Chris Haird seeking a fourth National Hot Rod World Championship at the Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich
He is already a triple national hot rod world champion, and Red Lodge racer Chris Haird is confident that he can land the title for a fourth time this weekend.
The 35-year-old first triumphed against the best from across the globe in 2010 and has followed that up with further successes in 2014 and 2017.
And he will take some good form with him to the Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich having won the National Hot Rod Thunder 500 a couple of weeks ago – an event which also showed he was over some recent mechanical issues.
Asked to assess his chances of glory on the biggest stage, Haird said: “They are as good as they have ever been.
“I went out in the Thunder 500 meeting and ended up winning convincingly.
“I was really chuffed with the performance and the result. I can go into the World Championships with plenty of confidence now.
“There have been a few bits of engine trouble recently but we worked on the car and the issues have been put right.
“It is really nice to know that everything is as it should be heading into such a big meeting.”
With an expected 35 cars set to be packed on to a tight oval circuit, Haird is only too aware how vital it will be for him to get up the front as early as possible.
But with three victories under his belt and an array of other competition wins, the 2019 World Series Points champion has seen it all before.
“Before you win a first world title you are so nervous every time you race in it,” Haird added.
“It becomes a lot easier from a mental point after that. You do not over think things and it becomes just another race.
“Getting pole – or as near to the front row as possible – is going to be the key thing, it always is.
“You need to be at the sharp end as quickly as possible because it is a big battle to get there the longer it goes on. If you are not right up there and remain in the danger zone packed in with the other cars, that is when accidents happen.
“And even if you end up avoiding the accidents, the chances are you are going to burn your tyres out working your way through.”
Haird will be one of 17 English drivers gunning for glory – a contingent that also features 2018 champion Billy Wood.
The other nations that will be represented include Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Germany, South Africa and The Netherlands.
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