The moment Howard Payne learnt that he was the Clubmans Sports 1600 Champion from team leader Lewis Beales

 Howard Payne is Champion after intense finale with EBC Bluestuff brakes

Howard Payne became the Champion of this years Clubmans Racing event after what could be described as an intense finale recently during the last race at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire. The Huntingdonshire Regional College race car is fitted with EBC Bluestuff NDX brake pads.

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 Here is the full race report:

In a nail-biting finale Howard Payne raced the Huntingdonshire Regional College race car to the narrowest championship triumph in the long history of Clubmans racing with victory in the final race, while setting the fastest race lap which secured the extra vital point to seal the series.

The destination of the crown was delicately poised prior to the final round held on the fast sweeps of Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire with Payne and Michelle Haywood equal on points.

In the opening race Haywood finished second to Mikey Day while Payne was unfortunate to become embroiled in a battle with a driver not competing in the Sports 1600 division. “I challenged Michelle going into the complex but lost momentum and was passed by Chris Pickering and another driver who frustratingly was quicker on the straights and when I did get past there was not time to challenge Chris for his third place”.

Payne, who had led the series from the start, now had to win the final race and take the additional point for fastest lap to deny Haywood the title. “It was win or bust and I had come too far to give up” admitted Payne post race.

A storming start by Payne saw the HRC car in second place but before he could set off after leader Haywood, Pickering and race one leader Day needed to be shaken off his tail, which was soon achieved.

“I started to close in on Michelle, who had been locking brakes all day into the chicane and this time it caught her out” reflected the newly crowned champion. Payne drove by, into the lead, as did Day but Haywood wasn’t finished and managed to dislodge Day on the ninth lap but Payne was just out of reach.

Still the vital point for fastest lap would decide the outcome with Payne’s early chase of the lead giving him the advantage, in the student prepared car, which held to the finish.

“The battle was griping and intense with the advantage ebbing and flow between the pair with the outcome in doubt till both had crossed the finishing line” reflected race team leader Lewis Beales.

“Neither driver knew the outcome until they had parked in the post-race technical zone with Howard unable to believe the outcome even after the post-race interview”.

The jubilant College race team gathered for a well deserved team photo prior to the end of season presentations which confirmed Payne as the winner by a single point from a disappointed Haywood.

“The Huntingdon students have put in an enormous effort all year to get me here” admitted an appreciative Payne on receiving the race two winner’s trophy.

“Over the season Michelle has had a bit more pace than we have but it was all or nothing on the last race and I wasn’t giving up easily on a long held dream”.

“I believe we made history today as the first College race team to win a National Sportscar Championship” concluded team leader Beales

The HRC race team would like to thank its supporters – EBC Brakes!

Many thanks for your support for the College race team over the years – it paid off on Saturday at Thruxton when Howard won the Clubmans Sports 1600 title by the scant margin of 0.057s – it gave him the extra/vital point for fastest lap.

Race Report by Lewis Beales,

Motorsport Course Leader, Huntingdonshire Regional College


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