Unlimited National Bangers: 2019 World Final – Preview

The 2019 Unlimited National Bangers Championship of the World once again takes place at the Foxhall Heath Stadium, Ipswich, this Saturday.

124 ‘Oris’ Carl Korszewski will attempt to defend the crown he won last year when he inherited the lead after long-time race leader, 617 Carl ‘Jack’ Overy was controversially taken out on opposite. ‘Oris’ came from 26th on the grid to win last year’s race and will go into the main race this year with a more relaxed approach.

“Over the last few years I’ve felt a lot of pressure to win, and now I’ve done it, I’ve got more of a relaxed approach to this year’s race.” said ‘Oris.’ “All I have to do is keep the wheels on, avoid Stacey (Holdsworth) and hope for the best. That’s it really.”

‘Oris’ has been on good form this year, both in terms of the wrecking and racing. The Chipping Norton based driver secured the Unlimited National Bangers Heavy Metal Classic title at the Standlake Arena way back in early January before finding success more recently at the Warneton Speedway in Belgium, where he became the Unlimited Bangers BBA European Champion.

With that very impressive win in Belgium last month, he became the first driver to hold both the Spedeworth World title and the European title in the same year.

‘Oris’ also managed to finish eighth in the inaugural Banger World Series (BWS) Entertainers League – showing that he is not only quick, but that he’s also a very good crasher too, making him the perfect ‘all-rounder.’

You can read how the year has gone for the World Champion in this Saturday’s official programme.

‘Oris’ also took second in the BBA Supreme Championship at Mildenhall in March.

‘Oris’ is one of six former winner’s who will line up on this year’s grid. The other former World Champions being: 27 Dale Hughes, 59 ‘Leadfoot’ Steven Bolton, 294 Lee Hughes, 331 Jason ‘Boxer Jack’ Jackson and 617 Carl ‘Jack Overy.

Dale Hughes is a three-time winner of the race with his first victory coming in 2008 before following that up with victories in 2010 and 2016. Dale finished 16th in the Spedeworth qualifying points but will still be one to keep your eye on this Saturday.

59 ‘Leadfoot’ Steven Bolton won a very wet 2017 race – probably remembered by most because 455 Ricki Finney was originally given the win, having come through one of the last chance races earlier in the night. However, once video evidence was checked, Bolton was rightly awarded the win with Finney being classified as finishing third.

Bolton is the only overseas winner of the World Final and is one of two DMC seeds for this Saturday’s main event, finishing second in the points. He will line-up in his fourth World Final.

294 Lee Hughes finally secured the World Championship back in 2013 and will line-up in his 15th World Final after winning the Eastbourne Banger World Series (BWS) round. Hughes is also a former winner of the ORCi PRI National Banger World Final, so is no stranger to these big races.

331 Jason ‘Boxer Jack’ Jackson is the joint most winningest driver on the grid, with three World titles to his name – the same number as Dale Hughes. Jackson won his first title in 2006 before retaining the following year in 2007 at the Wimbledon Stadium. His last win came in 2012 at Ipswich where he led the entire race from pole position. The Romford based driver secured his spot on this year’s grid at the Eastbourne Wildcard meeting in September.

617 Carl ‘Jack’ Overy finally took the World Championship back in 2015 after a dramatic race in which there were numerous lead changes in the final few laps. He so very nearly became a two-time World Champion last year until he was taken out by 257 Timmy Aldridge with just a few laps to go. ‘Jack’ was the first driver to qualify for this year’s race when he won the first BWS round of the season at the Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot in February.

The BWS this season saw the introduction of the inaugural Entertainers League, which was won by 211 Jamie Pole. Pole has had a great season in the BWS, racing every round with a fresh car – mostly displaying some very lovely paint jobs as well. His Cadillac Coupe de Ville at Mildenhall’s BWS round in August being especially well presented.

At that same meeting, Pole put in one of the biggest hits of this year’s BWS when he delivered that massive hit to 570 Jordan Cumming, completely ruining his Mercedes. This will be Pole’s debut in the main race, something which he is thoroughly looking forward to.

“I’m buzzing to be on the right side of the fence for the first time, especially because most of the other lads will be racing as well,” said Pole. “I’m not going to make any plans for the race, as you never know what’s going to happen. I’m just going to take the race however it comes.”

You can read more about Pole’s year and how he feels about this year’s race in this Saturday’s official programme.

Pole has been one of the best entertainers this season and will be one to watch this weekend.

