Scott Cochrane added World Championship glory to last season’s Irish title with a dream display around the Ipswich circuit.
The Portadown driver made the trip to England backed by friends and family in pursuit of Lightning Rods success.
The packed field of 36 race aces featured Cochrane out in front early on thanks to victory across the first qualifying heat. A determined drive through the ranks in the second outing left 23-year-old Cochrane on pole position for the main event.
Cochrane held off Mick Walker, the current British champion, plus backmarkers to spark celebrations.
“It was a brilliant feeling and great to win the World title in front of so many supporters,” said Cochrane. “This is my second year of racing in that class and I won the Irish Championship last season.
“To add the World prize is a great boost and I want to thank my friends, family and sponsors.
It was a brilliant feeling and great to win the World title in front of so many supportersScott Cochrane
“I was also an Irish champion back in the juniors but then took a break to study.
“We have worked hard on the car and testing around Ipswich at the start of the season really gave us confidence going into last weekend.
“Next up is the European final at Tullyroan Oval, my hometown circuit.
“The car was excellent in England and can hopefully maintain that performance around Tullyroan.
“I can take a lot of confidence from the World final.”
Cochrane would like to thank his family and friends - plus sponsors Summerisland Waste, CP Dynes, AP Signs, Bell Building, Whitten Alloy Welding, Trevor Hill Race Engines and Andy & Tyler Erwin Body Repairs.
Cochrane will return to Tullyroan Oval tomorrow (Saturday) for the full programme of racing from 6.30.
Glenn Bell from Portadown finished third in the National Hot Rods World Championship final.
The Birches’ Adam Hylands was runner-up during the Nick Thomas Memorial Trophy and Two-Litre Hot Rods European Championship, the latter as defending champion.
Nigel McCauley from Gilford returned home with the Betfred Trophy thanks to success across the National Hot Rods class.
Nutts Corner Raceway will feature racing across tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday from, respectively, 6.30 and 1.30.