Fifth Formers Driven to Succeed
Jordan Payne wins Junior Drag Racing National Championship, while Owen Byatt qualifies for the IAME International World Final in Le Mans.
Fifth Formers Jordan Payne and Owen Byatt are both making their mark in motorsport, in between studying for their GCSEs. Fifteen-year-old Jordan recently claimed the 2016 Junior Dragster National Championship title at Santa Pod Raceway in Bedfordshire, while Owen, also 15, has qualified for karting's IAME International World Final in Le Mans.
Jordan claimed his title after entering the final event of the drag racing season in second position out of thirty two cars, and ninety points behind the leader. He said: “After I had successfully passed through the first two rounds, I was only thirty points away from the leader. In the third round I successfully managed to win my race, with the leader losing his, giving me the championship title in British Drag Racing’s 50th anniversary year. ”
This is only Jordan’s second season in Junior Drag Racing, an exciting entry level motorsport for 8-17 year olds. The sport pits two cars and drivers against each other, to see which can cover one eighth of a mile from a standing start in the quickest time, with older youngsters reaching speeds of up to 85mph. The Santa Pod raceway is the most famous drag racing track outside America, attracting the best drivers and race teams in European Drag Racing.
Meanwhile, fellow Fifth Former Owen is on course for karting glory at the IAME International World Final in Le Mans, later this month. Owen, who has been karting for five years, qualified for the event after finishing runner-up in the X30 Junior class at the inaugural IAME International Open at Trent Valley Kart Club earlier this year. With 199 Junior drivers from all the world competing at the Final, it's a tough task ahead - but he's on great form after finishing 3rd overall in the Little Green Man Championship last weekend. We wish him the very best of luck!