Joining Pole on the grid will be four of his Barton Boys teammates: 9 Tom Jordan, 169 James Rushton, 179 Shaun Rushton and 195 Reece Marsh.

Jordan has had a very good year finishing third in the Startrax points, just behind James and Shaun Rushton. This will be Jordan’s debut in the main race having previously raced in the last chance qualifiers and support races.

169 James Rushton topped the Startrax points this year with some fantastic results at Belle Vue and Stoke throughout the course of the season. This will be James’ debut in the main race and will more than likely be looking for the crash rather than the win.

179 Shaun Rushton finished second in the Startrax points, just behind his son James and will line up in his third World Final. He made his debut 1998 with his last appearance coming a year later in 1999. This will be his first World Final race at Ipswich, so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

195 Reece Marsh will also participate in his first World Final this year after winning the Unlimited National Bangers Entertainers Wildcard at the Ipswich Spedeweekend in July. Marsh put in some good hits throughout the course of the afternoon and will more than likely be looking to do the same again come race time on Saturday night.

Pole and Marsh weren’t the only ones to secure their grid spot via entertaining as 360 ‘Jackstar’ Jack Reynolds, 341 ‘Jonesey’ Andrew Jones and 521 ‘Ace Ash’ Ashley Riley also secured their spot through the BWS Entertainers League.

Reynolds finished just 10-points behind league winner Pole in what has been a great season so far for the 3-Litre man. This will be Reynolds first ever taste of the World Final and I very much doubt he’ll be going for the win based on his performances so far this season.

This Saturday will be Jones’ fifth World Final appearance having made his debut way back in 2006 at Plough Lane’s Wimbledon Stadium. In his previous four World Final appearances, Jones has never managed to finish within the top-10. In his previous two appearances in 2017 and 2018, the DWO man has been more concerned with turning it around and causing carnage on opposite on turn four. Based on this, he will definitely be one to keep your eye on this Saturday.

521 ‘Ace Ash’ Ashley Riley has never managed to qualify for the World Final and will be yet another driver making his debut this Saturday. Riley finished fourth in the Entertainers League this year with some very good performances. Riley was also part of the tremendous Bears Big Bash meeting which saw the Bears raise a fantastic amount of £15,631 for the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity in Brighton.

There will be 20 drivers on this year’s grid making their World Final debut, along with those six former World Champions and drivers who have plenty of prior experience and come so close to winning it before.

Number 3 Mitchel Finney is one of those drivers making his debut having finished fourth in the Incarace points chart. Finney is still at a young age but has already impressed in his short National Banger career. He took two heat wins in the Light Brigade division at the Hednesford Hills Raceway in January, as the Northern army completely dominated the South to win Civil War 20.

28 Fred James is the next debutant in this year’s race having finished third in the Spedeworth points chart after a very consistent season, which included a third-place finish at the Aldershot Open in June. James is a bit of an unknown quantity in truth, but if luck is on his side, don’t rule him out. With no enemies on track, a good grid position for James could see him go all the way.

Another unknown quantity is that of 102 Clayton Wheeler, who makes his World Final debut this Saturday. Like James, Wheeler has endured a season of great consistency, earning him a very noble seventh place finish in the Spedeworth points chart amongst some very tough opposition.

202 Peter Hekman is the first of our Continental qualifiers, representing the ASEmmen promotion in Holland – a promotion famous for its large wrecking trains and Unlimited Banger team weekender in July. Hekman will be hoping to become the first Dutch National Banger World Champion this Saturday.

208 PJ Collins secured a heat and final double at Great Yarmouth’s BWS round to book his spot on the World Final grid. Collins is a very quick driver on his day, and should he pick out a favourable starting position, could be there or there about’s come the chequered flag.

The first of this year’s CAMSO representatives is 250 Michel Kisteman. The Dutchman currently sits third in the points Championship and scored the most points out of everyone at Warneton’s all rear drive meeting in May, and at the BBA European Championship meeting in early September.

Moving back to some of the English qualifiers, 258 Connor Anderson lines up in his first World Final this Saturday having finished an impressive 11th place in this season’s Spedeworth points. The Kent-based driver will be hoping to secure the World title this Saturday and join an illustrious list of drivers who have won the race on their first attempt.

