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By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 15/11 17:09
FIVE race victories, eight pole positions and a superb fightback from a mid-season wobble proved enough to give Bromsgrove’s Paul Hinson the MSA 750 Motor Club Toyota MR2 Championship title.
After finishing runner-up in last year’s event, Hinson was determined to go one better this time around and made the perfect start with two pole positions, two victories and a new lap record at Silverstone in the opening meeting of the season.
A third victory and a fourth placed finish next time out at Brands Hatch maintained the good start before a win and a second at Cadwell allowed thoughts to start turning towards the title.
Things took a turn for the worse at this point though as two failures to finish left Hinson fourth in the standings and with a broken car to fix.
It was at this stage he made the biggest decision of his racing career and switched teams mid-season, moving to Rising Sun Racing. Alex Clifton became his race engineer and together they devised a race by race plan to claw back the lost lead.
Anglesey provided a mixture of emotions as brake issues in race one meant another DNF but second place in round two got things moving in the right direction again.
Qualifying fourth and sixth for the penultimate round at Donington, Hinson went on to finish third in race one before race two provided a huge turning point.
Having forced an error out of Championship leader Guy Hefford, Hinson was just moving into a deserved race lead when Hefford took him off the track. That demoted Hinson to tenth place but he fought his way back to fourth before Hefford was excluded from the event due to dangerous driving.
Hinson still needed a fantastic weekend in the season finale at Mallory Park to take the title, and he got it.
The car performed amazingly which allowed two pole positions to be secured whilst first and third place finishes gave Hinson the title.
“I would like to say a big big thank you to Alex Clifton at RSR (Rising Sun Racing) for preparing me a superb race car to drive, and for tuning the car into my style of driving,” Hinson said.
Hinson is now hoping to attract sponsorship for next season in order to race in either the Ginetta or Lotus UK Cup championships.
If you are interested, contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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