Nathan Freke fittingly sealed the 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup title with a true champion’s performance at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, on Saturday, 3rd October – a brace of largely unchallenged wins handing the Kidderminster racer a deserved championship triumph.

At the wheel of his Century Motorsport entered G50, the 26-year-old started the weekend in perfect style by taking pole position for both of Saturday’s encounters and in the races he was never headed en-route to his 13th and 14th victories of the campaign.

Lining up on pole position at the start of the first race of the day, round 26, Nathan knew he needed just a handful of points to make sure of the title but he was determined to secure the championship in winning ways. Getting away cleanly from the grid, second placed starter Fulvio Mussi did pressurise into Paddock Hill Bend but Nathan held on to the lead on the run to Druids for the first time. Before the start of lap two, the Safety Car was deployed due to a lap one accident at Paddock Hill Bend involving Joachim Ritter and Chairman’s Cup campaigner Colin White. The re-start came at the beginning of the fifth tour and Nathan never looked likely to put a wheel wrong, even though Wrathall was never much more than a second adrift all the way to the chequered flag on lap 10.

Reflecting on a fantastic title victory, Nathan said: “I’m pretty pleased! In the week leading up to this event we knew the 10 points we needed to make sure of the title wasn’t a lot to get but I’ve seen leads like that taken away before. I’ve always loved Brands Hatch, the car was sublime on Friday in the test, and to win and take the championship in style is fantastic.”

In round 27, Nathan won a by a clearer margin of almost two seconds from Mussi ,at the start pole-sitter Nathan and fellow front-row starter Wrathall made an even getaway but with the inside line his, the new champion held on to the lead, to record yet another lights to flag victory including the fastest lap.

Newly crowned 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Champion Nathan concluded his outstanding season in winning style on, Sunday, 4th October, with his 15th victory of the campaign during the final race of the year.

Although heading into round 28 with the pressure of the title battle lifted from his shoulders, the Century Motorsport driver was nonetheless made to work incredibly hard for the win by Dynojet’s Frank Wrathall. Nathan’s 2009 record speaks for itself and along with his stunning total of 15 wins the 26-year-old secured seven other podium finishes on his way to a huge 125-point margin at the head of the driver standings in his first season of G50 Cup action. In addition, he never failed to finish a race.

Reflecting on a truly outstanding season, the champion commented: “It’s been fantastic and this weekend has just been the perfect end to the year for us. I knew the last race would be hard, Frank (Wrathall) did a great job and it was very tight at the finish. The start was good but I had a big slide through the back section which knocked my confidence a bit and so I slowed the pace a little.

“I could see Frank catching but I knew if I didn’t make any mistakes and drove a tight race, he wouldn’t be able to get past. In the end I managed to hold it to the line and I want to thank the team for doing such a fantastic job all year, the car was so consistent yet again. To end the season with a win is superb, looking back it really couldn’t have gone any better.”

At the start of this afternoon’s race, Nathan led away from pole position but Wrathall was determined to try and get ahead early as he attempted to run around the outside of the 2009 champion at the fearsome Paddock Hill Bend. Nathan held the lead though on the inside and started to pull marginally clear as Wrathall began to come under pressure from Tom Sharp and Fulvio Mussi.

Aiming to end the season on the biggest of highs, Nathan set a new lap record on the third lap but this was later bettered by Mussi, as Nathan continued to extend his lead, Wrathall’s car started to come into its own and he began to catch the Nathan while at the same time dropping his pursuers, and the fight for the win came down to a last-lap dash with Wrathall almost glued to the rear of Nathan’s Ginetta. With absolutely nothing separating the pair, Nathan managed to defend well enough into Clearways to keep Wrathall behind to win by less than a 10th of a second.

Final 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Championship Positions:
Champion: Nathan Freke, 856pts; 2nd Frank Wrathall, 731pts; 3rd Carl Breeze, 629pts

Nathan is now considering his options for 2010, including expanding his Century Motorsport team to capitalise on their success this year as well as seeking opportunities in both Porsche Carrera Cup and Touring Cars to further his career.