Hovercraft champions in action at Towcester

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THE third round of the National Hovercraft Championships takes place at Towcester Racecourse this weekend (June 11/12).

Last year it was the venue for the World Hovercraft Championships in which British drivers won seven of the eight formulas.

Among the leading drivers taking part will be Formula 2 world champion Les Bran from Banbury, who moves up this year to F1 to try and challenge the two stroke powered craft with his new FI design.

Previous Formula 2 world champion, Tony Goldney from Newport Pagnell, is finally back on song after a year of problems with a four stroke powered craft.

Recently qualified junior, 11-year-old Imogen Hawkins of Bicester Community College, will be driving the craft that was spectacularly crashed by Dame Kelly Holmes on Channel 4’s ‘Famous and Fearless’ TV challenge show.

Saturday sees practice sessions kicking off at 10am, with racing starting at 1.10pm.On Sunday practice gets underway at 9.30am and racing starts at 11.30.