Josh Vowden makes history by successfully defending National Micro Banger World Cup title
As far as unpredictably goes, few sports are as erratic as banger racing.
With collisions par for the course and mechanical issues a regular occurrence, anybody that makes their way on to the starting grid has a realistic chance of coming out on top.
But, Burwell-based Josh Vowden bucked the trend in Scotland last month, becoming the first racer ever to mount a successful defence of the National Micro Banger World Cup title.
Vowden was crowned champion 12 months ago and while the field was smaller this time around, it still contained the likes of Adam Maxwell – a former National Hot Rod world champion.
However, despite going into the contest as the reigning champion, the 23-year-old conceded that winning for a second year never entered into his thinking.
“I was not expecting to win again. To be honest, I did not even think about that,” said the former Bottisham College student, who has been racing for five years.
“And then I drew pole, which is one of the hardest places to start from because you do not have a target to chase.
“Banger racing is probably 75 per cent luck and 25 per cent judgment, keeping a level head, that sort of thing.
“It is anyone’s race and everyone is on a level playing field – anything can happen.
“It comes down to the survival of the fittest in a way and to have done that twice in Scotland is something I am very proud of.
“To be told it had never been done before, it really put it into perspective.”
Vowden is now preparing for his biggest event of the year – the Rookie Banger World Final – at Foxhall Stadium on November 17.
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