Milton Keynes racer William Tregurtha grabbed an excellent fifth place in the televised final of the prestigious London Cup karting event at Rye House recently.
Tregurtha, 13, racing in the Junior Max category for 13-17 year olds, was always one of the fastest on track during testing on the Friday and Saturday of the event while his Milton Keynes-based KR-Sport team made continuous improvements to his kart setup.
There was a huge 28-kart grid for the heats and final on Sunday featuring some of the best young drivers in the country at the track where Lewis Hamilton first made his name.
Tregurtha’s youth in relation to his competitors certainly did not deter him and the Shenley Brook End School pupil stormed to victory in the first of his three heats.
Heats two and three did not go to plan though with contact meaning the best he could do was finish mid-pack for both.
In fact this was a pretty violent race meeting. The large grids, high speeds (Tregurtha’s kart can hit 75mph) and lack of run-off areas meant there was a constant danger factor. Indeed there were a number of serious crashes with many drivers needing ambulance treatment. It should all make for interesting TV when the races are shown on Sky and Motors TV later in the year.
However Tregurtha, an associate driver for Cranfield University’s Motorsport Programme, put all of that to one side in the final. After losing places in the first-corner chaos he fought back with determination and pace to grab a trophy for an excellent fifth place.
Tregurtha, backed by Aylesbury’s Rogue Racing kart track, had already picked up a third-place in the Anglian Trophy even at Kimbolton earlier in the summer and these two results in important race meetings are hugely impressive in just the first few months of his career in Junior Max.
William said: “I would like to thank KR-Sport for all the help they gave me at the London Cup. We have made real improvements over the last couple of months and the kart felt great all weekend.”
Tregurtha’s next race is the final round of the British Championship at Shenington near Banbury on September 27-29.