Mayes set to race in King’s Lynn

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Deane Mayes is back in action at King’s Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena as he competes in the Two-Litre Saloon Stock Car races this weekend.

The Diss-based driver will be on the bill alongside the country’s first BriSCA Formula One stock car event of 2016.

The V8-engined beasts with unlimited power will be bursting into life after their winter slumber to make the earth shake at the venue voted to have staged the best race of 2015.

Mayes raced in more than 50 meetings last season and was rewarded by finishing second in the National Points Championship.

The 29-year-old admitted: “It was quite an achievement. We never set out to go for the points or anything like that. We just said that we would go and do a lot of meetings.

“We always race every weekend. It’s just that last year, I seem to have done a little bit better and scored more points.”

Mayes did not let the rain showers bother him at King’s Lynn’s opening meeting on March 5, scoring two fourth-place finishes, but retired from the meeting final.

“I don’t think the weather really affected me because I was in heat two,” he said.

“By the time I was on, I thought it was quite a nice shale track. You can’t change what the weather is – you just have to go with what you’ve got. Shame about the puncture in the final but the car was going really well – it felt good.”

Fellow Diss driver David Aldous, the National Champion, will also be in action at King’s Lynn this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Formula One entry of around 40 cars includes the likes of top Norwich driver Mat Newson, plus the spectacular Mick Sworder of Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire-based former world champions Paul Harrison and the hugely-popular Frankie Wainman Jr.

n Snetterton Circuit have unveiled their bumper 2016 calendar, with major championships and themed events headlining a schedule of 30 meetings running almost every weekend from this month to November.

The Norfolk circuit will host several major national championships this season, including the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on July 8-10.

The British Touring Car Championship returns to Snetterton on July 30-31, while families can look forward to British Truck Racing Championship rounds on September 10-11.