WORLD CHAMP MAXWELL FOR WIM­BLE­DON

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James

Na­tional Hot Rod World Fi­nal win­ner Adam Maxwell will take part in the Best in Bri­tain show­down at Wim­ble­don on Sun­day night.

Maxwell, from Crum­lin in North­ern Ire­land, lifted this year’s top prize af­ter a dra­matic 75-lap fi­nal at Fox­hall Heath in July.

As a prize for win­ning the World Fi­nal, Maxwell earned a drive in the South African series in July, and he fin­ished in sec­ond place in the fi­nal.

Since then, the 27-year-old has con­tin­ued to race in North­ern Ire­land, where he heads the points go­ing into the win­ter break in his Vaux­hall Ti­gra.

He has also re­turned to the main­land to take part in the Hot Rod World Series Scot­land con­test, and placed sec­ond at Lochgelly on a one-off ap­pear­ance 10 days ago, and he has also com­peted in the last two English points rounds.

He fin­ished sec­ond at the Fox­hall Heath round at the end of Oc­to­ber de­spite hav­ing to start from the back as a non-reg­is­tered driver.

The Best in Bri­tain meet­ing will be the last run­ning of the tro­phy at the south-west Lon­don arena be­fore it is closed for de­vel­op­ment in mid-april 2017.

“I may never get to race at Wim­ble­don Sta­dium again and, as the reign­ing world cham­pion, I feel it is my duty to be present at all the big meet­ings and wear the gold roof,” said Maxwell.

“With the Na­tional Hot Rods be­ing at the top of the bill on Sun­day I think it will be an un­be­liev­able at­mos­phere and there will be a big crowd.

“Any other short oval driver I’ve talked to has al­ways said ‘you have to go to Wim­ble­don and drive through the tun­nel the buzz you get is sim­ply some­thing else’.

“I fin­ished in sec­ond place in the Best in Bri­tain at Ip­swich in 2014 so to go one bet­ter and fin­ish the year with another ti­tle would be a mega achieve­ment. It’s also great news for the sport that Motorsport News is be­hind this meet­ing too ( see be­low). It all helps to get peo­ple talk­ing and make every­one aware what is go­ing on with the pin­na­cle of oval rac­ing.”

The meet­ing starts at 1730hrs and also fea­tures Clas­sic Hot Rods and His­toric Stock Cars.

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