SEAN Huyton overcame a difficult last race meeting of the season with a memorable drive in the live Ginetta G55 Supercup race at Brands Hatch.
It was the third race of the weekend and a great way for the Aughton youngster to finish off his best season of racing, as he went from 16th on the grid to 5th by the chequered flag.
Indeed such was his pace that third place could easily have been his, if there had been one or two more laps.
The 2013 Ginetta G50 champion has clearly demonstrated his desire, commitment and skill to battle at the top end of the experienced field of G55 drivers, none more so than in that final race at Brands Hatch.
It bodes well for 2014 when Huyton will be driving a full season in the highest level of Ginetta racing, the G55 Supercup, knowing he’s only one step away from the British Touring Car Championship.
“I really enjoyed that race and can’t wait for next season to start,” admitted Huyton.
“The two other races hadn’t been brilliant for me, so to sign off with that run through the field was very pleasing.
“Winning the G50 championship in my rookie year and then securing a podium in only my second G55 race has made 2013 the most significant since I graduated from kart to car racing in 2009.
“I’m now going to start preparing for 2014 with my team, Academy Motorsport, and look at putting together a car and package that can challenge for race wins and podiums.
“The most important thing now is sponsorship and I’ll now spend the winter months looking for partners to work with and support each other through marketing and advertising in 2014.
“If anyone wishes to know more about being part of my team in 2014, I’d welcome the opportunity to demonstrate how partnering with me will have major benefits for a brand, product or service.”
In race one at Brands Hatch a damp track led to a number of incidents at the start, as Huyton was pushed off track and dropped to 17th place.
He soon began the recovery, but when he reached 11th place a big accident involving Tom Ingram and Fergus Walkinshaw’s car catching fire meant the safety led the cars until the chequered flag.
Race two took place as torrential rain flooded Brands Hatch and the waterlogged track counted for many drivers.
Huyton ended up on the slippery grass after a number of cars touched each other, before sliding back on the track and being hit by his Academy Motorsport team mate and team manager, Matt Nicol-Jones.
The resultant damage wasn’t severe for either car, but was enough to put them both out and to the back of the grid for the final race of the season.
In race three Huyton followed Nicol-Jones all the way to the finish as the Academy Motorsport team showed just how good the cars can be.
Nicol-Jones finished in third, but Huyton was faster than him and fourth placed Rob Boston on the last two laps, with only 1.5 seconds separating them at the end.
Huyton added: “Fifth was a great result, but I know third was within my grasp.
“The positive thing is we’re working very well as a team and my confidence in driving the G55 has been boosted by the vast array of weather conditions in the last two race meetings. Roll on 2014!”
Nicol-Jones said: “Sean is an excellent driver and he certainly had the pace to at least challenge me, but after the incident in race two it was important we both finished.
“He demonstrated both driving skill and team work, as the result means we finished runners up in the Teams Championship and I was third in the overall G55 championship.
“On reflection it’s been an excellent season for a team that runs on a tight budget, compared to others, and in 2014 Sean will be the lead G55 driver and hopefully steer us to even better results.”
Sean concluded: “This season has been brilliant, but without the support of my family, friends, sponsors and Academy Motorsport, it wouldn’t have been possible.”