A £36,000 sponsorship deal has given 16-year-old kart racer Lewis Taylor a place in the UK’s most prestigious championship in the sport.
Last weekend Haverhill-based Taylor competed in rounds one and two of the 12-race Super Formula Kart Stars (FKS) championship at Whilton Mill, near Daventry, where he came fifth in Saturday’s final and seventh on Sunday, leaving him in sixth place overall with ten races to go.
FKS is an elite standard in the sport, with its own website describing it as “The only karting championship supported by Formula 1 teams and Formula One Management.”
Not only that, its patron is current Formula One World Championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, who won the same series on his way to the top.
Lewis’s dad Terry, who is also his mechanic and manager, said: “It is literally F1 for kids. This is what they are doing it for. This is like a feeder for F1. Whoever wins our class gets a Formula 4 drive paid for, which is amazing.
“You’ve got the top drivers in the country. It’s going to be hard but this is the cream. We are lucky to have got the chance to prove ourselves to everybody.
“We couldn’t have done it without the sponsorship.”
Lewis got the chance to compete in Super FKS (for 15 to 17-year-olds) after being spotted competing in a race at the PFI track near Grantham over the Easter weekend, where he finished second out of 56 drivers.
After impressing the sponsors Lewis, who has raced karts since he was eight, and Terry were offered the deal to compete in Super FKS.
The sponsorship package includes the tyres, fuel, all entry fees, your own awning, a dedicated, bespoke FKS chassis and a computer balloted 125cc engine for each race.
For the past two years Lewis, a student at Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill, has been racing in the Junior 2KM National event, but his new challenge has elevated him to a level unrivalled in karting.
Terry, who thanked McFletch for their sponsorship, said: “The last two years we’ve had a rough time of it but this year it has just come on really good.
“This could be our one shot to get into motor sport.”
The next two rounds of the FKS Championship are held on June 6/7 at the legendary Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire.