MIRFIELD racer Darren Porter clinched the prestigious Luffield Trophy after winning the MG Car Club sprint and hill climb championship.

The competition, which has been running for 28 years, sees cars compete in a series of sprint and hill climb races across the country – with the eventual winner decided on their points gained throughout the campaign.

Porter, 42, who has lived in Mirfield for over a year, beat 72 competitors to the Group 2 class modified MGF trophy.

The racer – who works as an engineer when not on the track – enjoyed a successful season, winning four first in class awards at Angelsey on both national and international circuits, first and second in the class awards at Harewood Hill climb and first in his class at Silverwood.

Competing in 13 of the 25 rounds, after a mid-season rebuild following a crash at Loton Park, Porter set new class records at Anglesy, Harewood, Scammonden, Silverstone and Loton Park on his way to the title.

Porter said: “The championship has been running for 28 years now and I am very proud to be bringing the Prestigious Luffield Trophy back to Mirfield.

“I would like to thank the support from my sponsor this year PFM Packaging Machinery and friends and supporters from my local MGCC club who meet once a month in Roberttown.”

The Mirfield racer has been hill climbing and sprinting cars for several years, starting with a BMW at the Harewood Hillclimb (Leeds).

And for the last three years he has been competing in the MG Car Club, one of the world’s oldest car groups.