Three ways to tempt you to Foxhall

THE 2007 Motorsport season at the Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich gets off the starting line on Saturday with a very attractive meeting for three of Foxhall's favourite formulas - the Superstox, the Lightning Rods and The Stock Cars.

THE 2007 Motorsport season at the Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich gets off the starting line on Saturday with a very attractive meeting for three of Foxhall's favourite formulas - the Superstox, the Lightning Rods and The Stock Cars.

Although this is unusually early to start the season, everyone concerned is confident that the strength of this line up, and the variety it offers, will be enough to drag the faithful from their firesides for what should be a very exciting evening's racing.

Certainly the drivers are ready to go, with big entries already confirmed in all three classes.

The Superstox are purpose built, single seaters, designed for racing around the short tracks up and down the UK.

They are very fast, but when you add in the fact that they are allowed to push and shove, things can often get quite hairy, particularly at Foxhall which is one of the fastest, and one of the biggest tracks in the country.

It has been the scene of some spectacular incidents in the past, but despite the contact, this is not about kamikaze tactics - at these sort of speeds, just a well timed nudge is often enough, and the big names are experts in moving the opposition out of the way without holding themselves up.

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And, on the subject of big names, all of them should be at Foxhall on Saturday, including Steven Jackson from Harleston who won the World Championship at this stadium, in October but, as always he knows he faces a stiff challenge from a host of stars.

The stock cars are what most people would expect them to be - ironed up saloons - racing in the style traditionally associated with the class.

They are not as quick as the Superstox, but what they lack in speed, they more than make up for in the action department where the hits are rather more than pushing and shoving.

Expect some quite meaty blows to be handed out, but as with the Superstox, there's an art to it - there's still a race to be won, and suicide tactics seldom win races.

The Lightning Rods are a very popular non-contact class, the only car allowed is the Ford Sierra, which is a pretty big car for the narrow confines of a quarter mile oval, although they must seem even bigger when there is 30 or so of them out there, all at once.

Things can look pretty crowded at times, but as with the other two classes, the big names generally find a way through the heavy traffic, even though they have to start right at the back of the grid.

Once again, all the top stars should be here, including a very strong local contingent, led by former World Champion Diggy Smith from Dereham.

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