Photo credit Jonny Goss
The 2015 V8 Hotstox season is soon set to roar into life and looks to be the biggest and best yet, an expanding driver base and popularity should see the formula grow from strength to strength. The highlights of the year being the British Champion 30th May at Northampton, the European Championship at Coventry 6th June, the first staging of the Under 25’s championship at Skegness plus the big one of the season – the World Championship final, set to be staged at the challenging, unpredictable Stoke Stadium on 26th September.
Current British, National Points and World Champion Kevin Stuchbury has a trophy cabinet full of silver ware to defend and will be doing his best to retain: ‘I’m hoping to do as many meetings as I can and try to defend the titles that I won last year. I’m really looking forward to the World at Stoke this year, as defending champion there’s less pressure, plus I have good form round Stoke so I’m really looking forward to it.’
You would be mistaken for thinking it’s a man’s game though; two ladies are set to continue their rise to the top and put the guys in their place on their way there: Phoebe Wainman shot to the top at the start of 2014 dropping back in the second half, but what of 2015? ‘Having the new tarmac car for this season will help, I’m really hoping to be able to compete on both surfaces! I want to maintain Superstar throughout the year and win the Northern & Midland Championship again. Obviously I want to win Gold, it’s at Stoke this year which is one of my favourite tracks & I also love Shale! So I’m really hoping that having a car for both tarmac and shale will help me maintain superstar and hopefully qualify for a good place in the world final!
Hayley Williams is very much rising to the top – having won a feature final in 2014; the first female to do so in the formula added: ‘My aims this year is to become a superstar, maintain it and also win a big championship. I’m looking forward the making the most of this season and just having a bit of fun and games; then we’ll see where it may lead to the future.’
Another top tip for big in 2015 is Tom Spencer; he held Star grade for all of 2014 and won his first feature final race: ‘My plans this year are much the same as last year, I’m looking for a big win now on the back of the final win at Skegness, I’d like to reach Superstar again this year and plan to be a bit more aggressive in the way i drive to achieve that, hopefully the addition of a dedicated shale car will get that illusive first shale victory. Away from the track we have two V8s to maintain, one more to rebuild, plus Dad’s f1 to finish off so it’s busy, busy.’
The second and third generation racers continue to make inroads in to the establishment and will be challenging for the big wins in 2015. The full fixture list is on www.v8hotstox.com; the action kicking off Buxton Raceway Sunday 29th March 12noon start; the promise of new cars and new drivers. 2015 is set to be a cracker!