ALEX Ball has enjoyed a superb season in the Elise Trophy, which saw him crowned champion after its finale at Donington Park.

This series is DIY racing as they run the car on small budget. Ball won the championship in 2016 and was leading the championship a year later, when the car was written off at Silverstone.

This year returned after buying a Elise Trophy eligible car, with a broken engine and only two weeks before the season opener. However, he was able to fix it and get to the start line for the first race on the National circuit at Donington Park.

Ball finished second in his first outing and then reeled off seven straight wins, which included doubles at Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Snetterton.

After two more podium finishes racing at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit, he arrived at Donington Park for the finale on the GP circuit.

However, things did not go smoothly as a head gasket failure saw a complete engine rebuild on Friday night and Saturday morning. This meant Ball missed qualifying and had to start both races from the back of the grid, but in true champion’s style he still won both races.