Caden helps kart launch

Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM) and Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal with Bryony King (GBR) (second right) Mini Max & X30 Junior driver racing for KMS in 2014. She is a member of the BWRDC competing in TVKC & HKRC championships this year. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday 6 July 2014.

Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM) and Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal with Bryony King (GBR) (second right) Mini Max & X30 Junior driver racing for KMS in 2014. She is a member of the BWRDC competing in TVKC & HKRC championships this year. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday 6 July 2014.

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Race ace Caden McQueen met his heroes at the British Grand Prix as he helped launch a new karting formula with Bernie Ecclestone.

The 11-year-old from Emerson Valley was on hand to introduce Formula Kart Stars, which will get underway in 2015.

The series is the only national junior karting series to be backed by Formula One Management and teams, with the intention of it becoming the best route into F1.

Caden was given the full VIP treatment at the Grand Prix, just up the road at Silverstone.

He watched Saturday’s qualifying session in Force India’s garage, and watched the start of the race in the Williams pit as a special guest of Sir Frank Williams.

He also met royalty, bumping into Prince Harry as he walked on the grid with Mr Ecclestone.

“It’s been a really cool weekend,” said Caden.

“We had a really busy time in the Formula 1 paddock, we got to watch qualifying from the Force India garage and saw the start of the race with Williams, as guests of Sir Frank Williams.

“Mr Eccelstone took us on to the grid and it was really cool to walk through all the drivers and the cars, and meet Prince Harry. “

And Caden is already looking forward to next season in the new Formula Kart Stars championship.

He added: “I know quite a lot of people have already joined FKS from this weekend.

“It’s really going to be all about the driving. I can’t wait.”