A trio of Suffolk contenders for the Hot Rod World title at the Spede-Weekend at Foxhall Stadium

Gavin Murray

Gavin Murray - Credit: Archant

Three Suffolk drivers are more than capable of lifting the coveted National Hot Rod World Championship during the annual Spede-weekend at Foxhall Stadium, starting tomorrow.

Gavin Murray will be a contender

Gavin Murray will be a contender - Credit: Archant

But with betting allowed for the very first time this year, the golden question is, who of Chris Haird, Danny Fiske and Gavin Murray would you put your shirt on?

After totally dominating the ‘Thunder 500’ just two weeks ago, English points winner Haird, of Newmarket, is the clear favourite at bookmakers Bet Fred.

For Diss rookie Fiske the gruelling 75-lapper will be like nothing he has ever attempted, yet it would be no surprise if the hugely-talented youngster pulled off a sensational maiden victory and thus emulate the feat of his father Derek who won the title way back in 1975.

No-one would deny Southwold’s Murray the title either.

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He has crossed the line second on two occasions and some would say he was cruelly robbed last year when controversially spun out when well set in the pouring rain.

A hot, dry race seems almost certain this year mind with the Irish again out in force, including defending champion Glenn Bell and also John Christie, who has looked particularly quick in recent weeks and would be a popular winner.

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Shaun Taylor, the fourth Suffolk contender, could also be joined on the 35-car grid by fellow Suffolk drivers Gavin Taber (Needham Market) and Paul Frost (Woodbridge) as they both compete in the ‘Last-Gasp’ event on Saturday for the remaining two places.

As usual promoters Spedeworth International have assembled a formidable-looking programme attracting drivers and spectators from across Europe and South Africa.

A jaw-dropping 55 1300cc Stock Cars have been granted bookings including the largest-ever Scottish contingent of 10 cars, plus first-time drivers from Ireland.

Already a proven force in the Rods, the new association with the Tullyroan oval in Ireland is also paying dividends in the others formulas too, with four entries in the Superstox class.

The youngsters in the Ninja Karts put on a sensational showing last year and have been rewarded with two races this year.

An amazing 30-kart entry has been received which again includes Scottish, Irish and also German representation.

There will be a stronger emphasis on fun and games away from the racing too, including a ‘Wacky Races’ event on the Sunday morning featuring many of the top drivers piloting a variety of wheeled chariots including prams.

Racing starts on both days at noon.

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