A 14-year-old racing driver was named ‘driver of the day’ in his latest competition after overcoming an ‘incident’ on the track.
Will Young, a year nine Haslingden High School pupil from Rossendale who was diagnosed with autism when he was 10, was signed for Team X-Kart in November last year
His passion for racing has helped him manage the challenges of autism, and has led Will to race at local and national karting championships.
On Sunday June 6, the teenager competed in the Junior Kart Championship at Lydd in Kent finishing in fifth place – but not before a series of mishaps hampered his performance in the three heat races.
Will bagged a fifth place finish in heat one, and then came in at third in heat two only to be disqualified for earlier contact, meaning he started heat three at the back of the grid.
Unfortunately, he was involved in an incident on track and had to retire from the heat.
Thankfully Will’s tech crew managed to get the kart race-fit for the final, and incredibly, from starting at the back, Will fought his way up to finish in fifth place from 16.
Organisers awarded him with the ‘driver of the day’ trophy for his fantastic efforts.
Will said: “Once again, it was a day full of ups and downs but I’m really pleased with my performances.
“I never give up, so if I start at the back of the grid, it just means I work harder to get to where I know I can be.
“There were some tough battles in each heat, but I was really pleased to make up some many places in the final and to receive the driver of the day award.
“A huge thanks to my team for helping me throughout the weekend.”
Will races again on June 26.
X-Kart was launched in November 2020, supplying Italian-made high end race karts for the UK market.
Founded by entrepreneur and owner of Rochdale’s TeamKarting, Matty Street, X-Kart is the only UK supplier of Italian manufacturer ‘TB Kart’, which is known for its innovation and quality in international karting.