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