I was fortunate and very excited to be invited to join five other British Touring Car Championship drivers to go head-to-head in National Hot Rods in a special showdown race at Ipswich last Saturday night (June 13).
I joined Rob Austin, Rob Collard, Tom Ingram, Andrew Jordan, and Aron Smith and got behind the wheel of the two-litre spaceframe cars for a special Motorsport News British Touring Car Championship Trophy race, which took place as part of the Thunder 500 Hot Rod race meeting.
The cars had been loaned by some of Hot Rod racing’s biggest names and we took part in a three-lap qualifying session before completing a 10-lap shoot out.
We had been invited by Motorsport News to take part in the event, which features in the publication this week. It is part of Motorsport News’s 60th birthday celebrations.
Motorsport Deputy Editor Matt said: “This will be a really special occasion and this will be a real eye-opener for the drivers themselves.
"Hot Rod racing keeps the cars tightly bunched, much like the BTCC, but the walls are only inches away and the drivers have to be brave. Aiden Moffat and Rob Collard have a background in short oval sport, but they will all be in competitive cars so picking a winner will be tough."
The car I drove belonged to Danny Fiske and Meede Motorsport, and what a car it was! It was nice to go back to my roots, where the car racing career all started in 2009, in a Junior Banger at Lochgelly. For the guys to give me a drive of their pride and joy only two weeks before their World Final is something I'm really thankful for. They are awesome machines to drive, and hopefully that won't be my last drive of one!
Going into the race, despite not having much experience of these cars or rear wheel drive as a whole, I was strangely quietly confident in doing well, but never expected to win, so that was awesome to achieve that and do the guys proud. The purpose behind this in raising the stock car profile is great, I think. Not a lot of people really realise how much talent there is with the oval drivers, and just how special these cars really are. It is also great racing to watch and you can see literally everything, so I am happy I was a part of it.
The Meede Motorsport team consists of a lot of great people, who have put together a great car. Unfortunately Danny's night didn't go to plan after a battery failure, after showing great pace, but all the best to him and the team for the World. Good luck and hopefully I will see them again soon. New friends made within the Motorsport community.