SHENLEY Brook End racer William Tregurtha is gearing himself up to finish the year in style after a string of top-class performances recently.
The 11-year-old has proved to be one of the country’s top racers in just his second full season – and with four meetings to go the youngster says he isn’t finished yet.
Tregurtha is joint leader of the Honda Cadet Championship at the super-fast Kimbolton track in Cambridgeshire and also lies second in the championship at Rye House in Hertfordshire – the circuit where Lewis Hamilton began his career.
At Kimbolton there are 19 youngsters battling for the title and Rye House has more than 30 in their championship – so the Shenley Brook End School pupil has done superbly to get into this position.
With two race meetings left at each track he now has to go all out for glory. As well as his excellent performances in those two championships Tregurtha proved his class with a fantastic third place in the prestigious Anglian Cup meeting, held over three gruelling days at Kimbolton – beating some of the country’s finest drivers.
William’s kart can hit top speeds of between 55-60mph and the racing is desperately close, competitive and tough with no quarter asked or given.
Most meetings are held over two days with testing on Saturday and racing on Sunday. William is looked after by a professional race team and has a full-time mechanic working with him to improve his kart’s set up.
William’s recent successes have not come easily – he has had two big crashes recently and a visit to A and E after being pushed into the tyre wall at Rye House was a reminder that the karts and the speeds they can reach deserve respect. He also broke his collarbone after his kart flipped at Kimbolton last year. None of that has dimmed his determination.
At the end of this season William, who is sponsored by Rogue Racing kart track and Avente Networks, is aiming to move up into the MiniMax class which accelerate rapidly up to 65mph. It’s another big challenge but he is already working to improve his strength in preparation for controlling the bigger karts.