestly and boost his prospects of the title, were three other Dreamers, Pete ‘Bodja’ Osborne, Ashley ‘Squiz’ Rumary and new boy Steve Saw making his debut for the team.
From the start, it was clear that the message had gone out from team captain Anscombe that doing their best to slow down the other drivers to help out their team mate was the order of the night, which made things very entertaining for the watching crowd massed in the stands.
Whilst Osborne and Rumary were doing the blocking and wrecking, Saw ably assisted Priestly through the predictable carnage as a pace setter, netting two top three finishes including third in the final.
From the start, it was clear that the message had gone out from team captain Anscombe that doing their best to slow down the other drivers to help out their team mate was the order of the night
With a steady, solid performance over the evening, without pulling up any trees as such, league leader Priestly ended the night with a modest eighteen points but sufficient enough to extend the gap between him and second place.
This is Priestley’s first year with the team, having signed up after a productive period at the Aldershot Raceway back in the summer, where he showed a great deal of promise.
With the season at The Dreamers home track Arlington due to begin at Easter, the team is getting in some useful experience working together as they bed in new members.
Now that fellow pacey driver Steve Saw has committed to the Sussex outfit after his successful run out on debut, the coming season at Eastbourne looks to be mouth-watering.
More good news for fans of Banger racing is that former Arlington champion and current Ipswich title holder, Darren Terry, has also indicated a return to the team to bolster what already looks a strong squad.
So will The Dreamers’ rising star Priestly pip Barnes to the title in March? Only time will tell.