MOTORSPORT: Hunter's fitting tribute
9:00am Saturday 8th September 2012 in By Dan Barnes
WESTBURY teenager Owen Hunter brought home the 750 Motorclub Saxmax series title in style with two race victories in the final round of the season last weekend, when he dedicated his championship win to a late family friend.
The 16-year-old, of Arundel Close, won his first race at Donington Park, Leicestershire, in 14:55.37 minutes, narrowly ahead of eventual series runner-up Guy Wenham, before then wrapping things up in style in the weekend’s second outing, as he finished more than 20 seconds ahead of second-placed George Streather in 15:05.72.
Wiltshire College student Hunter celebrated his win in honour of Paul Constant, a close friend of himself, his father Dave and mechanic Simon Hawkins, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2010.
“Dad and I wanted to do it for Paul this year and we’ve got a message in his memory on the car,” said the Saxmax champion.
“He was like a second dad to me and he was always staying with my dad so it got a bit emotional at the end when I was getting my prize for winning.
“I wanted to go out with a bang because it was my last year in the series and I think I did that.”