Sean HuytonAughton’s Sean Huyton continued an impressive first season of car racing, despite having a car land on him during the eighth and ninth rounds of the Ginetta Cars Texaco Havoline Championship at Donington Park last weekend

The teenager came away with ninth and fifth place finishes despite dramas in both races.

The results consolidated his fifth place in the championship and closed the gap to fourth, with three events remaining.

Racing under the Academy Motorsport banner, he qualified sixth and eighth for the two races, as the showery weather made a lottery of the Saturday session.

In race one a dry spell of weather led to almost perfect conditions in which Huyton produced a good start and by lap three had climbed to fifth place.

He held on to his position until four corners from the end of the final lap. Close rival Freddie Hetherington made a reckless overtaking move as Huyton turned in to the corner.

The inevitable collision catapulted Hetherington in the air, landing on top of Huyton’s car before bouncing to a rest in the gravel trap.

With major damage to the rear of his car, Huyton bravely continued, crossing the line in ninth place before coming to a stop just after the finishing line.

A superb effort by the mechanics gave Huyton the chance to enter the second race and the 19-year-old thanked them in impressive fashion.

Heavy rain left the track damp for race two and a last minute decision to go on wet tyres proved wise, as Huyton was bumped off the dry racing line and to the wet outside of the track as he battled his way up the field.

On lap three he took one bump too many and the result left him in 11th place.

This proved the catalyst for a superb performance as he passed six places in the next nine laps,  three places on one lap and finish in deserved fifth place.

Sean said: “I was extremely disappointed with the first race as fifth place was mine. It was a silly overtaking move by Freddie, but luckily I was able to finish with some points.

“The team did a great job fixing the car and I hope the fifth place showed them I appreciated their efforts.

“I’d like to thank all the people who came for their uplifting and continued supporting, particularly my dad and Ade and Neil Ashworth for their help fixing the car.”

Academy Motorsport boss, Matt Nicoll-Jones, said: “Sean proved he has the ability and confidence to overcome disappointing results.

“It looks like he could make a fight of fourth place in the championship, something that would make his debut car racing season very remarkable.”

Sean’s next race will be at Silverstone on 15th and 16th August. Find out the Silverstone race results first at seanhuytonracing.blogspot.com.