Steve Thompson clinches 2022 National Points Championship.

Written by ‍Pete Savage

Steve Thompson has claimed the 2022 V8 Hotstox National Points Championship after a superb season. Thompson joins the likes of Kev Stuchbury, Adam Joyce, Chris Fort, Stu Smith Jnr and Mick Rodgers on the National points roll of honour after claiming his first National Points Championship.

Thompson finished the 2022 season with a final win at Sheffield on November 6 th in challenging conditions. Thompson had already scored the necessary points to claim the National Points title before the meeting and proudly wore the silver roof throughout the meeting at the Owlerton Greyhound Stadium. Steve will wear the silver roof throughout the 2023 season and also has the honour of displaying the black and white chequers to represent his 2022 British Championship win.

Despite the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the 2022 World Final at Buxton to the retiring Kev Stuchbury, Thompson has had a truly excellent season. During 2022 Thompson claimed the National points championship, the British championship, the John Cottrill memorial trophy, the Bob Radforth memorial trophy, the Dave Atkinson memorial trophy, the Challenge Series title, the Grand National Championship, the Bristol track championship, the Kings Lynn track championship and the Skegness track championship.

2022 has seen Thompson develop a ruthlessness on track that means he is hard to beat. Thompson shows in every race that he is fully prepared to use the front bumper and is never afraid to be in the thick of the action. Combined with his blistering pace on both tarmac and shale, Thompson is undoubtedly one of the top drivers in the Hotstox formula.

A season highlight will certainly be the dominant display that the #485 driver gave at Bradford’s Odsal stadium in early June to clinch the British Championship. On top of the winning the British final itself, Thompson took the chequered flag in all three heats while managing to hold off rival Jon Brown. With the current World Champion Kev Stuchbury having retired, Thompson will be the man to beat in 2023. The likes of Jon Brown, Stephen Young, Gillen Bullock and others will have to be on top form to challenge Steve Thompson.

Written by Pete Savage

Pictures by James Bowles