Many thought 278 Shaun Brokenshire had won the Autospeed World Final at the Smeatharpe Stadium, Taunton in late June, but he was later deemed to be a lap-down. 190 Steve Bailey got the win, securing his third Autospeed World Championship with Brokenshire finishing in fifth. Brokenshire has had a good season with the South-West promotion and currently sits third in the points series and second in the Entertainers League. Brokenshire can either crash or race and will be one to watch this weekend as he makes his debut in the Spedeworth World Final.

281 Lewis Tingle makes his debut, having competed in the support races in previous years – often piloting some very smart motors. Tingle finished sixth in the Incarace points, just pipping 460 Clifford Friend to the final World Final qualifying spot. Being one of the Silver Boys, it will be interesting to see what happens between him and 124 ‘Oris’ and 699 Stacey Holdsworth.

333 Charlie Randell is the loan Posh-Wash member in this year’s World Final, unless any of them win one of the last chance qualifiers on the night. Representing the Mendips Raceway, Randell will make his debut in the World Final but like many others, has raced in the support class before. The Ringwood driver has had a good season down at the Bristol track, finishing third in the points championship.

Randell has enjoyed his time at the Mendips Raceway this season.

Moving onto the first of our Trackstar representatives, 388 ‘Lump’ Taylor Sowter has enjoyed a fantastic season at the shale venue. He has really got involved in the thick of the action, often racing in multiple National Banger classes at the same meeting. The Horley-based driver topped Trackstar’s Entertainer points and will make his World Final debut this weekend, probably lurking on opposite for someone.

467 Sheldon Grimes makes his debut in the big race this weekend having finished 12th in the Spedeworth points. It’s been a good year for Grimes with consistent results amongst a race win at the Bears Big Bash in July. Grimes has also got stuck in on occasion, most notably at the recent Unlimited National Bangers Dave ‘Kingy’ King Memorial at Mildenhall.

The first of our Mildenhall representatives is 817 Kurt Jacobs, whom makes his World Final debut this Saturday. Jacobs career started in the Domestic Bangers at Ipswich, before moving up to the National Bangers racing more regularly at Mildenhall. Jacobs is currently topping the Mildenhall track Championship and also topped the British qualifying points before finishing fifth in the main race in late August. It will be interesting to see how he fares on the tarmac of Ipswich this weekend.

Former Autospeed World Champion 907 Cameron Bradford makes his Spedeworth World Final debut this Saturday night. Bradford finished third in this season’s Incarace points chart but admitted qualifying for the World Final has been ‘hard’.

“It’s been good, but it was hard work trying to get into the World Final though!” said Bradford. “I’m absolutely buzzing for it; this is the one that everyone wants to win, and I would love to win it but if I don’t – I don’t – it’s bangers and anything can happen!”

Bradford took the Mendips Thunderbolt title in May with a Mercedes and will be sticking with one for this Saturday’s main race, having also secured the Autospeed World Final with one last year.

As well as World Final debutants, former Champions and entertainers in this year’s race, there are also those who have had some prior experience of the show-piece event of the year. Some coming very close to taking the gold.

CAMSO’s second representative comes in the shape of number 56 ‘Vincky’ Karel Eecloo. This will be his sixth appearance in the World Final having made his debut in 2010. As a former CAMSO World Cup winner, ‘Vincky’ has experience of winning in big Championship races but has never managed to finish the World Championship in the top 10. ‘Vincky’ will be hoping to change that statistic this Saturday.

Also making his sixth appearance in the World Final this year is 57 Stuart Cumming. The former Suicide Squad driver made his debut way back in 1996 at Plough Lane’s Wimbledon Stadium with his best ever finish coming in last year’s race, when he finished in eighth position. Eighth was also where Cumming finished in this season’s Spedeworth points chart.

114 Liam Lake will line up in his fifth consecutive World Final having made his debut in 2015. Lake secured his best finish in 2017 when he finished in second place behind 59 Bolton. Lake secured his spot on this Saturday’s grid after winning Mildenhall’s BWS round in August. He’s had a decent season all round so far though, finishing 10th in the Spedeworth points. A few people are tipping him for victory this Saturday and if he does, I think he would be a very popular winner.

Moving onto the first of our Scottish qualifiers, 159 Callum Campbell makes his second start in the World Final this Saturday after a rather bruising debut in last year’s race. Firstly, he was T-bonned on opposite by 341 Jones before meeting him again with a very big head on, and then received a ‘jacking’ from 74 Adam Hitchcock. Campbell topped GMP’s points charts this season having had a very good year at Cowdenbeath.

