Thomas hoping to follow in footsteps of Lewis and Jenson

Thomas Neill picking up his novice trophy at Hooton.
Thomas Neill picking up his novice trophy at Hooton.

A district youngster has continued his fine start to his go karting career.

Thomas Neill is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Formula 1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who also started out by racing karts - and the Carnforth High School pupil seems to be going about it the right 
way.

An excellent performance in Hooton, Merseyside, made it two class victories out of two for the 13-year-old in his new 125cc RK Minimax racer which can reach speeds of up to 75 mph.

Despite only recently turning 13 and being in the sport for just over a year, having already picked up the novice trophy on the same track back in September Thomas wasn’t worried as Saturday practice on October 19 was affected by rain.

Thomas went on to post his best ever time on the track on lap eight of the 14-circuit final despite having an electrical problem with the kart just before the race.

It was enough to win him the first place novice trophy again, as he had done on 
September 7. The teenager’s size means he has had to jump in with more experienced racers right from the off, but he is now just three races away from moving up a level himself and ditching his novice 
plates.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Thomas can call his dad Mal on 01524 418201.