Fiske hopes to bow out on a high with world crown

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Danny Fiske is hoping to finish on a high with victory in this weekend’s National Hot Rod Championship of the World at Foxhall Stadium.

The Diss-based ace is among the favourites to win this year’s race, and follow in the footsteps of his dad Derek, who won the title back in 1975, before he takes a sabbatical from the sport.

Fiske has experienced both highs and lows in the World Championship, with a fourth-place finish in 2013 followed by an early retirement last year.

But, ahead of his latest bid at glory in Ipswich this weekend, Fiske is determined to go out on the top of the podium.

“I’d like to go all the way because I’m hanging my helmet up after July,” he said.

“I’m definitely having a break. It was a huge decision but it has been on my mind for quite some time now.

“Racing is not a hobby. It takes over my life and it’s been a big part of my life since I was eight.

“Racing will always be there but I’m taking a break and I want to finish on a high.”

Ireland’s Shane Murphy became the first man from outside of the UK to win the World Championship last year, and he heads the list of qualifiers in this year’s race, which also includes drivers from Germany, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

Fiske, though, heads into Sunday’s race in good form having won a World Championship qualifying round final in Ipswich five weeks ago.

“The last three or four months I’ve been doing really well,” he said. “At the beginning of the year I was dreadful.

“I didn’t think I’d qualify for this weekend. I’ve got a fantastic team, though, and without them I wouldn’t be here. I’m very grateful to them.

“I’d just like to thank the team and my sponsors for their support throughout the last few years.

“Every driver has the ambition to win a world race and I want to win this weekend to make the team proud and my dad proud.”

Qualifying starts at Foxhall Stadium from 9.30am tomorrow, with racing due to begin at 12pm on both Saturday and Sunday.