162 ‘Bad-Boy’ Brett Ellacott lines up as one of the most experienced drivers on this year’s grid, making his 12th World Final appearance. Ellacott made his debut way back in 1996 and has secured some good results in the past – securing a best ever finish of fourth in last year’s race. As a former Autospeed and ORCi PRI World Champion, Ellacott had tasted gold before and will be eager to clinch this World Championship as well – joining a list of drivers that have won all three. He currently leads the Autospeed points Championship – just ahead of teammate 190 Steve Bailey (although they could change depending on when you’re reading this).

Bailey secured the Autospeed World Championship for the third time back in June at the Smeatharpe Stadium and will make his 10th World Final appearance having made his debut in 2005. Bailey came close to clinching gold in 2009 finishing second before finishing third a year later. He then finished fifth in 2011, but since then hasn’t had the best of luck. Last year saw the West-country man get taken out whilst leading – receiving a controversial hit from 82 ‘Big-T’ Tom Foster. He will be hoping for better luck this Saturday.

Bailey is a three-time Autospeed World Champion.

204 ‘Charlie Boy’ King returns to the World Final fray this Saturday with his latest appearance coming in 2013, where he secured his best finish of sixth. It’s been a good season to date so far for King, whom finished second in the Spedeworth points – just 41 points behind eventual winner 570 Jordan Cumming. This will be his sixth World Final appearance having made his debut in 2009 and will be looking to capitalise on a strong performance at the Ipswich BWS round in March, where he picked up a fifth place in the Final before winning the Showdown.

The second of this year’s DMC seeds goes to 215 Leonard Dunn, who makes his third consecutive World Final appearance this Saturday. Making his debut in 2017, Dunn scored an impressive fifth place finish but failed to reach the chequered flag in last year’s soaking wet edition, thanks to some heavy front-end and passenger damage to his Ford Scorpio estate. Dunn once again topped the DMC points, beating 2017 World Champion 59 ‘Leadfoot.’ Dunn will be hoping to emulate his success this Saturday.

228 Sam Beasley makes his fifth World Final appearance this Saturday, after winning Birmingham’s BWS round in June. Beasley made his World Final debut in 2014 and scored his best ever finish of seventh in the 2016 rendition. Yet to secure a major Championship in the National Bangers, Beasley will be eager for a good result this weekend.

One of the other Scottish representatives in this year’s race is Crimond seed, 230 Scott Paterson. Paterson will make his second start in the World Final after making his debut in 2017, where he got caught up in the action and failed to finish. Currently sitting second in the Crimond points, the Scotsman will be hoping for much better luck this Saturday. He had a good result at the Kings Lynn World of Shale meeting in September, where he finished the main race in second place.

The ever popular 247 ‘Bro’ Lee Clarke returns to the World Final grid this year after taking a sabbatical in 2018. As a former Trackstar 2LTR National Banger World Champion and also World of Shale Champion, ‘Bro’ has worn gold before. Despite this, in his 11 previous World Final appearances, he’s best finish came in 2009 when he got 10th. ‘Bro’ also came close to winning the 2015 ORCi PRI National Banger World Final but was followed in on the last bend gifting the win to Georgie Lee. He will be hoping for better luck this Saturday.

262 ‘Roona’ Rob Bugler is another returnee to this year’s grid, with his last appearance coming in 2017 – a race which saw him deliver a massive head on to 331 Jackson, completely running his Ford Granada MK1. This will be his fifth World Final appearance and judging by his previous performances, I wouldn’t expect ‘Ronna’ to be worrying about victory.

284 James Head is set to take part in his third consecutive World Final this Saturday having finished a very respectable 15th in the Spedeworth points chart. The Southampton-based driver has been very dedicated again this year, racing at most Spedeworth and Incarace National Banger meetings, scoring some decent results along the way too. Head finished ninth in his debut in 2017 but failed to finish in last year’s race, he will be hoping for better luck this weekend.

309 Michael Lane lines up in his fourth World Final this weekend having made his debut in 2015. Lane is a former World Champion having taken Under 1600cc Bangers World Championship in 2013 – the inaugural running of the title – before making the step up to the National Bangers. In his three previous World Finals, Lane has a best finish of fifth which he got in 2016. Racing mainly at the Mildenhall Stadium this year, Lane finished an impressive third in the points chart and could become the first ever man to win both the Bangers World Championship and National Bangers World Championship should he win this Saturday.

