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After a season-long battle which came down to the very last race of the year at Croft Circuit today, Tom Constantine sensationally emerged as Swift Sport champion after a weekend of drama at the North Yorkshire track.

Arriving in fourth place in the standings, it was always going to be a long shot for the 18-year-old from nearby Richmond with his three title rivals favourite to take honours ahead of him with just the final two rounds to contest.

But after going through Saturday’s card unbeaten at his local circuit in the monsoon conditions, it gave the reigning MSA Junior Rallycross champion hope that a similar result might just keep him in the hunt in today’s drier and sunnier weather.

The Yorkshireman kept his side of the bargain, racing to victory in all three heats in the 1600cc Suzuki Swift supported by Advanced Vehicle Leasing, Teesside Karting, MP Groundworks and Plant Hire of Northallerton, Sig Leeds, Intermezzo Drive, Wray Joinery Limited, DJR Smith, Victoria Garage Richmond Ltd, Royal Purple Lubricants and Constantine Building Services.

Despite starting from pole position in the final, he knew it was still a big task if he was to get the better of his rivals who really only had to finish on or near the podium to deny Tom but as the drama unfolded lap by lap, one by one they fell by the wayside in the final and with Tom taking victory, he was crowned champion in the most surreal of fashions to make it two titles in two years.

Adding to the family celebrations was 15-year-old sibling Luke Constantine who, like his elder brother, saw off the opposition to win the Junior Rallycross final and with it, took the title won by Tom last year in another close finish to add to his BTRDA crown he won last weekend too.

Tom Constantine: “I’m not quite sure how to describe this, the feeling to win at Croft, our home race, is incredible. It’s another final win and I’m the Swift Sport champion for 2019! After being fourth in the standings coming into this weekend, I managed to do what I needed to get two wins and become back to back Junior and Senior Swift champion. Saturday was a good day scoring wins in the heats and after a close fought final I managed to come out on top. I then knew after working the maths out there was a slender chance that I was in for a shout at the title. I drove as hard as I knew how, won all the heats and it worked out, but hard luck to the other drivers. Thank you to my whole team of supporters who’ve willed me on this weekend, my family and of course my dad and the Victoria Garage team for working all the hours on the clock preparing a superb car.”

Pictures courtesy of Andy Ellis and Marcus Andrews: Tom Constantine (7) is Swift Sport champion 2019. Tom (left) and James celebrate their respective titles.

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