Lanark stock car ace Cameron Doak has world title ambition
Lanark stock car ace Cameron Doak has ambitions of becoming a world champion one day, writes Jim Turner.
Cameron, who works as a coded welder-fabricator at R J Doak and Sons in the royal burgh, had his best season in 2018 when he won won the National Points Championship only decided at the last Cowdenbeath Racewall meeting of the season.
He said: “In a close-run race, I managed to bag the points necessary to race with the Silver Roof. It was a great relief when I won and it had been a hectic racing season.
“So far I haven’t enjoyed too much luck in the championships, my best being a third place in the British and a fourth in the world, a race I would love to win.
“My first attempt was in 2016 and it turned out to be a disaster when I tangled with another car.
“So far the Scottish Championship hasn’t been too lucky for me for one reason or another. Last season, 2019, was my best result although I didn’t have Lady Luck on my side.
“I started mid-order and was soon dicing with the leading group. Unfortunately, we tangled and I spun.
“I settled down and began to make up ground and was delighted to end up in fourth place when the flag dropped.
“Maybe 2021 will be my year.”
Cameron, who started his racing career at Avonbridge near Falkirk with the Scottish Autograss Club, raced a Mini in his first year before moving up to a Micra and then finally a Peugeot 205 on a grass-dirt track field for a few years.
He recalled: “When I wasn’t racing, I used to go along to the Cowdenbeath Racewall to spectate. Probably due to what I was racing, the stock rods appealed to me more than the other formulas.
“Stock rods is a non-contact formula and similar to autograss racing. Mind you, sometimes accidents happen and you have a few hours in the garage to look forward to.”
Cameron has recently been racing a Corsa C so he can fabricate all the parts needed.
“The quickest that I have built a car is in a fortnight,” he said. “I would finish work and then start in the garage and work until around midnight and spend quite a bit of time in the garage over the weekends.
“I really like racing at Cowdenbeath. It is a fast track with enjoyable, competitive racing.
“I remember my first meeting there and I was excited and nervous at the same time.
“My car went well and I didn’t have too many problems in the heats so I my confidence was high.
“I started from the front of the grid for the final and got myself into an early lead and to everyone’s surprise I was still leading when the chequer flag dropped.
“It was a brilliant feeling to win at my first meeting.
“My cars have run well at the closed-door meetings this year at the Racewall and hopefully I can continue my form into the new season.”