After a winter lay off karting star Thomas Neill was back in the seat again over the weekend of May 10/11 when he claimed fourth place at Wombwell near Barnsley, and was then victorious the following weekend at Hooton, Ellesmere Port.
Practice day on the Saturday at Wombwell was hard work due to the weather with tyre changes after nearly every practice session from wets to slicks.
Thomas is still learning to drive the karts to the standard of the national racers he was up against but held his own throughout the day, especially when it rained.
On the Saturday it stayed dry all day so the laps were fast – again Thomas held his own and started the final in second place on the grid.
A problem with his carburettor just before the final was quickly resolved by the loan of a racing carb from a neighbouring race team and Thomas managed to knock just over a second a lap over the 15 laps.
A very respectable fourth place finish for his first time on this track had a few of the opposing race managers applauding him as he crossed the finish line.
A week later he won the Novice Trophy at Hootn. Thomas has now won three out of three races on the track.