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Outwell driver Downey crowned British champ

Jacob Downey
Jacob Downey

It was an Easter weekend to remember for Outwell Stock Car driver Jacob Downey.

On Saturday he was crowned British Champion at 25-and-under level in the Two-Litre Saloon Stock Car category at King’s Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena. That came after winning the Northampton track championship a day earlier.

Downey’s weekend began on Good Friday at Northampton International Raceway. It started well with a win in the opening heat, which he backed up with second in heat two, both after good battles with Scotsman Barry Russell.

The 20-year-old then placed fourth in the final having been pushed wide by eventual winner Deane Mayes (Diss). If there was any disappointment at that, compensation came when it was confirmed that Downey’s points haul for the day was enough to secure the track championship crown.

On Saturday, the racing moved to Lynn. Downey carved through the field to take the lead then held off a determined challenge from former champion Daniel Parker (Norwich) to take the title. Another Wisbech-based driver, Marcus Skeels, placed third.

The rest of the evening was hit by rain, but Downey still managed fourth in the meeting final. March driver Jake Swann came home ninth and scored a similar result in the Northampton final.

Wisbech youngster Owen Ketteringham had a successful night in the Junior Bangers at Lynn, securing a heat-and-final double. Fellow Wisbech driver Wayne Cottrill III, managed two top-five finishes in the heats.

The Wacky Races became a victim of the weather on Monday and will now be restaged this Sunday, April 3 (1pm).

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