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National Kart Championship Awards



Thomas Neil, Year 10, certainly knows how to keep himself busy (and the adrenaline flowing) in his spare time! Thomas is a huge Kart enthusiast and has just had his hard work and dedication recognised with two prizes at the National Kart Championship Awards.

Thomas is a member of two Karting Clubs – Manchester and Buxton Club which races at 3 Sisters Track, near Wigan and Cheshire Kart Club at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The karting season is held over 10 months and Thomas attends 30 plus races a year, which consists of practise days on Saturdays and race days on Sundays. His kart is a 125cc iame x30 engine on an Alonso chassis and is capable of speeds up to 85mph.

Not content with this Thomas also races as a guest driver at other tracks when he can fit it in! In October he raced near Barnsley in Yorkshire and despite being run off the track in the early stages of the final, he managed to not only beat the lap record but smashed it by over a second. We are reliably informed that in race meetings, you can win or lose a race by 1/100th of a second so to take a lap record by over a second means the record will stand in his name for quite some time.

Thomas’ first year of racing was 2014 when he won the championship in Cheshire and came 4th at Wigan. This year Thomas came 6th in Cheshire and runner up at Wigan, thus receiving the rather large trophy pictured below!

Thomas was also runner up in the Karting Championship’s Autumn Series and received another trophy for this achievement.

For 2016 Thomas will be racing at Wigan for the Manchester and Buxton Club again and also at the Cumbria Club near Workington. Thomas also plans to take part in a competition called the Northern Karting Federation, which is 8 races over 8 months at 8 different tracks. These are from Larkhall in Scotland as far down as Grantham in Lincolnshire.

Thomas was invited to take part in a practise week at a track called Campillos in southern Spain but has had to sadly turn it down as it clashed with 3 of his national races. He was hoping to get in some dry weather practice, something he won’t have had much experience of in the local area over the last few months! Though this doesn’t faze Thomas, in fact he is known at the race tracks as The Tornado because of his superb ability to race in the wet!

If any of the other students are interested in becoming involved in Karting, please contact Katy Walker at school who will pass on your details to Thomas’ father, Mal. Mal would be more than happy to give information about how to get involved in this fun and exhilarating hobby!

We wish Thomas every success in the upcoming Karting season and will look forward to hearing about his achievements for 2016.