A RACING driver scored a double win for his Cumbrian team at an iconic circuit last weekend.

Brigham racing driver Sam Kirkpatrick clinched a double win at Brands Hatch in the MGZR for Team Wigton and Wheatsheaf Garage.

The first race of the weekend saw Sam in a close battle for the lead position but he was never edged and won by under a second.

The nineteen year-old broke away in race two, scoring a clear win and he now leads the MG Trophy championship in his category.

The MG Trophy championship is for the MG ZRs in three classes.

Kirkpatrick will take part in the next round of the championship in Donington next month. Races are frequently being live-streamed or televised.

Kirkpatrick spoke to Amazon Prime after his races last weekend and is still getting used to working with the media.

His dad Bill Kirkpatrick prepares the car from the family garage business, Wheatsheaf Garage - mum Michelle his a key support on race days also.

“It’s a big team effort, a full family effort” said Kirkpatrick.

And he is proud of his son’s success: “He’s worked very hard for it. He’s raced cars since he was eight in the British championships, then me moved into cars.”

“He’s raced cars since he was 15. There’s a much higher level he could race at but we do it as a hobby, it’s a family thing.

“If he enjoyed it and we weren’t doing well we would still do it.”

He added that Sam has learnt a lot more during his time in the sport than just how to win a race.

“It teaches you how to take the rough with the smooth. It teaches you about life, how to handle disappointment and pressure, there’s a lot to it.”

Speaking of Kirkpatrick’s success, a spokesperson for Wigton Motor Club said: “This made the longest trip of the year worthwhile.”