Teenage karting sensation Teddy Wilson has added his name to an illustrious honour board which includes Formula 1 royalty Jenson Button, David Coulthard and Lewis Hamilton when he was crowned 2014 MSA British Cadet Kart Champion on Sunday.
In a nail-biting finale to the Super One British Karting Championships, the Uppingham Community College pupil held his nerve to see off his rivals.
Thirteen-year-old Teddy from South Luffenham started Round Six of the national Super One Series, held at PF International Circuit near Grantham, with only a single point lead over his nearest rival, Kiern Jewiss. The pair held a comfortable lead in the Championship table over the rest of the field going into its final round.
With everything to race for and showing some great pace and ability, Teddy stayed cool, calm and collected to produce four mature and calculated performances, increasing his points lead with every race, to secure the prestigious championship title.
Teddy said: “To win the British Championship was one of my goals when I started racing at eight years old. To have done it is a dream come true. All of the hard work over the last few years to achieve this has finally paid off.”
The Super One Series is Britain’s premier karting competition and is host to the Motor Sport Association (MSA) Cadet Kart Championship. Super One has a pedigree stretching back over 30 years and has produced many champions that have gone on to Formula 1. The 2014 championship took place at racing circuits in Wales, Scotland, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Cumbria.
Teddy will receive his British Championship trophy at the Autosport International Racing Car Show in January 2015. This is followed by a presentation at the MSA’s prestigious Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club in London, where the winners of British motorsport’s premier championship titles are crowned.
Teddy said: “I couldn’t have been victorious without my mechanic Tom Brown and Dan Hazlewood and Neil Doran at Fusion Motorsport. I would also like to thank Shox for my racing engines; Synergy Racing Developments for my fantastic new chassis; Liquid Colour Designs for my helmet; my sponsors Total Kart Shop and Moore Thompson; my Dad, Mum, family and my school - Uppingham Community College - for all their constant support. It’s been a great team effort.”
Uppingham Community College head teacher Jan Turner said: “I am delighted for Teddy as I know how much hard work he has put into achieving this success.”
Hot on the heels of winning the British title, Teddy will be racing in the penultimate round of the other major UK IAME Cadet Karting Championship this weekend. The next round of the Little Green Man (LGM) Series, which he is currently leading, takes place at Shenington Kart Racing Club in Oxfordshire from September 20 to 21.