Toby wins kart championship
PUBLISHED: 14:33 14 November 2012
WORLD COPYRIGHT: NIGEL E ALLEN 2012
Toby Allen, a student at Portishead Sixth Form, has won the prestigious Llandow Kart Club Championship.
PORTISHEAD Sixth Form student, Toby Allen, has won the prestigious 2012 Llandow Kart Club Championship.
Toby only took up karting two years ago, after visiting the Avonmouth indoor circuit, but showed such aptitude in the driving seat that his parents pursued the sport and entered him for the Castle Combe Junior Championships, in which he also won best novice.
His father said: “I felt we had to invest in getting him his own kart so he could compete in higher-level races approved by the Motorsports Association”
Toby obtained the MSA racing licence in 2011 and, although running as an independent, with just his father as mechanic. He felt confident enough to compete in the Junior Rotax class at Llandow’s Welsh circuit over 10 race weekends between February and November.
Despite his relative inexperience on the Llandow grid, Toby quickly emerged as one of the main contenders for the title. He went in to the 10th round close enough to the championship favourite to still be within a mathematical chance of taking the crown.
A week before the final event, Toby’s father was approached by a top kart racing team offering their facilities for free, an opportunity that Toby understandably jumped at.
With the help of a more experienced pit-crew around him, Toby won all three heats of round 10 to not only gain pole in the final, but also draw level on points with his rival as he went in to the last sprint of the year.
“I’d never felt pressure like it,” said Toby. “My kart was perfectly set up. My opponent made an error while trying to overtake and after I saw his kart shoot off and not re-join the circuit, I knew I had only to cross the line to clinch the title.”
“I think I could have won the final to make it a clean sweep on the day,” he admitted, “but after all the hard work dad and I had put in throughout the year, I just didn’t want to risk a tangle just for the sake of a higher step on the podium.”
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