Mick Maskell Jnr took advantage of Charlie King’s late mechanical gremlins to take the 2019 Unlimited National Banger Championship of the World at the Foxhall Heath Stadium on October 5th.
Maskell Jnr hailed the win as ‘a dream come true’ as he lifted the World Championship at the third time of asking, putting his name amongst some of the greatest National Banger drivers of all time.
“It was a dream come true,” said Maskell Jnr. “I’m over the moon to have the gold roof and have my name on the trophy as it’s the one everyone wants.”
The Saffron Walden based driver came from 46th on the grid to win the World Final with a fantastic drive through the field, avoiding all the chaos along the way with plenty of cars on opposite on both bends.
It featured some very heavy action including Tom Jordan’s entertaining display on turn four together with the demolition of Charlie Randell’s smart Mercedes Saloon on the home straight by a number of drivers.
Maskell Jnr explained how successfully completing the initial laps is a huge advantage in helping drivers get to that all illusive victory.
“I knew before the meeting it was going to be a busy race with the amount of different drivers in it. If you can get the first five laps out the way, it eventually calms down a bit. I was just lucky to find the gaps and not get caught up with all the wars that were going on.”
King led the entirety of the race from pole position and navigated a complete restart and normal restart before he slowed on the home straight with just a few laps to go before eventually getting taken out on turn two.
Given his dominance in the race, there was slight confusion amongst the crowd as to who was actually leading. It was deemed that Maskell Jnr was in second place and so took up the running when King retired.
Maskell Jnr commented saying, “I knew I was up there as I hadn’t got taken out. It’s such a long race, you’ve just got to keep your head down and keep going as anything can happen in a race like that.”
In the days and weeks after the meeting, there was speculation that the result was wrong, and Brett Ellacott was the race leader after King got taken out and Maskell Jnr was a lap down. The discussion and debate raged on for weeks with many asking Spedeworth for an explanation on the result.
Speaking about the confusion, Maskell Jnr admitted that, “The race got reviewed on the Monday after the meeting, Spedeworth then rung me on the Tuesday saying how they spent all day on Monday checking and reviewing the track footage – and that the result remains the same.”
You can read more from Maskell Jnr in next month’s edition of Wheelspin Magazine.
By Jordan Hollands.