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Lee Johnston of Trevor Pennell Transport clinched the 2008 Metzeler National Superstock 600 championship title this weekend at Brands Hatch.
From the beginning of the season the Maguiresbridge rider was no doubt a champion contender and following consistent results Johnson went to top of the leader board at the fifth round at Snetterton.
Johnston said: "I am over the moon, when you've worked so hard and then you actually do what you wanted to do, it's great. This year I have been very lucky, I've never crased in a race and scored points each time. I have only been off the podium twice, and luckily fast at every track."
The 19 year old rider only started his racing career at home in Ireland in 2005 on mini motos, in which he started off as he meant to go on, taking the championship title. Ambitious and thriving for success the following year he moved up amongst the big boys and finished second overall in the Irish Supersport championship.
2007 was a learning year as he moved across to the British scene and entered the Senior Superstock category. Following advice from others this season we saw him debut into the Junior Superstock taking his first British Championship title and most likely not his last.
Johnson obtained two third places this weekend in his category's double race finale, but it was Saturday afternoon when we saw Johnson secure the championship title. He said: "It was the toughest race of the year, I needed to push and not push."
"I had a good group around me which was worrying, I was just thinking go away. The group is full of young lads who want to prove themselves and show what they can do, they didn't have the concern of the championship that I did."
Even though the title had been decided this did not in anyway affect Johnston's attitude for his second race. As a true racer he was out for the win, following a terrible start he fell down the order and was running in ninth intially before clawing his way back up through the grid to once again finish on the podium in third.
Unfortunately at present the striking talent of Johnston as of yet has no ride in place for next year. Johnston has proven his talent, dedication and it is not surprising that he has had offers of rides for next season. However they require a certain amount of personal funding, which he is yet to obtain.
For further information or to discuss possible sponsorship to ensure this talent can continue to entertain all on track, contact lee133racing@hotmail.co.uk.

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