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Arena Essex Raceway
PRI Racing Fixtures
1.00pm , Sunday, 31 July - National Bangers World Final Wild Card Meeting plus 2L Stock Cars World Q/R 6 and Stock Rods

1st Race 1PM, gates open to public at 11 AM
Admission prices on the gate - Full Price (15 – 64): £15.00,
Concessions: (under 5's free), Children (5 – 14): £5.00
Family Ticket (2 * Full Price and up to 4 Children): £40.00,
Senior Citizens (aged 65+): £10.00    Disabled (Blue Badge Holders): £10.00
Carers (accompanying wheelchair users or disabled children only): £10.00

Admission includes car park and programme - (Programmes subject to availability)
No need to pre-book. Purchase tickets at the gate. 

It's all about the world of oval racing this meeting as the 2l Stock Cars meet up for round 6 of the qualifiers for the World Championship while the National Bangers return for a wild card place in the ORC World Finals. We also have Stock Rods.
The 2l Stock Cars have really made their mark this season with plenty of great action and some interest being expressed in getting into this fast contact formula. Combining experience from the old SuperBanger formula as well as drivers from smaller stock cars and banger racers as well, this formula has really come alive over the last few months, especially when these World Championship qualifiers happen. There's no excuse for backing off when these cars come together and you can never quite know who will dominate the race or the meeting. Nope, no backing off, even when something on the track might cause trouble as it did during one of the heats in their last appearance at the Chick Woodroffe Memorial which gave Brian Jarvis a chance to show off his skills when things get slippery while Alfie Jones almost took the final but was let down by his car, early leader and erstwhile banger driver Darren Nash grabbing the lead back for a win.
This meeting for the National Bangers is all about drivers trying to get into the final by the back door. Normally the selection for the main final, this year taking place on September 25, is all about points at the various circuits around the country but inevitably there will be some drivers that have absolutely no chance of doing it that way. Maybe they dropped points by missing meetings for whatever reason, but this meeting is one way of grabbing a final place in the big event. Chances are that we shall see more than one driver making their way down from goodness knows where to try their luck and no doubt they will bring their followers with them (hello!) So who will come away from the meeting with the final golden ticket?
A quick note to anyone expecting to see the Junior Bangers today – they aren't here. Unfortunately we have had to cancel their appearance today and in the forthcoming meeting over the August Bank Holiday weekend but we hope that they have a good time of it wherever they race in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile we haven't seen the Stock Rods in quite a while. A shame because it's another formula that seems to have been doing well for itself when it appears, but it was certainly a good showing for them back in mid-June when Zak Alauoi took both heats but was denied the final win by long time Stock Rodder Wayne Shackleford. While this is a non-contact formula, some contact happens whether people like it or not as drivers try to get into gaps and pull as tightly into the corners as possible to get ahead. Yes, some of the contact is deliberate and we penalise that but the clash of doors on the corners, the smacking of the outside fence on the way out of a bend and the clipping of the kerb running in all go towards spicing up this formula so collisions, spins and rollovers aren't unheard of!
As for August, we get going on August 14 at 1pm when the annual memorial for Maya Ford in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation takes place this year in the form of 8 man head to head Banger team racing as well as more from the Stock Rods and the return of the Ministox. Don't forget that August closes out with our final double-header of the year with more stock car and rod action headlined by the Reliant Robins and the annual Rawlins Transport Big Van Championship.