Champion of speed
Posted on 17 Jul 2009
It’s not just Walt Disney’s Lightning McQueen who feels the need for speed – a member of staff at Jennings Ford has just scooped the 2009 Westfield Speed Series Championship title.
By day Richard Kerr, from Burnhope, County Durham, works as bodyshop manager at Jennings Ford’s branch in Middlesbrough, but by night the dedicated individual devotes his spare time competing in ‘Sprints’ and ‘Hillclimbs’ on the circuit.
The hours of practice has paid off for Richard, who is delighted with his achievement and being crowned Westfield Speed Series Champion 2009.
Richard said; “Winning the championship is an absolutely fantastic feeling. I’m delighted and looking forward to competing again next year.”
For as long as he can remember, Richard has always been interested in cars, particularly motorsport. Watching a couple of events at Harewood was when the bug firmly took hold.
The first season of competing Richard managed a class win at his third attempt and in 2007 he finished second overall in the Championship in a 262bhp car that weighs less than 500kg.
Westfield Speed Series Championship, is organised by Westfield Sports Car Club which was set up at the beginning of 1987. The Speed Series is an annual event which is held over 27 meetings and incorporates a mixture of circuit ‘Sprints’ and ‘Hillclimbs’ at a number of venues across the UK, including Croft, Anglesey’s National and International Circuits, Goodwood and Harewood in Yorkshire.
Despite competition being tough with more than 70 registered drivers taking part, Richard successfully completed14 rounds and managed to win 10 of them.
The Championship’s final rounds were held at Ty-Croes on Anglesey where Richard won the Saturday event by 13 hundredths of a second and took the class win and Overall Championship Honours.
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