Karter Daniel celebrates cadet championship win

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DANIEL O’Beirne has enjoyed an excellent Christmas after winning karting’s 2010 cadet championship at Shenington.

The championship is contested over 12 rounds and the 13-year-old managed to clinch the title at one of the country’s premier racing circuits with one round to spare.

He achieved five podiums during the season - including one race win - that allowed him to go into the last round with a 15-point advantage.

Daniel was a little nervous going into the penultimate round of the season as he had written his kart off in an accident just a fortnight earlier - driving in a new kart was the challenge that awaited him.

The heats proved difficult as the weather conditions swung from wet to dry, and due to couple of spins his qualifying position for the final was 16th - not as he had hoped. But after setting the fastest lap in heat two, he knew he had the speed.

Daniel made a good start in the final, moving up to 11th place after lap two, then pushed through to 9th by lap six. On lap eight he attacked the pack ahead, moving to 5th only to be pushed wide and back to 9th.

But that was all the youngster needed and he crossed the finish line knowing he’d secured the title - not bad for a driver who started out at Daytona in Milton Keynes when he was just eight years-old.

Racing always seemed likely to be Daniel’s destiny, explained father Adrian, who makes a living out of the sport as a freelance car designer working for Jaguar Landrover, and owns Hubbards Gift shop in Stony Stratford with his wife.

Daniel now moves on to the Rotax Minimax class of karting where he will test and race at club level with the plan to move into the National Championships later in the year.