Penicuik teenager crowned champion

Colin Noble Jnr (on left) celebrating his UK title success
Colin Noble Jnr (on left) celebrating his UK title success

A Midlothian teenager clinched a UK driving championship last weekend despite only being legally allowed to drive for a year.

Two wins in the final two races of the season at the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk on Saturday ensured 17-year-old Penicuik racing driver, Colin Noble Jnr won the UK championship of the inaugural Radical SR1 Cup in some style.

Colin’s win means it’s the second year in a row a member of the Noble family has secured a Radical title, with his father, Colin Noble Snr, the reigning 2012 Dunlop Radical UK Cup champion.

Colin Jnr totally dominated this year’s championship securing an impressive seven wins out of eight with one second place.

He also achieved six pole positions and seven fastest laps across the four race meetings held at Brands Hatch in Kent, Oulton Park in Cheshire, Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire and, ultimately, at Snetterton.

Colin amassed 168 points out of a possible 176 over the course of the season setting the bar high for others to follow next season, including fellow competitor Sir Chris Hoy, who is also driving in the SR1 championship.

Speaking after clinching the championship in Norfolk, Colin was over the moon that the title would be coming back home with him.

He said: “I’m obviously delighted to have won the championship and to be bringing the trophy back home to Midlothian.

“We’ve been very strong throughout the season and both the car and the support team have been absolutely magnificent.”

Read more in the October 31 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.