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Josh Vowden clinches top prize in the 1600 Banger World Championship at Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich





Josh Vowden has spent the festive period celebrating winning his biggest title to date.

The Burwell-raised racer was one of 54 drivers to secure a place in the 1600 Banger World Championship at the Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich on December 19.

And despite all of the unpredictably that is par for the course in the world of banger racing, it was Vowden that came out on top.

Josh Vowden. Picture: Chris Berry
Josh Vowden. Picture: Chris Berry

“It’s definitely the best thing I’ve won so far,” said the 25-year-old. “The Micro World Championships I’ve won before were really good at the time but to have that Gold Reef is a big deal.

“It’s not been a normal year for obvious reasons. There has been a lot of on and off with the restrictions but it’s been rounded off well.”

Having led for a handful of the 20 laps round the large circuit, a handling issue saw Vowden drop down the field.

Josh Vowden. Picture: Chris Berry
Josh Vowden. Picture: Chris Berry

However, the former Bottisham Village College pupil always remained in contention and after three red flags resulted in the race becoming bunched up, Vowden decisively hit the front in the closing stages.

“It’s always a case of the luck of the draw,” he added. “With so many cars involved it’s always anyone’s race because everyone deserves to be there.

“You need a bit of luck on the night and thankfully it fell nicely for me.

“It’s a good achievement just to finish a race like that and being in the top 10 is impressive.

Josh Vowden. Picture: Chris Berry
Josh Vowden. Picture: Chris Berry

“Thankfully I managed to get in front in the second (to) last bend and went through.”

While it is one thing to win the title, successfully defending it is a different matter entirely.

Vowden’s victory will mean that he has automatically qualified for next year’s showpiece event, but he will have to start at the back of the grid.

“It’s going to be very difficult (to defend it),” he said.

“Because I’ve got the Gold Reef I’ll be starting at the back and that makes it very tricky, but we’ll see how it goes.”

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