A 12-year-old Carnforth High School pupil has proven to be a natural at go karting.
Thomas Neill only took up the sport 12 months ago, then entered his first professional race three months ago but is already winning cups.
Thomas started indoor karting in Barrow last year and won the first grand prix he entered. He was then encouraged to take up outdoor karting and bought his first cadet kart in May this year.
“Due to his size, we had to buy him a larger kart but it meant he had to move up a couple of classes which meant him racing against people who had years of experience,” said his dad Mal, who runs the Berkeley guest house in Morecambe.
“On September 7 we entered him in a race meeting at Hooton, Merseyside and he went and won the first place novice trophy. Plus it was in the rain and he had never driven in the wet.”
Thomas now drives a 125cc RK Minimax class which can reach speeds of 75 mph. He practices at 3 Sisters near Wigan, at Hooton and occasionally at Rowrah near Whitehaven.
“I am hoping that we might be able to find some sponsors as it is not the cheapest sport for kids to take up,” said Mal.
“Tyres are £140 a set and we need a set nearly every meeting.
“But it is something Thomas seems to be a natural at and is even willing to raid his own savings account to help buy tyres and spare parts.
“Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button started off in go karts and now they are starting on pole positions around the world.”