Tom Ovenden is aiming for the Mini Challenge Trophy title next year after securing a spectacular first victory at Silverstone on Sunday.

The 17-year-old Adisham ace took the win by just 0.010 seconds in the final race of the season, beating Nelson King and Louie Capozzoli at the line.

Tom Ovenden celebrating his first Mini Challenge Trophy victory at Silverstone on Sunday

The former Canterbury Academy student, son of British rallycross star Tristan, has now set his sights on the 2022 crown in what will only be his second season of circuit racing.

“I think I can fight for the title next year after building a lot of confidence over the last two rounds, and I’m really looking forward to getting there,” said Ovenden.

“I always believed we had the pace on the weekend to win the race, but I knew it would be incredibly difficult from where we started and I can’t believe we did it.

“I am delighted to be sixth in the standings in my first season and to finish the campaign on the highest peak of the year is incredible.”

Ovenden, who won two Junior Rallycross titles last year, started the reverse-grid race in eighth position and won the fastest lap as he charged through the peloton.

Ovenden, pictured here at Thruxton, finished sixth in the Mini Challenge Trophy this year and will return in 2022
Ovenden, pictured here at Thruxton, finished sixth in the Mini Challenge Trophy this year and will return in 2022

He had previously taken two third places in his Mini EXCELR8 Motorsport, having shown great speed throughout the weekend.

“I was just trying to hold onto third place on the last lap of the final race and kind of found myself running towards the line for the win due to two insane final corners,” added Ovenden.

“I was 99% sure I won when we crossed the finish line and what a way to end the year.

“I had two good weekends to end the season when my dad himself is running and not watching so maybe he should stay a bit further!

Tristan was competing at Knockhill in Scotland in the fourth and fifth rounds of the 5 Nations Trophy of the Motorsport UK rallycross championship.

Will Ovenden had good results at Knockhill this weekend;  he will compete on his local circuit at Lydden Hill next month
Will Ovenden had good results at Knockhill this weekend; he will compete on his local circuit at Lydden Hill next month

The Citroën DS3 driver finished third in the Supercar category on Saturday before dropping to fifth place in the fifth round on Sunday.

Tom’s younger brother, Will, enjoyed success in the Motorsport UK Junior Rallycross category, taking second place on both days.

The next round of the British Rallycross Championship will be held at Lydden Hill on November 6-7, with night races and fireworks. For more details, click here

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