Goudy follows in his father’s footsteps

GROWING up watching his dad win the English and British championships, Darren Goudy had no doubt that he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Indeed, he was only too happy to lovingly polish the championship trophies won by his dad, Ray, while an impressionable seven years old.

Now Goudy junior will need to find someone to polish his own British Championship after winning the same trophy as his dad - for the second successive year.

The feat, which took place in Cowdenbeath, Scotland, reduced Ray Goudy to tears, coming a year after his son also won the English Championships.

Darren, 32, from the Stowmarket area, said: “I had competed in the British Championships a few times and it was always something I wanted to win, to follow my dad’s achievements. To finally do it was a great feeling and my dad couldn’t believe it - he was in tears, poor old boy.

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“I only started stock cars because of watching dad. He had been racing since the early 1970s so I was brought up in it. I can remember dad bringing home the silver championship trophy when I was seven. He had to return it after a year so I would keep polishing it all over so when we handed it back, it was like new. I lived, breathed and slept stock car racing.”

Back to present day, Goudy was faced with a competitive field and only qualified in sixth on the starting grid, but managed to overcome a few stoppages to leap ahead of the pack.

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He said: “I have not been going too bad on the tarmac and I thought I might have a chance, but you never know. I recently lost my national title so it was a great feeling winning the British Championships.”

Goudy will hope to continue his success in the European Championships held at Mildenhall Stadium on July 2 and then the World’s in Skegness on August 20.

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