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Monday 13th October 2014

Future looks bright for talented Vockins

Whilst Arlington Raceway has sadly seen the decline of Speedway at the stadium this season, the Old Lady has also witnessed the re-emergence and rapid growth of Stock car and Banger racing around its tight oval circuit.

All through the summer, race fans on the terraces and in the stands were treated to packed grids and exciting action. The weekly Banger league in particular, has flourished as more drivers than ever enter the fray to become the Arlington track champion.

Amongst the fifty cars that have competed regularly at the track has been local driver James Vockins. After racing for fourteen years, ten of them at Arlington, Vockins is no stranger to the rough and tumble of Banger racing.

During that period, the 31 year old has consistently won domestic races, his latest being on Sunday at Aldershot Raceway, but his ability to push on and scoop titles and trophies had been restricted through a lack of resources and opportunity.

Whereas most drivers have the luxury of being involved in the motor industry as mechanics or recovery drivers, Vockins spends his days as a plumber.

Not only does he have the disadvantage of mechanical knowledge that others take for granted, but he has also had to contend with a lack of storage.

Whilst multi-champions Rob Haines and Mark Pope have yards to prepare their championship winning cars in, Vockins has assembled his cars on his driveway.

With a positive change of circumstances, 2014 could prove to be a watershed year for the popular Arlington driver.

An increased level of personal investment has provided access to his own yard, whilst a greater level of commitment has been rewarded with a dramatic upturn in his performances and results.

A professional approach coupled with driving regularly at both the Arlington and Aldershot Raceways through the summer season, has allowed the pure racing talent of Vockins to come to the fore.

Now a force to be reckoned with, the future is extremely bright with a starting position at this year’s World Championship in November a realistic proposition.

Top class entertainment returns to Arlington on Saturday 24th October for the final time this year, when Spedeworth hosts its popular Gala Night that includes an exhilarating firework display.

The National Unlimited Bangers headline the bill, with the guys in the Historic Stock Cars, including local favourite Tom Chapman providing able support.

The evening will be closed out by a Destruction Derby for the National Bangers.

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