A stock car racer from South Tyneside is hoping to smash the opposition when he heads to the world championships today.
Chris Chance, of Crawley Avenue, Hebburn, is off to the 2015 ORCI Stock Rod World Championship, in Scotland.
The 28-year-old civil servant has been racing all over the country over the last year and has prepared his Vauxhall Corsa C for the championships with the help of his dad, Dave, who used to race stock cars in the 1970s.
Dave, a mechanic, was himself born into the hobby after watching his late father, Stephen, race motorbikes.
Chris said: “The top five racers from each track earn a place in the final, so it really is the best of the best going against each other.
“There are a few of us from the North East going this time and about 45 people all together.”
The top five racers from each track earn a place in the final, so it really is the best of the best going against each other.Chris Chance
There are three races tonight, when competitors are split into heats to race for their place on the grid.
Chris added: “The faster you are, the further back you start at the world championship on Sunday, and it makes it much more exciting that way.”
The championships takes place at Cowdenbeath Racewall, in Scotland.
Chris, who took up stock racing at the age of 10, added: “I am feeling quite confident. I’ve had a few issues with the car but managed to sort them all out, so hopefully, fingers crossed, I should have no problems.
“I’m really looking forward to it but it’s going to be tough because it’s the best of the best from each race track and everyone is desperate to win.”