Closing out the Autograss season was the inaugural Kings of Shale held at the Adrian Flux Arena in Kings Lynn, the home of the King’s Lynn Stars Speedway team.
The event had over 100 registered drivers, a healthy number spread across all the classes, each competing in two heats and finals after a mandatory practice session.
The star of the day was the class eight driver of Sam Matthews (IK427) who was the fastest driver around the circuit all day. Starting heat one on the front row meant a dominant win for Matthews, whilst heat two was a reversed grid it meant Matthews had to work his way up the order from the back, where despite a mistake he took second place. The final he started on pole with Barry Hathaway (C83E) alongside. Hathaway was in a battle for second with Matt Berrisford (NS155), which allowed Matthews to take the win by over half a lap.
Whilst the Champion of Champions race was bought to an early end after contact between Phil Peek (YD24) and Jack Rawlinson (SC93) which saw both drivers in the wall. However, Matthews had already worked his way past these two drivers to take up the lead, again making easy work of moving through the rest of the order.
In the Junior Saloons final it was a close battle between Oliver Tilson (SN196) and Baxter Pargeter (N45), with Tilson holding the lead from the start, and the race ended as a drag to the line where Tilson held onto the win. However in the Junior Champion of Champions race Pargeter had the upper hand and went on to take a dominant win.
There was a great atmosphere at the circuit on Saturday, and Lee Forster and the team did a fantastic job of hosting this event for the first time. With only positive feedback from those who attended, let’s hope we see the Kings of Shale back on the calendar in 2019.
Below is a list of each of the class winners.
Class 1: PAC1 Dalt Thomas
Class 2: S443Y Kevin Atkins
Class 3: CM4 Viv Cole
Class 4: ST4 Andrew Wood
Class 5: YD916 Wes Green
Class 6: C608E Glen Embling
Class 7: M99 Rick Finnerty
Class 8: IK427 Sam Matthews
Class 9: SP10 Tony Wilson
F600: SP1 Scott Ayres
Class 10: SC93 Jack Rawlinson
Stock Hatch: YD24 Phil Peek
Junior Saloon: SN196 Oliver Tilson
Junior Special: P888EM Alfie Tomlinson
Kings of Shale: IK427 Sam Matthews
Junior Kings of Shale: N45 Baxter Pargeter