Teenage racing sensation Brandon Osborne travelled up to Ipswich’s Foxhall Stadium for Spedeworth’s festival of racing – Spedeweekend – and came home with one of the sport’s biggest titles.
Sixteen-year-old 2 litre stock car driver Osbourne, who drives out of the Bears racing stable in Newhaven, is having a year in the formula he could only have dreamt of at the start of the season.
The current grid of drivers in the 2 litre stock cars is made up of many experienced and seasoned drivers, and yet Osborne, who turns 17 in August, has taken it by storm in recent months.
Already the English Champion, he went into the weekend hoping to at least enhance his growing reputation and possibly achieve a place or two
Arriving in very humid conditions on Saturday, it was clear that the track would be fast, which would favour Osborne’s ‘no-holds-barred’ driving style.
He fancied his chances going into the Bet Fred sponsored championship, but even with the confidence of youth, what happened next could not have been expected.
In a top class field that included Seaford’s Phil Hampton and multi-champion Billy Wood from Aldershot, the young Osborne came of age as he stormed from the back of the grid to take the trophy.
In a colossal bout of hard-hitting action, Hampton finished seventh.
On Sunday, the same drivers were booked in to race in the prestigious Golden Helmet competition.
Both of our drivers excelled, charging through the packed field in their respective attempts bids for victory.
Following his performance on Saturday, Osborne seemed determined to replicate his success, whilst Hampton was fired up to prove that he was also a genuine contender.
At the drop of the chequered flag, both had risen to the challenge, with Osborne coming home in second place, while Hampton was just behind in third.
The Bangers return to action this Wednesday (August 4) at Arlington Raceway, in the South Coast Hydraulics league.
Expect to see the current top four drivers endeavour to break away from those desperately chasing.
For those that like a little hard-hitting action, also on the card is the next generation of banger drivers as the Junior Bangers also take to the oval raceway.
First race is at 7.30pm.
Above: Brandon Osborne being presented with the Bet Fred 2 litre stock car trophy. Picture courtesy of RacePixels.co.uk