Building up for the World Final

Published on Thursday June 29 2017

Godfrey’s car has been completely re-fettled for World Final

My first National Hot Rod World Final experience came back in 2000 when I was 10 years old and just starting out in my career in oval racing.

I was blown away by the sound, speed and atmosphere of it all. From that minute on I knew that I wanted to compete in that race.

Fast-forward 11 years to 2011, and after four years of trying, my dream came true.

We qualified for the biggest race of the year. It turned into a disaster and I retired after a few laps with damage but it had been absolutely everything I had dreamed of.

This weekend will be my fifth World Final and it still has the same excitement for me now.  After saying I was going to quit earlier in the year – and missing a round at Ipswich – the lure of the ‘big race’ was just too much and I soon found myself back out and racing again.

I was lucky enough to qualify and, in the last few weeks, my dad, our friend Mork and me retreat to the garage every spare minute we have.

The car has been stripped, everything checked, cleaned, checked again and put back together. It has been treated to a fresh coat of paint and some new stickers.

With only a few days left we are going to begin the job of setting the suspension up. It was a long and tedious task, but arguably the most important part of race car preparation. Then it will be time for one final polish before being loaded in the lorry and heading off to Ipswich.

Qualifying will be on Saturday Morning with the quickest car on pole for the 75-lap race on Sunday. Thirty-eight cars from all over the UK, Ireland, Holland, Germany and South Africa, each with 250bhp, weighing only 700kgs and all packed onto a quarter-mile oval will guarantee action from start to finish. With so many quick cars at the moment it really could be anyone’s race.

No matter where I am on the grid, come Sunday morning the 10-year-old inside me will be shaking with excitement as the green flag drops. Let’s hope it is a good one.

World Final is the biggest Hot Rod event of the year

Recent news


Where Rally Isle of Man fell down

By Jack Benyon

Racing News

Hingeley holds off Ahmed for Donington British F3 win

Ben Hingeley withstood race-long pressure from BRDC British Formula 3 2017 champion Enaam Ahmed...

Racing News

Sowery to miss British F3 finale for Lamborghini Super Trofeo

Toby Sowery will miss this weekend's BRDC British F3 season finale at Donington Park and instead...

Rallying News

Solberg hopes to race in Germany after surgery

Double World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg will undergo surgery in Sweden on Monday but...

Rallying News

BRC man Yates gets WRC2 chance in Spain

British Rally Championship podium finisher Rhys Yates will contest this year’s Rally Spain...

Racing News

Lamborghini crew going all-out for British GT title

Jon Minshaw won't let the events of last year's dramatic British GT season finale come back...

Rallying News

European TouringCar Rallycross canned for 2019

The European Rallycross TouringCar Championship will be wound up by the FIA from the end of...


We'll never see another Colin McRae

By David Evans

Rallying News

Latvala to drive famous Celica at Rallyday

Rally Sweden winner Jari-Matti Latvala will drive one of the most famous Toyota Celica Turbo...

Rallying News

Turkey's WRC schedule return ratified

The World Motor Sport Council has ratified a 13-round World Rally Championship calendar for...

Rallying News

Stars to grace Wales Rally GB

This year’s Wales Rally GB, launched at Cholmondeley Castle on Thursday, will reflect Wales’...

Racing News

National Formula Ford teams up with TCR UK

The National Formula Ford 1600 Championship has been confirmed as the first support series for...

Racing News

Clark museum gets redevelopment green light

A major redevelopment of the Jim Clark Room in Duns has been green-lighted after a total of...

Racing News

National racing stars of the weekend: September 16/17

Our team of national reporters pick their star performers from last weekend’s national race...

Rallying News

BRC could drop Manx Rally after issues

British Rally Championship bosses want to hold talks with the organisers of the Rally Isle of...

Rallying News

Loeb completes gravel test with Citroen

Sebastien Loeb took another step towards a potential World Rally Championship return by testing...

Racing News

Work on Lake Torrent circuit to start in October

A breaking-ground ceremony for the new £29million Lake Torrent track in Northern Ireland has...

Racing News

Reversed grids and Monza for 2018 Carrera Cup GB

A number of changes are planned for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB next season, including the introduction...

Racing News

The club racer who launched a racewear revolution

Promotion: Racewear brand Walero has unconventional roots, but founder Fiona James is onto a...

Racing News

Huff would need factory deal for BTCC return

World Touring Car champion Rob Huff says he would need to be offered a paid British Touring...

Racing News

British F4 race winner to make F3 debut

British Formula 4 Championship race winner Devlin DeFrancesco is to contest the last two rounds...

Rallying News

Rovanpera secures WRC2 outings with M-Sport

Kalle Rovanpera will contest the last two rounds of this year’s World Rally Championship –...

1 2 3 26

More national news, in-depth race reports and analysis. Subscribe to the Motorsport News paper today.

What’s On