Haverhill's Michael Morgan, 12, excited to make British Karting Championships debut this year
Haverhill youngster Michael Morgan is excited to be making his debut in the British Karting Championships later this year, writes Alex Moss.
The 12-year-old, who lives in Haverhill, is set to compete against the best karting prospects in the country, when the six-round series gets under way in April.
Project One East Anglia’s Morgan knows how much of a challenge awaits him, but is determined to put on a good show when he takes to the track for the opening race in a few months time.
“I’m very excited about it,” the Samuel Ward Academy pupil said.
“I’m going into it with not too many expectations, I’m mainly doing it for the experience.
“There’s a couple of circuits that I’ve not been to before, so it’s like that feeling of looking forward to it, but also a little bit scared as well.
“I’ve got to learn about these tracks that I’ve never raced at, while there’s a lot of people who have raced them before.
“I’m hoping to get some practice in before, which will help me, but I know I’m going to learn a lot from it. I’m hoping I can finish about halfway up.”
Around 60 entries have been submitted in Morgan’s class, which is open to karters aged between eight and 13.
The championship starts at the PFi circuit, in Grantham, Lincolnshire on April 12-14, before moving on to Shenington (May 10-12) and Larkhall (June 7-9).
The series concludes with the final three rounds in Rowrah (July 12-14), Wigan (August 23-25) and Whilton Mill (September 27-29).
The British Karting Championships is the crown jewel in the UK karting calendar, with former champions including Anthony Davidson, Paul di Resta, Mike Conway and Oliver Jarvis.
Morgan’s dad, Ralph, says it will be a step up in competition but believes it is an opportunity for his son to test himself against the best in his age group.
“Michael’s been kart racing for the last two and a half years and he’s been going to various places up and down the country,” he said.
“Racing in the British Championships will be a test for him, it definitely will be.
“He joined a team called Project One East Anglia in October last year, and since he’s been racing for them he’s been making rapid progress.
“He’s been progressing at such a fast rate that they wanted to enter him into this championship, which is for the best kids in the country.
“We think this will be his last year in this class, but he is slender for his age.
“So if he doesn’t meet the requirements for height and weight we could apply for dispensation from the Motor Sports Association to keep him in this class again for next year.”
As well as competing in the British Championships this year, Morgan will be entering several other series, including championships at Kimbolton, Red Lodge and Bayford Meadows.
l If you are interested in sponsoring Michael for the upcoming season, please call Ralph on 07572 632466.