Young Milton Keynes karter William Tregurtha is looking forward to the 2014 season with real determination after an outstanding finish to 2013 marked him out as one of the country’s talents to watch.
Tregurtha, 13, races in the ferociously competitive 75mph Junior Max class against rivals up to 17-years-old but an explosive end to the campaign meant his youth was simply forgotten in a flurry of race wins and podiums.
And that form sets him up for an assault on the 2014 British Championship with his team KR-Sport who are also based in Milton Keynes.
Tregurtha’s last three months have been remarkable. In four of his last six meetings he has finished in the top three competing against grids of between 19 to 30 other racers. Those podiums have included one first place at Whilton Mill Stars, another second place at Whilton and two thirds at the super-fast Kimbolton track.
The Cranfield University Associate driver has also grabbed a seventh spot out of 42 of the country’s best at the PFi circuit near Grantham. His only disappointment was when a collision sent him tumbling to 22nd on the last lap of another huge event at PFi when running comfortably inside the top 10.
All those recent results come on top of the fifth-place finish in the Sky-televised London Cup at Lewis Hamilton’s former track Rye House and a third in the prestigious Anglian Trophy at Kimbolton.
For Tregurtha, sponsored by the Rogue Racing circuit in Aylesbury, these results have been the culmination of a lot of hard work earlier in the year when he threw himself into the Super One British Championship series knowing he would struggle - but also learn against the best in the country.
He did indeed struggle - but the strategy paid off with performances rapidly improving throughout 2013 until the superb end to the campaign which was certainly helped by the move to KR-Sport in early summer. Now he is looking for British Championship glory in the next 12 months knowing he has all the experience of this year’s tough racing behind him.
The Shenley Brook End School pupil said: “A lot of drivers my age are still racing in the classes which are slower - but we decided I would be better off going straight into Junior Max.
“Although it was tough at times, I now have a lot of experience racing against older drivers, and I’m winning races so it has worked out very well.
“I am really happy with KR-Sport and the improvement we have made since then has been down to the way they set up the kart and what they have taught me as a driver. I am very excited about 2014 and can’t wait to get racing again.”