BriSCA F2 Stock Car World Final Speedweekend
Sat 17 September - 5pm - World Final
Sunday 18 september - 1pm - World Revenge
***The World Final Grid and Consolation Semi Final Grid are both available under the lsit of drivers booked to race
The highlight of the 2011 Stock Car Season takes place at the Norfolk Arena this coming weekend when a new BriSCA F2 Stock Car World Champion is crowned!
Defending World Champion 964 John Fortune will have his work cut out to defend his crown as he has to start at the very back at the grid and will be racing on a surface which he has only raced on one occasion in the past decade. However Fortune did used to be a regular on shale in the Crewe days so he does know how to perform on the loose should the mood take him!
964 John Fortune - title defence on Saturday!
It is a safe bet though to say that most eyes will be concentrated on the front of the grid when the green flag drops in the big race. Scottish star 647 Chris Burgoyne starts the big race on pole position and has shown enough at King's Lynn meetings this year that he may be able to get away from the pack - particularly if there are fireworks behind him! Behind him is 324 James Thackra who will be bidding for a first Gold Roof at the track where he bagged the British Championship.
Pole Man - 647 Chris Burgoyne
On the outside of the pole sitter is the most successful driver in the history of F2 Stock Cars - 218 Rob Speak who has eight world titles to his credit. Ironically Rob's last appearance as World Champion in F2 was over a decade ago and was at the last F2 World Final at Lynn which took place back in 2000 when Rob, who had already taken a sabbatical from F2s defended his title from the back of the grid.
218 Rob Speak - Gunning for a ninth Gold Roof
Recent World Finals have seen Speak clash with the man who starts behind him - current Points Champion 7 Gordon Moodie and following a clash at the Semi Final, tensions are high between the pair again. There is the chance that the downfall of Speak and Moodie may well be their preoccupation with each other and not many of the sports commentators are expecting both Speak and Moodie to complete the distance in the main event.
606 Andrew Palmer and 886 Chris Bradbury both start the big race on row four and these two are favorites in many people's eyes for the main race. Palmer has been sensaional around Lynn in 2011 and this represents his best hope of grabbing gold. Bradbury has also been in great form around the Norfolk Arena with his noew for season 2011 machine.
886 Chris Bradbury - Been in top form recently
Overseas Drivers who will be worth watching based on their appearances around the Norfolk Arena this year are H124 Wim Petters who was very quick at the last meeting at Lynn whilst H30 Toon Schutt also was in great form including taking a second place in his heat. The Irish and Isle of Mann contingent have not been seen at the Norfolk Arena for a while and may suffer through a lack of shale experience.
H30 Toon Schutt - Will be a major threat if can qualify on row three
The winner of the World Final could even come from further back in the grid with 2000 World Champion 732 Daz Kitson still with a chance of going gold after flying around the Norfolk Arena at the last meeting which also saw him take a runner up finish in the final whilst 702 Allen Cooper has also been in great form at Lynn and has a great chance of making the rostrum.
Before the World Final takes place there is the Consolation Semi Final where the last six spaces are up for grabs in the main race. 401 Barry Goldin will be favorite to progress from this race and should he make the back of the grid his progress from the back of the grid will be fascinating to watch. 36 drivers have confirmed their intention to race in the Consolation Semi Final.