YOUNGSTER Jake Rubio bounced back from a broken elbow to win the 2015 Mr Karting Grand Prix Cadet Championship thanks to a final round victory.
The 12-year-old has been competing in the month grand prix event throughout the year but his chances of winning the title took a blow in August.
While on holiday with his parents, Jake broke his elbow which put a stop to both his indoor and outdoor karting for three months.
However he worked hard after undergoing physio to build his arm back up to full strength and thrilled to still win the overall championship title last Tuesday evening.
Jake’s passion for karting started at the tender age of eight at Mr Karting and he has been successfully racing for the last four years.
He holds the accolade for being the fastest cadet driver ever at the Harbury Lane circuit and decided to make the move into outdoor racing where he sat his ARKS driving test in November 2013 which enabled him to get his MSA licence.
With the help of his parents, Jake was able to buy his own kart and he currently races in the Honda Cadet Championship with speeds in access of 60mph.
Last year was Jake’s first professional outdoor season where he raced at Shenington Kart Circuit with the help of his trusted mechanic – his dad.
Jake had high hopes of clinching a top ten position by the end of the year but surpassed his own expectations by finishing fourth, which was a fantastic achievement especially as he was racing alongside drivers who had far more experience in outdoor racing.
This year he is again sitting in single figures albeit he was unable to participate for three months due to his elbow injury but there are still two races to go before the end of season.
Looking ahead to the future, Jake will be moving into the Junior X30 class in 2016 and will again be racing once a month at Shenington Kart Circuit, Banbury, Oxon and Rissington Kart Club, Burford and Oxon.
Mother Lisa Rubio said: “He has a lot of support from his friends and family along with local Leamington Spa businesses TGFP Accountants, The Bear in the Spa & Mr Karting.
“But he needs more support and awareness in helping him to make a name for himself in the world of motorsport.”
To find out more about Jake or to follow his progress visit www.facebook.com/JakeRubioRacing or follow him on Twitter @JakeRubioRacing.