From good stock: Jacob speeds to racing success to be crowned British champion

Stock car racer Jacob Downey.

Stock car racer Jacob Downey. - Credit: Archant

Stock car star Jacob Downey had two reasons to celebrate over the Easter Weekend after he raced to a double-header of victories on a busy weekend of racing.

Jacob Downey (left) after winning the 25-and-under British championships.

Jacob Downey (left) after winning the 25-and-under British championships. - Credit: Archant

Downey, from Wisbech, took a trip to Northampton last Friday and was somewhat out of his comfort zone as he took to the tarmac – rather than the dirt – to seal victory in the track championships.

The former Downham Market High School pupil took part in three races and his three finishing places of first, second and fourth respectively gave him enough points take the championship crown.

Jacob then returned to the dirt a day later when he visited King’s Lynn’s Andrian Flux Arena for the 25-and-under British Championship for two-litre stock cars.

The young racer began the race at King’s Lynn at the back of a 45 car pack, but sped through to second by the end of his second lap.

Jacob Downey in action.

Jacob Downey in action. - Credit: Archant

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Downey then spun one of his opponents, allowing him to take top spot, and it is there where he stayed for the rest of the race, despite his opponent’s best efforts to push him off the track.

Jacob’s championship win was made all-the-more impressive after the star admitted he was having issues with his car during the race.

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He said: “I’m really happy. I knew I had a bit of a chance to take the win on Saturday but I wasn’t expecting to win on the tarmac on Friday night.”

“I started at the back on Saturday and found that I had something wrong with my car, but I got the win, which I’m really pleased with.”

Jacob will look for a third consecutive win when he returns to action at the Mildenhall Stadium on Saturday.

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