SHENLEY Brook End karter William Tregurtha has finished off an outstanding season by sealing a deal to link up with Cranfield University’s prestigious Motorsport programme at the tender age of 11.
William, who attends Shenley Brook End High School, has had a brilliant 2011 racing in the 55mph Honda Cadet class for 8-13 year olds.
He finished fourth out of 37 racers in the ultra-competitive championship at the Rye House circuit in Hertfordshire where Lewis Hamilton began his career.
And he topped that achievement by coming second in the Honda series at Kimbolton near St Neots against 19 other drivers from around the country. William still had a chance of winning both championships going into the final races of the year.
William also came third in the one-off Anglian Trophy meeting at Kimbolton which featured some of Britain’s top young talent.
Now William is delighted to become one of only two associate drivers for Cranfield’s Motorsport Engineering and Management postgraduate programme after spending time at the university last week.
William was shown around the university by Clive Temple, the Motorsport programme director and senior lecturer, and also had a chance to test Cranfield Motorsport Simulation’s brilliant Formula One simulator.
The deal means William will support Cranfield by attending events on their behalf and sporting logos on his kart and race suit while Cranfield’s students are ready to lend their expertise as race engineers at William’s kart meetings.
Temple announced William’s appointment as an associate driver on Twitter, saying: ‘Talented young kart driver William Tregurtha is going to be the next associate driver at Cranfield University. He tested the sim at Cranfield Motorsport Simulation.’
Next year William is moving up to the MiniMax class which uses adult chassis and a 65-70mph 125cc engine – he is entering that class at the earliest possible age and will be racing against youngsters up to 15 years old.
William’s dad Craig said: “We are very proud of what William has achieved this season, in only his second full year racing karts.
“The association with Cranfield is very exciting, William was very interested in the technical and engineering side of what they do at Cranfield and he looks forward to working closely with them throughout 2012.
“We are also grateful for Shenley Brook End High School’s understanding in letting William visit Cranfield and their support for the link with the university.
“The MiniMax class will be a big step up for William. The karts are ferociously fast and he will be racing against much older drivers. But he can’t wait to get started.”
For more details see: www.motorsport.cranfield.ac.uk and www.cranfieldmotorsportsimulation.com