Protest mars Teddy’s title winning drive

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Teenage kart racer Teddy Wilson will have to wait until the eve of the final round of the Super 1 British Championship to hear if he goes into it as overall leader.

The 13-year-old from South Luffenham had a superb series of three wins and a third to dominate the penultimate round of the championships at Rissington Kart Circuit.

But a rival’s protest over a touch of wheels in the final, which Wilson won, saw the course clerk impose a one-lap penalty, effectively demoting him to last in that race.

Wilson’s team appealed but a decision was referred to the stewards who will not meet until the eve of the final round on September 13-14 at Grantham.

If the protest penalty is overturned, re-instating Wilson’s final win, he will go into the final round with a slim lead in the overall points table.

If not, he will be behind by about 21 points - a not insurmountable difference to overhaul for the talented Uppingham Community College pupil.

Following hot on the heels of his clean sweep in last month’s LGM Championship round, Wilson had qualified well on day one at Rissington, securing second place on the grid for both heats.

He won heat one but had to settle for third in heat two.

On day two, Final One was a walkover for Wilson.

In Final Two, he and Fusion Motorsport teammate Zachary Robertson had left the rest trailing with Wilson leading into the final lap.

Robertson dived to the inside going into turn one. Wilson fought back but as the pair headed onto the back straight side-by-side, there was contact.

Robertson spun while Wilson sailed through the air. He managed to land pointing in the right direction to take the chequered flag in first place.

A protest was raised by Robertson and Wilson was given the one-lap penalty.

Wilson, who has been racing since he was eight and is sponsored by Total Kart Shop in Fengate, Peterborough, said: “I performed really well this weekend and gave it my all.”

If his appeal is upheld, he will lead both of the UK’s major British IAME Cadet Karting Championships as they enter their final stages,

It will be his final year racing the Super One British Championships whose past winners include such illustrious names as David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, who all went on to successful Formula 1 careers.

l You can watch Wilson in the Rissington round of races being broadcast on Motors TV on September 8.