Ben crowned Junior Saloon Car champion

WORTHING High School student Ben Colburn sealed the Junior Saloon Car Championship crown with second and fourth place finishes at Pembrey Circuit last month.

Ben Colburn celebrates winning the Junior Saloon Car Championship

This was his first season in the championship, racing for Westbourne Motorsport.

Colburn went into the weekend with a 13-point lead over title rival Brad Hutchinson. He qualified fourth for both races, which was unusual as he had started on the front row for every race until Pembrey.

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In race one, Colburn got off to a strong start and was able to hold his position in fourth. Going into lap three, Colburn had gained some momentum on the two cars ahead of him and managed to get to the end of the straight alongside the two. He then got ahead and managed to stay there to take second place.

In race two, Colburn’s start was not as good as he dropped to fifth by the first corner, only to regain the place later in the lap.

Colburn then got clear and decided to stay in his position as he knew it was enough to complete the title victory.

Colburn said “It’s been a great season for myself and my team Westbourne Motorsport, winning the championship this year.

“I’d like to say a huge thank-you to the whole team for providing a great car and especially to my parents and brother, James, for their great support.”

Worthing High PE teacher Paul Gill said: “We have been following Ben’s progress all year and we are very proud of him at school.

“He is an inspiration to his peers and the younger students, proving that hard work and commitment can lead to success.”

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