TOM Castle, 13, won a dramatic Junior Banger final at Arena Essex Raceway. Castle beat Samuel Voller, Bradley Lee, Charlie Murrell and Alfie Jones.But it was Castle who registered his debut win at the venue.

In the junior heats there had been wins for Lee. Aaron Chapman suffered a near rollover which was bettered by Jordan Godfrey’s.

The Junior Mini Stox saw Jack Goldsmith pushed up onto the inner barrier. Aaron Totham showed a marked improvement in pace by taking the win, even though the final few laps amongst a duelling pack of backmarkers provided some very nervous moments. Heat winners included Lauren Overy and rising star David Shearing.

The Stock Rods were present in good numbers with Jamie Collins taking a heat and final double, his Nova showing much improved pace. Ray Petty won the other heat on the day.

In the National Banger class the crashing was largely confined to Danny Allen, who turned round on the pit bend to deal with a succession of the non regular racers. Dave Johnson was the winner. The Destruction Derby provided an entertaining contest with the game Allen taking shots from Harding and Dave Bull, before the latter two were left to beat each other up, in a mechanical sense, in the fun finale. Harding won.

The next action at Arena Essex is on Bank Holiday Monday when National Bangers, Stock Rods and Mini Stox are joined by the Lightning Rods. The start time is 1pm.