327 Mick Maskell Jnr lines up in his third consecutive World Final having made his debut in 2017. He hasn’t had much luck in his previous two appearances, getting followed in by 209 Tom Waller late in last year’s main event. It’s been a very good year so far for Maskell Jnr after finishing sixth in the Spedeworth points chart and also finishing seventh in the BWS Entertainers League – racing some beautifully turned out cars as well. He’ll be hoping to end his run of bad luck in World Finals and grab himself a finish this weekend.

Representing the Skegness Stadium this year, 382 ‘Chubby’ Jack Foster makes his 10th consecutive appearance in the World Final having appeared in every edition since 2010. He’s had some very good results in previous years, finishing second in 2012 and 2013 and third in 2011. He’s a former 2LTR National Banger World Champion, BBA Supreme Champion, BBA English Champion, CAMSO World Cup Champion and BBA European Champion – making him one of the most decorated drivers in the sport’s long and illustrious history. He could be a good bet to win the World Final this Saturday night, but will have to have his wits about him with a lot of his major rivals also on the grid.

384 John Golden returns to the World Final grid this Saturday, with his last appearance coming 17 years ago in 2001. He has two previous appearances in the World Final but hasn’t finished in either of them. Also representing the Skegness Stadium, Golden will be hoping his years of experience racing in the formula comes in handy this Saturday, and he can secure his first ever finish.

400 Lee Kingsnorth makes his second appearance in the World Final after making his debut last year. He impressed on his debut by finishing in 10th and will be hoping to better that this weekend. It’s been a good season so far for Kingsnorth, finishing fifth in the Spedeworth points chart. Like 309 Lane, Kingsnorth made his name in the 1600cc Domestic Banger class and still occasionally races in them. He finished third in the formulas World Final last November and will be looking to carry that momentum into this weekend.

If there’s one man on the grid who has come closer to anyone than winning the World Final, it’s 455 Ricki Finney. In 2017, Finney was awarded the win but was then later deemed to be a lap down, gifting the win to 59 Bolton. Finney was awarded his rightful position of third – which is still a fantastic achievement considering he only got on the grid after winning one of the last chance qualifiers earlier on in the night. That is still his best finish in the World Final as well. Finney was World Champion for 48 hours and will be eager to make it last a little bit longer this year as he makes his fifth World Final appearance. He finished second in this year’s Incarace points table.

Finney and his Silver Boys teammates have battled with ‘Oris’ and Holdsworth throughout this season.

Topping this year’s Incarace points however, was 456 Nathan Roberts. Returning after nasty head injury a few years ago, Roberts will line up in his fourth World Final. Despite being a very quick driver on his day, Roberts hasn’t managed to finish inside the top-10 with the former Cream Team driver admitting he ‘needs some luck.’ As well as finishing top of the Incarace points chart, Roberts also claimed victory in the Unlimited National Bangers Southern Championship earlier in the season. If he does get the luck this Saturday, he could very well end the night as the 2019 World Champion.

528 ‘Jethro’ Alan Hunt is probably one of the most entertaining National Banger drivers to watch in this modern era, not particularly for the wrecking but for his ‘sideways and serious’ driving style. Making his eighth appearance in the World Final this Saturday, ‘Jethro’ made his debut way back in 2003 and has finished fourth on two occasions. Once in 2009 and the other in 2016 – which was his last appearance in the big race. He finished 14th in this year’s Spedeworth points chart. ‘Jethro’ is one of very few drivers to have raced at every Ipswich World Final meeting and could prove to be a threat in this Saturday’s race.

570 Jordan Cumming has been on great form over the last couple of years, winning plenty of races and getting good results as well. Cumming won the Spedeworth points this season and will line up in his sixth consecutive World Final race, having made his debut in 2014. However, he has never managed to grab himself a finish in the top-10. He took the biggest win of his National Banger career earlier this season when he won the Trackstar 2LTR National Banger World Final at Kings Lynn, before winning the Aldershot Open a week later – with Cumming admitting it’s definitely been his best season to date.’ He will be hoping to cement a place in the top-10 this Saturday but could have his hands full with five Barton Boys on the grid.

Cumming displaying the gold roof at the Aldershot Open – a week after winning the Trackstar World Final.

For the second year in a row, 699 Stacey Holdsworth will fly the flag for the females in the sport’s biggest race of the season after finishing ninth in the Spedeworth points – picking up a couple of victories on route to the World Final. It will be interesting to see how she gets on this Saturday after her and ‘Oris’ rivalry with the Silver Boys this season. However, if she gets a good grid draw and can stay out of trouble, she definitely has the speed and skill to challenge the top boys and become the sport’s first ever female World Champion.

