Lee Fairhurst 2009 European Champion

The 217 car racing on a dry Northampton track. Photo Chris Clark.

The 217 car racing on a dry Northampton track. Photo Chris Clark.

In his rookie year, Lee Fairhurst 217 continues to reach new heights and can now add being European Champion to his list of achievements. Since his explosive 3 heat wins, final win AND runner up in the UK Open on his first full debut weekend, things have only got better for Lee – Scoring enough World Qualifying Points to make a Semi grid (Coventry 01.08.09), scoring enough grading points to make Red, and now to top it all, winning the BriSCA F1 European Championship that was held at Northampton Sunday 19th July, only two months since his full BriSCA F1 debut at Skegness.

A jubilant Lee Fairhurst the new 'European Champion'. Photo Chris Clark

A jubilant Lee Fairhurst the new 'European Champion'. Photo Chris Clark

F1 Stockcars caught a few minutes with Lee after his win:

Congratulations on winning the European Championship Lee, what can you tell us about the race?

Thank you, well it was a rain fault race so that evened it all up. I got a break and into the Blues, got in on the inside and starting picking them off one-by-one. I just kept my head down and was just trying to make my way to the front of the pack.
When the yellows came out, I thought that was it, I’d lost my chance. I knew I had two back markers between me and Stuart on the restart but when your talking about top quality drivers that doesn’t really count for much.
Anyways I managed to get off to a really good restart, not spinning my tyres, and Stuart seemed to be stuck behind the back markers allowing me to get a bit of a lead.

Where you aware that you were not only holding your lead on Stuart Smith (390) but actually extending it?

Yeah, when your not behind someone, you can see the whole track in front and behind using your mirrors. So while I was out in front I could see that I was pulling clear of Stuart.
I think I caught the back markers just at the right time, as I had to ease up and had to concentrate on getting through them and not think about Stuart chasing me down; or losing concentration with being out front on my own or allowing the importance of the race to effect me.

So how did it feel to cross the line and become European Champion?

I don’t know, It’s great isn’t it? To think that two months ago I set my goals on novice of the year, and today I’m European Champion is just amazing, I can’t really believe it. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet, but it feels pretty brilliant.

Thanks for your time Lee, enjoy your victory with your team.

Thank you, I’d like to thank the team, we were all up to past 1:30am fixing the car from Saturdays racing for today; so without them, and their hard work this win would never of come. And now I’m the European Champion, it don’t get any better than this, It’s just brilliant.

Video highlights of Lee’s victory can be seen HERE

Lee Fairhurst spoke to F1 Stockcars earlier in the season read the full interview HERE

Working into the small hours. Photo Chris Clark.

Working into the small hours. Photo Chris Clark.

A very happy 217 team. Photo Chris Clark

A very happy 217 team. Photo Chris Clark

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