Stock car king Rob Speak takes over Skeg­ness Sta­dium to oc­cupy his forth­com­ing rac­ing re­tire­ment

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Stock car rac­ing leg­end Rob Speak has bought the Skeg­ness Sta­dium and will take over the track in De­cem­ber when he hangs up his hel­met.

The 44-year-old, who has won eight BRISCA F2 ti­tles and two BRISCA F1 World Fi­nals, has de­cided to re­main in­volved in the sport by tak­ing over the oval, which was opened in 1976. It has run as both a shale oval and also Tar, which is its cur­rent sur­face.

The for­mer ASCAR/DAYS of Thun­der racer, who is third in the BRISCA F1 Na­tional Points Shootout this sea­son, is look­ing for­ward to op­er­at­ing the track.

“I knew I wanted to step down from driv­ing, but I have al­ways been in­volved in stock cars and I wanted to re­main part of the sport,” said Manch­ester-based Speak. “This seemed like the ideal way to do it.

“I have lots of plans to up­grade the venue, but I need to sit down with plan­ners and the lo­cal coun­cil to find out what is fea­si­ble. I have a bit to learn, but I have al­ways been around the sport and I will be able to use my ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Speak, who won his first F2 race at Skeg­ness in the late 1980s, will step down from driv­ing at the end of 2016. “The time was right to step aside from rac­ing, and this will be a whole new chap­ter for me. I can’t wait to get started.”

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