Representing Incarace this season is 717 Jack Tuffen, who makes his seventh consecutive appearance in the World Final having made his debut in the 2013 running. Tuffen is one of the quickest drivers there is winning plenty of races in his career so far. He finished fifth in the Incarace points this season but booked his spot on this Saturday’s grid after winning the BWS round at Ipswich in March. Tuffen is another driver who’s already tasted gold this season, winning the Ringwood Unlimited Banger World Final, but will be hoping to clinch this one on Saturday as well. His best result came in 2015 where he finished in fourth position.

753 Billy Cunningham makes his fifth appearance in the World Final having made his debut in 2010, winning the opening last chance qualifier on the night to qualify. His route into this year’s race came through Northampton BWS winner 161 Billy Smith not fulfilling his place on this Saturday’s grid, because he wants to concentrate more on the National Saloon Stock Cars. Cunningham finished 17th in the Spedeworth points chart but is a very quick driver on his day. He finished sixth in 2012 and will be looking to better that this weekend. He got absolutely ruined on his last visit to Ipswich in July, when he was followed in at high speed by 341 ‘Jonesey’ completely wrecking his MK3 Ford Granada.

Representing Trackstar for his fourth consecutive World Final appearance is 757 ‘Jack Jnr’ Callum Gill. It’s been another great season for Gill on the shale at the Adrian Flux Arena, Kings Lynn topping their points table taking six heat wins and four finals. He took the 2LTR National Banger World Final at Birmingham in May in a dramatic and very lively race and finished second in last weekend’s Micro National Bangers UK Championship at Kings Lynn. He also tasted success last December when he won the Unlimited National Bangers UK Open down on the South-Coast at Ringwood. ‘Jack Jnr’ is one of the best dual surface racers there is and could be on to take gold again this Saturday. His best result so far came last year when he finished sixth.

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Gill has been on fine form this season at Kings Lynn.

Making his third appearance in the World Final is 820 ‘Maggot’ Martyn Perkins. He made his debut in 2010 before returning to the grid in 2016, finishing an impressive eighth place. Having not been on the grid since then, it will be interesting to see what Perkins can do this Saturday, after finishing fourth in the Spedeworth points thanks to a great season of consistency so far.

Also representing Trackstar is former British Champion 830 Lee White. This will be his third consecutive World Final appearance, but he is yet to finish in the top-10. White finished second in the Trackstar points, taking three heat wins and three final wins so far this season. He recently won the Micro National Bangers UK Championship at Kings Lynn and will be hoping to carry that momentum forward into this weekend’s action.

If 880 ‘Naisy’ Neil Naismith didn’t have bad luck – he’d have no luck at all. Representing Hardie Race Promotions (HRP) up in Scotland, ‘Naisy’ will contest his seventh World Final having made his debut in 2011. He is yet to place inside the top-10 in his previous six attempts and will be hoping that changes this Saturday. He currently tops HRP’s 2LTR National Bangers points chart and won the Unlimited Bangers Scottish Championship in July. We saw the first Scottish winner of the National Hot Rod World Championship in July when Rob McDonald converted pole position into victory, could ‘Naisy’ do the same this Saturday?

887 Rob Browning also makes his seventh appearance in the World Final this Saturday having made his debut in 2013. Despite his speed, Browning has never had any luck in the World Final. He is yet to place himself in the top-10 and will be looking to do just that this weekend. Browning finished 13th in the Spedeworth points chart after having to take a step back from racing due to the birth of his little daughter in July. If he was to win the World Final this Saturday, it would cap of a great year for him both on and off the track.

999 Klaas Slager makes his second World Final appearance this Saturday having made his debut in 2013. Representing the ever popular ASEmmen promotion in Holland, Slager can either wreck or race. He won the Blue Oyster Trophy last October in Emmen – a title he will defend again in a few weeks’ time. Slager could very well be a dark horse for this Saturday’s main event and take the World Championship back to his native Holland.

And of course, a few more drivers will also book their place on the grid prior to the World Final in the last chance qualifiers on the night. Good luck to every single driver racing. I hope everyone has a great night, stays safe, acts sensibly and enjoys one of best spectacles there is in the National Banger calendar.

May the best man or woman win – let’s go racing!

Header image courtesy of Alex Catley (http://www.ac-photos.net/)

By Jordan Hollands.


















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