A WORCESTER driver has recently been crowned world champion after winning a sportscar event in Portugal.

Worcester Sixth-Form's Haydn Chance (Valour Racing) made his Radical Cup debut in April and was the youngest driver in the competition, but he showed all his promise and talent to beat drivers from Europe, USA and Australia to be crowned Radical Pro 1500 World Champion. 

Worcester News: Haydn Chance with his trophy after winning the trophy Haydn Chance with his trophy after winning the trophy (Image: Radical Motorsport)After promising testing laps on Monday 16th and a walk around the track on Tuesday 17th, 17-year-old hatched a plan for the qualifying heats to come later in the week against a grid represented by over 12 countries.

Taking the fastest lap in Friday morning’s qualifying race gave Chance a pole position start for the first of four races over Friday and Saturday in the SR3 Pro 1500 class.

Local business owner and proud dad, Chris Chance said: "For his age, it’s great to see how confident he is. He’s so relaxed under pressure for 17- he just went out there and did it."

Worcester News: Haydn Chance celebrating his victoryHaydn Chance celebrating his victory (Image: Radical Motorsport)

The rain hit but Chance was able to navigate his way through the second race, even managing to get past the more powerful cars in the SR10 Class to take the overall win. The leader board points over the first three races gave Haydn a pole position start on Saturday for the final race.

After a tough start, he regained the lead and held it for the remainder of the race.

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Forever humble, Haydn added: "I got swamped by the more powerful SR10s at the start of the race but I managed to pull it back and come through at the end."

Chance accepted awards during the awards dinner on Saturday night in Portimão, Portugal for becoming the 2023 Radical Cup World Champion before he was back to sixth-form college on Monday.