Haverhill kart driver Cook shows his talents

Kart racing driver Evan Cook in action
Kart racing driver Evan Cook in action

Young Haverhill-based karter Evan Cook outlined his growing potential in the sport with a victory and third place in his final two races of the 2012 season.

The 11-year-old came away from the famous Buckmore Park track - one used by both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson button to hone their kart driving skills - having won round seven of the BPKC Owner/Driver Summer Championship in the Honda Cadet Clubman class.

His achievement was all the more notable because the day’s races all carried with them an additional Henry Surtees trophy, given eponymously in memory of the 18-year-old who died while competing in a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch in 2009.

Evan’s coach and mentor, Ryan Presley, said: “Evan won the Clubman category, which is massive. It’s one of the hardest races to win.

“He was ecstatic. It’s his biggest win. He’s won a few races but the Henry Surtees race is massive.”

Evan, who lives in Old Rope Walk and drives with Taylor Made Racing, followed up his success at Buckmore Park with a third place finish in a club race at Rye House Kart Circuit, near Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.

As he looks to progress his motor racing career further in 2013, Cook is looking to acquire more sponsorship.

Presley added: “He is going into the nationals next year, which is what Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button won.”

Another young karting talent under Presley’s mentorship is 11-year-old Archie Thornhill, from Linton, who, in a brand new kart, took second place in the final race of the Red Lodge Club season, finishing third overall in the season’s standings.

At the club’s end of season awards ceremony, Thornhill was named Most Improved Driver in the Club 2000 category.

Presley said: “That made him realise he is actually good.”