Allen eyes 2017 racing glory after ending 2016 on a high

THIRD SPOT: Luke Allen finished third in the final standings of the Classic Touring Car Pre 2003 Championship
THIRD SPOT: Luke Allen finished third in the final standings of the Classic Touring Car Pre 2003 Championship
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Luke Allen is aiming to win the Classic Touring Car Pre 2003 Championship next year after finishing the 2016 season on a high at Silverstone.

The Hillborough racer claimed fourth and second place finishes in his class during the final round of the campaign earlier this month, which secured him third spot in the championship.

And after missing three of the seven rounds due to work commitments, Allen is hopeful that becoming self-employed will enable him to fully commit next season and boost his chances of winning the championship.

“I finished third in my class in the championship and considering I missed three of the meetings that is pretty good,” the 24-year-old reflected.

“Next year I’m going to be committing to the whole championship and will make a point of doing every round.

“The aim next year is to win the championship at all costs. I’m really going to go for it.

“The last two years I’ve been learning about the car and in the dry, every weekend we’ve been the fastest people there.

“Speed wise there is not much to change, but we’ll be looking at a few things with the set up of the car to try and get a few tenths quicker. Once the calendar is out we’ll do some test days at the circuits.

“A lot of the time this year we’ve been turning up to the circuit, like Silverstone the weekend before last, and I’d never raced there before.”

After ending his four-month sabbatical from racing in style with two podium finishes in Snetterton last month, Allen went into the final round of the season still with a chance of replicating his second place finish in the championship in 2015.

A damp and grey Silverstone greeted Allen for qualifying, which saw him put the Honda Civic Type R 1998 in 16th place on the grid.

In wet conditions for the first race later that day, Allen impressed as he came through the field to finish in seventh place overall, and fourth in his class.

Allen started in seventh place for the second race the following day, which was raced in dry and sunny conditions, a contrast to the previous race the day before.

Making up ground once again to cross the chequered flag in third place overall, and second in his class, Allen also posted the fastest lap as he brought his season to an end by standing on the podium.