A dramatic high speed crash ended Rutland racerTeddy Wilson’s chance of a top five finish in Round One of the CIK-FIA European KF-Junior Karting Championship in Portugal last weekend.
Entering the final lap in sixth place, Teddy was hot on the heels of three drivers vying for the final podium position. Entering turn one for the last time, the third and fourth placed drivers made contact spinning one of the karts backwards in the path of those following.
Narrowly missing the fifth placed kart, it clipped the rear of Teddy’s kart as he travelled at 80mph. The impact fired him off the track, resulting in a heavy crash into the padded barrier.
A third kart also caught up in the aftermath of the incident came off the track, hitting Teddy’s kart trackside. Incredibly, Teddy escaped with only a few bruises, but his kart was written-off.
“The weekend was really positive up until that point. I had good speed and everything was looking optimistic for the two finals,” explained 13-year-old Uppingham Community College pupil Teddy.
With 63 international KF-Junior drivers competing in the prestigious three-round CIK-FIA championship, Round One was to be Teddy’s debut race meeting at Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao.
It was also his first time out with British karting team Forza Racing.
The South Luffenham youngster put in strong performances from the start, with two wins, a fourth and an eighth in his four heats, followed by fourth place in the pre-final.
Starting fourth on the grid for the all-important final, Teddy was pushed wide at the start but lost no time in regaining his fourth spot.
A third of the way into the race he slipped to fifth and held this position until the final stages of the 17-lap race.
Although unable to match the pace of the leading two karts, he headed into the final lap tailing the drivers in front as they began to battle for the final place on the podium.
It was then that the collision occurred; thwarting Teddy’s chances of a strong finish and further points. Despite this disappointment, his overall points have secured him ninth place in the Championship standings. Round Two takes place this week at PF International circuit, near Grantham.