Stark legacy rolls on

Lyndon Stark.
Lyndon Stark.

Boston’s Stock Car and Banger Racing Stadium may have disappeared more than 20 years ago, but the legacy of the stadium remains.

The town still has a large number of drivers, with a new generation - the children of those who used to thrill local fans and families - taking to the track.

Lyndon Stark, from one of the families steeped in tradition in the sport, took the laurels in the biggest title to take place on shale this year – the World of Shale at King’s Lynn on Saturday.

Stark (pictured) was born in 1992 – the year before racing finished at Boston – when his father Shaun was one of the leading stars.

He entered the stadium in a very rich vein of form - in the previous five meetings he had competed in he had taken an astonishing four finals and all of them in various disciplines in the sport – Micro Bangers, 1500cc Bangers and Unlimited Bangers – a feat in itself which had never happened before, so he was full of confidence entering the big race.

The World of Shale is a race which drivers spend a full year qualifying for, with attempts to get on the grid starting in October last year.

The event has a history which goes back 27 years, and also took place at Boston in 1991, 1992 and 1993, but no Boston driver had ever won it prior to Stark’s triumph.

This year prolonged heavy rain made conditions far from ideal all evening and once the race was gridded the conditions were very poor indeed which meant that in a race of attrition only the highly skilled would survive.

Stark made good progress from the drop of the green flag and, by lap four, was up to sixth place.

When early leader Nicky Young was delayed on the seventh lap, Stark went into a lead which he retained all the way until the chequered flag.

Shaun Stark also qualified for the World of Shale and, at one point, was running second to his son, but he then suffered damage and retired.

“It was a tough race but I felt confident all the way through and was delighted to take this and get some gold on the roof,” said Stark junior.

For winning the race Lyndon gets to paint twin gold stripes on the roof of his car, which will identify him throughout Europe as being the World of Shale Champion.

Boston’s Amy Brown was in action in the Unlimited Lady Bangers where two heat wins were backed up with a runner up finish in the final.

Racing returns to the Adrian Flux Arena at King’s Lynn on Saturday, September 24, when Micro Bangers are in action together with Junior and Lady Bangers with 1300 Stock Cars completing the action.