Tregurtha battles from the back to rescue race

William Tregurtha. Pic: Chris Walker Super One Rotax Series (Buckmore
William Tregurtha. Pic: Chris Walker Super One Rotax Series (Buckmore

Will Tregurtha produced a brilliant fightback at Larkhall circuit to move into the top 10 of the British Super One Junior Max championship for 13-17 year olds at the halfway point of the campaign.

Tregurtha, 14, was one of the fastest of the 52 entrants throughout testing and had high hopes for a good result in qualifying. In a close session he finished just over one tenth of a second from pole position in 11th place.

Any slight disappointment with that position were soon dispelled by finishes of 6th and 3rd in his two 26-kart heats which earned him a starting spot of seventh out of 30 qualifiers for the pre final.

But what should have been a battle for first place turned to disaster when Tregurtha’s kart failed to get off the line because of a failed spark plug.

To make matters worse, the positions for the main televised final later in the day were decided by the finishing position in the pre final. That meant the Shenley Brook End School pupil would be starting from the very back of the grid.

However Tregurtha showed admirable mental strength to forget what had happened and produce the best drive of his young career so far - storming past a stream of the best racers in Europe to grab an incredible 7th place by the end of the race. It was an astonishing drive and was also a tribute to the pace of the 75mph kart prepared by his Milton Keynes-based KR-Sport team.

His team boss Ashley Orchard said afterwards: “Will should be very proud of that drive. It was fantastic. Well done to him.” William added: “It was pointless worrying about what happened in the pre final. I couldn’t change it so I just put it out of my mind and got on with trying to overtake as many people as I could in the main final.”

The result means Tregurtha sits in a strong 10th place in the British Championship with the potential to rise much higher if he can carry on his excellent form - and if he avoids too many more mechanical issues.

Prior to the race at Larkhall, Tregurtha had also scooped top 10 trophies among huge grids at Larkhall again the previous month and at the PFi circuit in Lincolnshire.

His next major outings will be the Dragon Masters event at Glan y Gors in North Wales from July 11-13 and the British Kartmasters Grand Prix at the end of July.