STOCK car racer Ollie Skeels has battled his way to the Brisca Formula 2 World final at Barford Raceway in County Durham this Sunday.
The 17-year-old, from Three Holes, will be one of the youngest in the 20-strong final after just one season racing against adults and made the final from an original entry of 600 drivers.
Skeels began racing stock cars as an 11-year-old and won a number of championships before graduating to the Brisca Formula 2 series when he reached his 16th birthday.
Since joining the adults he has had wins at King’s Lynn, Mildenhall, Skegness and as far afield as Taunton.
His car is powered by a two-litre Pinto engine, which has been race tuned, and the car weighs 500 kilo and travels between 60-80 mph in the races.
He said this week: “My father raced bangers and I always wanted to drive stock cars. To reach a world final is a dream come true and I am really looking forward to it.
“Eventually I would like to move up to touring cars if I can afford it, but the real dream is to race Nascar in America.”