Goodswen wins world V8 Stock Car title

Harleston stock car racer Colin Goodswen picked up one of the top awards on the short circuit calendar at London's Wimbledon Stadium when he landed the 2007 V8 Stock Car World Championship.

Harleston stock car racer Colin Goodswen picked up one of the top awards on the short circuit calendar at London's Wimbledon Stadium when he landed the 2007 V8 Stock Car World Championship.

Goodswen, 34, pictured, is, however, no stranger to taking major titles, having twiced been crowned 1300 Stock Car World Champion back in 1998 and then again in 2001. That win back in 1998 was also staged at the South London venue and as anyone in the sport will tell it is not easy to go to the capital and take the win away from the locals. That was certainly the case on Sunday when Goodswen, who started from the front row on the grid, tangled with pre-race local favourite Peter Scott on the very first lap. The race had to be stopped and such was the damage to Scott's car the veteran racer was unable to make the re-start.

This allowed Goodswen to race into the lead on the re-run but at half distance it all looked to be going wrong for the Suffolk racer when he got caught up with back markers which saw him slip back to fourth position.

With time running out Goodswen fought his way back up into second place and then on the very last bend there was just Londoner Terry Harris standing between him and the world crown. Goodswen had no hesitation in pushing Harris aside to claim a memorable victory.

Colin would like to thank his sponsors who have been there to support him over the season. These include Tops Scaffolding, Jacksons Fruiterers, Goodswen Transport and the family business Goodswens Garage of Wortwell.

Stock Car and Banger Racing returns to the Norfolk Arena this Saturday where the restaged 2L Banger World Final heads the bill, with action also coming from the 1300 Stock Cars and the Lady TSR Bangers.

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The 2L Banger World Final was originally scheduled for August but was postponed and this Saturday's event looks like being an excellent event.

The front row is made up of Huddersfield's Steve Askham and Wisbech's Roy Gedge whilst local drivers who have qualified and will be chasing top honours include Robb Aldridge, Jamie Wyatt, Ricky Twell, Paul Bowen, Danny Day (All Lynn) and Tom Reynolds (Heacham).

Also on the bill are the lady TSR Bangers, with the 1300 Stock Cars completing the action.