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PRI Racing Fixtures
1.00pm , Monday, 02 May - PRI Bangers plus Ministox and Stock Rods ORC Championship

Gates open at 11:00 AM       Admission prices on the gate -
Full Price (15 – 64): £15.00, Children (5 – 14): £5.00 (under 5's free),
Family (2 Full Price and up to 4 Children): £40.00,
Concessions (over 64 and blue badge holders): £10.00
Admission includes car park and programme - (Programmes subject to availability)
No need to pre-book. Purchase tickets at the gate. 

Today’s meeting features ORC Championship action from the Stock Rods as well as contact racing from the PRI Bangers and the Ministox.
Sitting in the Raceway Tavern as I am doing as I write this, I have been chewing the fat about a number of things. Protective helmets, brony culture (if you don't know, don't worry!) and near misses were some of the things that came up but the rollover for John Avery in the PRI Bangers came up at one point, not least because I was standing in front of the incident when it happened! I got some great shots of it too. As far as bangers are concerned, it’s all a matter of luck, whether you are driving or watching!
The ORC Championship for the Stock Rods is a major part of today's meeting and should feature visits from a number of folk that you may not necessarily see here regularly. Actually the season isn't that old and the stock rods have only had a couple of meetings here so far though a number of drivers have been making a mark on what racing there has been so far. At the front of the grid, Zak Alaoui has had some good scores, even against some more seasoned veterans like Luke Oliver who Zak held off for a win back in March and Ian Heffernan in the last appearance in April during the Supreme Qualifier then. Further back we have seen some good drives and even wins from former Banger driver Paul Haralambou in the Sticky Fingers special and even Dave Imber has got in on the act. Yes, that Dave Imber who was out in the Lightning Rods eight days ago. With only a couple of meetings this season, there's no real way to know who will dominate as yet – Ricky Lofthouse has the top of the board as we start the meeting but there's nothing clear just yet so you never know what will happen, especially in a meeting like this one!
The same thing could be said of the Ministox too, especially given that the meetings that we've had have been tightly fought affairs with the trophies being shared around an increasingly wide number of winners.
Luke Dorling, for example, saw quite a bit of success in the first meeting we did this season but had to settle for second in the last meeting we had as David Shearing put in some impressive performances. We also saw a win from Steph Sore in our last, a driver that was already showing promise last year after getting sixth in the overall points in 2015. But then not knowing who will win is half the fun!
As for the PRI Bangers, perhaps we may see a roll or two again this week. Or a big hit. You never really know here and if they are anything like they were in their last appearance, it will be a great way to top out what promises to be a fantastic meeting.
Our next meeting features the National Bangers in something we are calling Micro Madness. That'll be alongside more from the 2l Stock Cars and the Junior Bangers while the Lightning Rods start their long journey towards the Supreme Championship with their first qualifying round. That all gets going on Sunday, May 15 at 1pm. See ya!