West Lancashire racer, Sean Huyton, is continuing to progress through the motorsport ranks by announcing his graduation to national car racing.

Having swept all before him in the national karting championships the 18-year-old now has his sights firmly on success in cars.

The Aughton-based star will compete in the 2009 Ginetta Cars Texaco Havoline Championship, joining the championships most successful team, Academy Motorsport.

The popular one-make Championship for identical Ginetta G20 cars has supported the prestigious British F3/GT Championship full-time for the last two years and has become a favourite on the bill alongside the powerful cars from the GT Championship.

Sean is thrilled by the prospect and is undergoing a strict training and testing regime ahead of the new season.

He is currently studying at Loughborough University for a three year foundation degree in Sports Performance (motorsport), in conjunction with the Race Driver’s Academy at Silverstone.

Sean said: “I’ve beaten all the top drivers in karting and now is the right time to continue my progression in motorsport racing.

“This is the chance I’ve been waiting for to prove myself in cars. I’m determined to make it count.

“My aim is to emulate the success of multi World Touring Car champion, Andy Priaulx, but there’s a lot of hard work ahead of me.”

Academy Motorsport boss, Matt Nicoll-Jones, is delighted Sean has chosen to join his team. He said: “Sean has demonstrated a natural skill with a very smooth driving style and I’m really looking to work with him in 2009.

“He has the ability to win the championship but it’ll take plenty of hard work, commitment and concentration to do so.”

Sean has been karting since he was ten-years-old and enjoyed his first championship win aged 13, with the 2003 Cumbrian Kart Club Junior Rotax Champion. In 2006 he brushed aside all before him to win the British Junior Gearbox Championship, winning virtually every round.

Europe then beckoned as Sean made another step in his ambition to become a professional racing driver. A season racing on new circuits against the best karters in Europe gave Sean extra skills enabling him to finish second in the highest class of karting in the UK in 2008, the ABKC KZ1 Stars of Tomorrow Championship.

Sean’s first race will be at Oulton Park on Easter weekend, April 10-12.