YOUNG Shenley Brook End karter William Tregurtha is gearing up for the first round of the national championships this weekend.
The 12-year-old competes in the 70mph Rotax MiniMax class and will take on the best of Britain in the opening meeting of the televised Super One series at Whilton Mill near Daventry on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
He will be one of the youngest on the 40-strong grid with rivals up to 15 years of age, and realises he has a tough task over the three days.
The Shenley Brook End School pupil is being backed by city company Kartwear.com, and was named an associate driver for Cranfield University’s Motorsport programme after an impressive start to his motor racing career that saw him win trophy after trophy as a cadet.
Earlier this month William was signed up by Team Intrepid UK – one of the top kart teams in the country – who will now take care of his kart mechanically, as well as make sure he’s fully prepared as a driver to face the nation’s best. Intrepid are run by Benjy Russell – a former World Champion in the sport, so he’s guaranteed the best possible support at every race meeting as his career develops.
William has spent the first few months of the year getting used to the much faster and bigger MiniMax karts and his stamina will really be tested over the three days of competition. After this weekend the Super One series, which will be televised on MotorsTV, moves on to Wales, Scotland and the Lake District, with a total of seven rounds deciding the overall champion.
William’s dad Craig said: “This season will be a learning experience for him. He’s very young to be racing at this level but he has shown promising form so far this year and he is capable of competing with the best already.
“We would like to thank Kartwear.com and Cranfield University for their help with William, and we are also very grateful that Shenley Brook End School have been so supportive.”