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Tracey close to hat-trick on track

PUBLISHED: 17:33 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:59 08 July 2010

Tracey Thomson, from Lyng, came within two laps of completing a superb hat-trick of victories at Swaffham Raceway.

Tracey has been ever-present in the Mondeo Rods class this season and this would have been the first time she had recorded three wins in a meeting and all was looking good until a broken throttle cable put paid to her dreams.

Tracey Thomson, from Lyng, came within two laps of completing a superb hat-trick of victories at Swaffham Raceway.

Tracey has been ever-present in the Mondeo Rods class this season and this would have been the first time she had recorded three wins in a meeting and all was looking good until a broken throttle cable put paid to her dreams.

She won the formula two heats and led the final until lap ten of 12 when she was forced to retire, allowing Fakenham's Steve Usher through for the win ahead of Sam Coles (Holbeach) and Gavin Nicholls (Norwich).

In the day's other non-contact class Gary Legrice (Norwich) kept his rich vein of form going in the Thunder Rods by winning the formula's first two races.

Going into the final he was hot favourite to complete his hat-trick but a sudden downpour of rain made the going very tricky for the rear-wheel drive Sierras.

Taking full advantage of the conditions was Nick Cook (Norwich) who led for the whole race with the star drivers failing to make an impression on his lead.

Cook took the chequered flag ahead of Darren LeGrice and Gary LeGrice.

The day was a special charity meeting in aid of the East Coast Truckers and they brought along three lorries and a minibus of children for a day out to the raceway which they all thoroughly enjoyed.

Two separate classes of van bangers were on show with Adrian Clifton (Bury St Edmunds) and Simon Piggin (Norwich) winning the races in the unlimited vans before Mildenhall's Joe Mullarky won their Destruction Derby.

In the small vans class, first-timer Chris Wick from Walsingham won the first heat before Hunstanton's Martin Broomfield won the second heat and final.

Their Destruction Derby was won by Watton's Nigel Bircham who was extremely happy with his achievement and celebrated by trying to roll his Mazda pick-up over a quickly-erected ramp.

The raceway now has a three-week break from racing before action returns with the highly-anticipated Speed weekend on August 30 and 31.

This two-day feast of racing features eight formulas and over 40 races.

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