A YOUNG karting star from Letham has had a successful end to his rookie British championship season, albeit with some bumps along the way.
Eleven-year-old Sandy Mitchell cruised home as the top Scot in the Honda Cadet Super 1 British title chase, and sixth overall in the championship - an important early rung on Britain’s motorsport ladder.
But it was not all smooth sailing for Sandy as he had to endure a tense final race in the Super 1 campaign from the sidelines after a practice crash in the final round forced him to watch on crutches.
Sandy headed to the Three Sisters circuit near Wigan with high hopes of delivering a good performance in the championship finals. Throughout the championship he had made it to the end in every previous round, finishing out of the top 10 in only two.
His season also included pole position in the Scots round at Larkhall and an excellent double at Shenington, Oxfordshire where he claimed a win in the weekend’s first final and new Honda Cadet lap record in the second.
Unluckily for Sandy he was involved in an unfortunate accident during the finale in which he was left with a broken left foot that will keep him in plaster for the next six weeks.
Nothing could keep Sandy away, however, and he was back trackside after a trip to hospital for the remainder of the weekend to see how the championship’s final round panned out.
Steve Mitchell, Sandy’s father, said: “It wasn’t a very nice accident, but thankfully he was okay and Sandy wanted to stay and see out the championship.
“His closest rival needed a top three finish to jump Sandy in the standings, but managed only sixth place. Sandy also wanted to be there to congratulate his Project One teammate, Jack Young, who went on to win the championship.”
Earlier this year, Sandy successfully defended his four round Scottish Super Series ‘S’ Plate Championship fought over the tracks at Golspie, Larkhall, Crail and Boyndie, taking the honours by just a single point.
The 2011 programme also saw him secure third place overall at the Wigan 3 Sisters Gold Cup race earlier in the season and a hard fought fourth place in the Kart Masters GP Plate Championship at Grantham’s PF International track.
The weekend accident certainly hasn’t dampened the young karter’s appetite to be back on the grid as soon as he can.
Steve added: “It’s an unfortunate twist to the season, but it’s great that he managed to keep his sixth position and finish the season as top Scot.
“It’s a tough championship and he has been pretty consistent and learned a lot.
“He loves racing, and with a bit more racecraft we hope he’ll do well next year.”