Letham’s Sandy wins British karting title

Photo by Chris Walker www.kartpix.net

Photo by Chris Walker www.kartpix.net

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Talented karter Sandy Mitchell, 14, from Letham has won the British Super One Junior Rotax Karting Championship.

The final took place at the PF International Circuit near Grantham in Lincolnshire on September 27-28.

This is Sandy’s first year competing in the large, highly competitive Junior Rotax class for 13- to 17-year-olds.

On Saturday, Sandy qualified third overall. A win and a second in both his heats meant Sandy went into the final day on Sunday with a 19 points advantage over his nearest rival.

Starting on pole for Final One and a terrific drive to third place meant he would start on P3 for Final Two, requiring only to finish 25th or better.

Final Two was a thrilling action-packed race from start to finish with Sandy leading for a time in a race that so many were competing for the top 10seeded numbers on offer.

Sandy finished in a strong 10th place taking the third highest points haul of the weekend and taking the British title by 16 points.

Sandy said: “I am so happy to have won the British Super One Championship, it is a fantastic feeling. I would like to thank RL Racing Department, Cream Racing Engines, YRDA and my sponsors SGM Distribution, Stirfresh, Smartcomm, Tunnocks and everyone who has supported me. My ambition is to firstly enjoy the Rotax World Kart Championship then I would like to progress to single seater racing in 2015.”

The driver will now run with the much-coveted top seeded number one on his kart when competing in the UK while he also qualifies for the World Championships in November.

Earlier this year, he was presented with the YRDA Driver Of The Year Award by Garry Horner, Arden Motorsport Team Principal.