Debu­tant Con­lon is tak­ing Stock

Aldershot News & Mail - - SPORT -

AF­TER tak­ing a mas­sive, but judged to be fair hit, at Ar­ling­ton Raceway a cou­ple of weeks ago, that left him with some se­vere bruis­ing, South­ern Ban­dits banger team cap­tain, Keith Con­lon, re-emerged on Sun­day with a de­but in the 1300 stock cars.

In­deed, ‘re-emerged’ does not do his ap­pear­ance jus­tice by any means .

For weeks, Con­lon has spent his evenings and week­ends build­ing his new stock car, in ad­di­tion to his usual banger rac­ing com­mit­ments in the south.

With the Ban­dits on-track feud with multi-cham­pi­ons Rob Haines and Mark Pope con­tin­u­ing, some­thing was bound to hap­pen. So it did at Ar­ling­ton, where Con­lon re­quired med­i­cal at­ten­tion as a re­sult of the hit he took.

With his ego as well as his body bruised, Con­lon has sen­si­bly heeded the med­i­cal ad­vice and taken some time away from the track. Look­ing on the pos­i­tive side, the en­forced lay-off has al­lowed him more time to work on his new ven­ture.

What a job he has done as well! Re­vealed for the first time, the crowd walk­ing around the pits pre-meet­ing were suit­ably im­pressed with the work­man­ship and art­work of the car.

Be­fore go­ing out for the first race, when asked about the high stan­dard of the liv­ery, Con­lon re­marked, “The car looks good ….for now! A cou­ple of scrapes against the wall, and no doubt it will soon be show­ing a few bat­tle scars”.

So how did Con­lon do first time out in his new charge? Not too bad ac­tu­ally.

In his first race of the day, he fin­ished a solid fifth, and then he man­aged an in­cred­i­ble sec­ond place next time out. A great ef­fort in the fi­nal, saw him cross the line third.

Con­lon is known for his straight line speed in the bangers, but in the stock cars, how a driver han­dles the cor­ners is crit­i­cal.

“I only fin­ished the car last night, and have not had time to set it up prop­erly yet,” said Con­lon. “The other guys out there have had months to ad­just their en­gines and set ups. We’ll get there…but give it a few weeks,” he con­cluded.

Con­lon and the rest of his Ban­dits are likely to fig­ure promi­nently this Sun­day at the Alder­shot raceway, as the Do­mes­tic Bangers fea­ture in round 9 of the Think Ford Banger League, as part of a four for­mula bill.

Rac­ing starts at 1pm.

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