Rob Sayell was on the top step of the podium at last.

MOTOR SPORT: The dash to the line in the F1000 Championship has got a lot shorter for King’s Lynn’s Rob Sayell.

After a season of frustration, Sayell took his long-awaited first win of the year at Rockingham Speedway.

It puts the reigning champion third in the championship going into the final two rounds at Oulton Park circuit next month.

He was thrilled with the weekend’s performance and said: “I am going to go all out for a top three championship place in the final two races.”

Sayell qualified third on the grid for Saturday’s race, despite having completed just three laps of the two-mile circuit when he was sidelined by a rod end failure.

He made an excellent start to move into second place on the first corner and held the place to the flag.

With the first eight cars reversed for Sunday’s first grid, Sayell started seventh but another excellent start saw him go on to finish third.

Sayell began the final race from fourth place on the grid, behind his three main championship rivals.

But he stormed into the lead, overtaking all three around the outside before the first corner.

Michael Watton gave chase and the two swapped the lead three times in an exciting battle with Sayell coming out on top.

A safety car in the closing stages left a one-lap sprint to the flag and a delighted Sayell punched the air as he crossed the line 1.4 seconds clear to win both the race and Circuit Champion award as the weekend’s top scorer.