A STOCK car racer from Addlethorpe has been crowned world champion in his class.
Mark Simpson took the coveted title in front of 10,000 racing fans at the BriSCA F2 Stock Car World Champion at the Norfolk Arena, Kings Lynn last month.
The 41-year-old father of two put in a magnificent performance, overtaking 31 international competitors in appalling weather conditions to earn himself the gold roof accolade.
He said: “I’ve been near the top for quite a while and finished on the podium a couple of times but this was the first time I’ve taken the championship - I was absolutely over the moon.
“The heavens opened during the race and Kings Lynn’s shale track is always very tricky so there were a couple of hairy moments but you’ve just got to try and keep it nice and tight.”
“The crowd were phenomenal, there were probably 10,000 people there - stock car racing is a lot bigger sport than people realise.
“I would like to thank all of my sponsors and people who have supported me.”
Mark, who works at his family’s caravan park - Croft Farm, first started racing stock cars at Skegness Stadium in 1993.
He has stayed in the same class of race car ever since but rose steadily through the ranks as he gained experience.
The single seater vehicles average between 60 and 70mph and over 200 race meetings are held throughout the year.
Competitors amass points for high ranking finishes throughout the season and the top scorers then progress through a series of heats until the final.
Mark is looking forward to defending his title with the golden roof at race meetings across the country next year.
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