Arlington Domestic Banger team The Dreamers, have a new champion within their numbers, as Reece Priestly celebrated his emphatic win of the Spedeworth Winter Banger League, with a crash happy performance in the Grand Final.
The previous week had been a racer’s night with a very fast track. The drivers known for their speed rather than wrecking such as Darren Terry Brand came to the fore. Heat one saw a huge crash even before the start line as drivers jostled for position. Unusually for him, fellow ‘Dreamer’ Pete Osborne, led the race from early on and came home first. Osborne can race, but he is known as more of a destructive driver.
The look of shock on his face as he won was a picture in itself. Colin Jones was second with Darren Terry Brand third, Priestly fourth.
Heat two saw Jones get away quickly chased by in particular Steve Penfold who was still in with a chance of third place in the league. He eventually passed on the inside on the back straight, and then held off a last bend lunge to secure the win.
The final in round 15 reverted to the chaotic carnage race fans have been used to at Wimbledon Stadium this season. With the pressure off Priestly to gather more points, his Dreamer team set about their rivals The Boyz from Leatherhead.
In Sunday’s final round, aware that his lead was unassailable, Priestly enjoyed his night of glory by hitting everything in sight. In doing so he also ultimately determined the other final placings as well. After a quiet first heat, Priestly livened up the second by setting about The Boyz stalwarts John Mathews, and then Dave McKeown. Boyz Captain Penfold, sought justice for his colleagues by thundering into the new champion forcing a retirement.
Back out for the Final, Priestly celebrated his first ever title by causing further carnage to The Boyz. On the back straight, he launched into Vice-captain Wayne Wigley. Once again enforcing for his own team, Penfold ended Priestly’s night by sandwiching him against the stricken Wigley.