Colburn speeds to success at Oulton Park

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A YOUNG racing driver sped to his first competitive victory in the Junior Saloon Car Championship earlier this month.

Ben Colburn, 14, took the checkered flag in the fifth round of the season at Cheshire’s Oulton Park.

The young driver only started racing at the beginning of the year and had never raced before in any form of motorsport but managed three podiums in his first four races.

The qualifying session was 20 minutes long and the two fastest times gained, were the positions they set on the grid for race one and race two.

Colburn held pole position for the majority of the qualifying session, before being eclipsed by his rival Ben Mills, although the young Worthing driver qualified second for both races, which was his best qualifying so far this year.

In the first race, the starting lights caught out both Colburn and the pole sitter who were slow off the line, but he recovered well to make third at the first corner.

Colburn soon had himself in the zone and was all over the car in front and, a couple of laps later, he overtook him and then focused on the car ahead who was in the lead.

Colburn set the fastest lap of the race and, having made the leader aware he was behind him, then pulled off a fantastic manoeuvre with a better exit from the Island hairpin, flashing past before the Knickerbrook Chicane, to take the lead to win his first-ever race.

It completed a fine double for the Colburn family as Ben’s brother, James, won at Thruxton two weeks earlier in the Clio Cup Championship alongside the British Touring Cars.

In race two, the last event of the day, Colburn got off to a much better start, and, at the first corner, was in second place.

This was where he remained until the chequered flag came out, which completed a fantastic weekend’s racing.

Colburn is currently second in the championship and his next race meeting is at Donington Park on Saturday.

Worthing High School PE teacher Paul Gill said: “Ben is an all-round talented sportsman but he seems to be a special talent on the racing track. To record his first victory in such a short time frame is extraordinary; he only gained his racing license a few months ago.

“We are all very proud of him and we will be avidly following his motorsport career with immense interest.”