Kart star Sam in need of backing

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After two seasons competing in karting’s cadet class, Durris youngster Sam McKenzie is moving up to a faster class of kart.

Sam started karting when he was 10 and immediately made an impact by finishing third in the Scottish championship, third in the Scottish A plate and second in the National Kart Racing Association, Scottish region.

Last year Sam went even better, finishing second in the Scottish championship, narrowly missing out on the top spot by a few points.

At club level Sam had an exceptional season last year, winning the Grampian Kart Club championship, the Northern Challenge cup and the Crail Gold cup.

Sam, now 12, has moved up to the bigger and faster Minimax Junior class for 11-16 year olds.

Minimax Junior karts can top speeds of over 70mph and can have a force of over 2Gs when cornering. He has spent the winter practising with his new kart ready for the season ahead.

The early signs are very promising with a good showing in his first race at Larkhall near Glasgow in February, posting the fastest lap in one of the heats and a win in his first race at Grampian Kart Club on the March 11.

This year Sam has set his sights high, aiming for the Minimax Junior Scottish championship, but it will be very tough racing against more experienced and older drivers.

His ambition however is to compete in the British Championship next year where all the big Formula One racing names learn their craft.

To be competitive in the Scottish and British championships costs a great deal of money and Sam is hoping to attract local sponsors to help him on his way.

If you would be interested in sponsoring an up and coming young driver and help Sam fulfil his dreams, contact Sam’s dad, Ross McKenzie on 01330844728 or 07974172332.