Taylor clinches Caterham title in style at Silverstone

CHAMPION: Ollie Taylor claims the Caterham Superlight R300 Championship at Silverstone
CHAMPION: Ollie Taylor claims the Caterham Superlight R300 Championship at Silverstone

Bildeston’s Ollie Taylor lit up Silverstone as he fought off his rivals to become champion of the Caterham Superlight R300 Championship.

The 24-year-old needed only 11 points, one 14th-placed finish, from the final race meeting, but finished the job off in 

He recorded a superb victory in race one of the weekend, followed by a third-placed finish in race two.

“We had the pace in qualifying and I qualified on pole so I was always confident but in Caterham anything can happen because of the 
nature of the sport,” said Taylor.

“They were very tight races and I led the first race on about 10 occasions, but I made my move about three corners before the end of the last lap and it was a great feeling crossing the line knowing I was champion.”

Taylor finished the 14-round championship on 280 points, 29 points clear of closest rivals Terry Langley and Stuart Leonard.

The former Finborough School pupil led the championship from the outset after earning the maximum 25 points in each of the first four rounds at Snetterton and Anglesey.

Five more podium finishes from eight races followed before Taylor’s terrific exploits at the home of the British Grand Prix.

Having not featured in the sport since the 2010 Championship, where he finished third, the Bildeston residet admits he did not know what his chances of success would be upon his return.

“I took two years out to concentrate on university work and other commitments so I didn’t know what to expect really, but it’s obviously been a great year,” he added.

“I’ll take another year out now, but I’m looking at doing something in 2015 — maybe Caterham again or possibly something like Radical.”

In the meantime, Taylor will complete the final year of his construction management course at University Campus Suffolk, but there is sure to be more success for the talented racer in the future.