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West Norfolk driver makes final guest appearance at Rockingham Raceway

He signed off in style with fastest laps in all events, two wins, a runner-up place and a back to back circuit champion award.

Sayell did not test but took just three laps to put the Yamaha single seater on pole position for the first race.

He took a lights to flag win despite a strong challenge from 2017 rival Paul Butcher and took the fastest lap, averaging 87.5 mph around the two-mile International circuit.

Father Harry Sayell left son Jenson in car brother Dave on right behind Rob with winners cap. (2753319)
Father Harry Sayell left son Jenson in car brother Dave on right behind Rob with winners cap. (2753319)

A reverse grid put Rob in eighth to start their second race.

He managed to get up to second by the flag and again took the fastest lap.

Pre race checks identified a weak chain link which the team replaced prior to their third and final race.

Sayell’s fastest lap in the previous race qualified him in pole. He made a good start but had to fight off a determined Butcher in the first three corners.

However he gradually pulled away to gain a good lead until the safety car came out again.

Rob made a good re-start and again pulled out a gap to take the flag ahead of Dan Clowes and Adam Walker to win his last race in the F1000 Formula.

As top points scorer over the weekend Rob also retained the Rockingham Circuit Champion award won there last year.

He’s won the track champion award at each of his last four outings.

At an emotional trophy presentation he said he wanted to give “massive thanks to his family team for their support over the years and to local sponsors Wesigns for great signs and Mike Smith for a great engine build”.

Sayell will now sell the car, for which he has already had an offer, so it looks like there is no going back on his retirement decision

He added that it will be a very sad time to see the car go but that life moves on and will now focus on time with his four year-old son Jenson who he hopes may follow in his racing footsteps.

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