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Midget treat in store at Foxhall

PUBLISHED: 13:40 01 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

SUNDAY afternoon sees the Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich stage its last meeting of the year where, once again, the promoters are expecting around 140 cars.

Eighty of these will be rookie bangers and all action formula that has proved to be very popular at Foxhall over the last couple of years – almost all the drivers are local, the cars are cheap and cheerful (almost anything will do) and require very little preparation since the really heavy hitting found in the big bangers is not allowed in this class which is more of a pushing, shoving and spinning formula.

SUNDAY afternoon sees the Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich stage its last meeting of the year where, once again, the promoters are expecting around 140 cars.

Eighty of these will be rookie bangers and all action formula that has proved to be very popular at Foxhall over the last couple of years – almost all the drivers are local, the cars are cheap and cheerful (almost anything will do) and require very little preparation since the really heavy hitting found in the big bangers is not allowed in this class which is more of a pushing, shoving and spinning formula.

Because there is always so many of them, every race features at least 40 cars with anything up to 60 usually still running for the final.

The afternoon will conclude with a destruction derby, where the last car left standing is the winner – these are always very popular events and should bring the season to a spectacular close.

Another of Foxhall's favourite formula's, the Lightning Rods, are also on the bill. When the fixtures were planned earlier in the year, the Budweiser Cup Finals in October was supposed to be their last Foxhall outing of the season, but demand from drivers and spectators sees the big Sierras back here for an extra meeting. Although it is a non-contact formula, there are very few dull moments when 30 or so of these take to the track, where feelings can sometimes run quite high – as the promoters put it "we are expecting all the big names this week, or at least all the ones who aren't currently suspended", which fairly well sums up yet another lively season.

Three abreast racing, plenty of overtaking, close finishes, and lots of incidents are the hall mark of the formula, which always looks very impressive around the big quarter mile oval circuit at Foxhall, which is one of the fastest in the country.

The third formula on the day sees a special guest appearance by the GP Midgets who return to Ipswich for the first time since the 70s. The cars were originally based on small versions of Grand Prix cars of the day, but has since developed their own identity – some still resemble the original concept, but many are now more akin to Kart racing. They are very light weight, and extremely fast, with the distinct possibility that the Foxhall lap record will be shattered on Sunday, since these are expected to be a second or two quicker than even the National Hot Rods. Around 22 of them are expected, headed by World Champion Rob Sayell from King's Lynn whose Father Harry also won the World Championship, for a record breaking four times during the 90s.

Also expected in the lineup is Gary Bonner from Ipswich who gets a very rare home match and will no doubt be hoping that it's not another 25 years before the formula is invited back again to Foxhall.

After a 1pm start to the previous meeting racing reverts to 2.30pm this week with accompanied children under 15 paying only £1 admission which will be passed directly to a local Christmas charity appeal.


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