I hold a very strong passion for motorsport. I have grown up in a motorsport paddock, supporting my uncle, who races a Sports 2000 racing car. It was inevitable I would later go on to gain my own racing licence at 11 years of age. That was 4 years ago.
This year, I graduated to the Rotax Junior Max class. I came into 2016 looking to build on what was a strong 2015 in the Rotax Mini Max class. After some good testing mileage in the Junior, it was all looking good for a good season.
We were setting fast lap times and scoring good finishes from very early on in the season, which put us in the hunt for the championship. The real boost came at the third round of the Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club Championships, where I scored my first ever overall win, blowing the field away in the final to win by 5 seconds! This was a huge confidence boost for me, and it also put me into the championship lead.
The next five races were incredibly nerve racking (for my parents!), but with every championship round that passed, I remained at the top of the pile. Good consistency meant I scored podiums in three of the five races that followed, as well as setting fastest lap times.
Soon the final round of the season was upon us, and I sat at the top of the championship. I had a comfortable lead in terms of the championship fight, so the objective of the meeting was just to stay out of trouble. A clean run through the heats meant a third place start for the final. More importantly, I had scored enough points in the heats to clinch the championship, meaning I could try and go for the overall race win. Unfortunately, an incident at the start where I was hit from behind prevented me from doing so. I managed to gain a few positions back, and finished in seventh place. We were happy to win the championship, but in a weird sort of way, slightly disappointed to be denied the final victory of 2016.
I received my first place championship trophy at the recent Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club Awards Ball. It was a fun-filled evening, and I was very happy to receive my trophy.
This year has been great fun. I have found karting in general to be a wonderful experience, and I’ve made many friends. I would thoroughly recommend the sport to anyone, young or old, who has a passion for motorsport. Thank you to Dunkeswell Kart Racing Club for running a great, competitive championship. Although the most thanks has to go to my Dad, who has been my mechanic, driver coach, and given me such a fantastic opportunity.