MOTORSPORT: JASON “Boxer Jack” Jackson won heat and final at the all-Ford Granada National Banger Maya Ford memorial at Arena Essex on Sunday, writes Matt Bull.
The action kicked off in style in the first heat with 64-year-old veteran Roy Rawlins, in a Mk2 Limo, spinning out Scottish visitor Mark Lumsden in his hearse, before Irishman, Steve McGrath followed him hard into the turn.
Heat two saw Mark De Laat turn around on the pit bend and meet Andy Cushion in a crunching head on. This kicked off all out war with Mark Marchant destroying Cushion, Tom Hutchings doing likewise to Marchant.
Karl Douglas took a hit from Lee Pearce, Charlie Daniels destroyed Hutchings with a huge crash. Paul Whiteman took the win as the crowd applauded the pit turn crashers.
A huge crash at the start saw the car of Mick Sharrod completely ripped apart by a follow in from Steve Bailey.
A big head-on between Steve Carter and Rob Bugler allowed Joey Palmer, in his last National Banger outing before a move into Stock Cars, to repeatedly go for it. Paul Smaldon took the win.
The final was the quietest race of the afternoon, drivers understandably wanting to race for the prize, but there was still action to be had with Korpiela slowing the car of Callum Reed sufficiently for Billy King to weigh in with a big hit. Mark De Laat also fell victim to hits on the pit bend from Dave Bull and Ricky Hutton. The race ended early with King losing a wheel on the home straight, Jackson taking his second win.
The Destruction Derby saw Roy Rawlins somehow get the Limo back out for another crash, Paul Korpiela happy to provide it in the very early stages.
Callum Reed got payback for an earlier incident by going head to head with Korpiela, the latter also copping one from Dave Bull.
Another to effect miracle repairs was Bugler, but after a hit to Bull he got a massive shot from Carter, and both cars launched into space on impact. After a short delay to check on Carter, Lumdsen’s Hearse and Steenbekkers Limo came to blows before Lumsden had a head-on with Sven De Coensel. Alfie Lee earned the Destruction Derby win with the final hit on Vorkink.
The Mini Stox battle at the top of the points chart between Will Morphey and Lauren Overy continued at this meeting with Overy spinning Morphey on the first corner of the first heat, only for Morphey to crash into his brother Charlie, rolling Charlie onto his roof bringing the race to a stop.
Luke Dorling took his first Arena Essex win, but took a heavy shunt later in the afternoon that finished his day.
Harry Steward won heat two before taking over the lead of the final.
On the last lap Overy spun Steward across the middle to take the win.
The Stock Rod final provided Jamie Lee Potter with his first win for about a year.
The next Arena Essex action sees the National Banger Essex Championship head the bill on August 10.