CHRIS Taylor sealed the Cheshire Kart Racing Club Formula Blue Championship in dramatic style at Hooton Park.
The Little Sutton ace went into the final race of the season with a lead of just three points having led the championship since March.
So marginal was his lead, the 24-year-old attempted to rule out any mechanical gremlins by replacing his carburetor just for the meeting.
It almost proved to be his downfall.
In the first heat he dropped from first to last place as his kart failed to respond. Frantically trying to locate the problem, the new carburetor was found to be faulty.
Unable to obtain another in time, Chris’ dad Dave, himself a former racer of both cars and karts, rebuilt an old one just in time for the second heat.
Chris went out and, from near the back of the grid, just failed to win the race by half a kart length.
The aggregate of points from heats one and two placed him in fourth position on the grid for the final.
At the start he dived into third on the approach to the first corner and was gifted second place a lap later as the driver in front went off the circuit.
This put him right behind his championship rival, who Chris then pressurised at every opportunity for six more laps until he gave way, spinning off in the damp conditions and rejoining in seventh place.
Chris went on to win the race – and the championship – by the length of the straight.