THE people behind bringing stock car racing back to Bradford in 2022 hope the city can become the new national home of the sport.

Odsal Stadium is set to host a number of stock car meetings this year, run by Yorstox.

The home of the Bradford Bulls will once again become a dual sports stadium, hosting national stock car and banger racing events over coming months.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Action from a previous stock car racing event held at Odsal StadiumAction from a previous stock car racing event held at Odsal Stadium

Work has taken place over recent weeks to get Odsal ready for stock car racing in time for its first fixture later this month.

Drainage work took place in January with work on pitch protection and the track also being held over recent weeks.

Stock car racing made an initial return to Odsal last year for the first time since 1997 through Startrax, run by Steve Rees.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Work is well under way for the start of the stock car events back at Odsal from later this monthWork is well under way for the start of the stock car events back at Odsal from later this month

Startrax oversaw a largely successful comeback in 2021, including staging stock car racing’s World Final in front of around 7,000 fans in August last year. But now Yorstox have now taken over the mantle.

They plan to stage a total of 17 stock car racing events at Odsal this year and are holding similar meetings at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium.

National meetings, including BriSCA F1 and F2 cars dates and more localised banger racing events, will both be held at Odsal over coming months. The BriSCA F2 World of Shale Final will be staged at Odsal.

The Odsal meets will be held on Saturday nights and Bank Holiday Mondays.

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Graeme Robson and Russell Andrew and their wives, who all run Yorstox, hope a new generation of stock car racing fans can be attracted to Odsal for the events, in addition to those who remember it from before it stopped at the stadium in the late 1990s.

Mr Robson says his company has already built up a good working relationship with both the Rugby Football League (RFL) and Nigel Wood, chairman of the Bulls.

Mr Robson said: "We want to make the stadium the mainstay of stock car racing in the UK.

"The sport has not had a real home since losing Coventry. Bradford can be that.

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"We want Odsal Stadium to be the mecca of stock car racing.

"Fans of the sport are willing to travel around the country to watch it.

"There has been a generation that has been missed to watching stock car racing in Bradford.

"We would like to see people who do remember it to rejuvenate their interest and they can engage younger generations into it too.

"It will be good for the city and the local areas."