19th Feb, 2017

Warwickshire teenager Teddy Thomas tipped for the very top

MOTORSPORT: WARWICKSHIRE has long been a breeding ground for motorsport talent and the latest star on the horizon is ten-year-old Teddy Thomas.

Formula One driver Jordan King hails from Harbury and Red Bull F1 boss Christian Horner is from Leamington Spa but one name to keep an eye on in the future in Thomas who has enjoyed a promising debut season in the hotseat.

Thomas, who turned ten just a few weeks ago, has taken fifth place in the 2016 Championship Series Run at Shenington Kart Circuit in Oxfordshire.

He competed all year against 38 other drivers up to three years older than him and finished the championship as the youngest driver in the top 15.

The Harbury School student pupil developed a passion for Formula One at the five but he had to wait until he was six to start karting.

Thomas gained his racing license at age eight in 2015 and won the novice trophy at the English Championship race that same year. He has also driven Number 44, the same as Lewis Hamilton, for Allstars Racing this season at circuits across the UK.

“Teddy has made incredible progress this year,” said Luke Hines, 2003 British Touring Car Champion and Team Principal at Allstars.

“He seemed to come out of nowhere to become one of the fastest drivers on the Shenington grid. We’re excited because he’s so young and still has three more years racing Formula Honda Cadet.”

Thomas himself added: “I want to say thank you to my team at Allstars, especially my coaches and my mechanic. I love racing but without them I could never compete.”

The Northern Karting Championship Series is being considered next for Thomas in 2017 as well as races in the United States.