Rob Sayell, right, with his brother Dave, back, who does pit wall information and valeting; dad Rob, left, who maintains and sets up the car; and three-year-old son Jenson, in car, who is fanatical about it all, helping load, unload, polish and clean.

MOTOR SPORT: West Norfolk’s Rob Sayell is the 2016 Formula Jedi champion after a thrilling last weekend at Silverstone. 

He went into the final two rounds competing with three rivals for top spot after a season-long battle.

Sayell secured second on the grid for the first race but main rival Paul Butcher was in pole, just 0.039 seconds ahead.

Butcher got away first but after two attempts to pass in the first three laps, Sayell found a way past and went on to win by two seconds ahead, his fourth win of the campaign.

Butcher finished second and they were the only two in the running for the title going into the final race with Sayell eight points ahead.

Sunday’s qualifying was wet but the Walpole Cross Keys racer secured his first pole position by 0.083 seconds, with Butcher third.

Race conditions were dry and Clarke took the lead from the start, charging away to create a cushion between himself and Butcher.

His rival fell off the pace and Sayell was able to ease up for second place to secure the championship by 13
points.

An ecstatic Sayell said: “I cannot believe what a fantastic season we have had.

“A massive thank you goes to my dad (Harry) for giving me a 100 per cent car all year.

“Also, to my brother Dave for his hard work on the pit wall and keeping the car immaculate and, of course, mum (Anne) the backbone of the family team for her support.

“Thanks also to No.1 fans Jenson, 3, and Trudy for allowing this to happen.

“Finally, big thanks to Mike Smith of Welney for a faultless Yamaha engine and Wesigns for great graphics.”

The series has featured on Motors TV and the Silverstone round is on November 4.